Current Guidelines For Thanksgiving

Current Guidelines For Thanksgiving

Current Guidelines For Thanksgiving

Some of us thought the COVID-19 pandemic would be over by Thanksgiving. Some of us assumed that the pandemic wouldn’t have a major impact on our holiday plans. The truth is that the past few weeks have revealed that not only is COVID-19 still here, but it’s also gotten worse. This has many of us wondering how we should handle Thanksgiving.

Traveling on the West Coast

On October 13, the three west coast states released a press release that outlined their guidelines for traveling during the holiday season. It wasn’t the news many of us wanted to hear. The joint press release the three west coast states issued urged limiting travel to, “work and study, critical infrastructure support, economic services, and supply chains, health, immediate medical care and safety, and security.”

The good news is that California hasn’t followed in Connecticut’s footsteps and issued a mandated quarantine for individuals who are traveling from high-risk states, but the state is advising that people stay home as much as possible this Thanksgiving. At this point, the state is simply advising that anyone coming to California quarantine themselves for fourteen days. It’s merely a suggestion, if positive tests continue to rise, it’s possible the state will create a mandatory quarantine.

Celebrating Thanksgiving in 2020

Many of us aren’t worried about out-of-state travel restrictions, because a large majority of us opt to spend the holiday with local friends and family. COVID-19 shouldn’t impact local get-togethers, right?


On October 9, the California Department of Health issued a list of requirements that, if followed, they hoped would prevent the infection rate from soaring after the Thanksgiving holiday.

These mandatory requirements included:

✦ Keeping attendance to under 3 households
✦ Limiting Thanksgiving gatherings to people you cohabitate with or who you routinely physically interact with
✦ Collecting contact information and names of everyone who attends the Thanksgiving gathering
✦ Having the gathering outdoors whenever possible
✦ Anyone who develops COVID-19 symptoms is required to avoid Thanksgiving gatherings
✦ If a person develops COVID-19 symptoms within 48 hours of attending a Thanksgiving gathering must notify everyone who was also in attendance
✦ Social distancing requirements should be observed during the Thanksgiving gathering
✦ Hand sanitizer and handwashing stations should be readily available
✦ Unless eating or drinking, a mask should be worn during the gathering
✦ Gatherings should not last longer than 2 hours
✦ Outdoor singing/chanting/dancing is strongly discouraged, but playing an instrument outdoors is allowed

The L.A. mayor urged the residents of his city to “not do anything stupid” this holiday season. The best way to keep yourself and your loved ones safe is by using common sense and limiting the number of people you come into contact with over the upcoming holidays.

Aggravated Mayhem in California

Aggravated Mayhem in California

Aggravated Mayhem in California

Tggravated mayhem might sound like it’s shenanigans that get out of hand, but that’s not the reality. According to California law, aggravated mayhem is, “intentionally causing someone a permanent disability or disfigurement, or to deprive the person of a limb, organ or member of the body.” A charge of aggravated mayhem in California is similar to aggravated battery or torture.

It’s important for everyone involved in an aggravated mayhem case to remember that the victim has to have been either disabled or disfigured during the alleged incident. Legally speaking, there’s a huge difference between an injury that will eventually heal and a lifelong disfigurement. If doctors determine that the victim didn’t sustain injuries that will leave them permanently disabled or disfigured, the charges against you will have to be altered.

It’s worth noting that a charge of aggravated mayhem can be filed if the victim suffers severe psychological damage.

Consequences of Aggravated Mayhem in California

Aggravated mayhem is not a wobbler offense. It’s always a felony offense.

It’s also worth noting that legal consequences aren’t the only problem you face in an aggravated mayhem case. The victim can also choose to file a civil lawsuit against you. The victim can file a civil case against you even if the DA drops the charges or a jury finds you not guilty.

A guilty conviction of aggravated mayhem can include:

✦ Fines of more than $10,000
✦ Life in prison with the possibility of parole

Possible Aggravated Mayhem Defenses

If you’ve been charged with aggravated mayhem, you’ll want a good criminal defense lawyer in your corner, and you’ll want their legal advice as soon as you’re arrested. You don’t want to accidentally say something that jeopardizes your defense.

Potential arguments you can use to defend yourself in an aggravated mayhem case include:

✦ That the injuries the victim sustained weren’t permanent
✦ That the prosecutor can’t show probable cause
✦ You didn’t intend to injure the victim

Putting together a solid defense in aggravated mayhem cases takes a lot of time and investigation so find a good attorney as quickly as possible.

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