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Memorial Day is set aside every year to honor those who have served ourcountry, and it marks the unofficial start of summer. Families may continue the tradition of placing flowers and American flags at their friends and loved ones’ gravesites. Cemetery visitors are asked to follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines and maintain physical distancing while visiting.
The Knox County Unified Command reminds residents to continue observing precautions during the holiday weekend. This includes gatherings of no more than ten individuals, whether indoors or outside. This includes cookouts and religious gatherings. Any gathering with fewer than 10 people must still adhere to social distancing requirements by keeping six feet from others, no matter where gatherings are held. It is also important to limit gatherings only to people living within the same household to avoid transmitting the virus through social networks. Residents are asked to continue following the latest guidance if leaving home for essential or recreational activities. Beginning on May 1st individuals were required to wear a face-covering when in public places, or when working and unable to maintain a six-foot social distance. Face-coverings will still be required in public indoor spaces, such as stores. This new requirement applies to all individuals over the age of two who can medically tolerate a face-covering, and the face- covering should cover their nose and mouth.
The Galesburg public parks are open, as are many others in the county, for individual use such as fishing, walking, or hiking, and provided there are no gatherings of more than ten individuals. The park shelters are not open for use. Residents can visit greenhouses, garden centers, and nurseries, go boating, and golfing when following the guidelines and enjoy specific State parks as designated by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
If you are planning a cookout, with only your household members, this weekend remember to Shop Small, Shop Local! Don’t forget to look for your favorite local business online or via social media for deals, delivery or curbside pickup. Residents can still patronize local restaurants in their respective communities for delivery or pick-up.
“This continues to be a challenging time for all, and we have all had to make big sacrifices to protect the health of our county,” says Michele Gabriel, Public Health Administrator and Randy, Hovind, Chief GFD/Knox County Emergency Management. “We hope everyone has the opportunity to spend time with family this Memorial Day weekend and remember the sacrifices of our nation’s active duty and reserve service members and veterans.”
***Report Courtesy of the Knox County Emergency Management Agency***