People are desperate to get back to normal life during the coronavirus pandemic.
As the virus continues to hit hard, parts of the world are starting to ease up on lockdowns and open areas back up to the public.
Countries hit hardest by the outbreak, including Italy and the U.S., are seeing people flock back to tourist sites in droves, causing some concern for those worried about a second wave of illness.
After nearly two months of strict lockdown, Italy eased its restrictions and allowed people back out into the world. On Monday, hordes of people flocked to St. Mark’s Square in Venice, many wearing masks but likely not able to physically distance very well.
Commuters filled the platforms of Cadorna railway station in Milan on Monday as construction industry workers, manufacturers and some wholesale store employees were allowed back to work for the first time in nine weeks.
Spain‘s lockdowns lifted on Saturday and many headed to the beaches in Malaga. Authorities are attempting to enforce physical distancing, Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto told El Pais.
Barcelona beaches were also buzzing with activity on Saturday as the Spanish city’s residents enjoyed the first day of freedom in a long while.
A huge crowd gathered at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to watch the navy’s Blue Angel and air force’s Thunderbirds conduct a flyover on Saturday. The flyover was to honour health-care workers on the front lines of the pandemic.
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The city is still under stay-at-home orders, which were extended beyond May 4 by Gov. Jay Inslee, Newsweek says.
Florida began reopening public beaches on Monday and residents didn’t waste a moment before heading to the shores. Clearwater Beach in Tampa Bay, full of signs recommending people keep a six-foot distance from one another, was full of beach-goers.
As of Saturday, Queensland, Australia residents were allowed to leave their homes, provided they maintain social distancing and don’t stray more than 50 kilometres from their primary home. Hordes of people filled a public park in Miami, Queensland.