Since the reopening of a number of Florida beaches, that has been a lot of backlash.
But this week, perhaps some of the most shocking news yet has surfaced…
And right now, the United States is the worst affected country in the world.
And President Trump declared a national emergency to combat the pandemic, freeing up $50 billion in federal funding and promising a screening website and drive-by tests.
And even though the President promised for things to be back to normal by Easter, things certainly haven’t turned out that way.
Which has, of course, resulted in mass panic and hysteria.
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.
Scenes at the Clearwater Beach in Florida, back in March, showed a lot of people completely disregarding these global warnings.
All of which seemed to be living in complete oblivion.
And even police warnings didn’t faze the revelers.
And 1,735 people in the state have now died, showing exactly what happens when people congregate in mass gatherings.
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.
And people were prohibited from entering these beaches… even for walks.
Beaches in Jacksonville, Florida, reopened to the public 2 weeks ago.
And this follows President Trump’s announcement that states must decide themselves when to lift restrictions.
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.
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.
And they feel that this is a foolish move when we are desperately trying to repair our country.
Which makes it even more baffling that some of its beaches will soon be reopened.
And, less than a month after, some shocking news has surfaced.
As a result, officials are now cracking down on littering.
$250, to be precise.
“As restrictions are becoming more relaxed during this pandemic, the City of Cocoa Beach is beginning to see an influx of day-trippers to our beaches, along with piles of unlawfully discarded trash in their wake.
“This will not be tolerated.”
“Our community works very hard to be stewards of environmental sustainability. If I need to reallocate critical resources during our peak season to combat litterers, we are no longer asking our visitors to comply with our litter laws, we expect it, and there will be consequences for offenders,” said Chief Scott Rosenfeld in a statement.
On a more positive note, scroll on to watch the heartwarming moment people across NYC lovingly belt out “New York New York” from their windows…