Covid-19 Is Surging at Weddings, Dinner Parties, and Group Events

Americans’ desire to gather as well as eased restrictions helps explain the jump in new cases

The coronavirus is spreading across the U.S. for a number of reasons, including family and social gatherings ranging from dinner parties to weddings, as well as eased shutdown restrictions nationwide.

For months during the pandemic, Natasha Miller, chief executive of the San Francisco-based event company Entire Productions, has dealt with cancellations of in-person events and clients shifting to virtual gatherings. Recently, however, requests for in-person gatherings have increased.

A Los Angeles client asked her company to plan a 30-person Halloween party complete with large-scale lighting, models wearing body paint and characters that walk around. Attendees will get rapid tests before entering.

“I don’t want to be the person who has planned or participated in any kind of superspreader event,” she said.

Public-health officials in the West said they are trying to balance not being too stringent with measures meant to mitigate the virus’s spread, while also stressing the importance of mask wearing, social distancing and getting a seasonal flu shot.

Camarin Zanger, 22 years old, went back to the gym in September after months of closures and is gradually returning to her pre-pandemic powerlifting strength regimen in the hopes of becoming a paid athlete.

Earlier in the pandemic, she lived with her husband and mother-in-law as well as an 80-year-old relative, which meant the family was unable to have guests. Now the couple has moved into their own apartment in Lone Tree, Colo., which has given them more freedom to resume some of their normal activities as more businesses and restaurants reopen.

They joke that masks are like underwear—you can’t leave home without it.

A recent tweet from the Colorado health department about rising case numbers, however, made her fear that gyms might be forced to shut down again.

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