Americans Flock to Newly Reopened Beaches Despite Continued Virus Warnings

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.

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