‘It’s just too dangerous’: Gov. Inslee pleads with Washingtonians to avoid large gatherings this Thanksgiving

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Governor Inslee and his wife, Trudi, pleaded with Washingtonians on Thursday to stay safe this Thanksgiving, even if that means not spending it physically with your loved ones. 

“We are optimistic that Thanksgiving 2021 will be the best ever,” said Inslee. “But this year, it’s just too dangerous to gather together indoors where the virus can spread so easily.” 

Washington’s weekly average of COVID cases has doubled in just the past two weeks. Inslee says Washington is currently in a period of “exponential growth.” As of Wednesday night, 123,356 people have tested positive within the state and 2,507 have died, according to the State Department of Health

The governor and first lady say they will celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas with family virtually this year. They’re asking Washington families to only celebrate with the people they live with, unless guests have successfully quarantined for two weeks. That quarantine should start by Thursday at the latest. 

According to Trip Advisor, 56% of Americans plan to travel over the holiday. AAA is forecasting a 10% decline in holiday travel; the highest one-year drop since the 2008 recession. 

“Please don’t gather with people outside our household,” said Inslee. “It’s just too dangerous.”

Inslee said further measures to fight the virus will be announced “in the next few days,” but did not specify when.

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