Coronavirus: Seaweed used to maintain social distancing on reopened Florida beaches

CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla. — Beaches in west-central Florida officially opened Monday at 7 a.m., and some sunbathers made sure to maintain social distancing, a fact of life during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Several beachgoers figured out an easy way to put up that wall. Florida beaches have plenty of seaweed, so why not create a seawall?

At Clearwater Beach, several people at the beach grabbed seaweed from the shoreline and used it to create an aquatic “no trespassing” sign around their chairs in the sand, WFLA-TV reported.

SOCIAL DISTANCING...FLORIDA STYLE! 😂⛱ People on Clearwater Beach this morning ensured no one else would get too close...by grabbing seaweed and blocking off sections around their chairs! 8.wfla.com/3dgaF3H

Posted by WFLA News Channel 8 on Monday, May 4, 2020

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It seemed to work as people kept their distance.

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Pinellas County deputies will be patrolling the beaches to ensure people do not congregate in groups of 10 or more while remaining 6 feet apart from other groups, the television station reported.

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Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said violators will be asked to leave the beach, WFLA reported.

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