Denison’s 4th of July plans will go on with masks

Staff Writer
Herald Democrat
Spectators watch the fireworks in Denison in 2017.

An uptick in the number of COVID-19 cases in the state of Texas will not cancel Denison's plans for the 4th of July, but people will be required to wear masks in some instances.

A statement from the city of Denison said Governor Greg Abbott's Executive Order No. GA-29, which was issued Thursday afternoon and goes into effect Friday, concerned the use of face coverings during the COVID-19 disaster.

"Pursuant to the Executive Order, every person shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when inside a commercial entity or other building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor space, wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household, with some exceptions," the order stated.

Denison said its events planned for the 4th, including Music on Main and the 33rd Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration, will plan to move forward.

"Social distancing and face masks or face coverings are expected to be worn both in Munson Stadium and Forest Park. As an alternative, you may choose to enjoy the shows from a distance. We wish to reiterate that if you are feeling sick or have serious underlying health conditions and are considered to be in a high-risk category for contracting COVID-19, that you stay home."

The statement further said that the city strongly recommends that the public continue to adhere to virus mitigation guidelines from the CDC to reduce their risk of exposure to COVID-19.

For more information on this topic, see updates at www.cityofdenison.com or on the city of Denison social media pages.