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MSNBC 22 May 2020

Midwest States Loosen COVID-19 Restrictions Ahead Of Memorial Day

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Ahead of the first big holiday weekend of the summer season, plenty of states are reopening to some degree despite the continued increase in COVID-19 cases in the U.S. NBC News Correspondent Cal Perry reports from Plymouth, Indiana. Aired on 05/22/2020.


President Trump started his Memorial Day weekend by visiting his private golf club in Virginia as states around the country begin to loosen coronavirus restrictions despite rising death toll.
Soldiers with the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as the "Old Guard," spent Thursday placing a small American flag at each gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery ahead of Memorial Day. (May 21)
Erinn Tucker, Faculty Director and Associate Professor of the Practice
Global Hospitality Leadership at Georgetown University, talk about the struggle Shanghai's street-food vendors have faced under COVID-19 restrictions.
In the latest NBC News/WSJ poll, 58% of Americans think COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted too soon while 40% now know someone with COVID-19. Aired on 4/20/2020.

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PAUL KUHNS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
WE WISH YOU A HEALTHY AND SAFE
MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND.
>>> AND LET’S SHIFT OUR FOCUS
NOW TO THE MIDWEST, AND THIS
WILL BE A STRANGE MEMORIAL DAY
WEEKEND IN INDIANA.
THINK ABOUT IT.
THE 500 HAS NOW BEEN PUSHED TO
AUGUST 23rd.
BUT ELSEWHERE IN THE STATE,
THEY’RE MOVING TO PHASE THREE OF
THEIR REOPENING PLAN.
NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT CAL PERRY
IS ON THE ROAD FOR US.
TONIGHT FINDS HIM AT PLYMOUTH,
INDIANA, AT THE TRI-WAY DRIVE-IN
THEATER.
CAL, WHAT’S IT LIKE?
>> Reporter: SO WE’RE TALKING
ABOUT THAT FIVE-PHASE PLAN.
THIS IS PHASE THREE, BASEBALL
FIELDS, BASKETBALL COURTS, RV
PARKS, CAMPSITES, MOVIE THEATERS
AT A 50% CAPACITY.
THE OUTDOOR DRIVE-IN THEATERS
HAVE BEEN UP AND RUNNING FOR
ABOUT A WEEK.
THIS IS ALL PART OF THE
GOVERNOR’S PLAN TO GET BACK ON
TRACK.
ALL OF THE COUNTIES EXCEPT FOR
THREE WENT INTO PHASE THREE
TODAY.
TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA HOW
DEVASTATING THIS HAS BEEN, THE
STATE HAS LOST 100,000
HOSPITALITY JOBS, THAT IN A
STATE WITH ONLY 6 MILLION
PEOPLE, BRIAN.
>> WHAT DATA ARE THEY GOING ON?
YOU SAY IT’S STAGE THREE OUT OF
FIVE.
CASE WORK, CASE NUMBERS, NUMBERS
OF DEATH -- WHAT ARE THEY USING
TO GUIDE THEIR DECISIONS?
>> INFECTION RATES, NUMBER ONE.
NUMBER OF DEATHS IS THERE, BUT
REALLY WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT
IS HOSPITAL CAPACITIES AND THOSE
ICUs.
A STATE LIKE INDIANA, ONLY A
POPULATION OF 6 MILLION PEOPLE,
THE GOVERNOR IS GIVING GREAT
CREDIT TO PEOPLE WEARING THESE
FACE COVERINGS WHEN THEY’RE
AROUND OTHER PEOPLE, SAYING
THAT’S WHAT’S POSSIBLE TO GET TO
A PHASE THREE.
HE’S PUT PHASE FOUR ON FOR JUNE
THE 12th.
A LOT OF THESE OPENINGS COME
WITH CAVEATS ABOUT SOCIAL
DISTANCING, YOU KNOW, CLEANING
THE SPACES MORE OFTEN.
SOME OF THESE PLACES, JUST
THINGS STAYING CLOSED LIKE AT
MOVIE THEATERS, THE BATHROOMS
REMAINING CLOSED.
THE SAME THING GOING AT
CAMPSITES AND RV SITES AS WELL,
BRIAN.
>> CAL, IN YOUR TRAVELS, ARE YOU
FINDING WHAT SOME FOLKS HAVE
LAMENTED ON THIS BROADCAST, THAT
AS YOU WERE JUST DISCUSSING,
MASK-WEARING AS DEVOLVED LIKE
EVERYTHING ELSE IN OUR SOCIETY,
BECOMING INCREASINGLY A KIND OF
BLUE STATE VERSUS RED STATE
VIEW?
>> Reporter: YEAH, I’M FINDING
EXACTLY THAT.
TAKE THIS DRIVE-IN THEATER, FOR
EXAMPLE.
WE CAN SHOW YOU SOME VIDEO OF
IT.
WHEN WE GOT HERE TODAY, PEOPLE
WERE MILLING ABOUT.
THAT’S KIND OF WHAT YOU DO AT
THESE THINGS AS THE SUN GOES
DOWN.
THE OWNER OF THE DRIVE-IN
THEATER, DAVID, HAS PUT
RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE THAT WHEN
YOU’RE IN THERE, YOU HAVE TO
HAVE A FACE COVERING.
SOME PEOPLE JUST WANT WEARING
THEM.
IN ORDER TO GO TO THE CONCESSION
STANDS, YOU HAVE TO HAVE A FACE
COVERING.
THEY THREATENED TO KICK SOME
PEOPLE OUT.
THIS THEATER IS BUCKING THE
TREND A LITTLE BIT.
THEY’RE PREPARING FOR MORE
BUSINESS THIS SUMMER.
TAKE A LISTEN TO SOMETHING HE
SAID.
>> YOU NEVER EXPECTED ANYTHING
LIKE THIS TO HAPPEN, BUT
HOPEFULLY IT’S GOING TO BE VERY
PROFITABLE SUMMEROR US.
NOT ONLY ARE WE PLANNING TO SHOW
MOVIES, WE’VE GOT THINGS LINED
UP FOR CONCERTS, YOU KNOW,
WHETHER THEY BE LIVE OR
ON-SCREEN.
WE HAVE COMEDY ACTS THAT PLAN ON
COMING IN HERE SO THAT WE CAN
HAVE A WIDE VARIETY OF
ENTERTAINMENT OVER THE SUMMER.
>> Reporter: YOU KNOW, THAT RED
STATE/BLUE STATE THING, WE SAW
THAT IN PONTIAC, MICHIGAN, AT
THAT GM PLANT.
THEY’RE SAYING, IF YOU DON’T DO
IT, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE
TO TAKE PART IN THAT
RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY.
IF DO YOU COME INTO A DRIVE-IN
THEATER, DON’T PARK FACING THE
SCREEN.
THAT’S AMATEUR STUFF.

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