Despite the corona crisis: Florida opens beaches – news abroad

Jacksonville (USA) – The numbers are still very high. There are currently more than 722,000 people infected with the coronavirus in the United States. Almost 34,000 deaths are to be mourned. But still people should be allowed to go to the beaches again!

Surfing and walking are allowed, sunbathing is prohibited: in the north of the US state of Florida, some beaches have been reopened under tightened conditions.

“This can be the beginning of the way back to normal life,” said Mayor Lenny Curry, appealing to people to adhere to the restrictions in force. For example, barbecues, chairs and blankets are not allowed on the beach. In addition, there are limited opening times in the morning and early evening hours.

Photo: SAM THOMAS / Reuters

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People walk along the waterPhoto: SAM THOMAS / Reuters

In one Tweet called the authority for Jacksonville City Crisis Management Citizens to keep a distance of around two meters to other people when visiting the beach.

Hundreds of people flocked to the water immediately after the beach had been released. But the pictures also show that distance and compliance with the rules is actually hardly possible.

In the south of the state, which is more affected by the corona virus, beaches remained closed. In Florida, according to the Johns-Hopkins-Universität more than 24 700 infections with the pathogen SARS-CoV-2 detected.

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Contact bans continue to apply in Germany. The restaurants remain closed, the islands and halligen are still not allowed to be visited.

The state police want to increase their presence again at the weekend and be on the road with additional patrols. This is especially true for the transitions to the islands on the North Sea and Baltic Sea as well as local recreation areas and tourist destinations.

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Photo: Jens Büttner / dpa

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Only a few visitors are on the beach on the Baltic coast. Because of the corona protective measures, there are currently no tourists on the Baltic Sea coast of Mecklenburg-Western PomeraniaPhoto: Jens Büttner / dpa

The borders with other federal states, i.e. Hamburg, Lower Saxony and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, should not be controlled. The police announced a sense of proportion. Inadmissible group excursions and short distances caused by high numbers of people should be prevented. Violations can result in fines.

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