People throughout Highlands may have seen yellow tape marking areas on Town property that are being closed off as another precaution to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
Specific areas include the tables and stage at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park, the pavilion at the Dog Park, and the playground at Rec Park.
Highlands Mayor Pat Taylor said basically anywhere people could sit and possibly spread the virus was taped off.
“Eating lunch on tables and staying in one area and talking with others are all potential ways to spread the virus,” said Taylor. “While it is ok to exercise, staying a home is a primary strategy for stopping the spread. Socializing at a table in a public place can spread the virus. Talking while sitting at a table generates saliva with the virus on a flat surface. Using a mask to catch the saliva while talking is helpful according to experts.”
Founders Park and the other areas are not completely closed, but the areas taped off are off limits.
Taylor added that he is encouraged by seeing more and more people practicing social distancing in public places and wearing masks.
“I have asked that couples and families in public places socially distance as a model for everyone else,” said Taylor. “What is done in a home is private matter. Social distancing is proving to be one of the most effect ways to stop the spread of the virus. Wearing a mask, especially in confined and sensitive areas like grocery stores, helps also.”