‘Avoid large gatherings, it’s that simple,’ doctor says of holiday weekend

ORLANDO, Fla. — Holidays normally mean getting together with family and friends, but COVID-19 has changed the way many people will celebrate this Labor Day weekend.

Doctors are warning people to be careful so we don’t end up with an explosion of cases like we saw after Memorial Day weekend.

Here in Central Florida, thousands of people are expected to head to Daytona Beach to enjoy the surf and sand, as well as Daytona Truck Meet 2020, an event billed as “the world’s largest truck show.”

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The event was moved from June to this weekend because of the coronavirus.

Dr. Timothy Hendrix, medical director at AdventHealth Centra Care, said it could be difficult for eventgoers at events like this to maintain safe social distancing.

He added, if people gather and don’t wear masks, it could be a recipe for increased transmission of COVID-19.

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“Avoid crowds, avoid large gatherings, it’s that simple. This is what we’ve learned from previous experience with Memorial Day and Fourth of July,” Hendrix said.

“We saw an increase of numbers of COVID-19 … after both of those occasions that we can attribute to the crowds and gatherings from those holidays. We don’t want to repeat that this Labor Day … stay home, wear your mask,” Hendrix advised.

See the full interview with Dr. Hendrix on WFTV Tonight below:


Vanessa Echols

Vanessa Echols, WFTV.com

I have been a member of the Eyewitness News team since 1992 and currently anchor Eyewitness News at Noon and 4 p.m. on Channel 9.