A resident of Titusville, Florida, captured video of a parking lot full of beachgoers at Parrish Park during Easter, though the state has orders for everyone to maintain social distancing while we battle the coronavirus. Titusville is near Orlando.
Dan Rojas, who caught the video, spoke to WKMG about it.
“Over the past couple weekends, it’s been crazy. When you’re in here, there’s two, three hundred people here in this small space,” Rojas said.
“I think that the park should be closed,” he said.
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“Some Titusville residents who were at Parrish Park on the Indian River Easter Sunday express concerns about the large crowds. In response to #coronavirus, @BrevardCo_FL closed public parks at beaches last month. Parks on the lagoon remain open. More on
@news6wkmg at 4:30,” tweeted James Sparvero with WKMG.
Some Titusville residents who were at Parrish Park on the Indian River Easter Sunday express concerns about the large crowds. In response to #coronavirus, @BrevardCo_FL closed public parks at beaches last month. Parks on the lagoon remain open. More on @news6wkmg at 4:30. pic.twitter.com/tAs3bNj4th
— James Sparvero (@News6James) April 14, 2020
The video includes an elderly couple who commented on the crowds.
“It was a huge crowd. that’s the most people I’ve ever seen here. I was surprised. I thought people really need to be more careful because they really were on top of each other,” said the woman.
At least one person thought Rojas’ whistleblowing was over the top.
“Oh no; cars are parked side by side!!! The people seem responsibly spread out on the beach and in the water. It’s time to reopen all parks to reduce concentration in the parks that are available,” said @321Pete.
Florida, like many other states right now, is under a stay at home order in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus. The state advises that people can still go out for groceries or to pick up prescriptions, for example, as those are essential activities.
Earlier this month, Florida became one of the last states to enact a stay at home order, issued by Gov. Ron DeSantis. ClickOrlando notes that many countywide orders had already been issued, so things may not seem that different for some.
DeSantis’ order is set to expire on April 30, but there is still some uncertainty about whether that is enough time to successfully beat back the virus.
Bars are closed in Florida, as well as theme parks like Disney World, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando and Legoland. Public beaches are supposed to be closed as well to cut down on large gatherings.
But now, some county beaches are now reopening, which can spell bad news for people who would like to see an end to coronavirus.
Orlando International Airport is still open, though it seems not many people are taking advantage of that for obvious reasons.
Just, everyone, stay home if you can, and continue to practice social distancing. There have already been nearly 700 deaths in Florida from coronavirus and the situation may only be worsened the more people defy orders and continue to gather.