Pandemic favorite Zoom announced they would remove the 40-minute limit for all meetings for calls on Thanksgiving. Between midnight ET and 6 a.m. ET on November 27, all meetings will have unlimited time, according to a tweet from the company.

“As a thank you to our customers, we will be lifting the 40-minute limit for all meetings globally from midnight ET on Nov. 26 through 6 a.m. ET on Nov. 27 so your family gatherings don’t get cut short,” Zoom tweeted on Nov. 10. “#ZoomTogether/”

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Under a traditional free plan, users have 40 minutes to meet while more than two people are on the call. To avoid the time limit, users must pay a starting fee of $15 a month for a premium account.

Health experts have encouraged people to limit large gatherings due to the pandemic. Dr. Fauci , the nation’s top infectious disease doctor, shared that his three children would not be coming home for Thanksgiving. Dr. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University, told PEOPLE that Thanksgiving could create “the environment in which the COVID virus would like to spread.”

States across the country are seeing high surges of coronavirus cases and governors, too, are urging people to keep celebrations small. The United States reached a milestone of 1 million cases in a week the week before the holiday. As of November 17, 11.2 million cases and at least 246,879 deaths were caused by the coronavirus in the United States, according to the New York Times.

Read more about protecting yourself from coronavirus. Check the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself and check our latest article to learn how COVID-19 differs from the flu.

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