Some say people properly social distanced on the lake

Posted at 4:24 PM, May 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-24 19:11:53-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — People feel social distancing guidelines were followed at a recreation area at Percy Priest Lake.

People flocked to Hamilton Creek Recreation Area on Sunday as some people ventured out of their homes for their first taste of freedom in months for Memorial Day weekend.

John Lowe said, “Nice day, you got water, you can’t beat it, take the dog out, me and my wife were just looking for something to do.”

According to Lowe, he thought people were following the social distancing guidelines at Hamilton Creek Recreation Area. “There’s a lot of people out, but seems like everybody’s keeping their space. You’ve got different parties, but as you can see everybody’s keeping their distance. It’s nice, it’s comforting.”

Up the hill, Selina Pepper said she felt safe too. “To me they’re keeping their distance. I’m impressed, but if they start getting a little closer, then I’m going to leave.”

Their only concern was paddleboarders and people with kayaks entering the water in the same spot. “But they don’t stay there long,” Pepper said.

Overall, people said lake-goers followed the rules and worked together to slow the spread of COVID-19

Lowe said, “It’s just great to see everybody out and enjoying the weather.”

The restroom facilities were closed at the recreation area so people wouldn’t be in the same space.