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Here's 'Social Distancing' on Memorial Day - Page 2

The AP looks at how crowds are gathering around the US this weekend
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 24, 2020 2:15 PM CDT

  • In Missouri, people packed bars and restaurants at the Lake of the Ozarks, a vacation hot spot popular with Chicagoans, over the weekend. One video showed a crammed pool where vacationers lounged close together without masks, St. Louis station KMOV-TV reported.
  • In West Virginia, ATV riders jammed the vast, 700-mile Hatfield-McCoy network of all-terrain vehicle trails on the first weekend it was allowed to reopen since the outbreak took hold. Campgrounds and cabins were opened as well.
  • At New York's Orchard Beach in the Bronx, kids played with toys and people sat in folding chairs. Some wore winter coats on a cool and breezy day in which temperatures struggled to reach 60 degrees. Many wore masks and sat apart from others.
  • Meanwhile, President Trump went golfing for the second day in a row at his private club in Virginia. Trump had not played for weeks before this weekend.
  • On the Sunday talk shows, Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, said she was "very concerned" about scenes of people crowding together over the weekend. "We really want to be clear all the time that social distancing is absolutely critical," she said on ABC's This Week. "And if you can't social distance and you're outside, you must wear a mask."
  • Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio, who has been targeted by protesters opposed to masks and social distancing, insisted the precautions should not be a partisan issue. "This is not about politics," the Republican said on NBC's Meet the Press. "It's been very clear what the studies have shown, you wear the mask not to protect yourself so much as to protect others."
(Read more Memorial Day stories.)

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