Despite stay-home orders, people in New York City and Washington come out to enjoy the sunshine

People enjoy Central Park on Saturday while being urged to maintain social distancing norms.

(CNN)In the battle between government stay-at-home orders and warm spring weather, the weather won this weekend.

In New York City and Washington, DC, people who'd been cooped up for weeks flocked to parks and open spaces on Saturday -- and many of them appeared to be observing social distancing rules to combat Covid-19.
Though they live in the coronavirus epicenter, New Yorkers flooded Central Park as temperatures rose into the mid-70s. They spread blankets for sun bathing in Strawberry Fields and zoomed down paths on bikes.
    The city government, knowing people would come out for the weather, put 1,000 officers on the street this weekend to enforce social distancing and also gave away free face masks.
    New Yorkers came out to play in Central Park on Saturday, despite being urged to stay home by the city and state government.
    Mayor Bill De Blasio told CNN on Saturday afternoon that its "totally understandable" that folks want to go out get some exercise and fresh air but adds the message has been "don't linger too long, get back home" and "while you're out there keep that face covering on, keep that social distance."
    He said enforcement numbers were "quite good," while not going into specifics. "We expected this and we prepared for this," he said.
    Charisse Hill of the New York City Parks Department told CNN that while there is a volume of visitors in Central Park and Prospect Park, most are in compliance.
    New York state is on "pause" through May 15, with residents required to wear masks in most public situations.
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that coronavirus deaths in the state remain "obnoxiously and terrifyingly high." State deaths were 299 as of May 1, up slightly from 289 from the previous 24 hours. New Covid-19 cases are down to 831.
    The Ferry family from Chantilly, Virginia, is surprised by a second flyover by the Blue Angels and Thunderbirds seen near the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, on Saturday.
    In Washington, DC, residents crowded the National Mall to watch a flyover by the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds -- despite pleas from the aerial teams that people stay home.
    The crowds appeared to be in greater number on the mall between the US Capitol and Washington Monument, CNN reporters said. CNN's Sarah Westwood said that about half the people she saw on the Mall wore masks.
    The precision flying teams also flew over Baltimore and Atlanta to honor essential workers.
    CNN has reached out to the Washington mayor for comment. The city is under a stay-home order through May 15.

    Eased restrictions in many states

    It was a scene that played out elsewhere.
    Residents in various states across the country began to dabble in semblances of some weekend routines after governors began easing restrictions put in place to combat the novel coronavirus.
    That might mean going to a movie in Georgia, working out with a personal trainer in Colorado or dropping by a dispensary in Nevada -- with restrictions for spacing and sanitation.