Spring Breakers, Beachgoers Being Asked to Avoid Beach Areas as Public Safety Measure
By Space Coast Daily // March 19, 2020
COVID-19 Prompts Closing of All Beachside Public Parking
SPACE COAST DAILY TV NEWSFLASH: Brevard County Commission and Policy Group Chairman Bryan Lober provided an update on Brevard County government’s response to the Coronavirus threat, including news on closing down beachside parks and parking access starting Thursday, but keeping the beaches open to the public.
Beachside public parking, including access points, County and municipal parking areas and parking garages along the 72-mile Brevard County shoreline will be closed beginning on Thursday
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Beachside public parking, including access points, County and municipal parking areas and parking garages along the 72-mile Brevard County shoreline will be closed beginning on Thursday in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Closings begin on Thursday, with plans that all County, municipal, and Patrick Air Force Base beachside public parking access being off-limits to the public by Friday morning.
Spring breakers and other beachgoers are being asked to avoid beach areas as a public safety measure in response to the spread of coronavirus and in compliance with mass gathering recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC has advised people to avoid mass gatherings of more than 10 people and recommends social distancing of 6 feet.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday issued an executive order stating that beachgoers must adhere to CDC guidelines. Due to excessive crowds and large spring break gatherings, beach closings were implemented earlier this week in Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale.
Earlier this week, the Florida Department of Health identified the first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Brevard County.
This past weekend, Brevard County issued a local emergency declaration, which provides the County additional avenues to obtain protective equipment for first responders and sanitation supplies for critical public facilities; to make adjustments on employee leave policies; to tap into financial reserves to deal with potential emergencies; and to seek federal reimbursement for consequence management actions.
Beachside public parking access areas will remain closed until further notice.
The message for prevention continues to be individual responsibility, with the key focus on social distancing and avoidance of large gatherings to prevent the spread of germs.
Individuals should continue to wash their hands often and thoroughly, using soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Other measures to aid in prevention include:
• Practice social distancing by keeping 6 feet between yourself and others;
• Avoid large gatherings;
• Self-isolate if you are sick; and
• Call your regular physician, local emergency room, or urgent care clinic for screening to determine whether you should be seen by medical personnel.
Brevard County residents may call 2-1-1 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. for up-to-date information regarding coronavirus.
After hours, anyone with questions should call the FDOH COVID-19 Call Center at 866-779-6121. The call center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Educational resources are available HERE.
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