A CNN report from Jacksonville, Florida captured a “mad dash” of crowds that accompanied the reopening of that city’s beach — offering a part-hopeful and part-ominous preview of what could happen when more of country emerges from its self-imposed coronavirus lockdown.
Speaking with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper on Friday night, reporter Randi Kaye showed footage of locals literally lined up at the edge of the sand, and then rushing toward the water when officially allowed back onto the beach.
“It was a mad dash here for the ocean. Once police gave the all-clear, all the people who had been lined up in the streets waiting to get to the beach when it opened today at 5:00 p.m., flooded the area,” Kaye explained.
“It was a mad dash here for the ocean,” says @randikayeCNN, from a reopened beach in Jacksonville, Florida.
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) April 18, 2020
Today, Florida set a record of new coronavirus cases: 1,413 in the last 24 hours.
Florida’s total cases is now 24,753.
Today, @GovRonDeSantis allowed beaches back open.
This is Jacksonville beach one hour ago: pic.twitter.com/oV5b1GTRy8
— Joshua Karp (@JoshuaKarp) April 17, 2020