Hundreds of individuals have ignored new tips calling for social distancing and proceed to— however now, cities have had sufficient. A number of cities in Florida have began to shut down seaside entry in an effort to decelerate the spread of coronavirus, which has contaminated no less than 328 Florida residents and guests.
The Clearwater Metropolis Council voted to shut down Clearwater Seashore for 2 weeks, beginning March 23 at 6 a.m. The shutdown doesn’t embody eating places or companies alongside the seaside, in line with a tweet by the council.
On Tuesday, helicopter footage and social media posts confirmedfilled with individuals. Spring breakers have been seen mendacity side-by-side and swimming in teams — actions that clearly violated the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention’s suggestion of staying no less than six ft away from others.
In response to the movies, Arnold Schwarzenegger took to Twitter on Wednesday to inform spring breakers they should keep at dwelling.
“I nonetheless see pictures and movies of individuals sitting in outdoors cafes, all around the world, and having a superb time and hanging out in crowds. That’s not clever as a result of that is how one can get the virus. That is the way you get it — contact with different individuals,” he stated in a video whereas sitting in his sizzling tub. “…Particularly now in spring time, the place the entire youngsters are going to the seaside and have a good time and drink and all of that stuff — this isn’t a good suggestion. So keep away from the crowds, go dwelling after which we will overcome this complete downside this complete virus very quickly.”
Different standard seaside spots in Florida are beginning to restrict public use as nicely. Cocoa Seashore introduced Wednesday on the town’s web site that “beachside parks and beachside public parking areas” will shut Friday and stay closed “till additional discover in an try to comprise the unfold of COVID-19.”
The announcement additionally inspired individuals to, “please apply social distancing and stay no less than 6 ft from others, when attainable, and restrict teams to 10 or much less individuals.”
Lee County in Southwest Florida will shut county-owned seashores, seaside accesses and the Fort Myers Seashore Pier starting Thursday at 6 p.m. Recreation facilities, swimming pools, canine parks, tennis courts and pickleball courts have been additionally closed Wednesday. Whereas the parks and nature preserves will stay open, the county web site says that officers encourage social distancing.
In accordance with Florida’s Department of Health, there are 299 Florida residents confirmed to have COVID-19, and eight residents who’ve died from the virus. There are additionally 29 confirmed circumstances of coronavirus in non-Florida residents. The Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville, and Orlando areas are among the many most impacted by coronavirus.