Cities and states throughout the nation are taking excessive measures in an try to flatten the curve of the coronavirus unfold, comparable to inserting “shelter in place” orders and instituting nightly curfews. In response, many individuals have canceled holidays and postponed spring break plans.
Nevertheless, regardless of urging by the CDC and different authorities businesses to apply social distancing and self-isolation, some spring breakers are determined to party on — and it is drawing backlash.
Florida celebration spots like Miami Seaside have taken proactive measures by declaring it unlawful for greater than 10 individuals to collect – each on the seashore and within the metropolis. Miami Seaside has additionally shut down bars and eating places, though takeout and supply had been nonetheless accessible.
Mayors for Miami Seaside and Fort Lauderdale additional mentioned they’d challenge fines, and probably arrest these discovered violating the brand new restrictions. Nevertheless, as of March 18, the Florida governor has nonetheless refused to close down seashores completely amid the unfold of coronavirus.
South Padre Island in Texas, one other common spring break vacation spot, issued a local state of disaster for public well being emergency on March 16, days after a whole lot of partiers had been pictured flocking to the island. The declaration banned gatherings of over 50 individuals.
Marc Brief, chief of employees to Vice President Mike Pence, was conflicted on the matter when requested if individuals needs to be out on the seashores now, and finally deferred to docs to find out whether or not or not it was OK.
“I’ve heard different opinions that we are trying to avoid people being in crowded spaces, yet at the same time, it’s not bad to be out in the fresh air.”
Suggestions from the CDC say to keep away from congregating in teams greater than 10 and to apply social distancing.