WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—As the season changes and temperatures continue to rise people are going to have a hard time keeping one thing in mind during this time and that's social distancing.
"In West Lafayette we have a lot of public spaces where people can gather," said City of West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis.
Something that wouldn't normally be a problem. But because of COVID-19 and the state wide stay at home order people are urged to practice social distancing.
"For us we have for the most part cordoned off all of our park's equipment and our gathering spaces in our parks," said Dennis.
But some people aren't listening. The city has already taken down the basketball courts at Cumberland Park and through out the city. Now people are gathering together at Tapawingo Park.
"I've asked our police chief, Chief Harris, to empower his troops to go out and politely suggest if people are gathering in spaces they shouldn't be or if there's too many people gathering to sort of go ahead and sort of enforce the six foot rule and also the crowd rule," said Dennis.
Mayor Dennis said technically people aren't violating the law. But they're putting people at risk of catching an easily spread and in some cases deathly virus. Social distancing is just as important as washing your hands, coughing in your sleeve and staying home when you don't feel well.
"This is the only way we can combat this virus, said Dennis. "But now we know that there's a second tier of cautions that need to be taken and a lot of has to deal with personal spacing."
Mayor Dennis said having police officers patrol areas where large gatherings are common isn't something they want to do. But he says the more caution taken now, the sooner normal activities can be normal again.