South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem suggested ''common sense'' on Friday for celebrating Thanksgiving, appearing to offer an alternative to her fellow residents as some mayors and governors across the country have imposed maximum capacities for gatherings and other restrictions as the number of novel coronavirus infections increases.
''In South Dakota, we won’t stop or discourage you from thanking God and spending time together this Thanksgiving,'' Noem wrote in the first of seven different posts.
''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.''
Noem, 48, completing her second year as governor, outlined basic guidance such as washing hands frequently, taking extra precautions with elderly and others with underlying health conditions, and making sure those suffering symptoms stay isolated and visit via video.
''Let’s make sure to use common sense when we’re planning our celebrations,'' she wrote.
Noem has been ridiculed by some media outlets for her response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, including the state’s largest newspaper, the Argus Leader of Sioux Falls, which refused to publish an op-ed piece authored by the governor, saying '''both sides' doesn’t always apply.'' It objected to her saying that wearing a mask was an individual choice.
''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,'' Noem wrote. ''During difficult times, it’s important to be extra thankful for what we have.''
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