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Broome County parks planning safety tactics for anticipated 4th of July crowds

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(WBNG) -- With Independence Day falling on a Saturday this year, more people are expected to hit the local parks for some fun this weekend.

Broome County Parks and Recreation department says it has seen a higher volume of people visit the parks during the pandemic to get some fresh air. However, with the 4th of July holiday fast approaching, officials are expecting a lot more people this year.

"Right now, no one's traveling, there's a lot of restrictions now where you can't travel from the governor's office, so we're anticipating a lot of people just from the local Broome County area, just enjoying what we do have to offer," said Broome County Parks and Rec Youth Services Director, Liz Woidt.

With the expected crowds and camp sites already sold out for the weekend, Woidt says they are taking extra measures to ensure everyone is safe without having to worry too much during the holiday.

"We're sanitizing the boats and the life jackets between each [use] and we worked with the health department and we opened the playgrounds," said Woidt. "We worked with Rebecca Kaufman to see that there were not high-risk of transmissions through playgrounds and touch points like that, so the playgrounds are open."

In addition, Woidt says staff will be out and about to make sure people are social distancing, but will not be overbearing.

Beaches and playgrounds are open within the Broome County parks and will be monitored by lifeguards and other park officials. To learn more about the parks and protocol, visit here.

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