Updated: May 20, 2020 12:43 PM
Created: May 20, 2020 11:15 AM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester's mayor and police chief provided some guidance on how the city will be handling this weekend's memorial day celebrations.
On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state will allow memorial day ceremonies with up to 10 people, but said the final decision is being left up to local officials.
Mayor Lovely Warren said the city is allowing the small celebrations, if everyone follows social distancing guidelines.
“We must remember that COVID-19 is still very much among us,” Warren said. “The virus is still within our community and it's still spreading. It will not take a vacation and it's up to us to protect our circle."
Last week, the governor announced that state and local beaches would be opening for the holiday, with some safety restrictions.
Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary said that RPD will have high visibility patrols on Ontario beach and Durand-Eastman parks to make sure people are following social distancing and masking rules.
He also said education is currently the department’s focus and that tickets will be given out as a last resort.
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