Memorial Day weekend draws crowds and triggers warnings

Posted at 4:50 PM, May 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-24 17:50:27-04

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Memorial Day holiday weekend marking the unofficial start of summer in the U.S. meant big crowds at beaches where the weather cooperated.

It also meant renewed warnings from politicians and health experts to be cautious as the coronavirus continues its spread and deaths nationwide draw close to 100,000.

On the Sunday talk shows, Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, said she was “very concerned” about scenes of people crowding together over the weekend. In the Tampa area, the crowds were so big that authorities closed parking lots. In California, crowds at beaches and parks have been manageable.