“We want everybody to enjoy the holiday weekend,” Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday. “We tend to feel safe around our family and friends but in fact that’s when we let our guard down.”
Dr. Miriam Alexander from LifeBridge health echoed that warning.
“We must stay safe, we must keep others safe,” she said.
On Sunday, the state’s health department reported 112,119 total coronavirus cases, up just over 500 from the day prior.
Ahead of the weekend, Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young laid out a number of rules officials said would keep people safe, including avoiding cookouts with those from outside their homes, wearing masks in public, practicing social distancing and proper handwashing.
Officials are well aware the holiday weekend is about getting together, but this year, that comes with a risk.
“There are many people who may be carrying the infection and we don’t know about it,” Alexander said.
Doctors said people who plan to have small gatherings should have them outdoors in a well-ventilated area.
That’s part of the reason the Harris family decided to spend part of their Sunday outside at Federal Hill Park.
“We’re in a park, open space, open air, fresh air, so I thought it was the best place to be,” Jessica Harris said.
“We talked about where we could go to have fun, get some good air,” Gregg Harris added.
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