Florida’s Governor Keeps Beaches Open And Travelers Take Advantage
By DeAnna Taylor
It appears that residents and travelers around some of Florida’s beaches aren’t taking the social distancing suggestions seriously.
As of Tuesday, dozens of people could be seen hanging out in the waters of Clearwater Beach and laying out on the sand. Residents called for Governor Rob DeSantis to issue an order to close down all beaches in the state to prevent the virus’s spread. DeSantis refused.
He says that issuing an order isn’t necessary because not all beaches are seeing large groups like the ones in Clearwater.
“What we’re going to be doing for the statewide floor for beaches, we’re going to be applying the CDC guidance of no group on a beach more than 10 and you have to have distance apart if you’re going to be out there,” DeSantis said. “So that applies statewide.”
DeSantis instead signed an order that would limit parties on beaches to 10 people per group and force any businesses authorized to sell liquor to reduce occupancy by half. He left any additional restrictions at the hands of local governments across the state.
So far there have been 192 confirmed cases in the state and five deaths. Miami and Fort Lauderdale closed their beaches as of Sunday.
DeAnna Taylor is a criminal defense Attorney turned travel blogger, author, and writer. While Charlotte, NC (her hometown) is her base, she's always somewhere on a plane. Catch her on IG: @brokeandabroadlife.