Crowds Piling Up for Recreation Forces Cities to Find New Solutions for Social Distancing

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For release on: June 1, 2020 

Crowds Piling Up for Recreation Forces Cities to Find New Solutions for Social Distancing 

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Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 - Cincinnati, Ohio: During Memorial Day weekend, thousands of people were flocking to public venues and potentially spreading COVID-19, while a Social Distancing T-Shirt trend is taking off in the Midwest to fight the transmission of the virus.

With spring already here, summer around the corner, and holidays and events tempting us with fun-filled days, social distancing can be challenging. Some people who are frustrated with social distancing found themselves packed in together in various overcrowded locations during this past holiday weekend.

Even with strict guidelines, people were nearly on-top of one another in the few places that would allow them to convene there. For example, here’s just two, of hundreds of locations, where people had complete disregard for social distancing. Photo 1 is at Lake of the Ozarks. Photo 2 is in Daytona Beach where a large crowd gathered, blocking traffic. Both shots were taken over Memorial Day weekend. 

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Photo 1 & 2 Source: CBS News

Over Memorial Day weekend, 25 States reported increases in their average Covid 19 cases, with 4 states spiking to record highs. In Arkansas, a second peak in cases was traced back to a highschool pool party. 

Opinions on social-distancing very widely, and not everyone understands the severity of the situation. While some people around the U.S. are protesting their stay-at-home order, others are flocking to purchase social distancing T-shirts from the Covid Response Store to protect their families from the virus. Angela Reuss, mother of 3, and graphic designer, has been busy growing the social-distancing movement to keep people safe and flatten the curve with her witty social-distancing T-shirt line.

These large print shirts have phrases such as: “Save Your Friends - Social Distance” and “Social Distancing- all the cool kids are doing it”. 

Not only are these social distancing T-shirts helping to combat this virus, but 100% of the profit from the sales of these T-shirts are going to the COVID-19 Response Fund.

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Angela Reuss Stated: “The more that people wear these shirts, the more others will understand that people are actually social-distancing, and it’s not that big of a deal to do so. By all means, get out and have some recreation time,  but now is more important than ever to practice safe social distancing. We don’t have to pile in with droves of people in order to have a good time. We can mentally and emotionally stand together, while physically standing apart at the same time. The message here is to social distance, not emotional distance. ”

Angela also created T-shirts to honor our first responders and essential workers such as Doctors, Nurses, Truckers, Grocery Workers, Police & Fire, as well as other essential workers.

 Social Distancing T Shirts - Coronavirus Shirt- Covid 19 Shirt

“When this pandemic swept our nation, and other places around the world, I just felt like there was more I should do than just stay home during the stay-at-home order. Here, I'm staying safely at home, away from all the madness, while there are people, such as first responders, out there on the front lines, battling this war. This is what inspired me to make shirts to acknowledge and support essential workers and social distancing, while simultaneously raising money for the COVID-19 Response Fund.”, Ms. Reuss said.


The purpose of the Covid-19 Response Fund is to:

  • Track and understand the spread of the virus
  • Ensure patients get the care they need and frontline workers get essential supplies and information
  • Accelerate research and development of a vaccine and treatments for all who need them  

 T-shirts are available to the public.

To get your own social distancing T-Shirt or find out more information about Angela’s Covid Response T-shirt campaign, go to:



Angela Reuss

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