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Sunny Weather Urged Holiday Crowd To Be Out In Alexandria

Scores of people flocked to Old Town over the Memorial Day weekend despite the city’s stay-at-home order that is technically still in effect amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The skies were too sunny and the weather too tempting on this day. Kevin Mamon, who gathered with close friends in Founders Park May 23 said, "This is too pretty a day to waste it at home A lot of us just graduated from George Mason [University] and just want to get out. We try to plan something like this every two weeks…we aren’t really afraid of the virus among ourselves."

The eastbound lane in the 100 block of King Street was closed to vehicular traffic in an effort to allow pedestrians more room to practice social distancing during the Memorial Day weekend
According to, "In addition to restaurants offering takeout meals, several non-essential businesses along King Street were open even though Alexandria has yet to enter Phase One of Virginia’s reopening plan. That is expected to begin on May 29. Crowds thronged to tourist spots like the waterfront and local parks, most without masks or practicing social distance protocols even though the eastbound lane of the 100 blocks of King Street was closed to vehicular traffic in order to allow room for pedestrians to spread out." As per, "If the last two weekends are any indication, visitors will descend on tourist destinations and local businesses once the lifting of restrictions becomes official. “This is our new way of spending a Saturday night,” Forbes said of his picnics in the park. “It’s not a bad thing. The world is quieter now – we get to picnic and watch the sunset."

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