The final line of the proclamation issued Wednesday evening by the White House press secretary’s office reads: “I would encourage all Americans to gather in homes and places of worship to pray thanksgiving to God for his many blessings Am. “
Coronavirus cases are on the rise, and public health officials warn that family gatherings such as Thanksgiving, which are often indoors and multi-generational, may put vulnerable people at risk.
According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 261,000 people have died in the United States since Kovid-19. More than 12.7 million people have been diagnosed with the virus and the United States has created several new daily records for hospitalization.
However, presidential announcements over the holidays are usually periodic statements made by the White House, which periodically follow the political tone of the administration or current events. This year’s proclamation also included sections dedicated to addressing the coronovirus epidemic.
Trump has frequently birthed public health warnings and hosted large groups in the White House who have since been considered supersiders, including a ceremony for new Supreme Court Justice Amy Connie Barrett, after which the president Tested positive for coronavirus.
The first female Chief of Staff, Stephanie Grisham, said Monday that many traditional White House holiday parties would go on, but indoor events would take safety precautions, including small guest lists and mask requirements.
CNN’s Nikki Carvajal, Betsy Klein and Kate Bennett contributed to this report.