Zoom drops time limits for families to celebrate holidays together

The news comes as officials urge Americans not to travel for the holidays.

"COVID-19 has changed how we live, work, and celebrate in 2020, and like everything else this year, the holiday season doesn’t look the same," the video-conferencing company said in a blogpost. "As a token of appreciation to our users during an extraordinary time, we’re removing the 40-minute limit on free Zoom accounts for all meetings globally for several upcoming special occasions."

The dates and times for the free unlimited meetings are from 10 a.m. ET on Dec. 17 to 6 a.m. ET on Dec. 19, from 10 a.m. ET on Dec. 23 to 6 a.m. ET on Dec. 26, and then from 10 a.m. ET on Dec. 30 to 6 a.m. ET on Jan. 2.

The company said users don't need to do anything to remove the time limits; it will be automatically lifted during those times.

It recommended families protect from uninvited guests by using a passcode or enabling waiting rooms. The company also suggested using festive virtual backgrounds.

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