GEORGIA — Memorial Day is right around the corner. Normally that means the start of BBQ and beach season, but this year is different due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The National Weather Service forecast calls for scattered thunderstorms in Georgia throughout much of the weekend, so planning may be tough. Still, state parks are mostly open for the holiday weekend — with rules. Six feet of social distancing space must be maintained, and groups of 10 or more are discouraged.
Also discouraged is straying too far from home: On its website, Georgia's Department of Natural Resources urges residents to enjoy smaller nearby parks, thereby avoiding crowds at the larger more popular parks. Park staff may temporarily limit access to ensure social distancing and protect the health of the public and employees.
Beaches are officially open as well, but Governor Brian Kemp is allowing local governments to set their own rules as they see fit. Call ahead before you make plans.
Georgia Patch has put together this informal survey about people's plans for the Memorial Day weekend amid the pandemic. We'd love to hear your thoughts. Responses are being taken through noon Thursday.