Richmond Times-Dispatch

WhiteHouse proceeding with holiday gatherings

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WASHINGTON— Public health officials are sounding alarms and urging Americans not to travel and limit gatherings this holiday season amid a new surge in coronaviru­s cases.

Still, the White House continues planning a host of festivitie­s, including holiday parties, which kicked off Monday with the arrival of the White House Christmas tree.

“Attending the parties will be a very personal choice,” said Stephanie Grisham, first lady Melania Trump’s spokeswoma­n and chief of staff. “It is a longstandi­ng tradition for people to visit and enjoy the cheer and iconic décor of the annual White House Christmas celebratio­ns.”

The White House has already been the site of several suspected “supersprea­der” events and dozens of staff — along with the president, the first lady and their son— have been infected, along with a long list of campaign aides and other advisers.

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