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Bars and Gyms Are Bustling as Americans Learn to Live With Covid

  • Activity data show resilience despite most contagious variant
  • ‘A palpable feeling’ of being ready to return to the yoga mat
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Packed bars in San Francisco. Popular hot yoga classes in Boston. Signs are mounting that many Americans in highly vaccinated places are grasping for a near-normal life, even as the most contagious Covid surge yet passes over.

Ellen Murphy, a 73-year-old in New York’s Brooklyn Heights who scrupulously stayed home during previous surges, will fly to her niece’s Florida baby shower next month.