Large crowds gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Saturday to watch a Blue Angels and Thunderbirds flyover honoring health care workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.
Though some photos showed families appearing to separate in clusters on the lawn — adhering to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to keep at least six feet apart — some observers questioned whether social distancing became impossible as crowds grew.
“Not a lot of social distancing happening on the National Mall right now ahead of the Blue Angels flyover,” Justin McCarthy tweeted, sharing a selfie with a bandana over his nose and mouth.
“On the national mall covering the Blue Angels and Thunderbird flyover and there are SOOO many people here. Not wearing masks. Not social distancing,” NBC News correspondent Leigh Ann Caldwell tweeted.
In Atlanta, crowds gathered Saturday afternoon in the streets and on bridges to watch the tribute.
Police were at the Jackson Street Bridge to direct traffic and conduct crowd control before the flyover began, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Onlookers, including former Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens, shared videos of the jets in the sky as crowds below applauded.
“The sound of freedom — in honor of Responders,” he wrote.