Across America, people are going stir crazy, and with the warmer weather, and they want to get out like never before. Several state parks in different states saw crowds gathering to socialize, defying lockdown orders to wear a mask and social distance.
WZZM reports: Grand Haven State Park in Michigan saw “overwhelming crowds” today so the parking lot will be closed tomorrow because people are “ignoring physical distancing requirements”:
Grand Haven State Park officials will be closing the parking lots on Sunday, May 3. The city said that they are taking this step due to “overwhelming crowds ignoring physical distancing requirements on Saturday, May 2.”
Warm temperatures brought crowds out to the lakeshore. The parking lots will be closed, but the state park will still be open to pedestrians. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer clarified in her latest stay at home order that state parks will remain open during the coronavirus pandemic.
DETROIT’S BELLE ISLE:
Belle Isle, Detroit’s State Park, was full of people and cars today. Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer had extended the lockdown in the state until the end of May, but from the looks of Belle Isle, the people are 100% FED Up! with her orders. The lockdown orders call for social distancing and no large gatherings.
The photos below from two separate tweets show people gathering to socialize on Belle Isle without wearing masks:
The second group of photos shows a more crowded area at Belle isle:
#Detroit: Part 2 of the non-social distancing currently happening on Belle Isle. 😱 #Covid19 #SocialDistancing #BelleIsle #TysTakeToday #StayHomeSaveLives CC: @MayorMikeDuggan @GovWhitmer @DeadlineDetroit @metrotimes @FOX2News @Local4News @wxyzdetroit @TheDailyDetroit pic.twitter.com/nTOmuBHm2M
— Tyler (@TysTakeDaily) May 3, 2020
Utah State Parks were also packed this weekend after reopening. Gunlock State Park was full of about 1,000 people, mostly young who were there to freefall dive into the water.
Tweets telling park-goers to use “responsible recreation” were ignored as several parks were packed:
Exploring Utah’s state parks and recreation areas is a great way to exercise, escape cabin fever, and relieve anxiety and stress. However, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we all must do our part in practicing #ResponsibleRecreation.
NOTICE: Sand Hollow, Quail Creek, and Gunlock state parks are currently at capacity. Please check individual social media channels for ongoing status through today and the weekend. #ResponsibleRecreation
Two other Utah state parks, Sand Hollow and Quail Creek, ended up getting packed to capacity on Friday.
Photos from today show there wasn’t much social distancing or mask-wearing.
With Summer coming, it’s going to be more and more difficult to keep Americans from coming together.