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The Young Cut Loose in Myrtle Beach. The Virus Followed Them Home.

Pedestrians, some wearing masks, on the boardwalk in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Monday, June 29, 2020. (Tanya Ackerman/The New York Times)
Pedestrians, some wearing masks, on the boardwalk in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Monday, June 29, 2020. (Tanya Ackerman/The New York Times)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The colorful boardwalk is a bit less crowded than usual this year, but the Ferris wheel continues to spin near one of the piers, tourists are browsing in the souvenir shops, and throngs of young people are cutting loose as they always do, guzzling and carousing in the beachside bars and clubs that earned the city the nickname “dirty Myrtle.”

Some of the revelers who have flocked to Myrtle Beach since hotels and attractions began

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