How COVID-19 is changing Thanksgiving plans


Photo provided by Riley Rupp

Riley Rupp enjoying the fall colors, and getting excited for Thanksgiving break!

Thanksgiving break is coming up, which means it’s time to figure out plans for Thanksgiving. Usually, students are preparing to travel and spend time with family and friends. Due to Oregon’s recent COVID-19 restrictions, many traditions and celebrations may need to be put on hold until next year.

Governor Kate Brown has announced that starting November 18th, there will be a 14-day statewide “freeze” due to the rise of COVID-19 cases. The mandate restricts social gatherings of 6 people as well as other daily activities. This has definitely affected families’ plans for Thanksgiving this year.

Senior Riley Rupp shares how her Thanksgiving plans have changed from past years. She has spent Thanksgiving day every year outside her immediate family as her main holiday tradition. “We were going to go down to my grandparents with my aunts, uncles, and cousins for Thanksgiving.” Sadly, their family dinner was called off.

Rupp’s plans for next week is to just make a delicious Thanksgiving dinner with her brother, sister, and parents. “We’re just hoping Christmas will be able to turn out a bit better.”

Many Wildcats may have it like Rupp and may not be able to celebrate outside of immediate family and participate in traditions they look forward to every year. Just remember to have a positive mindset and stay safe. Have a great Thanksgiving break, Wildcats!