In Spite of Rising Positive COVID-19 Cases, Some Beaches in the U.S. Are Reopening to the Public

Is this a good idea?

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 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.

Jacksonville Beach on Tuesday

FEET IN THE SAND: Hundreds hit the sand on Tuesday to get some exercise at Jacksonville Beach. It appears that most people at beaches are following social distancing restrictions — https://bit.ly/2RTYHUY

Posted by WJXT4 The Local Station / News4JAX on Tuesday, April 21, 2020

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.

What do you think of this move by some Florida beaches?

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