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Zoom will drop 40-minute time limit for Thanksgiving

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The tech giant Zoom is dropping its 40-minute time limit for free meeting on Thanksgiving. (WWMT/File)

A leader in socially-distanced communication made virtual Thanksgiving dinners a little easier.

Zoom announced on Twitter Nov. 10, 2020, it would lift the 40-minute time limit for meeting on Thanksgiving so "your family gatherings don't get cut short."

The tech giant typically ends a meeting after 40 minutes for free if the user is not a customer. Users can pay for an extended meeting with plans ranging from $150-$200 a year.

As COVID-19 cases rose throughout Michigan, and the nation, many decided to host a virtual Thanksgiving dinner in 2020.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued an epidemic order, limiting the size of indoor gatherings through the holiday. The order took effect Wednesday, Nov. 18, and would last three weeks.

According to the order, families could gather with one other household in a residence, while also exercising COVID-19 precautions.

Restaurants and bars also remained closed for indoor dining.