SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — Memphians are celebrating Memorial Day and remembering those who died serving our country a little differently this year.
Instead of large gatherings, many decided to celebrate with their family or a few friends to practice social distancing in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many people decided to spend Memorial Day outside, hanging out by the river in Harbor Town, riding a bike, or just a simple picnic.
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After this weekend, the Shelby County Health Department will look at data to see if there is a spike. That will determine if people practiced social distancing or not.
Many people decided to keep their gatherings smaller this year.
“I wish they were BBQing today man, but none of my family is doing anything and it’s weird because we usually BBQ,” Jasmine Gaston told FOX13.
Gaston decided to picnic with her fiancé and friend along the Mississippi River. It was something a little different, but she wanted to practice social distancing.
“I’m not afraid of it, I just don’t want it,” she said.
Before the holiday, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said courtesy crews would be patrolling the parks to make sure people are keeping a safe distance.
The health department will look at COVID-19 data from Memorial Day weekend to see if there is an increase in cases.
While some decided to picnic, others went to South Main Street to grab some food, especially since restaurants are starting to open up
“We are ready to start our life over again now and ready to take it gradually,” said Tawanda Pirtle. “We don’t want to jump out here in everything.”
But despite the pandemic, everyone’s hearts were set on spending time with loved ones and remembering everyone who lost their lives fighting for our country.
“Salute to all our guys and girls taking care of us in uniforms,” said Pirtle.
FOX13 reached out to Memphis Police to see how many crowd violation calls they responded to over the holiday weekend. We are waiting to get that information from the Memphis Police Department.
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