Some Florida beaches reopen amid virus outbreak
Dateline: 4 May 2020 - Stuart
Date: 05/04/2020 05:54 PM
Stuart, Florida - 4 May 2020
1. Various of people on Stuart Beach
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Daley, Palm City, Florida resident:
"Everybody is, seems so happy to be out, I've never had so many people say hello at the beach as today in that they're just, I think their spirits are just feeling so good about it."
3. Daley sitting on beach
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Sanchelli, Hobe Sound, Florida resident:
"It's a, it's a wonderful thing, the ocean is beautiful, I can't wait to go in the water. It does, it does feel like the siege is being lifted a little bit."
5. Child playing on beach
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Kathy Mondello, Stuart, Florida resident:
"This is awesome, I've missed the beach so much. I can't believe it, I can't believe I'm back here again."
7. Lifeguard patrols beach
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Daley, Palm City, Florida resident:
"So I think everybody is so respectful, we don't want anything to happen that we'd have to take all this away from us again."
9. Various of people on beach
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North Florida beaches became among the first to allow people to return since they were closed to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gave the green light on Friday for some beaches and parks to reopen if it can be done safely.
Officials were previously criticized for leaving beaches open during part of the spring break period last month.
Most counties closed their beaches in response or kept them open under very restrictive conditions.
Other more high-profile beaches in South Florida — including Miami Beach — were closed by state order.
At a news conference in Fort Lauderdale, DeSantis said some municipalities should feel free to start opening up parks and beaches, if that can be done safely, with distancing guidelines in place.
The governor said it was important for people to have outlets for getting exercise, sunshine and fresh air.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.
For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.
The vast majority of people recover.