City in Florida Swiftly Reopens Beaches After Abrupt Closures

RADIO.COM Staff
May 12, 2020 - 7:00 am

Beaches in Naples will reopen once again after an emergency meeting was held Monday.

According to WINK News, the City Council voted 4-3 in favor of opening beaches with restrictions in place based on the days of the week.

From Monday through Friday, beaches will be open from sunrise to sunset. While chairs and umbrellas will be allowed, coolers and tents are not.

During the weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, beaches will open from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Absolutely no chairs, tents, umbrellas, or coolers will be allowed on the beach.

Chairs will be allowed from 5 p.m. to sunset.

The publication notes that one member believes the newly proposed hours will discourage tourists and out-of-towners from driving to the beach. Many residents complained that closing beaches was unfair to them as it was tourists who weren’t practicing proper social distancing measures.

On Saturday, the city of Naples in Florida 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.

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