News 12’s Brian Donohue shares camera frame with audience now social distancing is over
Friday was the first day in 14 months that New Jersey’s 6-foot social distancing rule was lifted, meaning members of the public could come together like never before.
News 12 Brian Donohue of New Jersey decided to mark the occasion by getting closer to the people on the promenade in Asbury Park.
“All of my interviews were conducted commercially from a self-stick or camera, from a healthy distance, but downright hostile,” Donohue said.
Most of the interviews Donohue conducted during the pandemic were conducted with each person wearing a mask, hiding each other’s facial expressions.
“Like everyone else, I held on. But it was all cold and distant, ”Donohue said.
Donohue brought people on the walk under the camera to talk to him – much closer to 6 feet from each other.
He met a group of friends who were visiting the Jersey Shore for the first time – two from California and one from Florida.
“Welcome to the frame. And welcome to New Jersey, ”Donohue told them.
He then met a dog named Ella who was all dressed up for Yappy Hour at the Wonder Bar.
Cerelle White of Keyport was one of the many people to step into this new reality. She is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but has always kept her mask on to be on the safe side.
A man told Donohue he should have done this from the start.
“I didn’t want to be around people,” Donohue said.
“And that’s OK. To each his own, ”replied the man.
Donohue then went to Madame Marie’s Temple of Knowledge to have his fortune read – without a mask. Psychics said wearing the mask never really interfered with the ability to reach people’s fortunes during the pandemic.
While the mask’s mandate and social distancing rules can be lifted, public health officials are still urging the unvaccinated to continue the practices in public places.