“Jacksonville Beach Florida opened up 30 minutes ago and already the place is packed with people. Florida has more than 20,000 cases of COVID, and 700 deaths. Testing is down 50% since last week even though the state is a new coronavirus hot spot. The contagion has spread to 100 nursing homes, and Governor Ron DeSantis is refusing to report how many deaths are happening in long-term facilities.
This is exactly what happened during the Spanish Flu epidemic in 1918. Everyone grew bored and restless, so people came out and the second wave killed even more than the first wave.”
Republican Mayor Lenny Curry said he is letting the public back onto Duval County beaches at 5pm Friday evening for
“essential activities only”
(What are “essential” beach activities, btw?)
Curry he said he was “encouraged” by the rate of infections and hospitalizations and said there was evidence to suggest they are flattening the curve.
“This can be the beginning of the pathway back to normal life. Please respect and follow these limitations. Stay within the guidelines for your safety as well as for the safety of your neighbors.”
Many slammed the decision with the number of coronavirus cases still rising in the state.
The number of new cases in 24 hours in Duval County dropped from 43 on April 13 to 17 on April 15. The state reported a death toll of 668 on Thursday, a 24 hour increase of 54.
There are now more than 23,300 cases of Covid-19 in Florida.
Curry’s move means residents can go for a walk, swim, surf, run or fish, as long as they adhering to social distancing guidelines. Sunbathing, camping overnight and gatherings of more than 50 people are banned.
People have also been warned to enter the water at their own risk as lifeguards will not be on duty. Mayors have said they expect crowds to flock to the beaches when they re-open.
Jacksonville Beach Mayor Charlie Latham said:
“If we have to close the beach again, we’ll do it. Safety is still our top priority.”
Most other Florida counties, including neighboring Nassau and St. Johns, have kept their beaches closed in a bid to stop the spread of the virus.
Trump has declared the nation is in the “process” of winning the war against the coronavirus, and announced the new phased return toward normalcy last night, even as deaths and infections in the nation continued to rise.
Jacksonville resident Deborah Melvin told ABC News,
“This is really a crazy bad idea. I’m afraid. I’m afraid for myself. I’m afraid for my family. Everybody should use their common sense.”
(via Daily Mail)