Sun worshippers jammed newly-opened beaches in Florida Saturday at the same time demonstrators crowded the Texas Capitol building demanding an end to coronavirus restrictions.
Beaches in some Florida towns were filled with those trying to cure their cabin fever by walking on the sand, swimming or fishing — but stationary sunbathing in a chair or hanging out with a cooler was still prohibited.
In Jacksonville, crowds flocked to the beach as soon they were opened Friday night. Hundreds were seen swimming and strolling on the sand, many not wearing masks. Images of people flocking to Florida beaches Friday had the hashtag #floridamorons trending on Twitter Saturday.
The state’s death toll from the coronavirus climbed past 700.
The easing of some restrictions in Texas was not enough to hold off protesters who converged on Austin. Some chanted “Let us work!” at the rally organized by “Infowars” host Owen Shroyer.
Texas residents will be allowed to return to state parks Monday and retailers can reopen but only for pick up or delivery. Hospitals will be able to resume non-essential surgeries.
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