Gathering safely for Memorial Day weekend

BOWLING GREEN, Ky . – Memorial Day is Monday, and many people will be gathering over the weekend, but a holiday is not an excuse for ignoring social distancing guidelines.

While Memorial Day is a day to get together and remember those who have fought and died for our country, honoring them can still be done safely according to Simpson County Judge-Executive Mason Barnes.

“There will be people who want to have cookouts and so-forth that goes along with Memorial Day and I would just suggest you do that in as safe a manner as you can,” said Barnes.

Local officials are reminding the public to remain 6-feet from one another.

Gatherings of less than 10 are now allowed but gathering safely is still essential.

“It’s vital that you remember you can’t just go in and all of a sudden, just because you can get together with your family or friends, don’t overdo it and speed the spread up. Don’t have parties of 30 or 40 people. Try to maintain social distancing throughout the weekend. Have a good time. Enjoy each other, but enjoy each other safely,” said Warren County Judge-Executive Mike Buchanan.

Officials encourage folks to have their small gatherings outdoors and try to seat people from different households away from one another.

“The virus doesn’t spread as rapidly when you are in a well-ventilated area like the outdoors. So, it is safer outdoors than it is a closed environment, a closed room environment with other people,” said Buchanan.

“We all want to give everybody a hug. It’s been a long time and we haven’t hugged anyone, we haven’t shook hands. We had a fiscal court meeting this morning and I wanted to shake all those guys’ hands, and we didn’t shake hands. So just kind of remember those things as we go along. But honestly, I think if we will just use some good common sense and be respectful of others, I think we are going to be in a pretty good place,” said Barnes.

It is also wise to keep up with hand washing and sanitizing commonly touched surfaces like doorknobs and light switches.