Mayor urges Plattsburgh residents to wear masks as they celebrate Memorial Day

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With some businesses in the North Country open for about a week now, health officials are worried about a potentially dangerous combination.

After months of being cooped up at home, a holiday weekend with relaxed restrictions and great weather will send more people outside. But officials warn, Memorial Day 2020 should not be treated like years past.

On Thursday, Plattsburgh Mayor, Colin Read asked for people to be mindful about their friends and neighbors, by wearing masks. “If we don’t have some other prophylactic or, vaccine solution to this dilemma, it turns out that this is the most effective way you can imagine, as you saw in the diagram, to lowering the infection rate.”

And while not everyone is wearing one, Plattsburgh resident Kevin Lavurte is. He was out shopping Thursday.

“I’m just happy that they’ve started to open up, and I’m hoping people are still conscience of wearing the mask,” he said. “Because it’s going to be a thing for the next six months, I believe. If not then we’re really going to have to get serious.”

Ahead of a long holiday weekend, Read hopes people will heed the warnings. He’s cautious after recent coronavirus cases were linked to parties in the area.

“We’ll be watching for that, to ensure the governor’s order against congregation,” Read said. “He’s changed the limit to allow people to congregate up to ten, as you probably have seen. Even then, if they’re not a part of your household, just wear a mask. It’s going to make a world of a difference.”

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