The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is encouraging responsible gatherings and safe recreating during this year’s Fourth of July celebrations as the holiday lands on a weekend for the first time in five years.
In a news release, State Parks staff said they’re worried about larger-than-normal attendance and celebrations, especially at parks or near beaches, lakes and rivers. Larger gatherings could lead to more outbreaks of COVID-19, the disease caused by novel coronavirus, they said in the release.
“To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, State Parks reminds celebrants to practice social distancing and good hygiene, use face coverings and limit party sizes,” the news release said.
Staff are also encouraging the public to recreate close to home, check for park closures, bring extra supplies, pack out what they’ve packed in and have a backup plan, just in case their park of choice is too crowded.
In order to decrease the likelihood of large gatherings, many organizers around the state have canceled fireworks shows.
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