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Safety reminders as we kick-off summer

BURGAW – Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of summer. Additionally, today at 5 p.m. we enter Phase 2 of the North Carolina’s three phase re-opening.

“Memorial Day will bring out local residents who are tired of being homebound as well as visitors to our beaches and attractions,” said Tammy Proctor, Pender County tourism director. “Even as we begin the next phase of re-opening, COVID-19 remains a factor.”

“It’s important to remember that the COVID-19 threat hasn’t disappeared,” said Carolyn Moser, Pender County Health and Human Services director. “It’s important to remember to practice social distancing, wear a face mask or covering, and remember to wash your hands and use hand sanitizer.”

The health department urges locals and visitors to protect yourself as we kick off summer.

“Don’t gather in large groups,” said Moser. “Remember to stay at least 6 feet away from others. Always cover your coughs and sneeze into your elbow. Wash your hands often.”

“In addition to taking protective measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, we remind everyone to use caution on the roads and on the beaches,” said Proctor.

The Pender County Health Department urges:
• Beachgoers should use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher;
• Remember to hydrate;
• Do not leave a grill unattended and never grill indoors;
• Even when swimming, remember to keep your distance and don’t share goggles and nose clips;
• Use caution on the roadways; don’t speed; watch for playing children.
• When boating, wear a life vest and maintain a reasonable speed.

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