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Fears of a resurgence of the coronavirus in the United States increase during the Memorial Day holiday, when several states reopen their beaches and public places

Millions of Americans are preparing to emerge from their confinement with the coronavirus and tentatively dabble outside their homes to celebrate the weekend of the Memorial day o Memorial Day at beaches and family gatherings, raising fears among public health authorities that large congregations may cause the resurgence of COVID-19 outbreaks.

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Medical experts warn that the virus is not going to take the holiday that marks the traditional start of the summer season. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to recommend that people stay home, avoid crowds, and contact family and friends by phone or video chat.

Dr Seth Cohen, an infectious disease expert at the University of Washington in Seattle, recommended that people who participate in celebrations keep an appropriate distance from each other, wear face masks, and avoid sharing food and drinks.

Punch bowls. Nachos. Those things have to be avoided, ”said Cohen.

The holiday weekend comes amid the worst economic situation in decades. Tens of millions of people have been fired since the pandemic broke out in March and forced many businesses, including many popular summer destinations, to close, at least temporarily. Unemployment has reached its highest level since the Great Depression, and on Thursday Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the prospects for a recovery will remain unclear until the health crisis is resolved.

Many traditional Memorial Day events in Wars have been canceled or limited, including concerts and fireworks displays. The beaches, parks and pools are still closed in almost the entire country.

But numerous public places will be open, with restrictions.

In Virginia Beach, Virginia, the famous 40-block boardwalk and the beach are open starting Friday, but people must stay within 2 meters (6 feet) of anyone who is not a member of their family, and groups should not be greater than 10 individuals. Team sports, such as volleyball, are prohibited, in addition to tents and the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

In the absence of clear federal guidelines, it has been largely up to states and localities to determine how to celebrate the holiday safely. Social distancing rules and prohibitions on mass gatherings remain in effect throughout most of the country.

Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University, warned that the holiday can lead many people to let their guard down and “relax to their pre-COVID habits.”

“They forget to wear their masks,” said Schaffner. “They’re not that willing to go 6 feet apart.”