In South Dakota, Governor Kristi Noem laid out a “common sense” plan for families to spend time with their loved ones during Thanksgiving amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“Thanksgiving is around the corner, and across the country families are planning how to celebrate with their loved-ones in the midst of #COVID19,” Noem said in a lengthy tweet on Friday. “In South Dakota, we won’t stop or discourage you from thanking God and spending time together this Thanksgiving.”
In South Dakota, we won’t stop or discourage you from thanking God and spending time together this Thanksgiving. (THREAD)
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) November 20, 2020 Noem continued:
“Some states across the country are imposing restrictions on Thanksgiving celebrations. Some in the media are even looking ahead and planning to cancel Christmas. I’ll continue to encourage each and every one of you to exercise personal responsibility and make smart choices.”
The Republican governor then reminded South Dakotans to use “common sense” and suggested families should not visit each other on Thanksgiving if a family member is experiencing symptoms typically associated with the coronavirus.
“Let’s all take the time to remember what Thanksgiving is all about, thanking God for everything that he has blessed us with in our lives. During difficult times, it’s important to be extra thankful for what we have,” Noem tweeted.
Although Noem has been widely criticized by media outlets for her response to the pandemic, she has said it is based on her “oath to uphold the Constitution.”
Earlier this month, Noem said her state will not adhere to any mask mandate pushed by President-elect Joe Biden because he “does not have the authority.”