(NBC 26) -- Memorial Day is quickly approaching and local health officials are encouraging people to continue practicing social distancing, wearing a mask, and taking other precautions to keep everyone safe and healthy.
Typically on Memorial Day, there are many parades, tributes, and gatherings to remember those who lost their lives while serving our country. This year, things may look a bit different, as some organizations have canceled their events while others have made them virtual, like the Appleton's 2020 Memorial Day Ceremony. The Appleton Parade Committee is inviting everyone to watch Appleton's first-ever virtual Moment of Remembrance streaming on May 25 at 10:15 A.M. The Committee says this is a new way to pay tribute to those who died protecting our rights and freedoms.
For some people, Memorial Day weekend is a time to spend time with family and friends. However, health leaders in Brown County are reminding people the importance of being responsible as the pandemic continues. Claire Paprocki with Brown County Public Health recommends people use caution as usual by wearing a mask, limiting gathering to less than ten people, practice social distancing, and try not to leave the house if possible. She added that these are recommendations they hope the community takes seriously to prevent an outbreak or increase in cases in the county.
Dr. Ashok Rai, the President and CEO of Prevea Health, said he understands people will likely be out and about this weekend. Dr. Rai encourages people to be smart about it. He also stressed the importance of staying home if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19. He said people should get tested if they do have any symptoms.
As for traveling over the weekend, Dr. Rai said if you follow precautions like social distancing, wearing a mask, and take care of yourself and those around you, it should be safe.
"I know many people like to go up north this weekend, and we wouldn't discourage that. We know where the numbers are in the state of Wisconsin. We know where the numbers are in surrounding counties, so you know, if it's within the state, I would say that just be smart about it," said Dr. Rai.
Brown County officials encouraged people to take precautions and use personal judgment, reminding us that some people could be asymptomatic.