Hundreds of People Return to Jacksonville Beaches After Some Restrictions Lifted by Gov. Ron DeSantis

By  //  April 18, 2020

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Jacksonville beaches open from 6 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.

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JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA (FOX NEWS) – Crowds returned to beaches in Jacksonville Friday after Florida’s governor gave the green light for some to reopen if done safely – as a new model significantly dropped the number of forecasted fatalities in the Sunshine State.

Cheers could be heard at 5 p.m. when barriers to Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach came down. Hundreds of people were subsequently pictured enjoying their newfound freedom.

The beaches are reopening with restricted hours and can only be used for walking, biking, hiking, fishing, running, swimming, taking care of pets and surfing, according to Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry.

They will be open from 6 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. and gatherings of more than 10 people – not 50 as was previously announced – are prohibited.

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