As summer comes and the weather warms, it seems many Americans have stopped thinking about the coronavirus. Millions of Americans packed beaches over the Memorial Day weekend in Florida, Indiana, Georgia, Virginia, and Maryland.

Other events were crowded with people, many not wearing masks. ACE Speedway in Altamahaw, North Carolina said it let in half of the capacity for a weekend race. While 2,500 people packed into the arena to watch the race, the co-owner of the Speedway said that staff encouraged social distancing but didn’t enforce it.

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“We’re tired of being stuck in the house. I’m not afraid of this virus one bit,” spectator Becky Woosley told local news station WGHP. “People have the right to choose where they go and what they do,” said Speedway co-owner Jason Turner.

In Alabama, Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed said there’s a “false sense of security” after a state has lifted restrictions.

“What we’re seeing is kind of a split community where you have people who believe this is over and have decided they’re going to get back to their normal way of life and they’re willing to take the risk,” Reed said on CNN. “What they’re not considering is the risk they’re posing to others when they do not see some of the symptoms in themselves.”

Officials are concerned about rising cases. US Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn tweeted “With the country starting to open up this holiday weekend, I again remind everyone that the coronavirus is not yet contained. It is up to every individual to protect themselves and their community. Social distancing, hand washing, and wearing masks protect us all.”

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As of Memorial Day weekend, over 1.6 million people in the United States have been infected with the coronavirus.
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