Crowds of beachgoers have charged on to the beaches in Jacksonville, Florida after the shores reopened to the public despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Jacksonville beaches reopened under limited hours, even as Florida recorded its highest single-day increase in confirmed coronavirus cases. Photos show residents cheering as they ran out onto the sand after weeks of closures.
Florida Department of Health said confirmed cases rose by 1,421 Friday, the highest one-day number yet. The total number of cases is now 24,753. The number of deaths has reached 726, an increase of 58 in the last 24 hours.
Jacksonville’s beaches will be open daily from 6 am to 11 am and 5 pm to 8 pm for exercise such as walking and swimming only. Banned are sunbathing, chairs, or loitering on the shore, and beachgoers are required to remain 6 feet apart.