Beachgoers reminded to maintain social distancing

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – White House coronavirus coordinator, Deborah Birx, showed concern recently over reports that beachgoers across the country were not maintaining six feet of social distancing.

Here in western Massachusetts, the rules are unmistakable for the visitors to the state parks in Chicopee and Westfield.

Local residents however seem grateful for this partial Memorial Day weekend opening but remain cautious about the possible danger of spreading the virus.

“Honestly it’s okay that stuff is opening up slowly,” Ernie Harris of Springfield told 22News. “I just hope that people keep their distance and have a good time. We really don’t know how this spread is going to play out.”

According to the rules set down by Governor Charlie Baker, swimmers and beachgoers must not only maintain six feet of social distancing but be careful to avoid clustering together into groups of ten or more people.

Safety guidelines in place as Massachusetts beaches set to reopen

Wearing a mask is mandatory for those who get too close to each other. Dr. Birx wants to reminds the public that you don’t know who may be infected.

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