JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – Among the changes Monday as stay-at-home orders are lifted was that people can now visit the water on Atlantic, Neptune and Jacksonville Beach all the time, but there are still limitations.
When Mayor Lenny Curry and the three beaches’ mayors reopened the beaches just over two weeks ago, they limited the hours to mornings and late afternoons/evenings. As of Monday, there are no longer time limitations, the beaches are opening for exercise only -- walking, biking, hiking, fishing, running, swimming, and surfing.
Jacksonville Beach is only permitting dogs on the beach between 5 p.m. and 9 a.m. Jacksonville Beach will be lifting restrictions on:
- Tennis, basketball and volleyball courts
- Skate park at Sunshine Park
- Playground equipment
Curry said Monday he has talked with the beaches mayors when to drop the additional limitations, but he wouldn’t commit to a timetable.
“We will have more information on that in the days ahead. Cooperation from the public is crucial (to) allow for the continual gradual easing of restrictions," Curry said.
Curry said if people cooperate with and follow guidelines about social distancing, wearing masks in public, frequent hand washing protocols, he’s confident that not only will limits on beach activities end, but the reopening of the city and state will move to phase two quickly.
In a tweet Monday evening, Curry said, “We are ready to take additional steps in the days ahead as we reopen.”
He went on to say he will share the next steps during a news briefing Tuesday.
We are ready to take additional steps in the days ahead as we reopen. The people of our city have been amazing and acted responsibly during this pandemic. I will share next steps in a press briefing tomorrow.— Lenny Curry (@lennycurry) May 5, 2020