As the news of closures in response to concerns of the rapidly spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to roll in, two busy Florida cities have announced new closures.
Many people who had their Walt Disney World vacations cancelled due to the theme parks closure thought maybe they would head to the beaches of Florida instead.
In an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, two popular spring break destinations are putting a stop to large gatherings.
Miami Beach and Ft. Lauderdale
The mayors of Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale held a news conference on Sunday to announce their beaches would be closed. Curfews will also be put into place at bars and restaurants. Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber declared spring break is “over.”
Gelber stated, “We can’t have the kinds of crowds we’ve had, the kinds of gatherings. I walked down Ocean Drive yesterday and what I saw was incredibly disturbing, it wasn’t just the typical large gatherings of people, but it was young people who believe they’re invincible and probably don’t really think of this in any way as a health crisis.”
The beach in Fort Lauderdale is closing from Harbor Beach to Oakland Park Boulevard. This closure means no one is permitted to be on the sand.
Restaurants and bars must close by 10 pm and operate at 50% capacity.
These measures will be in place until April 12.
The beach will be closed from 5th to 15th Street, including Lummus Park, beginning today.
An entertainment district curfew goes into effect at 11 pm.
Staying home for the next few weeks? Disney+ has got your back!
There are lots of new entertainment options coming to Disney+ this month, and several new releases this week alone!
Disney+ even surprised us with a three-month early release of Frozen 2, and an early digital release of Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker.
What are your thoughts on the recent closures of these popular beaches? Let us know on Kenny the Pirate’s Facebook Page, or join our crew and continue the discussion.
Be well, everyone.
It s past time to close all the beaches to spring breaakers in florida. Why is this still allowed to go on?
All Bars are closed here in Louisiana and restaurants are only open for pick up service but both are open at 50% capacity in Floirda??