By David Clipper | Associated Press
Supply, RI – During the Memorial Day weekend, more US cities and states are eliminating delayed COVID-19 restrictions due to increasing immunization rates and fewer infections.
A day after New Jersey relinquished its mandate, Massachusetts lifted the mask on Saturday. Authorities in New York City and Chicago have reopened public beaches despite winds and cold temperatures.
“Welcome to Chicago,” Mayor Lori Lamput said in a video ad. The shores of the lake are open. ”
The Chicago Navy has also reopened retail stores and restaurants, carnival rides and cruise ships and cruises after a month-long shutdown at the sprawling tourist destination.
It is an additional sign of progress that reflects positive health information over time. On Saturday, the Illinois Department of Health reported 802 new confirmed and possible infections, a one-day total for the past six months.
Nationwide for business, improved attitudes and long holidays provided an opportunity to welcome customers back in person.
For the first time in about 14 months, a middle-class bookstore in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, opened its doors to customers for the first time in 14 months. Masks are still needed.
To save the epidemic, the business has shifted to Internet orders, pedestrian sales, and virtual author events.
“We had to be creative, we had to be a pillar,” said store manager Alex Brucker. “Our readers and customers were amazing. It was a rainy weekend, but the bookstore was full. ”
While local governments may enforce their own social distance and mask laws, Minnesota on Friday lifted all restrictions on coronavirus for bars and restaurants.
The latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that at least 50% of Americans now have at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. About 40% of the population is fully vaccinated.
Vermont boasts the highest immunization coverage in the country, with about 70% of your residents receiving at least one dose. After 80% of Vermont’s eligible population receives at least one dose, the governor is expected to end all epidemic restrictions, a milestone that is expected to hit next week.
In neighboring Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker was still in need of masks in some areas, including public transportation. The state encourages unvaccinated people to wear masks at home or in public places.
CDC Director Dr. Roel Wallaceky held the first ceremony at Fenway Park before playing Red Sox against Miami Marlins on Mass Day in Massachusetts. Red Sox President Sam Kennedy says about 24,000 tickets have been sold.
“This is a wonderful time,” Walansky told reporters, urging people to get vaccinated. “It’s been a very long year, and we’ve seen some really, really dark times. Right, I’m glad we’re back. ”
According to Massachusetts officials, 78% of all adult residents have received at least one vaccine.
Announcing the end of the embargo, he said on Friday that “new cases have decreased by 94% since January.” “Hospital admissions have decreased by almost 90% since their admission. This development has enabled us to lift all remaining COVID restrictions on the Commonwealth.
Virginia relaxed its separation and capacity on Friday. President Joe Biden celebrated his progress by visiting a rock climbing gym in northern Virginia.
Millions of Americans plan to travel over the weekend, and airports have reported some of the highest traffic since the outbreak.
Ken Pautak, freelance writer for the Associated Press in Boston, contributed to this report.
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