After more than six weeks in quarantine, South Floridians made their way to newly reopened parks, golf courses and marinas on Wednesday, the first day they were welcomed back to wide open spaces of fresh air and sunshine.
Local governments’ decision to reopen many of the South Florida’s outdoor destinations has drawn cautious support from some disease experts, who said it may not be too early to start returning to some normalcy. They think there could be little risk of getting infected by the new coronavirus if people follow social-distancing rules.
Leslie M. Beitsch, chairman of the department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine at the Florida State University College of Medicine, said it would have been more advisable for the region to wait until there was more widespread testing and thorough “contact tracing” available to track and block the spread of the coronavirus.
“It is a bit like building an airplane while it’s flying,” he said of the reopening. “It’s a bit of a challenge.”