Hundreds of people packed into Florida's beaches yesterday, to lounge in the sand, or to swim, stroll, surf and fish - and most of the beachgoers were without masks.
“We all live on it, so it has been torture looking at it and not being able to be out here,” one beachgoer told CNN.
Jacksonville opened beaches yesterday from 6-11 a.m. and 5-8 p.m. It will remain that way every day, with some restrictions, for the foreseeable future.
“This can be the beginning of the pathway back to normal life,” Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry told the crowd when he officially opened the beaches yesterday.
Mayor Curry decided to rush open the beaches after Gov. Ron DeSantis gave the green light for some municipalities to begin reopening beaches.
But the new order may end up killing thousands of Floridians. Just one day after the beaches opened, Florida announced the coronavirus cases are exploding in the sunshine state.
The CDC revealed that Florida got 1,400 new cases Friday, the highest 24-hour toll since the pandemic began.