NEW YORK — The good weather over the Memorial Day Weekend was just what many New Yorkers needed after sheltering-in-place for months.
Many explored Central Park, while Brooklyn’s Coney Island was crowded with beachgoers sporting masks while basking in the sun.
Filipino nurse Ronald Flores of Jersey City, NJ crossed the Hudson River to get some much-needed relaxation at times square over the weekend.
“It’s Memorial Day, it’s a day place to see the city — especially there are not a lot of people around, just like to get off of the coronavirus in my mind.”
In the Big Apple — just like the rest of the nation — people are adjusting to the new normal, trying to find recreation and entertainment, with big gatherings still banned and Broadway venues still closed.
But with other restrictions eased up, Flores, like many frontline workers, get bothered when they see people violating social distancing rules.
“I get disgusted, if they are just aware how hard to treat people from respiratory diseases such as COVID-19, they will definitely get out of that beach you know.”
Also taking a break from the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19 is Dwight Caacbay, taking in Times Square’s sights and sounds over the weekend.
Caacbay is still committed to his work of installing new, life-saving equipment for coronavirus patients called Tablo, a portable dialysis clinic on wheels, for the New York Department of Health.
“We’re here for another week or two, we have couple of locations, we’re doing installation, for these poor patients with kidney failures.”
New York continues to lead the nation in coronavirus numbers — with an overall confirmed death toll of more than 23,500 as of Tuesday.
But Governor Andrew Cuomo said the daily death toll continues its steady decline, with the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state also dropping to its lowest level since the start of the pandemic.