Local governors warn people venturing outside to keep up social distancing rules

Posted at 8:25 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 20:45:10-04

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Warm weather has a lot of people in the Tri-State heading outside to parks, but some people are concerned increased crowds could spread COVID-19.

"If you're not concerned for anybody else, be concerned for other people," North College Hill resident Crystal Wheeler said.

Wheeler is a mother of two and a grandmother -- if she gets COVID-19 she could be hospitalized.

"I have a low immune system right now. I just had an infusion. I'm not going to go out there," Wheeler said.

In his Thursday press conference, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear addressed the topic.

"We have to do a better job even than we've done thus far," Beshear said.

Kentucky was one of the first states in the country to shut down schools, businesses, and to implement stay-at-home orders to try to slow the spread of the virus.

"Now is crunch time, so we have to do everything we can everywhere across this state to make sure we're following the guidelines and that's going to protect our loved ones," Beshear said.

Beshear said he wants Kentuckians to be careful when they head outdoors.

"When you go out, especially over these next two to three weeks, make sure you don't frustrate the sacrifice you've made all day and make sure you don't frustrate the sacrifice of those that have lost their jobs, lost their businesses or kids who are missing important weeks of in-school activity," he said. "Honor their sacrifice by doing it right and following the guidelines."

Cyclist Cynthia Smith took to the trails at her local park today.

"I think they were in their little family groups, but you know they were like ten feet apart and another ten feet there was another group," Smith said. "So, I didn't think they were being too close to each other. But just to ride the bike around, it was a lot more people than normally you would see."

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said Thursday some mayors are taking down basketball hoops to discourage crowds.

The City of Cincinnati tweeted that the park's trails are open, but playgrounds are closed.

The park still remains open to the public.

— Cincinnati Parks (@CincyParks) March 26, 2020

Cincinnati Parks posted a link to lesser-known parks to help keep crowds thinned out.

Check out our web article on our “hidden” Cincinnati Parks below! ⤵️

— Cincinnati Parks (@CincyParks) March 26, 2020

"I don't want drastic measures, but maybe it needs to be drastic measures," Wheeler said.

Cincinnati Police Officers said if they see a big group of people congregating, they would likely encourage people to follow social distancing recommendations.