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Staying safe this Labor Day amid a pandemic

Posted at 6:22 PM, Sep 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-07 19:22:37-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Usually Labor Day weekend is spent among family and friends while doing fun activities. This year, the long weekend was still celebrated, but with slight adjustments due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

Many people took their celebrations outdoors and limited the amount of people they gathered with, just as Dr. David Quimby, CHI Infectious Disease physician, advised last week. Several had face masks on and each group ensured to maintain at least six feet between any other gathering.

Sheryl Moomew and Kevin McDermott decided to spend the sunny day outside with just each other.

“We just wanted to find a shady spot and have a picnic,” Moomew said.

A group of college friends, who say they’ve created their own quarantine bubble, celebrated the holiday by having a picnic and painting.

Moomew and McDermott said they’d typically spend the holiday with a larger group of family, but they didn’t mind the adjustments.

“We’d probably have a bigger get together with friends and be more active with doing something somewhere else, where more people were at. Just took the day off to be by ourselves and enjoy it,” Moomew said.

Sophie Green, a college student who spent the day with friends, said that if we weren’t in a pandemic they would probably celebrate the holiday with plans that were a little more exciting.

“We might maybe try to go to a lake house or go do something a little bit more fun but you know, we’re doing the best we can and just social distancing,” Green said.

Dr. Quimby said we should expect to see the COVID case numbers reflect whether or not people took precautions this weekend in about a week.