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Georgia officials warn they will be enforcing social distancing guidelines Memorial Day weekend

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Generally during Memorial Day weekend, families and friends come together for barbecues, pool parties, and fun activities. But this year, things will be a little different because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

State officials, including Gov. Brian Kemp, are asking Georgians to keep that in mind to make wise and safe decisions.

This Memorial Day, we want everyone to have a good, safe weekend in accordance with public health guidance,” he said during a news conference Thursday about the state’s response to COVID-19.

There will also be enforcement of those guidelines.

“In addition to keeping the roadway safe, the beaches will be saturated with troopers and officers ensuring everyone is compliant with the governor’s order with social distancing,” said Georgia Department of Public Safety Commissioner Colonel Gary Vowell.

“We’ll be looking out for large gatherings, the rules of the beaches and making sure business, restaurant owners are following the guidelines set forth in the order,” he said.

For social distancing the current guidance is that groups be limited to ten or fewer people and they should remain six feet apart at all times,” Williams said.

State park day-use areas, golf courses, cottages and campground are open. However, Williams said, their playgrounds, splash pads and swimming pools will remain closed.

To help enforce safety protocols, the DNR Law Enforcement Division will have 85 percent of it’s statewide workforce on state waterways and beaches, Williams said.

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