Which Florida beaches are open during COVID-19 pandemic and things you can and can’t do

Life’s a beach, right? Well, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, not so much

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – In spite of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ “safer at home” order, which encourages Floridians to stay at home through April 30, some beaches in the Sunshine State remain open, according to News 6 partner Florida Today.

Chatter on social media seems split: Those who live on the coast, within walking or driving distance, love their walks on the beach and the call of the sea. Picture-perfect weather adds to the challenge of staying away.

But practicing social distancing and hanging out in groups fewer than five are critical to stopping the spread of coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As of Friday evening, there were more than 30,000 cases of COVID-19 in Florida and over 1,000 deaths, the Florida Department of Health reports.

Jacksonville officially reopened its beaches April 17, and not long after throngs of beachgoers dotted the sand. #FloridaMorons started trending, and the Sunshine State got a beating on social media.

The following Florida beaches are open during the COVID-19 pandemic, although some have restrictions. And attendance at the beach is a far cry from what it’d normally be this time of year. For that matter, we’re also sharing tips of what you can and can’t do if you go to the beach during the coronavirus pandemic.

Jetty Park at Port Canaveral

According to a notice on its website, Port Canaveral officials "have suspended the use of our indoor and outdoor venues at Port Canaveral for events and gatherings scheduled to take place in any of our facilities through June 1, 2020." Jetty Park, a popular spot for fishing, biking or watching a rocket launch, is closed until further notice, the site states.