Don't Go to the Beach This Weekend

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In Florida, the beaches are coming back. Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an order this week allowing some activities on some beaches during certain hours, as long as people "do it in a safe way." Social distancing is still the go-to rule, but "walking, biking, hiking, fishing, running, swimming, taking care of pets, and surfing" are kind of allowed.

Don't do it. Don't go. Whether you're in Florida or another state with waterfronts or you just live near a nice greenspace or park — avoid the temptation. Yes, it's rough. We're all cooped up and climbing up the walls, whether we've got kids or dogs or roommates or extended family all under the same roof. We do need access to outside spaces, not just for our mental health but for our physical wellbeing. The problem is, so does everyone else, and we don't have plans in place to regulate that.

Evidence is beginning to emerge that some localities are passing the peak of coronavirus infections. The curve is flattening; it's still scary out there, but it sounds like it's getting a little less scary. Don't fall for it. This is the moment when people might start to wonder if we've been overreacting, if all the closures and quarantines have been unnecessary. This is also the moment to keep beating the virus. Stopping now, or letting down our guard, will just provide opportunities for new ways to spread.

It stinks. It's the worst. You're not wrong. Do get outside and get some sunshine and exercise. Maybe stay close to home if you can, though. Keep wearing facial coverings. Nice weather is not going to stop the pandemic. Protecting each other through keeping our distance can.