Beaches in Florida Will Start Reopening This Evening | 22 Words

The day has finally come for certain beaches in Florida to reopen after just a month of closure and many people aren't happy about it.

Keep scrolling to find out more about this decision...

The global pandemic has truly turned our world upside down...

And right now, the United States is the worst affected country in the world.

As we write this, there are currently 680,541 active cases of the virus in our country...

And there have tragically been 35,353 deaths.

These numbers are rapidly rising by the day...

And it's safe to say that we are now struggling immensely as a country.

Several cities have declared states of emergencies...

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And President Trump declared a national emergency to combat the coronavirus pandemic, freeing up $50 billion in federal funding and promising a screening website and drive-by tests.

The majority of the country is now living in lockdown...

And even though the President promised for things to be back to normal by Easter, things certainly haven't turned out that way.

Things are simply getting worse...

Which has, of course, resulted in mass panic and hysteria.

The importance of self-isolation has been stressed globally...

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And it has been proven that locking down public areas and avoiding social situations has helped reduce the chances of spreading the already out of control virus.

But it seems that not everyone feels the need to abide by these suggestions here in the United States.

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Last month's scenes at the Clearwater Beach in Florida showed a lot of people completely disregarding these global warnings.

Images from the white-sand beach showed spring breakers enjoying the sun...

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All of which seemed to be living in complete oblivion.

Nothing seemed to be stopping the spring breakers...

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And even police warnings didn't faze the revelers.

Florida currently has 24,119 active cases...

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And 686 people in the state have now died, showing exactly what happens when people congregate in mass gatherings.

This seemed to bring a reality check to officials...

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Because last month, The Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce reported all sandy beaches within the city limits are to be closed at least through noon.

This took immediate effect across the entire state...

And people were prohibited from entering these beaches... even for walks.

But it seems that some things are about to change...

Beaches in Jacksonville, Florida, are set to open this evening - on the 24th of April.

This was an original goal set by the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce...

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And this follows President Trump's announcement that states must decide themselves when to lift restrictions.

Things remain far from normality.

Republican Mayor Lenny Curry said per the Daily Mail that he is letting the public back onto Duval County beaches at 5 pm Friday evening for "essential activities only" after he said he was "encouraged" by the rate of infections and hospitalizations and said there was evidence to suggest they are flattening the curve.

But what exactly do these "essential activities" include?

Curry's move means residents can go for a walk, swim, surf, run or fish, as long as they adhering to social distancing guidelines. However, sunbathing, camping overnight and gatherings of more than fifty people will be banned.

Curry warned that this certainly doesn't mean things are back to normal...

"This can be the beginning of the pathway back to normal life," he said, "Please respect and follow these limitations. Stay within the guidelines for your safety as well as for the safety of your neighbors."

Naturally, many residents of Jacksonville aren't happy about this reopening...

And many have expressed their concern about other Florida residents flocking to their beaches and not abiding by the social distancing rules.

Many have blamed the government...

And they feel that this is a foolish move when we are desperately trying to repair our country.

Others pointed out that Florida is, indeed, a hotspot for active virus cases...

Which makes it even more baffling that some of its beaches will soon be reopened.

Only time will tell to see the consequences of reopening these beaches...

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And whether or not it will make things worse. Make sure to keep scrolling to read about how New Yorkers came together recently in tribute to their essential workers...