Celebrations with crowds that do not follow proper physical distancing guidelines could lead to extended restrictions in North Carolina and Orange County.
“The increase in positive COVID-19 cases in North Carolina is very likely associated with increased gatherings during the Memorial Day holiday,” says Orange County Health Director Quintana Stewart. “We are urging everyone to continue safe practices, especially during the holiday weekend, so we don’t see an additional spike in cases in the coming weeks.”
North Carolina and Orange County are currently in Safer-At-Home, Phase Two of re-opening until at least July 17. Safer-at-home orders limit indoor gatherings to 10 people and outdoor to 25 people. People should still wear face coverings and maintain 6 feet distance from others when they gather with people that are not from their household.
Holidays like the Fourth of July are usually celebrated in large crowds and with family and friends, but we must adapt to protect those we love and care about. Consider celebrating Independence Day differently this year:
Porch Potluck: Instead of gathering, do a food potluck drive-by. Make your signature dish for a potluck and drop off portions at the homes of those who would normally join together (like your neighbors). Set up a time for the potluck drive-by to begin and once everyone is done distributing, set up a virtual conference (over Zoom, Google Hangout, Skype, etc.) so everyone can still enjoy their goodies together.
Many area events have been cancelled due to COVID-19. All fireworks which explode or are projected into the air are illegal in North Carolina. Those include Roman candles, aerial fireworks, bottle rockets, and firecrackers. Even fireworks that don’t explode or leave the ground can be dangerous. For example, sparklers burn at around 2,000 degrees, which is hot enough to melt some metals.