Cinco De Mayo Festival Continuing

May 2, 2009 12:30:09 AM PDT
Fresno's Cinco de Mayo festival started on Friday with fears that the flu outbreak could impact turn out. Richard Garcia rushed to feed the long line of hungry customers at his booth. Garcia didn't expect such a large crowd on the Fulton Mall. Garcia said, "The people wouldn't come because they didn't want to be around too many people or touching anything, so the turn out has been okay."

When the flu outbreak happened, vendors worried the Cinco de Mayo festival would be closed to protect the public. Some considered wearing masks. They opted out, because the threat appears to be very low.

Jan Minami with the Downtown Association said they gave vendors information from the C.D.C. Minami said, "We have a fact sheet on swine flu in English and Spanish, and we have their recommendation on just generally being safe."

Hand sanitizer was provided, but very few people actually used it. Vanessa Lopez and her family have no worries. Lopez said, "People should actually constantly wash their hands and if they cough, they need to cover their mouth."

The festival continues the entire weekend, but if the fever outbreak hits Fresno those plans could change.

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