This time of year is spring break for many, and there are a lot of people who are refusing to cancel their spring break plans in the midst of COVID-19.
Recently, a news station got aerial view of Clearwater Beach in Florida and the famous spring break destination looked no different than an average sunny day.
As COVID-19 spreads in the United States, health professionals are stressing “social distancing,” or keeping yourself away from people and crowded places to help slow down the virus.
The video and beach images went viral and people couldn’t believe how lackadaisical others were being toward the pandemic.
Tampa. St Pete. Clearwater. Knock this off right now. I spoke with a surgeon at a local hospital there that said COVID19 is spreading furiously in the Tampa Bay Area, and they DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH TESTS! This is not a “hurricane day.” Please shut this down. https://t.co/7n1FkM0ucw— Jennifer Decker (@jennifersterger) March 16, 2020
Hearing Clearwater beach is absolutely packed. I’m sorry that’s ridiculous. And whoever is choosing to keep the beach open, you’re just as much to blame. It’s not hard to shut everything down— G (@godisgreat122) March 16, 2020
One Twitter user made clear the visitors were spring breakers and NOT Floridians.
These are all tourists. Us FLORIDIANS dont do Clearwater beach lol https://t.co/3pr4JC0O1s— ♡ (@jugoslavii) March 16, 2020
ABC Action News reporter Sarah Hollenbeck shared images of the crowds on Twitter.
BUSY BEACH! This is what @MyClearwater Beach looks like right now as spring break crowds flock to the sand. #Clearwater leaders haven’t decided if they should add a curfew or close beaches but they may vote on measures related to the #coronavirus this Thursday. @abcactionnews pic.twitter.com/jGoxQdYJg5— Sarah J. Hollenbeck (@SarahHollenbeck) March 16, 2020
The images immediately circulated social media, with people voicing their displeasure.
Really not great https://t.co/er80Zf8sGn— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) March 16, 2020
Every time I hedge when someone asks me how long it's going to take to flatten the curve, it's not because I don't believe physical distancing works. It's because I don't think enough people are doing it. This is maddening. https://t.co/tzIgf21odn— Aaron E. Carroll (@aaronecarroll) March 17, 2020
Everybody in that Clearwater Beach video tomorrow pic.twitter.com/JIOeyqSIwG— 27 & me (@oofimusmaximus) March 16, 2020
This is just beyond immoral. These jackasses are risking the health and lives of countless other people. https://t.co/wBFkA5ty6Z— Josh Chafetz (@joshchafetz) March 16, 2020
The people publicly declaring that they are not going to stop living their life, and acting like this, are going to be the reason that all of us end up quarantined until Christmas.— Steven Spohn (@stevenspohn) March 16, 2020
For goodness sake's, staying inside for two or three weeks is not the end of the world, Karen! https://t.co/Bt4GwCpgAf
My 3 year old daughter is immuno compromised. She fought for her life last year and survived cancer. Seeing this...is just a gut punch. https://t.co/SuaWgFpmoN— Wajahat "Please Stay Home If You Can" Ali (@WajahatAli) March 16, 2020
Please, please, please stay at home.
All these people on Clearwater Beach. Where have I seen this before. Oh yeah..... pic.twitter.com/fdvLd4kijo— Big E (@ian693) March 16, 2020