With Thanksgiving fast approaching, local and state officials are sending out last reminders about gathering size limits.

From a story reported on by WWLP/22 News, under state standards, there should be no more than 10 people in a house, 25 outdoors, and those gatherings should end by 9:30 p.m.

If you don’t comply, local police and health departments do have the authority to enforce the guidelines; something that is in the back of residents’ minds.

Sydney Pasini of Springfield, said, "Oh absolutely. I think the numbers that [he’s] putting in place should really be followed for everyone involved, no matter if you are going to see family or just friends.”

While some people follow the state’s guidelines, others choose not to; so much so that the governor’s office and public health departments teamed up to create a non-compliance hotline.

Your complaints will be investigated by your health department.

Police won’t be actively seeking out large gatherings, but they will respond to complaints if necessary. If you are found in violation, you could face a $500 fine.

So, a word to the wise. Be careful, and be safe. Please check out the full story on WWLP's website located here.

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