CORONAVIRUS: Here Is Why Palm Beach County Beaches Can’t Open Yet

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Parents Make Poor Decisions. We All Pay.

BOCA RATON, FL ( — If you want to understand why beaches can’t open yet in Palm Beach County, why stores remain closed and why South Florida is excluded from today’s statewide reopening, look no further than your child’s online “morning meeting.”

In the span of 20 minutes, kids this morning are telling their teachers what they did over the weekend. They went to parties. They “played so long they almost had a sleepover.” They went to an aunt’s house.

None of this is supposed to be happening.

For every person observing social distancing, there are apparently many more who couldn’t care less. It’s not the fault of the kids. It’s the parents. It’s the grownups. The people who should know better are apparently making bad decisions. It’s those bad decision that local health officials and government leaders fear — and exactly why Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties are doing so poorly when it comes to infections and deaths.

This is how COVID-19 spreads, and it is a sure fire way to guarantee that today’s restrictions continue as tomorrow’s way of life.

Playing outside at a distance is, of course, fine. Playing in the same house is not. Visiting an aunt in their home seems to be contrary to executive orders in place.

When Palm Beach County’s “closed” status continues for weeks or months, the reason why will be clear — people who believe their own needs and wants are more important than the health of a community eager to return to normalcy.

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