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Families kick-off Fourth of July weekend at Alum Creek Beach, maintain social distancing

After months of quarantining and isolation, a little “R and R” and a sandy beach is welcomed.

DELAWARE, Ohio — After months of quarantining and isolation, a little “R and R” and a sandy beach is welcomed.

“We kind of just decided to get out,” Maddie Banford laughed. “Get out of our apartment and do anything else.”

Banford and Sarah Pannitto kicked off their Fourth of July weekend at Alum Creek State Park beach.

So did Scott Sansone. He was one of a few, Friday, wearing a mask.

“I think it’s just better safe than sorry,” he said.

Let’s not forget we’re still dealing with a pandemic. Whereas not many masks could be seen, Friday, what was noticeable was plenty of social distancing.

“Everybody here’s pretty spaced out and they’re with everybody that they came here with,” Pannitto said.

Rachael Wittman, Kristina Palma and their families were out on their boats, Friday.

“We’re just enjoying the weekend,” Palma said. “We got great weather.”

The families are neighbors.

“I think we’re just in a wide-open space,” Wittman said. “We’re not close to anyone that we don’t normally hang out around, so it doesn’t really bug me that everybody kind of keeps their distance.”

Still, though, it’s very serious.

People are keeping their distance from each other, now, but this weekend these families say they won’t even chance it.

“I think just today because I think [Saturday] and Sunday will be super busy and crowded,” Palma said.

Sansone also won’t be at the beach this weekend. He’ll be home in his driveway having a get-together with no more than 10 people while keeping a distance. He says it’s the only way to feel a little bit normal while still taking precautions.

“I think as long as people are being careful and being responsible with their health and others…just got to take it one day at a time, you know,” he said.