SANTA MONICA, California (CNN) As the door to summer slowly cracks open, Americans coast to coast are feeling the pull of the outdoors.
Memorial Day weekend crowds in Santa Monica, California. (photo- CNN)
Santa Monica mayor Kevin McKeown has an optimist approach, "Welcome to Santa Monica, the home of the three-piece bathing suit. A bikini and a face mask."
The average beach goer thought going to the beach was appropriate, “we thought we could go here, to go the beach, you know, maybe got a restaurant, like go to a bar, just have a good time."
Memorial Day weekend may bring the biggest test yet of American’s willingness to continue social distancing in the mist of the pandemic.
All fifty states have entered some type of phased reopening, and holiday barbecues, parties and sunshine may be too tempting to pass up.
People visiting the beach were concerned about the number of visitors, "there are so many people here on the beach, I did not think that there was going to be that many." Others weren’t concerned, “I don't worry about it." and, "it felt good to be back."
Experts say staying outdoors is a good idea.
They’re continuing to recommend social distancing, mask and gathering in small groups.
Dr. Anthony Fauci/Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said, "Go out. Go for a run. Go for a walk. Go fishing!"
The message may be a sign attitudes are shifting, even in New York.
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order allowing groups of ten or fewer Saturday. He admitted managing risk is now up to the individual, “This is all about discipline now."