Erin Bromage, CNN contributor and biology professor at UMass Dartmouth, gave tips on how to keep your Independence Day gatherings as safe as possible this holiday weekend.
Here's his advice:
- At a barbecue: Limit the number of guests at your barbecue and keep it outside — and if it rains, send people home. “We can't forget the physical distancing. We still need to have that six feet when we're outside,” he says.
- At the beach: Go to the beach if you can properly space out from other people. If it’s jam-packed, turn around.
- At the pool: You still need to social distance when in the pool. Sorry — that means no playing Marco Polo.
- At the fireworks show: When watching fireworks, don’t congregate too closely to others. “If you can actually spread out and create distance between your family and other families, then you can do this safely,” he said.
Bromage said that overall, people need to be vigilant, or cases will inevitably rise once again.
“I get a little bit afraid there's not a lot of moderation in the US public right now. It's sort of [either] people locking themselves away or going out and having parties like they did six months ago. We need moderation. … Be aware that there's still a threat out there, and if we let our guard down even for just one night, we go into the situation that we're seeing in Texas, that we’re seeing in Arizona,” he said.
Bottom line? “Keep your distance, keep it outside, wash your hands often, wear a mask when you can't distance,” he said.