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For Thanksgiving Day, Zoom will lift its 40-minute time limit for free meetings

November 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The announcement comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance on small gatherings during the holiday season.

(CNN)The holidays are upon us and one tech company is already in the giving spirit.

Zoom announced it will lift its timed meeting limit on Thanksgiving so "your family gatherings don't get cut short. "

The video communications company announced in a tweet that the 40-minute time limit it usually has on its free meetings will be lifted globally on November 26 (Thanksgiving Day).

Normally, the platform offers free meetings for a maximum of 40 minutes (participants can then simply start another free meeting -- making it the most popular choice for video conference on the market).

The announcement comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance on small gatherings during the holiday season.

The main guidance, according to the CDC, is assessing the levels of Covid-19 infections in communities to determine whether to postpone, cancel or limit the number of people at a celebration or whether to attend certain activities.

If there are high infection rates, the agency recommends limited gatherings.

"Some people in this country are going to be able to have a relatively normal type of a Thanksgiving, but in other areas of the country, it's going to be, 'You better hold off and maybe just have immediate family, and make sure you do it in a way that people wear masks, and you don't have large crowds of people,'" Dr. Fauci said.

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