The party’s over.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has closed all bars and nightclubs in the state for 30 days — after masses of college-age spring-breakers were seen partying at Clearwater Beach.
“A lot of students have just been congregating at the universities and doing things there, and that’s not something we want,” DeSantis said at a news conference Tuesday.
But the governor stopped short of closing the beaches they were partying on, WFLA reported.
Instead, DeSantis has signed an order that the state will be enforcing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, which recommend groups no larger than 10 gather.
“I’ve had a chance to speak to mayors on both coasts today. If … they want to continue to [leave the beach open], we want them to have the freedom to do that,” DeSantis said, according to the outlet.
Florida municipalities including Miami had already started joining states and cities nationwide in regulating gathering places such as bars and restaurants to try to enforce social-distancing practices to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
Miami Beach officials said it would be closing its most popular city beaches at 5 p.m. daily, and police would be enforcing the curfew.
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