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St. Lucie County beaches reopening with some restrictions

Beaches have been closed since March 24
Posted at 3:22 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-27 17:00:50-04

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — For the first time in more than a month, St. Lucie County is reopening its beaches beginning Tuesday.

Beaches will reopen beginning at 7 a.m., with some restrictions, county leaders announced during a news conference Monday.

The beaches have been closed since March 24 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Beaches in St. Lucie County and Fort Pierce will be open for walking, jogging, fishing, surfing, swimming, snorkeling, collecting seashells, kayaking and paddleboarding. However, social distancing is still required and recreational groups of 10 or more people are prohibited.

Other prohibited activities include partying, picnicking, camping and playing volleyball, football or Frisbee. No coolers, tents, blankets, umbrellas, beach chairs or sunbathing are allowed.

Indian River County previously announced last week that its beaches would reopen Tuesday.

According to the latest numbers from the Florida Department of Health, there are 236 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in St. Lucie County, including 20 deaths.

A county official said the number of confirmed cases has decreased since April 1.

"What we're doing is working, so let's not let up now," County Administrator Howard Tipton said.

St. Lucie County graphic of date of residents coronavirus onset
This chart, on display at an April 27 news conference, shows the decline of confirmed COVID-19 cases in St. Lucie County since the beginning of the month.