Getting outside in small groups to enjoy Easter weekend


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Some Wichita residents enjoyed getting out on Easter Sunday.

“People are just, more comfortable with the idea of getting out,” said Naomi, New Destiny on Waco Street. “I don’t think we had any complaints today.”

Naomi organized an Easter party. It was outdoors and most outside took their mask off for the day. She adds that confidence to gather in groups is building thanks to vaccinations.

“We still encourage people to social distance if they are outside their family or groups they have been around,” said Naomi. “Inside we wore the masks.”

Karista Pineda volunteers with the children’s ministry at New Destiny. She said the vaccines are helping boost confidence.

“The question is are people getting it (vaccine) or not,” said Karista. “But I think it does give some confidence to know that the older community has it and that is more stability to know parents and grandkids are covered.”

Karista said she and others would consider going out to more events like baseball at the new stadium.

“Let’s keep the push,” said Mayor Brandon Whipple. “Push that vaccine as much as we can. Get as many people vaccinated as possible.”

Whipple said people getting out is a good change of pace. The mayor still wants to keep COVID-19 numbers down and said not everyone has been vaccinated. He is still for the vaccine.

“Mask up. We need to make sure that everyone utilizes that personal responsibility and get a vaccine and keep the masks on,” said Whipple. “So we don’t end up having to go backwards when it comes to the type of policies that really we’re all pretty tired of.”

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