Another Holiday Weekend, Another Coronavirus Surge? Keep An Eye on Tourist Hot Spots

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People roamed the beach in Ocean City, N.J, at the start of August. As Labor Day weekend arrives, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Americans should remain vigilant to avoid another surge in coronavirus infection rates.

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An Elvis Presley statue on Nashville’s Lower Broadway wears a state-issued mask.

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A sign reminds tourists to wear masks while visiting honkey-tonks and restaurants in downtown Nashville on Aug. 5.

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Kimberly Michaels and Marcus Robinson of Huntsville, Ala., drove to Nashville for a night to celebrate Robinson’s birthday. The streets were crowded when they arrived and then quickly cleared as establishments closed at 10:30 p.m.

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Still, as time goes by, some travelers are willing to take more risks to get back to activities that feel normal.

Suzette Ourso lives outside New Orleans and flew to Nashville for her first out-of-town trip since the pandemic hit. She says she’s cautious, wearing her mask whenever near anyone else.

«I keep hand sanitizer in my purse now. That’s something I’ve never really done before,» she says. «But you can die tomorrow riding in your vehicle. So you can’t live your life in fear, either.»

Ourso has a trip to the beach planned for later in the month.

This story comes from NPR’s partnership with Nashville Public Radio and Kaiser Health News.

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