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Waterway attendance and concerns increase amid COVID-19

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Posted at 7:32 PM, May 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 00:09:10-04

TULSA, Okla. — For many, this holiday weekend serves as an unofficial start of summer and for Oklahoma law enforcement, it's used to gauge how busy rivers, lakes, and dam areas across Oklahoma will be.

This year, Tulsa County game wardens said they already have seen an uptick in activity compared to last year, but in addition to keeping boaters in life jackets and fishers in legal areas, social distancing has also made it to the top of their safety checklists.

The game wardens are also having to monitor common areas that weren’t seen as a threat before.

"Being out in nature, most of the social distancing takes care of itself. However, you want to be careful about touching handrails and handles in bathrooms that everyone is touching. Just keep that in mind," said Brandon Fulton, a Tulsa County game warden.

Fulton said while he and his team do not have a law, wardens can specifically reference if they would like to issue a citation. However, they are breaking up larger parties that did not arrive in the same car together and those consistently putting themselves or others can be asked to leave.

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