Local Enforcement Won’t be Citing Thanksgiving Gatherings, but Still Don’t Encourage It

Local Enforcement Won’t be Citing Thanksgiving Gatherings, but Still Don’t Encourage It

November 25, 2020 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

By Mark Askelson markkrjb@loretel.net (11/25/20)

Ada, MN — On November 20th, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz signed an Executive Order prohibiting people from outside their own household from gathering for social occasions until December 18th. Under the order, it would be against the law for separate households to gather for their Thanksgiving traditions. But will local law enforcement be fining or jailing people for disobeying the order? The short and only answer is: No. Norman County Sheriff Jeremy Thornton agrees that it is wise and safer to make some alterations to your usual plans, but has no intention of issuing any citations.

Ada Police Chief Jody Bueng mimics Sheriff Thornton’s statement, noting that he just hopes Ada residents do the right thing and use common sense when considering hosting a gathering this Thanksgiving.

Technically, the Governor’s Executive Order states that any individually who willfully violates the order could face a fine of up to $1,000 or no more than 90 days in jail. Sheriff Thornton notes that he has not heard of any other area law enforcement agency issuing a fine for gathering with people outside their household at this point.