It’s Time To Tell Your Family You Won’t Be Home For The Holidays And Here’s How

Here’s the truth: Covid numbers are increasing across the nation because of Thanksgiving. This means that it is time to make the tough call and cancel whatever in-person holiday gathering you might have. It is also time to tell your parents that you won’t be coming home for the holidays. It’s for everyone’s health and safety.

“Saturday Night Live” had a sketch showing the tough conversation we all need to have with our families.

Watching SNL’s “The Christmas Conversation” sketch is all too real. The holidays are some of the most important times for our families. It is the only time of year that the family regularly gathers to share gifts, love, and spend time together. However, Covid and the out of control post-Thanksgiving spread of the virus is enough reason to officially cancel any Christmas gatherings.

This year is going to require an unprecedented level of commitment not to see your family.

People around the world are being urged not to gather this year. Countries are implement restrictions on gathering to keep the spread of the virus under control. In the U.S., the Trump administration has not taken any steps to protect the American people leaving it up to the individual states to set their own restrictions to limit the spread of Covid.

So, how do you tell your family you won’t be there this year?

Start with the facts. It is important to remind your family that you are not skipping the holidays because you don’t want to be there. You are skipping one holiday season to keep everyone safe. We are all experiencing a surge of cases in the U.S. because people held in-person Thanksgiving gatherings despite the risk to public health.

There are a lot of factors that are at play when gathering with family. Gathering for the holidays at this point is dangerous and can lead to wide outbreaks of the virus among families. Before making the decision to gather, consider the well-being of your family.

First, the elderly are particularly vulnerable to developing serious complications if they contract Covid. This means that our abuelos are vulnerable to the symptoms and complications that can lead to hospitalization and death.

Second, underlying health conditions can make Covid fatal. This means people with diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and other major health ailments. The Latino community is one of the most at-risk communities for diabetes and heart disease. People with Type 2 diabetes, the type Latinos are most likely to develop, are at a higher risk of serious illness than those with Type 1 diabetes.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the leading medical minds in the nation, is urging Americans to do the right thing and not gather.

Everyone is making the tough choice to forgo the holiday season with family this year. It is a way of keeping your family safe and healthy and guaranteeing another chance to gather next year. It is a hard choice for people to make but it is an important choice.

Be honest with your family about your concerns. Let them know that you are not comfortable traveling to them and risking contracting the virus and exposing everyone. Our family units are one of the most important things in our lives. This holiday season, give them the best gift and prioritize their health and safety but not merging households for an in-person gathering. Go virtual and keep everybody safe.

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Chicago’s Mi Tocaya Is Offering Up Free Mexican Homemeals For Undocumented Community


Chicago’s Mi Tocaya Is Offering Up Free Mexican Homemeals For Undocumented Community

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Undocumented communities are being left out of Covid relief plans. Chef Diana Dávila of Mi Tocaya in Chicago is working to help undocumented restaurant worker in the time of Covid. Abuse of undocumented workers is rampant in certain industries and Chef Dávila hopes to offer some kind of help.

Mi Tocaya is a Mexican restaurant in Chicago’s Logan Square that wants to help the community.

Covid-19 has devastated the hospitality industry with restaurants being hit exceptionally hard. Restaurants have been forced to close their doors for good as the virus dragged on with no decent relief plan from the federal government. As several countries financially support citizens to avoid economic disaster, the U.S. government has given citizens $1,800 total to cover 10 months of isolating and business closures.

Namely, Mi Tocaya is working to help the undocumented community.

Mi Tocaya, a family-run restaurant, is teaming up with Chicago’s Top Chefs and local non-profits Dishroulette Kitchen and Logan Square Neighborhood Association. The goal is to highlight the issues facing the undocumented community during the pandemic.

The initiative called Todos Ponen, is all about uplifting members of our community in a time of severe need. The restaurant is creating healthy Mexican family meals for those in need.

”We asked ourselves; How can we keep our doors open, provide a true service to the community, maintain and create jobs, and keep the supply chain intact by supporting local farmers and vendors. This is the answer,” Chef Dávila said in a statement. “I confidently believe The TODOS PONEN Logan Square Project addresses all of the above and can very well be easily implemented in any community. Our goal is to bring awareness to the lack of resources available to the undocumented workforce- the backbone of our industry.”

The initiative starts in February.

Mi Tocaya is offering 1000 free meals for local farmers and undocumented restaurant workers. The meals are available for pickup Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2800 W Logan Blvd, Chicago, IL 60647. to make this happen, Mi Tocaya also needs your help.

The restaurant has teamed up with two nonprofits to make sure that they can scale their operation to fulfill their commitment. They are also asking for donations to make sure they can do what they can to help undocumented restaurant workers.

According to Eater LA, 8 million restaurant workers have been laid off since the pandemic started. Some restaurants have had to lay off up to 91 percent of their staff because of Covid, about 10 percent of those are undocumented. In the cities, that number is as high as 40 percent of the laid-off restaurant staff are undocumented.

“People don’t want to talk about the undocumented workforce, but they’re part of our daily routine in most restaurants,” Jackson Flores, who manages the operations of Mi Tocaya, said in a statement. “They are in the toughest position in the whole economy because they’re an invisible part of it. Restaurant worker advocacy groups have added the creation of relief funds to their agendas, but there have yet to be long-term changes in protections for undocumented workers. Without access to unemployment benefits and other government resources, this group is especially vulnerable.”

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One Instagram Page Is Exposing All Of The Gay Men Willfully Breaking Covid Guidelines To Party

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One Instagram Page Is Exposing All Of The Gay Men Willfully Breaking Covid Guidelines To Party

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The pandemic has dragged on for almost a year and it is getting very exhausting. However, that doesn’t mean you get to just break Covid guidelines. Gaysovercovid, an Instagram page, is exposing all of the gay men posting clear violations to Covid guidelines and it’s just so shameful.

GaysOverCovid is masterfully shaming gays who think they are above Covid guidelines.

Covid has killed more than 1,976,000 people around the world. The virus has forced governments into lockdowns to save lives. However, some people have continued to party and gather and travel with no regard for the consequences of their actions. Health officials have been urging people to avoid nonessential travel, not gather, and follow basic guidelines to keep people safe.

The account is exposing the white privilege and hypocrisy of some healthcare workers.

The vaccine is currently in circulation but the vaccine only prevents you from getting severely ill from the virus. You are still able to contract and spread the virus. The end of 2020 was a real booming moment for the Instagram page as gay men flocked in mass to Puerto Vallarta and Brazil to ring in the New Year while flouting life-saving Covid guidelines.

A lot of the men exposed quickly make their social media accounts private.

Maybe it is because they are embarrassed that they are part of the spread problem. Or maybe they are doing some soul searching after their actions. Most likely, they think that making their accounts private long enough will give everything time to blow over so they can act like normal members of society when we are finally through this hard time.

The Instagram page has even helped to expose underground parties.

Covid is still killing people. Los Angeles, where many of these gay men live, is among one of the worst outbreaks in the nation. It is so important that people keep doing their part and being responsible. We are nearing the end of Covid with vaccination plans rolling out across the nation. Be patient. be responsible. Wear a mask. Don’t travel. Avoid crowds. Do the right thing.

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