Some members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force have weighed in on the measures Americans ought to take because the nation will get prepared for Memorial Day weekend in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stated on CNN’s Global Town Hall Thursday that he’ll spend Memorial Day taking hikes with a masks on, and he stated Americans can likewise exit so long as they take measures to remain secure.
“It depends in the dynamics of the outbreak where you are, but wherever you are—I mean Memorial Day is a very important holiday. Hopefully the sun will be out, we’ll be having people who want to get out there and get fresh air—you can do that. We are not telling people to just lock in, unless you are in a situation where you have a major outbreak going on—we don’t have to much of that right now in the country,” Fauci stated.
“Go out. Wear a mask, stay six feet away from anyone just so you have the physical distancing, and go out. Go for a run, go for a walk, go fishing—as long as you are not in a crowd and you are not in a situation where you can physically transmit the virus,” Fauci stated.
At an unscheduled press convention Friday, Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coordinator for the Coronavirus Task Force, reiterated that even individuals who appear wholesome could also be carrying the brand new coronavirus, and she or he informed Americans who’re planning to exit for Memorial Day to proceed social distancing protocols, including that she is aware of “the American people can do this.”
“Please, as you go out this weekend understand you can go out, you can be outside, you can play golf, you can play tennis with marked balls, you can go to the beaches if you stay six feet apart. But remember that is your space, and that is the space that you need to protect and ensure you are social distanced for others,” Birx stated.
In an interview on WTMJ four in Milwaukee Wednesday, Alex Azar, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, stated that there are “appropriate things” individuals ought to do, however they’ll exit to benefit from the weekend whereas observing native and state legal guidelines.
“I would encourage you as always to evaluate and know your own circumstances. What is your own level of risk as well as those of your household members because that can help play into your decision making,” Azar stated.
“Going to your lake place in Wisconsin, keeping appropriate distance from non-family members, wearing a face mask if you are in settings where you are going to have to be closer than six feet from people—these are appropriate things we can do. We can get outside, we can enjoy life, enjoy the great weather. That is all part of getting America back up and running again,” Azar stated.
Newsweek reached out to the White House for additional feedback from the Coronavirus Task Force, however they didn’t reply again in time for publication.