After eight months of pandemic pandemonium — lost jobs, lost loved ones, lost simple, joyful routines of life — Californians who may have been in denial (like I was!) are coming to terms with the inevitable: We’re losing Thanksgiving, too.
A few weeks ago, there had been a glimmer of hope for a bit of normalcy. Although the number of coronavirus cases was surging across the Midwest, Bay Area coronavirus cases were trending downward. Thanksgiving plans were penciled in, menus planned, who-brings-what was divvied up.
But just when we all need a big group hug more than ever, the virus is driving us even farther apart. With more than 1,000 new cases a day and hospitalizations jumping 37% last week alone, most of the Bay Area has slipped into the state’s dreaded purple tier of restrictions — the most severe.