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Which U.S. Beaches Will Be Open for Memorial Day Weekend?; International Travel In Asia Under Strict Regulations; Outlook For Movie Theaters; Tropical Storm Spinning Off U.S. East Coast
Aired May 18, 2020 - 04:00:00 ET
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CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Welcome to CNN 10. I`m Carl Azuz. We are three weeks into the month of May, two weeks from the end of our spring
broadcasting season and one week from the Memorial Day holiday. And one question on the minds of Americans as that three day weekend approaches is
what`s going to be open.
This is how some U.S. beaches looked last year. The mayor of New York City says its beaches will look more like this on Memorial Day 2020. Swimming
won`t be allowed. Lifeguards won`t be around but people will be able to walk along the beach. Elsewhere in the state some beaches will be open with
rules in place. One of the big ones being that they can only allow 50 percent of their usual crowds.
New York has been the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in America. One state south, New Jersey says all of its beaches will be open to visitors.
During a test run this past weekend in Ocean City, a loud speaker reminded people every 15 minutes to keep their distance from each other when
watching along the beach or the boardwalk.
Beaches are open again in Georgia and some parts of Texas though local areas may still have rules in place. In Florida, it really depends on where
you go. Some beaches are shutdown. Some are open to locals only and on the other side of the country beaches have reopened in Los Angeles County,
But people have to stay at least six feet away from one another, wear masks whenever they`re not in the water and they`re not allowed to sunbathe,
picnic, ride bikes or play organized sports. And in Washington State beaches are still closed.
States are trying to balance the desire of residents and businesses for things to get back to normal with the warnings of health officials who say
reopening too soon could increase the spread of coronavirus. The different rules at American beaches are paralleled into different rules for
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This room key got me in the room but it only works once. So once I`m in, I can`t leave. I`m leaving Japan heading back to Hong Kong
and doing something that most people are not doing right now which is traveling internationally.
And then there`s this compulsory quarantine order, what that means that wherever I tell the government I`m staying, I cannot leave that premises. I
can`t even step outside the door for 14 days. That`s how strict Hong Kong is with this quarantine. I`m now off my flight and heading to the location
where we`re all going to get tested for coronavirus.
Because we`ve arrived at a certain hour of the day, they can`t process the tests today so we`ll have to overnight at another location afterwards, wait
for our test results and then if we test negative then we`ll begin our compulsory quarantine. This is an electronic wrist band, you know the kind
that they use to monitor people who are under house arrest. But I have to wear this for the next 14 days because that`s how the government`s going to
track my location.
I`ve been given this bag. This is my COVID-19 test that I`m going to administer on myself. I`m going to take a sample of my own salvia. And I`m
not at my next stop, hotel room provided by the Hong Kong government where I will now sit and wait for a phone call on that phone. Hopefully telling
me that I tested negative in which case I can begin my compulsory 14 day quarantine. If I test positive or it`s inconclusive then I have to get an
ambulance and go to the hospital.
This room key got me in the room but it only works once. So once I`m in I can`t leave. They just left breakfast outside my door. At least they`re
feeding us. Hello. Hi. OK. What used to be a five hour trip before coronavirus, now turned into a 21 hour trip plus the next two weeks in home
quarantine. But I`m grateful that I am home.
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AZUZ: No doubt that watching movies could help pass the time, but when this is over, not just the quarantine but coronavirus restrictions all together.
Will people go back to movie theaters? A few things factor in, one, movie theaters will need to be allowed to reopen first.
Two, moviegoers will have to feel safe enough to return in large audiences and they`ll have to want to go back to theaters after getting in the habit
of watching streaming movies at home. Drive-in theaters which were popular in the 1950`s and `60s have seen a comeback with people visiting them in
this modern era of in car social distancing. And while the future of theater buildings is uncertain, it does have hope.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: With movie theaters across the country shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic, "The Trolls" are streaming into people`s home. The
fight over "Trolls" has raised the question. Will we still go to the movies after the pandemic ends? "The Trolls World Tour" digital release on the
same day it was expected at theaters was a huge success domestically bringing in nearly $100 million in rental fees within weeks. Traditionally,
studios and theater chains have agreed on a 75 day theatrical window before films go to digital.
COVID-19 has challenged that model. As theaters around the world are closed, Universal put its films already playing in theaters on BOD within a
matter of days. That meant you could rent "The Invisible Man", or "The Hunt" from 1999 weeks, not months after opening day. So, is this the future
of the movies? Not so fast.
The shortening or foregoing of the theatrical window has ruffled the feathers of theater owners. AMC, for example, said it would ban films made
by Universal after the success of "Trolls". It`s likely that AMC and other chains would put up a big fight to keep the old model once theaters are
allowed to reopen. And yes, studios still need movie theaters. Why? The big budget blockbuster.
If Universal was all in on releasing its films on digital right away, then fans would be able to see "F9", the latest installment of "The Fast and
Furious" franchise in their living rooms right now. But instead, the studio has pushed back the films release almost an entire year.
The production and marketing budgets of big blockbusters often stretch into the 100`s of millions of dollars. Clearly a lot of money could be made via
digital but studios are unlikely to give up the potential of the $1 billion haul at the box office. For example, potential Disney blockbusters "Mulan"
and "Black Widow" are likely headed to theaters.
While smaller films like "Artemis Fowl" and "The Hamilton" are debuting on Disney Plus. What does this mean for the future of movie going? Well, it`s
unclear. Studios and theaters will likely to continue to go back and forth figuring out the right amount of time a film can play in theaters before it
plays in your living room.
And audiences may see lower budget films going directly to digital. So there`s definitely a future for more movies on demand but that future most
likely has more "Trolls" than "Marvel`s" super heroes.
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AZUZ: 10 Second Trivia. Which of these seasons runs from June 1st to November 30th? California wildfire season, Australia bushfire season,
Atlantic hurricane season or Plains tornado season. These disasters can generally occur at any time of the year but June 1st through November 30th
is officially the Atlantic hurricane season.
Case in point, Tropical Storm Arthur which formed this weekend off the coast of Florida. The system was classified as a tropical storm on Saturday
night when its sustained wind speed reached 39 miles per hour. Forecasters don`t expect Arthur to make landfall as a major hurricane.
It was over relatively cool water yesterday which can keep tropical storms from intensifying but it does have a chance to get stronger when it passes
over the warmer waters of the Gulf stream. Forecasters don`t know where it`s going to go.
It could spin along the eastern seaboard and bring rain, wind and rip currents up to the Carolinas. From there Arthur might drift farther north
and steer toward New York and New Jersey. It might just blow out to sea. Meteorologists say it`s not unusual to see storms form before the official
start of the hurricane season. But a number of organizations are predicting an active season ahead. The U.S. government`s forecast comes out later this
10 out of 10. More like 1080. That`s what Gui Khury, the 11 year old skater you see here recently did on a vert ramp. A 1080 is three full spins in the
air. It`s been done before off a mega ramp which allows for higher speeds and more air time but it had never been documented on a vertical ramp until
now. Gui`s father says it helped that school is closed and that Gui has a ramp to practice on in his grandmother`s garden.
The new trick is truly a "revolution" or "three of them". He`s turned up the heat "180 degrees" on Tony Hawk. There`s nothing "fakey", "stale fishy"
or "skateboring" about it. When you "turntail thrice" without hitting the deck, you`re going to leave heads spinning.
I`m Carl Azuz. Calgary Christian High School is watching today from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. We`ll see you tomorrow on CNN "1080".