Pandemic puts damper on traditional Independence Day celebrations
Beaches are closed, fireworks shows are canceled as the United States grapples with ever-rising numbers of new coronavirus cases.
this Fourth of July weekend parades and fireworks canceled because of Corona virus. Parks, beaches and boat ramps are closed to that. They were supposed to be celebrating our independence. It seems like more and more of it is being taken away from US health officials, hoping this is not a repeat of our last big holiday weekend. We did see a surge in cases after Memorial Day. We're hoping that that does not happen during the Fourth of July weekend. The US setting another record on Thursday, 53,000 new Corona virus cases, including 30 states with numbers trending in the wrong direction. An outbreak at the University of Washington, infecting more than 170 students living in and around Greek row. The school's Interfraternity Council, now asking France to stop all social events after they reportedly threw parties without masks. And in Arizona hospitals, overwhelmed by cases getting 100 52 extra health care workers in Texas. A new order. Mandatory masks in any county with 20 cases, arm or Kobe, 19 is not going away, in fact, is getting worse restrictions on beaches in Texas not going over well with everyone. A lot of people. A lot of families, like come out here on the beach and just celebrate, and it's kind of fat now. They were not allowed Teoh here in Florida, where some of the most popular beaches are also closed, a growing understanding of why it's so important to stay home right now so you can go out later and so that people start dying. Against the backdrop of the pandemic. President Trump preparing to celebrate Independence Day with two big events, including tonight's fireworks display a Mount Rushmore, the first in a decade. 7500 people have been awarded lottery tickets for tonight's show, and while masts will be available, they won't be required. Many doctors fear. If this weekend is a full on celebration across the country, another spike is all but guaranteed. Biggest concern that I have is that we're going to see more patients. We're going to see more people that have been exposed. It will be a muted Fourth of July weekend, health officials say. If everyone follows the rules, it should help stop the spread of Corona virus. Kerry Sanders, NBC News Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida