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Holidays During The Lockdown

The winter season is the time of the holidays. But the ongoing pandemic has cancelled numerous planned trips. Adaptions must be made for those who still would like to celebrate these holidays following the social distancing rules. The virus continues to surge within California, with positive rates at its highest since the pandemic started. Governor […]

The winter season is the time of the holidays. But the ongoing pandemic has cancelled numerous planned trips. Adaptions must be made for those who still would like to celebrate these holidays following the social distancing rules. The virus continues to surge within California, with positive rates at its highest since the pandemic started. Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced a Regional Stay-At-Home Order, where regions in California will shut down for three weeks if the ICU capacity is under 15%.

With Christmas and the New Year around the corner, celebrations for the holidays are still continuing with people social distancing for gatherings, even with the spike of cases in California.

The holiday plans have changed for everyone due to difficulties of the Coronavirus. There will be a decrease in travel this year in order to prevent the spread of the virus. Family members who live far away cannot see each other, and people who have been planning trips for months no longer can enjoy their planned vacations.

Bella Warren (’21) visiting her family members

“This year my family and I decided not to spend Christmas with my grandparents,” says Olivia Morton (’21). “We’re spending it in Sacramento instead of Tahoe due to the difficulty of traveling. My family will not have much time because my siblings have been at school and have to quarantine before they can see my family.”

“My family and I had plans to visit colleges in other states for Thanksgiving and Christmas break, but we decided it is not worth the risk of contracting the virus” says Sage Leonardo (’21).

“My grandparents did not feel comfortable being around us due to the high spread of the virus recently,” says Bella Warren (’21). “Which is understandable but we are unable to celebrate as we normally do. Travel wise, we my family and I avoid if flights are needed”

“My family and I usually go out a lot during Christmas break each year, but since the virus is getting even worse, we definitely won’t be going out that much for safety reasons” says Aldrei Barroga (’21).

But the Coronavirus will not stop everyone from enjoying the holidays. With social distancing rules, families continue to have small gatherings with consisting of only immediate family members. But the more people within a gathering, the chances get higher spreading the virus.

“Immediate family only,” Olivia insists. “Probably will see less of my friends during the holidays. My family has high risk, so if we do have a gathering we all wear face masks. It makes me feel more comfortable,”

“Plan on only seeing immediate family during this time for the holidays,” Bella says. “Prior to the holidays, we will be quarantining in order to be smart and distant.”

“Most likely a small gathering with family, limited to thirteen people at the most,” Aldrei says. “We will take all the proper precautions with social distancing.”

The lockdowns have been distancing family members from one other for months to ensure their safety. The symptoms of Covid-19 can range from a fever to needing a ventilators to breathe, depending on the health of a person. Thus, fear arises within people contracting the virus.

“I am scared to get it only because of passing it on to others” Bella says. She also believes that fear is sometimes necessary in order to keep people in check. “I definitely think fear should not take over, but I also think fear is an important reminder to continue being safe.”

“Catching it would be scary since it’ll affect my family members as well,” Sages says. “We would have to go through many tests and payments which would only create more problems”.

As Aldrei observes young people with the virus, he is not as worried contracting it since people with weaker immune systems are largely affected. “Personally, I am not scared of contracting the virus because I know the chances of it being lethal for the people our age are generally low.”

There will still be families having large gatherings despite the lockdown rules. This is one way the virus spreads easily. Some people do not wear masks at gatherings because they think they are safe.

“I do not think people should have large gatherings, but if it is inevitable then I think all people should at least wear masks at the gatherings” says Aldrei.

“I personally do not like how people are still attending gatherings with large amounts of people, especially without social distancing” says Sage. “I feel like the virus has become a normal part of life that some people do not even worry about it anymore”.

By mid-December, Governor Newsom says California will have 327,000 doses of Pfizer’s vaccine. It will be prioritized to those who need it desperately within six regions and three tiers. Hopefully, the vaccine will be promising as cases arise quickly with Christmas and New Year’s approaching.

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