County Judge expresses concerns about gatherings after large cro - FOX34 Lubbock

County Judge expresses concerns about gatherings after large crowds at Buffalo Springs Lake over weekend

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Buffalo Springs Lake has adjusted its hours following reports of large crowds and a fight this weekend.

Traffic was backed up both Saturday and Sunday as crowds flocked to the lake. The Lake closed early Sunday evening due to what it called "recent events."

This came after videos showing a fight at the lake spread on social media.

Buffalo Springs Lake Police Chief Stewart Naron told FOX34 they are working to identify everyone involved.

"I think what we saw out at Buffalo Springs Lake this weekend was not sensible and was not wise," Lubbock County Judge Curtis Parrish says.

Judge Parrish said these large gatherings are a concern, because it could create a spike in COVID-19 numbers.

"The whole point when we started this two months ago was to make sure this curve was flattened, and we would not have these peaks...when we see folks that are not abiding by the social distancing guidelines, it does concern us," he said.

The manager for Buffalo Springs Lake was unavailable for comment Monday. In a Facebook post, Buffalo Springs Lake announced beaches are open every day from sunrise to 8 p.m., and everyone must leave before then.

Parrish also said just because someone is not feeling sick does not mean they cannot get others sick.

"You may not be showing any symptoms, but you could be a carrier," he said. "So, just because you're not sick doesn't mean you don't have the potential to make other people sick, and they may not have the immune system you have."

As Lubbock slowly reopens, he urges residents to be wise when going out and maintain social distancing guidelines.

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