Health officials urge taking safety precautions at large gatherings

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) – Concerts, Broadway shows, college football games and other large entertainment gatherings and events are back despite the latest surge of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, doctors and health officials like Alabama Department of Public Health Dr. Karen Landers are urging people to continue using COVID-19 safety guidelines at these big events.

“We continue to recommend universal indoor masking, we tell people that if you are outdoors and very close to each other, as can happen at many events,” said Dr. Landers. “You know I see people in photos and there’s not 12 inches between people. I recommend wearing your mask because again we don’t know who has COVID who doesn’t.

Hundreds to hundreds of thousands of people filled stadiums, packed theaters and attended music festivals as many states resumed hosting large events and social gatherings. This comes despite the number of COVID-19 cases remaining high, especially in the south.

Dr. Landers urges people to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines at these events to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus and its variants.

“I think when we have very high community transmission, let’s just assume everyone has COVID, and then that way you act on it to protect yourself with your mask, with your hand washing, with your social distancing and well sure if you’re vaccinated obviously I always say people, you’re in a much better place if you’re vaccinated,” Dr Landers said.

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Susan W. Lloyd