Popular spring break beach towns mandate few COVID-19 restrictions

An influx of spring break visitors overwhelmed Miami Beach, Florida, officials over the weekend, resulting in more than 1,000 arrests and an emergency declaration shuttering businesses at 8 p.m.

That declaration has been authorized for an extension on a weekly basis through April 13.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for beaches include suggestions for beachgoers to wear face coverings, avoid crowds and stay at least 6 feet away from people they don’t live with. 

Yet some beach hot spots went into spring break this year with few, if any, COVID-19 restrictions.

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