Warm weather brings people out of quarantine in Evansville

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) Warm weather and sunny skies were enough to bring people out of their quarantine Thursday.

Areas such as the riverfront were heavily populated with people exercising, walking their dogs or just enjoying the spring weather.

“It’s been a long winter, we’re ready to dust everything off and get some sun,” Daniel Benkert said.

The worry being with people gathering outside is that the spread of COVID-19 could continue within the Tri-State. This happens to be the second day with Governor Holcomb’s “Shelter-at-Home” order in effect.

Despite the increase in population walking the path along the Ohio River, people appeared to be practicing social distancing. The only people within six feet of each other were those traveling in small groups.

“Out here there’s not so many people that you’re close together. You’re far enough away from people to get a good jog and stay healthy,” Brandon Pohl said.

Despite the calming veil the spring weather provides, Indiana officials are still urging Hoosiers to practice social distancing and slow the spread of COVID-19.

“Getting out for a walk or a run will help you mentally and physically and I strongly encourage that,” Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said. “It can’t be business as usual. It can’t be a group of 20 people. We have to social distance ourselves even as we walk through the woods or through the park.”

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(This story was originally published on March 26, 2020)

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