Despite calls from President Donald Trump to practice social distancing, young spring breakers continued to party like the coronavirus pandemic wasn’t happening on Tuesday, when hordes of them were seen living it up on beaches in South Florida.
Though Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Tuesday that bars and nightclubs in the state would close, he did not give a strict order about beaches, only saying that Floridians should adhere to the CDC guidance of “no group on a beach more than ten.”
“You have to have distance apart if you’re going to be out there,” DeSantis said in a press conference yesterday, according to Breitbart News. “So that will apply statewide.”
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Miami Beach Commissioner Mark Samuelian agreed with DeSantis in a statement of his own.
“Every health expert is telling us we need social distancing — less interaction to reduce transmissions,” he said. “While I empathize with our businesses and their employees, I fully support the City Manager’s additional emergency measures to enhance public safety.”
Despite Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber declaring Spring Break to be officially “over,” hundreds of spring breakers were caught on camera celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in the city on Tuesday.
One day later, President Trump issued a desperate call to young people to “heed the advice” of officials.
“We don’t want them gathering, and I see they do gather — including on beaches and including in restaurants — young people. They don’t realize — they’re feeling invincible,” Trump said. “They were feeling totally invincible or are feeling that way but they don’t realize they can be carrying lots of bad things home to grandmother and grandfather and even their parents.”
“So we want them to heed the advice. We made the advice, and I think it’s getting through. I do believe it’s getting through,” he added.
What young people are doing right now is incredibly selfish. Because the people most in danger of being heavily impacted by coronavirus are the elderly, millennials think they have a “free pass” to ignore all the social distancing guidelines that are being strongly suggested. The more that young people party together, the more likely it is that they could become carriers of coronavirus and give it to someone with a weakened immune system.
We need to all come together now like never before and work as one to get rid of coronavirus. The sooner millennials start adhering to these guidelines, the sooner this whole thing will be over, and the sooner they can get back to their beloved parties.