People in Florida Protested for the Reopening of Gyms While Exercising Outdoors | 22 Words

Around thirty people in Florida gathered to protest for the reopening of gyms by exercising outdoors... without social distancing.

Keep scrolling to witness the shocking footage and to see why people have been left furious over these reckless acts...

It seems that residents in Florida have simply had enough of the lockdown...

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And they have been taking to the streets to protest for the reopening of gyms... by exercising outside.

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

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

Several states 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 and worse by the day...

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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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Scenes at the Clearwater Beach in Florida in March 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.

And now, Florida currently has 40,982 active cases.

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1,735 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...

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

But it seems that some things have started to change...

Beaches in Jacksonville, Florida, reopened to the public a few weeks ago.

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 from 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.

However, alongside those protesting against the reopening of public spaces...

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There are those protesting for the reopening... and for their "freedom."

It seems that a lot of people have now simply "had enough" of living in lockdown...

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And they believe that things will just go back to normal if everything in their community is reopened, including restaurants, hair salons, and gyms. What a world we are living in.

The protests have been endless...

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And the most recent protest is certainly an unusual - and very stupid - one!

WFLA News spotted a protest being held outside of the Clearwater Court House yesterday...

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And the protestors were demanding the reopening of gyms in the community.

Of course, there was no social distancing being practiced at all between the thirty protestors.

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These people seem to think that by holding mass gatherings during a deadly pandemic, they will get what they want... which most certainly isn't the case.

But then things took a weird turn...

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The protestors began to do push-ups and squats. Okay then...

It is extremely contradictory that the protestors started working out...

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Because they have just proven that we don't necessarily need gyms to be able to maintain our fitness.

People aren't at all impressed with the protestor's antics...

And many have been calling out these individuals for being selfish and reckless.

Some were furious with WFLA News for broadcasting the protest...

As this is exactly what the protestors want.

But all in all...

The protesters have been branded as selfish for putting so many other lives at risk.

Watch the footage for yourself here...

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