Florida beach to close for 2 weeks after tourists continued crowding the area

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Clearwater Beach in Florida, one of the nation’s top tourist destinations, will close for two weeks beginning Monday amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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The city council voted 4-1 on the move Wednesday as tourists continued crowding the area.

The closure only applies to the actual beach, and businesses in the area will be allowed to remain open.

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Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa have also previously closed beaches to the public.

The announcement comes after just Monday that the beach was packed with people on spring break who apparently were not interested in social distancing, and didn’t appear to be six feet away from one another -- despite official recommendations to avoid large crowds.

 
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