Are the WBCA festivities in jeopardy?
LAREDO, Texas. (KGNS) – With the latest wave of COVID-19 cases, many are wondering what this means for the WBCA festivities set to kick off in the coming weeks?
Despite the omicron variant, organizers are expected to make a comeback, but the city’s health authority is issuing guidelines and safety tips to keep attendees safe.
Laredo Health Authority, Dr Victor Trevino, says the idea is not to shut down anything, but to coexist with the tools we have as well as the knowledge.
Dr Trevino says mitigation measures like vaccinations and boosters are the name of the game.
Before the pandemic, up to 400,000 participants traveled to Gateway City to enjoy the festivities in honor of George Washington.
Most of the festivities take place outside, but since this is the 124th year of the celebration, new precautions must be put in place for anyone potentially infected with covid.
Dr Trevino says ten days is the recommended number of days to be able to go out after testing positive for the virus, as opposed to the CDC’s recommendation of five days.
He says that since we are a border community, we are medically underserved and we have limited hospitals, so it is good to take these extra precautions if necessary.
What we have is the hope and understanding that if you are going to attend these events, vaccinations and the use of two masks are strongly recommended.
Currently Nuevo Laredo is under a red light, but Trevino doesn’t think it will impact traditional events like the Abrazo ceremony.
Dr Trevino says reopening the bridges is a good thing as they can get tested in the outlet stores that many people have taken advantage of.
While Omicron infections may start to decrease, says Dr. Trevino, that won’t stop us from getting another variant and seeing another potential increase.
Right now, the only change to the WBCA schedule is the Commander’s Reception.
It was moved from January 20 to 25.
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