At least the gov't isn't setting the menu … yet

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Steve Jordahl (

Thanksgiving dinnerJust when you thought the COVID craziness couldn't get any worse, California has come out with restrictions affecting private family get-togethers for the upcoming holiday season.

"Guidance for Private Gatherings" was issued on October 9 by the California Department of Public Health. In addition to re-emphasizing the now-common six-foot "social distancing," the updated guidelines: (1) prohibit gatherings that include more than three families;(2)  require that all gatherings be held outside (but allow indoor restrooms to be used, provided they are "frequently sanitized"); (3) suggest meals be served on disposable plates; (4) outlaw any singing to a level softer than a normal speaking voice; and … just to be on the safe side … (5) restrict gatherings to two hours or less. And that's just some of the new rules.

Brad Dacus of Pacific Justice Institute says Governor Gavin Newsom's "holiday guidelines" are random and just plain wrong – not to mention, a bit inconsistent.

"There's no difficulty with people packing an airline who don't know each other at all and flying for five hours across the country," notes Dacus. "There's nothing wrong with people standing in long lines at Costco or Home Depot or going to the pot shop or the liquor store."

The attorney says the mandates are unconstitutional, and that his firm stands ready to represent anyone who's been ticketed or dragged from their home for the holiday.

The state has been unclear on how it plans to enforce the new regulations, but Dacus says if the past is any indication, some jurisdictions will pull out all the stops to be the Grinch that steals Christmas.


"Theoretically this kind of an order could be applied by zealous, intolerant counties like Los Angeles County, which has bullied churches and prosecuted pastors," he tells OneNewsNow. "This could easily become a real serious threat and assault against families."

But even if they're not enforced and no one is hassled, the attorney is convinced the regulations do serve a political purpose: "What the governor is doing – and governors like him are doing – is actually indoctrinating families and individuals to accept this new realm of government control over our lives. This is something they may decide to use again and again."

In case live music is part of the planned festivities, there's this final note from the California Department of Public Health regarding private gatherings:

Instrumental music is allowed as long as the musicians maintain at least 6-foot physical distancing. Musicians must be from one of the three households. Playing of wind instruments (any instrument played by the mouth, such as a trumpet or clarinet) is strongly discouraged.


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