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Wishing You A Joyous and Safe Thanksgiving

Nov 20, 2020

As Thanksgiving approaches, I am writing to you about the difficult decisions we all find ourselves facing.

The holiday season is a wonderful time of year filled with joyous and cherished traditions. At this time of year, we’re always reminded of what’s truly important in life—our family, friends, and loved ones. And this holiday season, keeping those dearest to us safe should be of the utmost importance to us all.

Due to the current rate of infection for COVID-19, I want to urge you all to make thoughtful choices about how to celebrate this year. For some, this might mean adjusting cherished holiday traditions to limit exposure, so we can enjoy many more holiday seasons to come. The CDC has recommended you celebrate only with members of your household and has warned that travel may increase your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19.

We recently received news that indicates two new effective vaccines are on the horizon and there may be a light at the end of the tunnel. Unfortunately, these vaccines will still not be widely available for months at the earliest, and with parts of Illinois experiencing their worst surges in cases to date, we must continue our efforts to limit the spread of cases so that as many people as possible can receive a vaccine when it becomes available.

In the meantime, we as a community ought to recommit ourselves to the safe practices of wearing a mask, staying home, and limiting our gatherings. I’m confident that the resilience of our community, which has carried us through this year’s unprecedented challenges, will meet the demands of this moment.

In light of the challenges we did face this year, I am ever more thankful this Thanksgiving for my loving wife, our two beautiful daughters, and our entire Chicago community.

I wish you all a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving!