College Students Still On The Beaches And Can Drink In Restaurants – For Now
All during the initial outbreak of coronavirus in the USA, the speeches, press conferences and warnings and shutdowns and lockdowns, college students from schools across the country packed beaches in Florida and partied for Spring Break 2020.
But no more, as Day Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order to close all bars and nightclubs in the state for the next 30 days. The closure began St. Patrick’s Day at 5 p.m.
At the same time, the beaches at Fort Meyers began to empty and became quiet as beach vendors – parasail and jet ski operators, even those doing chair and umbrella rentals – had their permits suspended.
However, in Panama City Beach and Destin in the Florida panhandle, students are still suntanning on the beaches. And while they can’t go to a bar or a club – usually an essential Spring Break activity – they can still drink at restaurants. DeSantis’ executive order allows restaurants stay open as long as they keep the crowd to 50% capacity and the tables are six feet apart.
“I feel safer here than at school,” said Clemson University coed Ellis Turner to the Panama City News Herald, adding that at the dorms are not exactly the most sanitized places on the planet
Plus, with schools around the country closed, where are they going to go anyway. Panama City Beach officials are having maintenance crews clean the beach bathrooms and shower areas three and four times a day.
In Clearwater Beach, the party is on – for now. The city will decide on Thursday whether or not it will close its beaches. Miami has closed its beaches until at least March 19, Fort Lauderdale has done so thru April 12 and Hollywood, Dania Beach and Hallandale Beach have all closed their beaches.
Like everywhere, things could quickly change and PubClub.com will be providing updates as they become available.