Thousands disregarded health guidance over the weekend despite rising coronavirus cases in more than a dozen states
Packing beaches, pool parties and outdoor gatherings all over the US, many Americans used the holiday weekend to mark the unofficial beginning of summer -- ditching the face masks and social distancing urged by health officials. Many people, undoubtedly, continued to abide by new restrictions set in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus -- staying in small groups, wearing masks and keeping a distance from others. But in some parts of the country, Memorial Day happenings looked not at all unlike any other year. People jammed into tight spaces, grabbed drinks in groups at oceanfront bars and lined their chairs and towels alongside each other on the beach. In 10 states, the number of new cases is on the decline, while it seems to be steady in 22 states, according to the data. But in 18 states -- including Georgia, Arkansas, California and Alabama -- the number of new cases is rising.