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It would appear that for many Americans, particularly young Americans, the Great Pandemic of 2020 is over and done.

Of course, the Wuhan virus COVID-19 is still around and can still be deadly. However, as the nation celebrates Memorial Day, it’s clear people are over the two-plus months of lockdowns and social distancing.

Or, what was seen over the weekend could just be the personification of people who have been given an inch taking a mile. This being a reference to some states’ efforts to reopen, as they gradually ease restrictions in place to mitigate the coronavirus.

The video above was shared by reporter Scott Pasmore. It shows a pool party taking place Saturday at the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri.

The Memorial Day weekend event was at Backwater Jacks Bar & Grill in Osage Beach.

The state of Missouri announced earlier this month as part of their reopening efforts that restaurants may offer dine-in services but must adhere to social distancing and other precautionary public health measures, Fox 59 reported.

However, the Fox affiliate noted that the party “violates social distancing measures intended to limit the spread of COVID-19.”

The event was titled, “Zero Ducks Given Pool Party.”

The establishment did take some precautions, according to attendee Jodi Akins.

“They checked all of our temps and had thousands of little bottles of hand sanitizer!! They did a good job with what they had to work with!!” she wrote, in a text message to CNN.

“When we walked up my first words were ‘oh my gosh’ it was intense for sure!! Social distancing was nonexistent. However everyone was enjoying themselves. It was a very carefree environment but security was heavy!!” Akins added.

Backwater Jacks Bar & Grill told party-goers: “The venue has worked with and taken the advice of government officials and management teams and will be following social distancing guidelines. Extra precautions and safety measures will be taken to provide a safe environment for you to enjoy the event.”

Daytona Beach also saw large crowds… and little effort toward social distancing.

Unfortunately, after being cooped up for better than two months, there was a lot of pent up energy to be released.

A police video shows a large crowd in the road, gathered around a car where those inside were reportedly throwing cash.

“They’re clearly throwing cash on the ground,” a sheriff’s deputy in the helicopter is heard saying.

At least five people were reportedly shot Saturday night after a large crowd blocked State Road A1A — the injuries were not life threatening, according to news reports.

 

Ocean City, Maryland, was very crowded over the weekend, as well. Clearly, folks are over COVID-19 — even if the virus is not done with them

ACE Speedway, in Altamahaw, North Carolina, saw thousands turn out Saturday for it’s season opening race.

Understanding the risks, Americans have had their fill of cowering in fear and are getting on with their lives — even if the politicians aren’t quite there yet.

Tom Tillison

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