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NBC News 22 May 2020

E.R. Physician Offers Safety Guidance For Memorial Day Weekend


Dr. Mario Ramirez, former pandemic and emerging threats coordinator for the Department of Public Health and Human Services under the Obama administration, offers his take on safety for Memorial Day weekend.

Coney Island's famous beach and boardwalk will be open for Memorial Day Weekend, but there's a long list of rules, including a ban on swimming, and sports like Frisbee will not be allowed. Scenes of empty airports at LAX were telling of the pandemic's impact on holiday travel; last year, 43 million Americans took trips for Memorial Day Weekend. This being the first weekend many will venture out after 2 months at home, health officials are nervous of increased COVID-19 transmission. Stay safe!
New Jersey beaches have reopened to visitors for Memorial Day weekend with social distancing guidelines encouraged. NBC's Maura Barrett has details.
Millions of Californians are heading into the Memorial Day weekend with both excitement and anxiety after restrictions to control the spread of coronavirus were eased across much of the state. (May 22)
Social distancing was put to the test as Americans flocked to beaches for Memorial Day Weekend. In New Jersey, social distance ambassadors enforced rules and New York limited beach capacity. Alabama had busy beaches even as the state saw another 169 confirmed coronavirus cases.

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