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Vegas community tackling social distancing to prevent COVID-19 spread

Posted at 5:44 PM, Mar 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-22 20:47:21-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — With many businesses shut down and health officials asking people to exercise social distancing, what does this exactly mean?

People are spread out at Mountain’s Edge Regional Park, getting some fresh air as they try to keep their distance.

“Anytime we see anybody getting too close, move away, move to a different part of the park, just find something else to do so the kids stay safe,” Taylor McDonald, who lives in Las Vegas, said.

It’s a new reality to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Health officials encouraging social distancing and having people stay home as much as possible. That’s what these electronic billboards are encouraging people to do.

“I think it’s really important that we curb the infections across the state, and we want to help out and we wanted to play our part and help out,” Jeremie Watkins, co-founder of Kre8 Media Outdoor Advertising, said.

He re-purposed his business by having five trucks driving all around the valley spreading Governor Steve Sisolak’s message.

“It’s a very important idea to spread the message as far as staying home and saving lives,” he said.

But what exactly is acceptable? A local doctor says going to the park outside is okay as long as you keep six feet away from other people or families while taking extra precautions.

“If you are going to be in a public space that should wipe down surfaces,” Dr. Christina Madison, with Roseman University, said.

However, if it does get too crowded, she suggests leaving, and to also limit your time outside as part of a set active routine.

“Taking a walk around the block of your house is completely fine and right now, there’s no evidence that the virus is airborne,” she said.

People at the park say they’re taking extra steps to mitigate any potential spread.

“We got sanitizers and wipe. Get home shoes at the door, clothes in the washer, and shower right away,” Carlton Greene, who lives in Las Vegas, said.

“Mainly washing your hands because there are sinks everywhere and soap and water is the best thing,” Rachel Johnson, who lives in Las Vegas, said.

As the people continue their time in the park, these trucks will continue providing reminders for the community.

“Let’s all make sure we’re playing our part and I think if everyone does that, the quicker we can get back to business as usual,” Watkins said.

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