mericans are flocking to beaches and parks over the Memorial Day weekend, which marks the unofficial start of the summer season in the US.
In the state of Texas, up to 2,000 people queued up on Saturday to get into the Big Rivers Waterpark, which reopened in defiance of a state order, local media report.
State Governor Greg Abbott has ordered waterparks to remain closed amid the pandemic though pools, bowling alleys and skating rinks are some of the recreational facilities allowed to reopen.
The Houston Chronicle reported that many people crowded together in the queue to get into the park, with little apparent social distancing. The park said it was limiting the number of people allowed into the park to just over 2,000, which is 16% of its capacity.
Texas reported just over 1,000 new cases of the virus on Saturday.