College students from around the country continue to flock to the famous Florida destinations to celebrate their spring break, even after the CDC’s warning to practice social distancing amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Florida governor Ron DeSantis refused to close the beaches which draw rowdy spring breakers even after the growing concern from the locals. Florida Officials has taken upon them to close all the beaches and hotel Florida beachfront in the popular tourist towns and cities as per the NBC News.
According to the statement given by DeSantis, he claimed that he would limit the beach parties only at ten people per group rather than closing the beach indefinitely. He also added that it was not uniform throughout the state that you have been watching massive crowds at beaches.
He added this statement even after numerous reports and images of crowded beaches proved contrary. Officials in Florida also responded by the closed down beaches themselves on Florida’s most popular beach destinations.
To close the beaches on Sunday itself, the mayor of Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale has issued orders. The beach in Tampa will remain closed until further notice, and along with it, Naples has also announced that its beaches would be closed until 30th March.
Many of the Miami-Dade public places will be closed as of Thursday night, which includes County’s public beaches, parks, nonessential retail, private educational facilities, casinos, travel agency and other recreational and entertainment activities.
All the beaches in Lee County will also be closed by Thursday night, which also includes Fort Myers and Sanibel. After a particularly busy day, Clearwater has also announced to close its beaches on Wednesday.
This suspension will go on its effect from 23rd March, Monday. Indifferent attitude has been continuously shown by the spring breakers in Florida towards the coronavirus outbreak, prompting criticism and worry from the general public.
It is essential to note that the college students and the young people are likely to survive even after contracting the coronavirus. Still, they can risk the spreading of the virus to those who are at a higher risk of getting infected, such as older adults.