PONTOTOC COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) -- The lake at Trace State Park on Old Highway 6 is open again for fishing and water activities such as boating. Some people spent their Labor Day weekend enjoying the great outdoors, an appealing option in today’s world because of the pandemic.
People came and went consistently Monday afternoon with boats, jet skis, and fishing poles. People were also throwing frisbees across the water. The day was sunny and warm with no clouds in sight.
Some described their differing feelings about wearing masks outdoors.
For Simone Sykes, the newly reopened lake at Trace State Park made a great place for an afternoon of fishing.
“We got here around 1:00,” Sykes said. “We started out on the other side, then all the jet skis and boats, so we came back over here where it’s calmer.”
Her husband had caught their only two fish so far, a couple of bluegill fish, known commonly as brim.
For Pat Cossey of Pontotoc, she and her family come by as often as they can. For Labor Day, her family had fun on the water, one of her most favorite places to be.
“Playing on the lake. Jet skiing and went out in a pontoon boat,” Cossey said.
She has been there since Friday, and her grand kids got there today. As far as wearing a mask out there during the pandemic:
“I think it’s fine without it,” Cossey said. “[I’m] just enjoying the weekend with my grand babies.”
For Sykes, she wants to wear a mask because she said it makes her feel safer.
“I think it is necessary to wear a mask just because I don’t know what other health problems other people may have, just to protect myself and others,” Sykes said.
Under the governor’s current executive order, people outside in public areas are supposed to wear a mask if they can’t stay six feet apart, unless they are from the same household.