As Florida’s coronavirus death toll increased by 40 on Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 867, officials in two of the state’s communities re-opened their beaches to a limited number of people. Officials in Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach say people can now return to sunbathe, play in the sand or frolic in the waves — as long as they keep their groups to five or less. Prior to the official re-openings, residents were permitted to use the beaches only for walking, jogging, cycling and surfing. “The city would like to thank our community for continuing to abide by the social distancing measures we have put in place at our beaches to safeguard our residents during this pandemic response,” says Satellite Beach City Manager Courtney Barker. “Since these measures have been put in place, the beaches have been areas of strong compliance, while still giving our residents a place to exercise and relax.”
As of Tuesday evening, Florida was reporting 27,869 cases of COVID-19.