SCHD reminds community to wear masks during Memorial Day activities

WATCH: SCHD reminds community to wear masks during Memorial Day activities

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Shelby County Health Department issued a warning to continue to wear masks and practice social distancing during Memorial Day events.

Memorial Day weekend is usually associated with large barbeques or pool parties.

This year might look a little different.

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Wayne Vandever said this year he was invited to a pool party but decided it's probably safer to stay at home.

“Be a lot of kids around, though, which is a crowd situation, so I'll probably avoid that,” Vandever said.

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Dr. Bruce Randolph with the health department said people’s behavior over the weekend could make an impact on the COVID-19 data.

He was trying to figure out if a recent spike in cases reported from Monday to Wednesday was because of Mother's Day gatherings or from outbreaks in nursing homes.

“You have spring fever, you want to be out and enjoy friends,” Randolph said. “Do so but do so in a healthy and safe manner.”

He added that outdoor celebrations are safer if you keep a safe distance and wear masks.

Another suggestion was to use disposable cups or canned or bottled drinks instead of a pitcher.

Randolph said if the data is impacted in a negative way, we might have to go backward.

“Brothers and sisters, we’ve gone too far now to turn back,” Randolph said. “Do the right thing. Enjoy yourself, but be safe, and be healthy.”

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