Memorial Day is usually a weekend that we not only celebrate our fallen soldiers, but it’s also a time that we get together as family and friends while many of us throw something on the grill.
But this year is a little different.
With the “shelter-at-home” orders and social distancing guidelines just now being lifted in many states, people are excited to get out and get together while others are still a little hesitant to start back. And rightfully so, as coronavirus cases at 1.6 million in the U.S. and deaths nearing 98,000, there’s still a reason to be cautious no matter how bad we want to get back to “normal” (whatever that means).
So is it safe to have a BBQ this weekend?
Family physician, Dr. Jen Caudle, advises us to first search for and adhere to your city and state’s social distancing guidelines.
If you’re planning on taking your barbecue to the park or a beach, know that there will likely be local officials enforcing social distancing measures and capping parking at a set capacity.
For example, some parks will cap their attendance at 25% capacity in an effort to control crowds. Also, many public restrooms and concessions will also be closed and there will be no lifeguards at many of the beaches.
Some governors have asked Americans to take it easy this weekend. “It is not a weekend to have a big barbecue,” Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo said to CNN. “Get together in a small group. Enjoy your family. Go for a walk.”
“No matter what we are allowed to do, remember that social distancing is our best friend in fighting this disease,” reminds Dr. Caudle.
With that said, here are some more things to do not only BBQ, but enjoy the weekend too.
Use disposable plasticware. Instead of breaking out the “good dishes” for your family and friends, use paper or plastic plates, forks, knives and forks so that you can throw them away and minimize contact with dishes. Experts say one thing this pandemic has taught us is that