Lot J reopens for testing as mayor says protesters should get screened

Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department’s Amanda Ivory provides direction to Spc. Jeffrey Bucurel (left) as the Florida National Guard began to provide testing at at Jacksonville’s COVID-19 community-based testing site at TIAA Bank Field. (Photo by Sgt. Michael Baltz, Florida National Guard Public Affairs Detachment)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – COVID-19 testing at Lot J in TIAA Bank Field Stadium was to be closed again to the public Tuesday. It was closed for the last two days during George Floyd protests, and it was scheduled to reopen Tuesday morning, but announced it would not open, then posted on Twitter after 9 a.m. that it would open at 10 a.m.

Mayor of Jacksonville Lenny Curry said the site was closed in the interest of public safety this weekend and Monday, but he had sent out a new message about the lot. Curry recommended anyone who participated in protests should be tested for coronavirus.

Large crowds violated CDC recommendations to keep 6 feet of space of distance and not to gather in groups larger than 10.

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