Midwest States Loosen COVID-19 Restrictions Ahead Of Memorial Day
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.
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.