Officials fear spike in COVID cases after Labor Day gatherings

Reporter: Nicole Lauren Writer: Jackie Winchester
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Many of you are saying enough is enough and are planning to head to the beach or enjoy a backyard barbecue this Labor Day. That’s despite health officials warning not to make the same mistakes we did over Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.

More than 11,000 cases of COVID-19 were reported after the Fourth, and officials are worried that spike may return after people gather for Labor Day parties.

Over the weekend, there were boat parades and packed beaches. We asked some people if they changed their holiday plans because of the coronavirus, and some said they’re being extra cautious while others aren’t letting it get in the way, especially since cases are trending downward in Florida.

“I think it’s a precaution, you know. We need to follow the guidelines for our own health and other people’s health and not crowd up,” said Joe Davis of Punta Gorda.

“Although we’re in a pandemic, we must always, always remember to get out, live life in a safe and reasonable way, because it’s not gonna get us down. Definitely not. We’re getting on our motorcycle, we’re riding, the dog goes on the motorcycle and we have a good time no matter what we do,” said Cynthia Schulze of North Fort Myers.

Masks are still required on Fort Myers Beach when social distancing isn’t possible. Fines are $50 for people who don’t adhere to the ordinance, and businesses face a $500 fine.

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