(LEX 18) — Traditionally Memorial Day weekend is a busy time on the water. However, this year with Gov. Andy Beshear's order to close all public pools, KY Fish and Wildlife officials say it could be even busier.
Unfortunately, Conservation Officer Jeremy McQueary with KY Fish and Wildlife says not only does this mean more people, but many of them may be inexperienced in swimming in open water.
"We want to encourage everyone who is swimming in the lakes to wear a personal floatation device," McQueary said. "It is much different swimming in open water than it is in a pool, so safety is a great concern of ours. Social distancing is important both on the water as well as on our beaches."
McQueary says officers will be out in full force. They are encouraging social distancing in and out of the water, and want everyone to remember that it is illegal to consume alcohol on public waters in Kentucky.
They also are encouraging people to review the 2020/2021 boating and fishing guide because many rules have changed.