Apr 26, 2020 - Health

In photos: Cities take steps toward reopening

People are seen gathering on the beach north of Newport Beach Pier on April 25, 2020 in Newport Beach, California.
People cool off from the heat at Newport Beach, California, on Saturday. Photo: Michael Heiman/Getty Images

President Trump said at a press briefing Friday that it's "exciting to see" parts of the country begin to reopen, but he's urging people to maintain physical distancing and use face coverings as the number of U.S. COVID-19 cases continues to rise along with the death toll.

The big picture: People flocked to newly reopened Ventura and Orange county beaches in Southern California Saturday, per the Los Angeles Times, which reports officials saying there were "few incidents." In Georgia and Oklahoma, businesses including salons and spas reopened Friday, while Alaska also eased restrictions on restaurants.

Here's a snapshot of some of the places taking tentative steps toward returning to life before the pandemic.

Esra Demir styles the hair of customer Ken Menendez at Salon Loft in Atlanta, Georgia on April 24
A hair salon in Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday. Photo: Tami Chappell/AFP via Getty Images
People enjoy the beach through the afternoon fog amid the novel coronavirus pandemic in Huntington Beach, California on April 25, 2020.
People enjoy the beach through the afternoon fog in Huntington Beach, California, on Saturday. Photo: Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images
Debi Dang works on the nails of a customer at Allure Nail Bar in Atlanta, Georgia on April 24
A nail salon in Atlanta, Georgia, on Friday. Photo: Tami Chappell/AFP via Getty Images
Freeport, N.Y.: Supervisor Don Clavin preparing bouys to guide boaters with the reopening of Hempstead's marinas at the Town of Hempstead Conservation in Freeport, New York on April 21
A supervisor preparing bouys to guide boaters with the reopening of marinas in Freeport, New York, on April 21. Photo: J. Conrad Williams, Jr./Newsday RM via Getty Images
Police are seen speaking to people at the beach on April 19, 2020 in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.
Jacksonville Beach, Florida, on April 19, after the local mayor reopened Duval County beaches following a drop in coronavirus cases. Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images
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