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Guests to White House Hanukkah party hesitant to attend due to coronavirus

24 14 20

NEW YORK — While the White House is moving forward with plans to hold its annual Hanukkah party next month, some of those invited are thinking twice about risking attending what will likely be an indoor event in the midst of an out-of-control second wave of the pandemic.

Invitations do not stipulate that the event will be held indoors, but a source with direct knowledge of the matter told The Times of Israel that would likely be the case given that the reception is scheduled on December 9th when temperatures in Washington are typically in the low 40s (4-8° Celsius.)

The invitations sent out last Thursday make no mention of special COVID-19 protocols, but guests who have confirmed their attendance received an email — viewed by The Times of Israel — requiring them to wear a mask.

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For the Abraham Accords signing ceremony on the White House lawn in September, mask-wearing was only recommended.

US President DonaldTrump has come under fire for holding a number of crowded events at the White House, including several that are believed to have spread the coronavirus. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease specialist, called the reception for recently confirmed Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett a “superspreader event.”

The email sent out to Hanukkah party attendees........

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