Great news! Residents of the Sunshine State can finally enjoy some of the beaches again.
It’s been several weeks since the beaches in Florida were closed due to concerns of the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus. This was after Governor Rick DeSantis was criticized for leaving beaches open during Spring Break after videos of revelers were filmed partying it up. Gov. DeSantis said that despite the photos and videos shared on social media, not all beaches in the state were packed with partiers.
But now, some local governments have made the decision that it’s time for the beaches to open up again.
Residents of Duval County and St. John’s County can start enjoying the beaches again–but with the Wuhan coronavirus still a threat, there are some restrictions in place to safeguard public health.
The beaches in the Jacksonville area are only open for limited hours–6 am to 11 am and then 5 pm to 8 pm. Restrictions are also in place regarding the activities permissible on beaches, sunbathing is out, but walking, running, biking, fishing, surfing, and swimming are all acceptable. Officials note that going into the water is at one’s own risk because lifeguards are not going to be on duty. Social distancing rules also apply.
Jacksonville’s beaches will be open daily from 6am to 11am and 5pm to 8pm for exercise such as walking and swimming only. Banned are sunbathing, chairs, towels, or loitering on the shore, and beachgoers are required to remain six feet apart.
By 8pm on Friday night, many had already left the beach – adhering to the curfew.
‘If for some reason it turns to helter skelter, we’re going to pull the plug again,’ Mayor Lenny Curry warned on Friday.
Curry said he is letting the public back onto Duval County beaches because he is ‘encouraged’ by the rate of infections and hospitalizations and said there is evidence they are flattening the curve.
‘This can be the beginning of the pathway back to normal life,’ he said on Thursday. ‘Please respect and follow these limitations. Stay within the guidelines for your safety as well as for the safety of your neighbors.’
Source: Daily Mail
St. Johns County announced that beaches will be open 7 days a week from 6 am to noon with similar restrictions–exercise only, no sunbathing, and adhering to social distancing guidelines.
So far, residents have adhered to the restrictions and if they don’t, police are on-site to remind them of the restrictions.
Some think that the opening of the beaches is premature, others think it’s a fantastic idea.
What do YOU think?