In Spite of Rising Positive COVID-19 Cases, Some Beaches in the U.S. Are Reopening to the Public
Is this a good idea?
by Meryl Medel | April 27, 2020
Despite the increasing number of cases of coronavirus in the United States and all over the world, the management of some beaches have decided to reopen and receive visitors again. After Florida Governor Ron DeSantis gave a statement saying that local authorities may reopen public spaces like beaches and parks, several establishments have already taken advantage of this.
— The Hill (@thehill) April 19, 2020
The state of Florida was on lockdown for only two weeks in an effort to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. But with the reopening of beaches and parks, people fear that they will see another spike in the number of cases once again. And these fears may not be wholly unfounded, given that spring breakers who continued on with their beach trips despite the threat of contracting the coronavirus have actually gotten sick.
Which is probably why this reopening comes with its own set of rules and prohibitions. Any gathering with more than 50 people is prohibited, while beaches will be only open at a certain time. For example, North Florida’s Duval County will only allow visitors into their beaches from 6 AM to 11 Am and 5 PM to 8 PM.
Citizens of Florida cheered as they returned to beaches, and it seems they are, in fact, practicing proper social-distancing measures, as seen by this footage in Jacksonville Beach.
But still, many remain cautious, protesting this reopening and airing out their concerns on social media and sometimes in the real world. In fact, this one lawyer even travelled around Florida’s beaches just to pose as the Grim Reaper and scare off beach-goers. We just hope he’s also practicing social distancing.
Many of you have asked if I am willing to travel around Florida wearing Grim Reaper attire to the beaches and other areas of the state opening up prematurely. The answer is absolutely yes. Beginning May 1 we will hit the road here in state. Please retweet and spread the word. pic.twitter.com/UO7QKg161n
— Daniel Uhlfelder (@DWUhlfelderLaw) April 22, 2020
What do you think of this move by some Florida beaches?