Despite the coronavirus pandemic, many people ‘’attacked” the beaches in Jacksonville, Florida, after the shores reopened to the public. They open at 5 pm on Friday, but the beaches will work part-time.
What is currently a concern for people is the fact that the largest single-day increase in confirmed coronavirus cases in Florida was recorded yesterday.
Photos and videos can be seen by enthusiastic residents running, swimming, paddling, after a long shutdown.
According to the Florida Department of Health, the number of infections increased by 1,421 on Friday, the highest number in a single day since the crisis began. The total number of cases in Florida is now 24,753 and the death toll has reached 726.
Jacksonville beaches will be open daily from 6 am to 11 am and 5 pm to 8 pm, and these are permitted and prohibited activities:
- Walking and running
- Dog walking
- Chairs, coolers or grills
- Towels and blankets
- Groups larger than 10 people
- Loitering on the beach
- Overnight camping
- Organized sports or picnics
- Bathrooms remain closed
He decided to release the public to the beaches of Duval County because he was “encouraged” by the rate of infections and hospitalizations and appreciated that “This may be the beginning of the path to a normal life,” without failing to warn of the respect and compliance of the restrictions imposed.
Also Thursday, Trump outlined his three-phase plan to reopen states one by one if case numbers show falling tendencies.
Earlier, Florida officials, including Governor Ron De Santis, were criticized for not closing beaches during spring break, so huge crowds can be seen marching across the sand in March and ignoring social distance tips.
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Jacksonville Mayor Charlie Latham emphasizing the importance of human security is prepared to close the beach again if the number of coronaviruses is not reduced.
Whereas, Atlantic Beach Mayor Ellen Glasser is of the attitude that “This is not the time for rest. This is not the time for fun. This is the time to exercise and keep moving.”
— Tony Dnalruk (@BaddaBin9) April 18, 2020
Beaches in St Johns Neighborhood will be open from 6 am to 12 pm, seven days a week, under similar restrictions that allow the only exercise.
For most other Florida counties, there is a ban on opening beaches, contributing to stopping the spread of the virus, while in Glynn County across Georgia’s state line, beaches have been open since April 3 for exercise only.
According to the Trump administration, reopening will begin at the local, not national level.
There are different tendencies to open countries, which depend on the curve of newly infected people. Some states, such as Texas and Florida, have “set standards” for reopening. Some sources in the publication point out that Alabama and Mississippi expect “fast-moving.”
The Trump figures say the country is in the “process” of winning the war on coronaviruses, and it announces a new phase return to normalcy.
But for individuals, reopening the beaches in Jackson are premature.
Jacksonville resident ABC News told Deborah Melvin that this was a really crazy bad idea, because she, like many other residents, is afraid not only of herself and her family but of the entire population. She adds that in this situation it is necessary for everyone to use their common sense.
Trump has told Americans he will “allow” governors to decide to reopen at their discretion.
The three-phase guidelines of his administration gave only a general idea of how and when states would be able to decide that their citizens could gather, work, go to school, and dine in public.
This decision by Trump that states will decide when to reopen is a turn away from what he said a few days ago when his daring sayings rebuked New York Gov. Andrew Como, who said the president was not the king.
According to the Chief of the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Robert Redfield, the first openings maybe not at the state level, but at the county level, which is required to comply with “jurisdictions that are very close options.”
The guidelines given by the administration point out that the area that will be able to open must show a significant decrease in infection over 14 days.
But Redfield said there are currently a number of jurisdictions with “limited activity” to prevent the spread of the disease, which must be consistently enforced.
He stressed the importance of conducting rapid testing and monitoring of contacts with infected persons, as well as the possibility of examining people with flu-like illness. Certainly, these competencies need to be regulated in more detail very soon.
The administration’s 18-page guidance document details three phases to reopen state economies, which should last 14 days. They include:
- Phase 1 – Much of the current lockdown measures such as avoiding non-essential travel and not gathering in groups. However, large venues such as restaurants, places of worship and sports venues “can operate under strict physical distancing protocols”.
- In phase 2 – If there is no evidence of a resurgence of the coronavirus, there will be allowed non-essential travel to resume, for example, the schools can reopen and bars can operate “with diminished standing-room occupancy”.
- Phase three – Still are seeing a downward trend of symptoms and cases, so it will be allowed “public interactions” with physical distancing and the unrestricted staffing of worksites. Visits to hospitals and care homes can start again and bars can increase their standing room capacity.
According to the document, some of the regions could begin returning to normal after a month-long evaluation period, at the earliest.
It wasn’t packed this morning around 9! I really hope people continue to follow the guidelines. Biking on/near the beaches/parks is so much safer than the streets! pic.twitter.com/uuN49RSAEe
— Jordan Brown (@loovejho) April 18, 2020