Spectators concerned during Virginia City Memorial Day cruise

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Hundreds drove down C Street in Virginia City Saturday to honor fallen soldiers. It is not the traditional Memorial Day Parade of previous years, but during this global pandemic these measures are necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Organizers encouraged people to participate in their Memorial Day cruise by having drivers stay in their cars to honor fallen heroes while social distancing.

The event drew a large crowd of people and Denny Dotson, Virginia City tourism director, said he wants his community to honor those who served our country.

"We want some people to have a safe environment to have some fun,” Dotson said. “We got hand washing stations, we have people walking around, and volunteers from the sherriff’s department and tourism office that are asking people not to congregate in large groups."

For many this Cruise is critical to have to remember those who have given up their lives for the freedom of our country, but others were concerned about their safety due to thenumber of people.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says groups should be 10 people or less and that was not the case on Saturday in Virginia city. Ayli Wall, who attended the cruise, she said by coming out to this event she feels her health is was at risk.

"I probably should not have been out here today, now that I realize how crazy the impact is. This is the busiest I have seen this community," Wall explained.

Gov. Steve Sisolak has encouraged the use of masks in public areas, but at this event few masks were visible.

"You aren't always symptomatic if you have the disease. I feel like to be ok to potentially spreading it to other communities, other types of people that are immunocompromised are selfish to me," Wall said.

Storey County Sheriff Gerald Antinoro said mask are not mandated.

"If somebody chooses not to wear one, what can I say about it? I don't wear one, I wash my hands regularly and try not to breathe anyone else's air," Antinoro said.

During this pandemic, events won't be the same, but the health of our community is critical during these times.

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