Florida Beaches Close Again Due to Lack of Social Distancing

May 11, 2020

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One Florida city closed its beaches roughly one week after reopening them as visitors were not practicing the social distancing measures in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beach accesses, restrooms and parking areas were all closed as well on Sunday following an announcement from the city, according to the Naples Daily News.

Naples city councilman Gary Price told the newspaper he received photos of the beach Saturday that illustrated that crowds were not following the practices in place to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

He told the newspaper that he went to the beach himself that day and posted his own photos of the crowds to Facebook.

Price told the NDN that the decision to close the beaches wasn't made lightly.

“It’s pretty sad,” he said. “It’s such a popular place. We’ll figure it out. We are doing this to keep people safe. We are erring on the side of caution.”

The state has reported over 40,000 coronavirus cases and least 1,700 deaths from COVID-19 since March.

Florida began lifting it's stay-at-home orders last week following an announcement from Gov. Ron DeSantis in late April.

The state with the exception of some counties was set to move into phase one of the Federal Government's three-phase plan which allowed for some businesses and public areas, like beaches to reopen but with social distancing measures in place.