Some beaches in Florida reopened Friday night, after Governor Ron DeSanits gave the green light as long as social distancing is put in place. Beaches in the north Florida counties of Duval, which includes Jacksonville, and St. John’s County opened beaches at 5 p.m. Friday, CBS Jacksonville affiliate WJAX reports.
Beaches in Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach and Atlantic beach will now be open from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Lot of folks antsy to get back on the beach for exercise. Don’t forget the social distancing. #FirstAlertWX @actionnewsjax pic.twitter.com/SDYucKGLDs
— Garrett Bedenbaugh (@wxgarrett) April 17, 2020
Allowed under the guidelines are
- Walking and running
- Dog walking, which is allowed during all hours the beaches are open
- Participating in recreational activities consistent with social guidelines
Prohibited under the guidelines are:
- Towels and blankets
- Loitering on the beach without moving
- Congregating in groups larger than 10 people
“This can be the beginning of the pathway back to normal life,” said Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry. “Please respect and follow these limitations. Stay within the guidelines for your safety as well as for the safety of your neighbors.” / NBC NEWS / cndenglish