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Lots of sun worshipers escape to the open air to go tubing in Texas and Colorado

Sun seekers have begun to escape outside to snake in Texas and Colorado after COVID-19 lockdown orders in the United States were lifted.

People were pictured on the Comal River in New Braunfels on Wednesday, with many Texans coming out of their homes to get some fresh air.

In Colorado, residents were urged to responsibly celebrate Memorial Day weekend, after images from Boulder Creek showed that large groups not gathered in masks were there Tuesday.

A reveler told it CBS: “We heard it was going to be 90 degrees today, so we thought it would be a great day to go to the creek. I would say we don’t worry too much about it. ‘

“As students, I think there’s usually a lot of mixing going on,” she added.

In Texas, Samuel Morrell told KSAT earlier this month, “America is going back to work. We go snakes. I think it is beneficial for everyone’s mental health. I don’t think sitting in the house is good. ‘

A paddle boarder passed tubers while floating on the Comal River in New Braunfels on Wednesday

A paddle boarder passed tubers while floating on the Comal River in New Braunfels on Wednesday

As parks reopen after closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Texans return Wednesday pictured

As parks reopen after closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Texans return Wednesday pictured

Because parks reopen after closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Texans return outside

Crowds were pictured floating on the Comal River in New Braunfels on Wednesday. Republican Governor Greg Abbott said there should still be social distance measures, such as limits for customers and not fans at sporting events

Crowds were pictured floating on the Comal River in New Braunfels on Wednesday. Republican Governor Greg Abbott said there should still be social distance measures, such as limits for customers and not fans at sporting events

Crowds were pictured floating on the Comal River in New Braunfels on Wednesday. Republican Governor Greg Abbott said there should still be social distance measures, such as limits for customers and not fans at sporting events

Republican Governor Greg Abbott on Monday authorized reopening practically every facet of everyday life in Texas, including bars and nurseries, lifting most of the full shutdown orders while the state continues one of the fastest reboots in the country following coronavirus restrictions.

Abbott’s sweeping new orders, which he described as a second phase in the reopening of Texas, allow zoos and bowling alleys to resume operations, and restaurants and retailers can expand the number of customers by the end of the week. They also set up the return of a number of professional sports, summer camps and summer schools by June.

Abbott said there should still be social distance measures, such as limits for customers and not fans at sporting events. Theme parks remain closed, however.

In Colorado, Governor Jared Polis and state health officials urged residents Wednesday to celebrate Memorial Day weekend responsibly by adhering to existing social distance restrictions, wearing masks, and in groups of ten or fewer people to stay to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

“This isn’t exactly a normal Memorial Day weekend. It’s a Memorial Day weekend in the midst of a global pandemic, ”said Polis. “It’s not the time for big family reunions and massive cookouts and celebrations,” but about “solemnly honoring the fallen.”

Republican Governor Greg Abbott on Monday authorized reopening practically every facet of everyday life in Texas, including bars and nurseries, lifting most of the full shutdown orders while the state continues one of the fastest reboots in the country following coronavirus restrictions. Tubers float on the Comal River in New Braunfels on Wednesday

Republican Governor Greg Abbott on Monday authorized reopening practically every facet of everyday life in Texas, including bars and nurseries, lifting most of the full shutdown orders while the state continues one of the fastest reboots in the country following coronavirus restrictions. Tubers float on the Comal River in New Braunfels on Wednesday

Republican Governor Greg Abbott on Monday authorized reopening practically every facet of everyday life in Texas, including bars and nurseries, lifting most of the full shutdown orders while the state continues one of the fastest reboots in the country following coronavirus restrictions. Tubers float on the Comal River in New Braunfels on Wednesday

In Texas, Samuel Morrell told KSAT earlier this month, “America is going back to work. We go snakes. I think it is beneficial for everyone's mental health. I don't think sitting in the house is good. Tubers float on the Comal River on Wednesday

In Texas, Samuel Morrell told KSAT earlier this month, “America is going back to work. We go snakes. I think it is beneficial for everyone's mental health. I don't think sitting in the house is good. Tubers float on the Comal River on Wednesday

In Texas, Samuel Morrell told KSAT earlier this month, “America is going back to work. We go snakes. I think it is beneficial for everyone’s mental health. I don’t think sitting in the house is good. Tubers float on the Comal River on Wednesday

Abbott's sweeping new orders, which he described as a second phase in the reopening of Texas, allow zoos and bowling alleys to resume operations, and restaurants and retailers can expand the number of customers by the end of the week. They also set up the return of a number of professional sports, summer camps and summer schools by June

Abbott's sweeping new orders, which he described as a second phase in the reopening of Texas, allow zoos and bowling alleys to resume operations, and restaurants and retailers can expand the number of customers by the end of the week. They also set up the return of a number of professional sports, summer camps and summer schools by June

Abbott’s sweeping new orders, which he described as a second phase in the reopening of Texas, allow zoos and bowling alleys to resume operations, and restaurants and retailers can expand the number of customers by the end of the week. They also set up the return of a number of professional sports, summer camps and summer schools by June

Jeff Zayach, executive director of Boulder County Health, said, “I know it has been difficult, but the video of people clearly gathering along the creek not only shows groups larger than ten people, but there was no adequate social distance.

“Such situations not only violate the state and local public health regulations, but also endanger our entire community, our businesses, and our economy. Keep in mind that it takes up to 14 days for us to see who gets sick and spreads the disease from this large group of people along the creek.

Please take this virus seriously and limit meetings to ten or less and stay at least two meters apart. Individual actions further endanger our businesses and our most vulnerable in the community. ‘

Colorado has reopened campgrounds and moved from a stay-at-home directive to ‘safer at home’, easing restrictions on retail businesses and encouraging residents to limit travel. It has flattened the growth curve of the virus and guarantees that in hospitals there are enough beds for intensive care to treat the sick.

Texas reported 1,411 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, as the total number of cases had increased to 51,323 since the state’s first report on March 17. The state reported 50 new deaths, bringing the total death toll to 1,419, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The Texas reopening is pushing one of the world’s largest economies to return to normal, even though the state has seen a record number of daily new cases of coronavirus and deaths. But Abbott has put emphasis on the number of hospital admissions remaining the same and the number of infections falling even after Texas began lifting home orders on May 1.

“We haven’t seen any evidence or signs that raise any concerns about the possibility of austerity measures in Texas,” said Abbott.

In two parts of Texas struggling for another week with a wave of new cases, El Paso and Amarillo, Abbott was left with wide restrictions. He said the delay would give the swing teams more time to control the flare-up of new cases.

He said he can push Texas further because the state has stepped up daily testing and seen the rate of new cases drop. That contagion rate was as high as 13 percent in mid-April and has fallen below 5 percent in recent days, according to state health officials.

Abbott also said the state has good hospital capacity and personal protective equipment to handle any dramatic increase in cases.

Texas reported 1,411 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, as the total number of cases had increased to 51,323 since the state's first report on March 17. The state reported 50 new deaths, bringing the total death toll to 1,419, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services

Texas reported 1,411 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, as the total number of cases had increased to 51,323 since the state's first report on March 17. The state reported 50 new deaths, bringing the total death toll to 1,419, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services

Texas reported 1,411 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, as the total number of cases had increased to 51,323 since the state’s first report on March 17. The state reported 50 new deaths, bringing the total death toll to 1,419, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services

The Texas reopening prompts one of the world's largest economies to return to normal, even though the state has seen a record number of new coronavirus cases and deaths every day

The Texas reopening prompts one of the world's largest economies to return to normal, even though the state has seen a record number of new coronavirus cases and deaths every day

The Texas reopening prompts one of the world’s largest economies to return to normal, even though the state has seen a record number of new coronavirus cases and deaths every day

Childcare facilities can be reopened immediately on behalf of Abbott. Restaurants will be able to open Friday with a 50 percent capacity – up from the current 25 percent – and bars that remained closed will open by 25 percent. Bowling alleys are allowed to open by 25 percent.

By June, youth sports and other camps are allowed to open, and professional sports, including car races, golf, softball, and tennis competitions, can be requested from the state to host events without spectators.

Theme parks are still being evaluated, Abbott said. Schools, which were closed for the rest of the spring semester, may plan to reopen for the summer school with social distance guidelines for personal education. Universities can also reopen the campus for the summer with similar guidelines. The order did not include a schedule for college sports.

Democrats, including the mayors of several of the state’s largest cities, have criticized the plan for going too fast and too fast.

“The people in the city of Houston, we want things to open. We want the economy to open up. We want people to get back to work, “said Mayor Sylvester Turner, a Democrat. “I would probably choose a different pace than what he chose … My only hope and prayer is that we won’t see a peak in a few weeks.”

Few states have reopened faster than Texas, where Abbott has warned that the number of new cases will increase as the state reopens and is confirmed. A nine-day streak of at least 1,000 new daily cases ending on Sunday set a record high of 1,801 on Saturday. The 110 deaths last Thursday and Friday were by far the highest two-day death rate since the virus was first discovered in the state.

The state reported 909 new cases in about 30,000 new tests on Monday. Eleven new deaths were the lowest in one day since March 31, when there were four. It was usually Monday when the fewest new cases were reported.

Democrats, including the mayors of several of Texas's largest cities, have criticized the plan for going too fast and too fast

Democrats, including the mayors of several of Texas's largest cities, have criticized the plan for going too fast and too fast

Democrats, including the mayors of several of Texas’s largest cities, have criticized the plan for going too fast and too fast

State officials said the increase in new infections came after 700 cases were reported in the Amarillo area, where Texas has sent a response team to try to stem a growing spread in meat processing plants.

“If we increase testing in hotspots, the number of people who test positive will increase tremendously,” said Abbott. “We will be prepared to deal with peaks.”

Democratic leaders of the largest cities in Texas fear that the reopening is going too fast, as the state sees an increase in the number of COVID-19 deaths and cases. But Abbott has defended the plan by noting that Texas is pushing up contact testing and tracking and that the daily infection rate has fallen below 5%.

In Colorado, residents were urged to responsibly celebrate Memorial Day weekend after images from Boulder Creek showed large groups were not in masks gathered there Tuesday

In Colorado, residents were urged to responsibly celebrate Memorial Day weekend after images from Boulder Creek showed large groups were not in masks gathered there Tuesday

In Colorado, residents were urged to responsibly celebrate Memorial Day weekend after images from Boulder Creek showed large groups were not in masks gathered there Tuesday

On reveler said, “We heard it was going to be 90 degrees today, so we thought it would be a great day to go to the creek. As students I think there is usually a lot of mixing going on ‘

University of Texas students will return to campus before the fall semester with classes from late August through Thanksgiving and finals to be held online after the holidays, the school said Wednesday.

In Colorado, Jill Hunsaker Ryan, executive director of the Department of Health and the Environment, said their progress can be easily reversed.

Colorado, Ryan said, is “a victim of our own success” in flattening that curve. “But we’re not out of the woods,” she said. “The disease can easily get away from us.”

Ryan and other health officials said Colorado’s top priorities are to keep those hospital beds open, get students back to school in the fall, and prevent a second wave of the corona virus during the November to March flu season.

The state has allowed 14 counties to adopt more liberal restrictions than state standards and is considering more requests, Ryan said. The Colorado School of Public Health estimates that nearly 3 percent of the state’s population has had the virus, she added.

More than 1,200 people in Colorado have died as a result of or from the virus, and more than 22,000 have tested positive, the state says.

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