On Wednesday, May 20, Mayor Lovely Warren and Police Chief La’Ron Singletary held a special press conference to urge Rochester and nearby residents to use utmost caution while gathering with others during the Memorial Day weekend. While the Rochester and Finger Lakes regions are in Phase 1 of the state’s SARS-CoV-2 pandemic re-opening schedule, people in these regions must continue to follow special protocols when interacting with others to prevent the increased spread of the virus and a new wave of hospitalizations.
As Mayor Warren explained: “We have to be smart about it. We must remember that COVID 19 is still very much among us… I want you to go outside and get some sun but I’m also asking you to wear a mask. Stay six feet away form those who don’t live in your household. Remember six feet saves lives. One large gathering could very well become the epicenter of an outbreak that will drive those metrics in the wrong direction.”
“Depending on our social distancing practicing, this weekend may be a true barometer for if we remain stagnant or transition to back to normal,” said Police Chief Singletary.
Police will be patrolling over the weekend, especially at gathering spots like the Charlotte and Durand Beaches. Gatherings are restricted to no more than 10 people. Although anyone breaking the rules won’t be arrested, they will be approached by police and receive a warning. They will also receive education about how they’re putting other people’s lives at risk.