Florida Covid-19 Update 3-24-2020 – No Spring Break!

Florida & Beaches Updates
Restaurants and Small Business Attempt to Survive

It’s March 26, 2019 – On the beaches you could walk all the way to the water on sun-burnt bodies with never touching the sand.. The traffic jams go all the way to downtown Clearwater. Restaurants on an hour wait. Parking places are all gone. No hotel rooms can be found anywhere near the beach during this Spring Break.

It’s March 26, 2020 – Clearwater Beach doesn’t have a single person on it – unless they are wearing a police uniform. You can safely cross any beach street since cars are few and far between. Half the restaurants are fully closed and the other half hope they can sell a few take out orders – many knowing they too will close – maybe permanently. Hotels may have a stranded guest or two who cannot get home, but there are more employees than guests. You can pick your parking spot among the hundreds that are available. There are no smiling faces, street people playing guitars and singing off-key, no children with melting ice cream cones, no cars with loud obnoxious music blaring, no crowds in front of the Pirate Ship – Spring Break is gone, hopefully only temporarily. I didn’t believe I could miss all of this!

Can the beaches recover? And when? The outlook is becoming more precarious. It’s certain some restaurants won’t come back. Some of the small shops won’t make it. The question will be, when, or if, the tourists will come back?

The stats for Florida and Pinellas County are –
Pinellas County

Putting the Florida situation in perspective –

  • Almost half the cases are in the Miami – Ft. Lauderdale area.
  • 23 Deaths in a state with 23 million people – more people die from car crashes daily.
  • 20 counties in Florida have NO cases.

We don’t want to minimize the seriousness of the virus on people with underlying conditions, but we also say the severity of the impact on our country has to be balanced carefully. We average over 3 murders per day in the state of Florida. The deaths from the COVID-19 virus since February is less than a third of that. Your chances of being killed are greater! Again, this is not a way to minimize, but to eliminate the fear and panic people are feeling.

All of this information can be updated daily at this Florida site. Be Safe in all you do.
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