Health officials plead for caution to prevent COVID spread during Labor Day weekend

With hot weather coming, Labor Day weekend is expected to see an increase in social gatherings. Health officials hope to limit COVID-19 spread, which ticked up following Memorial Day and Fourth of July.

“This Labor Day weekend, change things up a bit to protect yourself and your family. For example, stay outside if you are gathering with people you don’t live with: indoors is riskier,” County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody said.

Officials laid out a series of recommendations aimed at preventing spread, while acknowledging that people are likely to socialize.

“We’re in an unprecedented situation now and can’t behave like it’s business as usual,” Cody added.

Health leaders stressed that outdoors, particularly when masked and distanced, is safer than any time indoors. Communicating with the host of a gathering in advance to understand their safety protocols is also essential.

They also said that past spread has been linked to people attending gatherings while showing COVID-19 symptoms. Anyone with symptoms, even small, should stay away from those outside of their households. Residents are urged to leave any gathering where someone seems sick or symptomatic.

The guidance also recommends extra caution in the days before gathering with others, limiting potential exposure points.

To see the full list of tips from county health officials, click here.