WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The Blue Angels and Thunderbirds flew over New York and New Jersey in a tribute to coronavirus frontline workers.
- Hundreds of spectators blew off social distancing rules to see the famous jets.
- The joint demonstrations will continue their tour with shows all the way to Texas.
Hundreds of people in the New York Metro area ignored social distancing rules in favor of catching a glimpse of the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds. The federally organized flyover was done in tribute to coronavirus frontline workers.
All around New York and New Jersey, photos showed crowds standing shoulder to shoulder, looking skyward to see the famous jets. Crowds and large gatherings of people were spotted in the five boroughs.
Weehawken, NJ, Mayor Richard Turner said that they could only do what the best they could, having several streets closed off, sending telephone alerts, and having cops give out 500 protective masks. Even with these measures, he said you “also have to rely on people’s common sense”.
Also, regarding the flyover, Turner said, “It’s a very nice gesture, but whenever there’s an attraction for large crowds we have to be as proactive as you can be.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has stated the necessary use of masks outdoors when social distancing isn’t feasible.
One spectator, Arthur Moss from New Orleans, apparently wasn’t familiar with that rule. Moss watched the show with friends at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City. He said he wasn’t worried about it. “If you’re outside you don’t need to wear a mask.”
With the number of people trying to catch the show and piers and sidewalks being 10-feet wide, social distancing was near impossible.
The 12-jet joint demonstration by the Navy’s Angels and the US Air Force T-Birds lasted for 40 minutes. According to Air Force Magazine, “Operation American Strong” will have shows all the way to Texas.
Source: New York Post