Social Distancing Not a Priority for Spring Breakers in Miami Beach

Amid coronavirus concerns and advice from health officials to keep a distance of six feet between people, enthusiastic spring breakers still congregated on Florida beaches on March 18.

This video shows the lively spring break scene in Miami Beach on Wednesday, where a group plays tug-of-war in close contact.

Miami shut down a number of public beaches in an effort to quell the crowds intending to ignore warnings and party on.

Miami-Dade officials decided on Tuesday to also shut down all restaurant dining rooms, allowing food establishments to still provide takeout. The Florida Department of Health encouraged the avoidance of large gatherings, close quarters, hugs, and handshakes, and is encouraging six feet of distance between others when possible.

“You have a mother, you have a grandmother and maybe a great-grandmother,” Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said in a press conference. “That virus can be extremely dangerous to them.”

As of March 18, there were 314 confirmed cases of coronavirus and seven deaths reported in Florida, the Miami Herald said. Credit: Richard Munroe via Storyful