Despite the fact that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to climb in the United States, the city of Jacksonville, Florida, decided to reopen its beaches and parks on Friday evening.
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The scene clashed with those that we usually see in the countries hardest hit by the pandemic. No protective suit, no caskets lined up, but rather crowds cheering on the police as they removed the barriers that blocked access to the beaches.
People have been spotted swimming, biking, surfing, jogging or fishing. It seems that social distancing is the last concern of many Floridians seen on the beaches.
Several of them told the CNN network that being unable to go to the beach was “torture”.
Jacksonville officials, however, have announced that the beaches are being reopened with restrictions.
Hours of operation will be reduced, chairs and coolers will not be allowed, and it will be prohibited to toast in the sun and spread a towel or blanket over the sand to sit on.
These restrictions did not seem to bother the Floridians who invaded the beaches on Friday evening.
The United States has the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the world, with more than 710,000 people infected. More than 37,175 people have died from the new coronavirus.