“Shocking”: Americans Flood Beaches, Trampling Social Distancing Rules


71

After months of quarantine, Americans are finally breaking free from their homes this Memorial Day weekend, despite the potential consequences of sparking a second coronavirus wave. The battle between staying sane while cooped up in a home for months versus the ongoing pandemic is a challenging situation to balance. While some are venturing outside in absolute horror, others are putting their party face on and disregarding local public health orders.

Thousands of vacationers, few with masks and ignoring social distancing rules, flocked to Ocean City, Maryland for Memorial Day weekend. This comes as COVID-19 cases in the state topped 45,000, with the number of people hospitalized leveling off in the past several weeks. 

Maryland COVID-19 Cases 

On Saturday, WJZ-TV’s Mike Hellgren documented dense crowds wandering the boardwalk, many of whom were wearing no masks nor had any intention of staying six feet apart from one another. 

A look at the Ocean City, Maryland boardwalk this afternoon. The sunny weather brought out the people. Masks are encouraged but not required. @wjz #memorialdayweekend2020 pic.twitter.com/rK3gCfoZNB

— Mike Hellgren (@HellgrenWJZ) May 23, 2020

Reuters snapped a picture, also showing large crowds packed on the lower end of the boardwalk — very few people were wearing masks. 

Ocean City, Maryland Boardwalk. h/t Reuters 

Like we noted in Hawaii Arrests ‘Rogue Tourists’ In COVID Contagion Crackdown,” some Ocean City residents have become upset that vacationers are invading their town this holiday season with a complete disregard to local public health orders. 

Here’s what one local tweeted: Jennifer Parker: “I live in Ocean City, MD. I haven’t left my home in nine weeks other than grocery shopping, and these people flock down here without a care in the world. Shocking!”

Last week, we showed how one bar in the beach town was gearing up for when restaurants and bars reopen. They ordered a bunch of social distancing bumper tables for patrons. 

Social Distancing Bumper Tables at Fish Tales in Ocean City, Maryland

And according to some on Twitter, Ocean City, Maryland wasn’t the only vacation area packed with people ignoring social distancing. Lake of the Ozarks in central Missouri was very crowded as well. 

Ocean City, Maryland (left); Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri (right) 

No mask, no problem, party time in the Ozarks

This is why my pantry is stocked, the mask and gloves are stocked, the purelll and wipes are stocked. Because too many of my fellow Americans are selfish and stupid and living in childish denial… #COVID19 #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/X3BhQX0N9Z

— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) May 24, 2020

This video is on Snapchat in the Lake of the Ozarks? Unreal. What are we doing? pic.twitter.com/m0qsEQ4KLp

— Max Baker (@maxbaker_15) May 24, 2020

Officials in Daytona Beach, Florida, fully reopened the town for Memorial Day weekend and it was a complete madhouse on Saturday. Police released helicopter footage of the party scene. 

VIDEO: Some of today’s events (Saturday, 5/23) in Daytona Beach: https://t.co/GimwPWmE1n

— Volusia Sheriff (@VolusiaSheriff) May 24, 2020

Another video showed hundreds of people in the street, while a man on top of a car throws money into the crowd. 

— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) May 24, 2020

Fights broke out on the actual beach.

Folks aired it out right in front of us at Daytona Beach today💀😭 pic.twitter.com/23aMdMnsDn

— Heartbreak Tay💔 (@talenroberts) May 24, 2020

As for other crowded beaches, here’s a live shot of Carolina Beach, North Carolina. 

Live shot of no social distancing at Myrtle Beach, North Carolina. 

CROWDS of people at Myrtle Beach today. No social distancing in sight. #TrumpDeathToll100K pic.twitter.com/CIagx47ftx

— Peter Morley (@morethanmySLE) May 24, 2020

Over the weekend, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke at Jones Beach on Long Island, a popular beach for people in the Tri-state area, opened about 50% capacity for Memorial Day weekend, to emphasize the progress New York has made since flattening the pandemic curve as it inches towards reopening. Though as America tip-toes towards a return to normal, it’s becoming even clearer that a V-shaped recovery will not be seen, after one of the worst economic slumps since the 1930s could leave the economy permanently damaged.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo presser at Jones Beach. h/t NBC News

The US economy is showing some signs of life but nothing suggests a V-shaped recovery in the back half of the year.

While Americans flock to beach towns this weekend, and as we saw above, many have ignored social distancing rules as they attempt to relive a pre-corona world — the ongoing pandemic continues to claims lives, now tallying nearly 100,000 US deaths. All that hard work first responders and hospital workers did to mitigate the spread of the virus in wave one, could be tossed out — as the risk of a second wave could be almost certain for later this year. 

Content from
ZeroHedge.com RSS feed.


Like it? Share with your friends!

71