Transcript for COVID-19 death toll hits 95K as Memorial Day nears
Good evening. It's great to have you with us this Friday night. All 50 states eased restrictions to some degree, imposing a patch work of rules and regulations. Americans now looking for ways to celebrate while keeping safe from the coronavirus. Tonight as the both toll rises with more than 95,000 lives lost in this pandemic, images of a holiday we've never seen before. Take a look the this. A San Francisco park marked with circles to encourage people to spread out. A father and daughter flying a kite at Jones beach. Opening at half capacity. A mother and daughter playing until surf. The highways unusually empty. Aaa didn't even put out a holiday forecast. Gio Benitez leads us off from New York's rockaway beach. Reporter: Tonight, a memorial day weekend like no other, as all 50 states relax restrictions, and the nation's coronavirus death toll crosses 95,000. In New York, a tragic start to in rockaway beach, one man dead, pulled from the water. Swimming is banned in all New York City beaches due to the pandemic. You can see on the beach here, the flags are up. There are no life guards. The beaches remain closed. Reporter: You can see those two red flags. They mean no swimming. Walking on the beach is allowed. The NYPD on patrol, urging people to keep a safe distance. You just want to take in the simple beauty of the beach, it's there for you. But with a lot of good, watchful eyes from the parks department and the police department. Reporter: Some beaches in the state will keep Gates open until capacity reaches 50%. But concession stands won't be open to avoid lines. We expect people getting out to beaches parks et cetera, we understand that, but we have to remain vigilant at the same time. Reporter: Thousands along the east coast hitting the beaches, adapting to the strange new normal. In Massachusetts today, many wearing masks in the sand. It's required when distancing is not possible. I'm so happy. I love it. I'm so happy I'm out of the Reporter: This woman wearing a mask in the water in Virginia Beach today. In New Jersey, at point pleasant beach, officials saying it can hold about 197 groups in roughly 18-square-foot areas. The mayor warning people to follow the rules. And if they don't, we'll ask them politely to make sure that they do adhere to it. And if they don't do it after, then we'll ask them politely to leave. Reporter: In south Florida, miami-dade county and the city of Miami beach voting to open beaches and hotels on June 1st. Florida's governor lifting all restrictions on summer camps and children's sports. I think our kids have been out of organized activities for a couple months now, and I think that we need to have a pathway to get it back. Reporter: In Illinois, one of the country's hot spots, the federal government went to the courts to challenge the extension of the governor's restrictions. California beaches will be open, with some new additions, including access to the bike paths and more parking lot access. These giant circles painted in several parks in San Francisco, designed to promote social distancing. Many national parks also easing restrictions. The south rim of the grand canyon opening with limited access today. The nation's leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, looking forward to getting outside. I plan to go out for nice walks and hikes over memorial day, and I'm going to do it with care with a mask on. Gio joins us from rockaway beach in New York City, where tragically one person died. The bad weather will keep beachgoers away. Without life guards people will have to be careful if they venture out into the water. Reporter: That's right, Tom. In New York City, they are not on duty, but they are training to be ready for when the beaches open. In New Jersey, life guards are going to be equipped with masks. Masks on the beach.
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