Floridians flocked to Cocoa Beach on Thursday after it reopened for sunbathing, sitting in chairs, and other social activities — as beach rules were relaxed following restrictions that were implemented on April 2, amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Families were seen carrying backpacks, beach towels, and coolers, while friends laid on blankets on the sand to soak up the sun.
Cocoa Beach’s executive order specifies that beachgoers must practice social distancing of at least 6 feet in all directions and keep groups to a number of five or less.
Officials had previously enacted an order that prohibited sunbathing but still allowed the beaches to be used for recreational purposes such as walking, jogging, biking, fishing, surfing, and swimming.
Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach are located in Brevard County, where beaches have remained open to joggers and swimmers and now to sunbathers.
Jacksonville Beaches reopened last weekend to packed crowds, which prompted #FloridaMorons to start trending on social media.
Florida has confirmed a total of 29,648 COVID-19 cases, with 987 deaths.