Florida Sheriff Thanks Residents for Keeping Beaches Empty

A south Florida sheriff’s office thanked residents on Monday, April 6, for respecting beach closures enforced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, sharing aerial footage on Facebook that showed the shoreline in the Naples area nearly deserted on Saturday.

“Here’s what our Aviation Bureau members saw when they flew along the shoreline over the weekend. Thank you all for respecting the beach closures and staying home as much as possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” the sheriff’s office said.

Beaches in Collier County were closed from March 19, according to local media. Other public amenities in the county closed due to COVID-19 included playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball courts, skate parks, athletic fields, and dog parks, officials said.

As of Monday morning, Florida had reported 13,324 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 236 people had died as a result of the virus. Credit: Collier County Sheriff’s Office via Storyful