The majority of Americans have been people trying to adjust to social-distancing limitations. There exists a tension between people in the U.S who wants to move out of their homes and people who wish to flatten the pandemic curve. And in such a situation, the beaches become a point of focus. Gov. Gavin Newsom of California intervened to close Orange County beaches. This drastic step was a result of a flurry of pictures of people arriving at the beaches during weekends. There were both the sunbathers and the swimmers, and none adhered to the practice of maintaining a safe distance.
A partial trouble
Reports suggest that Orange County
has opened its beaches. Also, the other beaches in San Diego and Los Angeles
were off-limits. Hence, people arrived from all these three countries. Gov. Ron
DeSantis in Florida resisted the burden directly from White House to keep the
state beaches closed, emphasizing the decisions that needed to made locally. People
and authority bodies criticized the state severely of not being able to manage
the people who’ve been appearing with their friend groups in the beaches when
the COVID-19 was its peak. Gov. Greg Abbott said that beaches would reopen in
the Galveston, Texas region, which sanctioned the outdoor activities. However, it
can happen only when people take the necessary security measures.
Mayor Dan Gelber, Miami Beach,
mentioned that putting down such rules is undoubtedly challenging. The city
beaches remain closed, as opening the beaches would increase the danger of people
getting infected even more. The beaches in Volusia County, Fla were kept open
only for a specific exercise. However, soon the security patrols issued over
1,200 violation warnings. A spokeswoman, Capt. Tamra Malphurs mentioned that they
did their best to drive the people away. But still, people came back, as soon
as the guards go down, with chairs and tents to hang out on the beaches. Most
people in the U.S are developing quarantine fatigue sitting at home and think
that visiting the beach can refresh them.
Beaches form an integral part of the
coastal state economies. It presents an affordable way for the average and
low-income families to get refreshed during the summertime. However, visiting a
beach can be dangerous as well. It defies the
rule of social distancing. People gather in groups in the U.S
beaches and refuse to wear their masks. The pandemic gets doubled this way.
Latin America and its emerging crisis
Gradually, the pandemic is increasing
its impact in Europe. There’s still some time for it to reach its peak in Latin
America. Initially, the leaders took the pandemic threat negligently, because
it took time for the virus to gain its hold here. The region that got severely
hit is Brazil, with over 80,000 infected cases and 5,500 deaths. The numbers
are changing in effect to the current condition. What could have led to this?
It could be President Jair Bolsonaro’s negligence to introduce proper safety
protocols. He thought of the COVID-19 as a “measly cold” flu and didn’t impose
strict stay-at-home orders and shutdowns. Also, Nicaragua, Central America’s
poorest country, asked its people to carry on with their daily living habits.
Last but not least, Trump administration, along with the prominent U.S. organizations, have compelled Mexico to enable the American-owned factories to remain open. The rule overlooked all fear about the workers contracting the virus.