The beaches in Bay County, Florida, are officially back open as of today with limitations during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The beaches reopened just one day after the Bay County Board of Commissioners approved an emergency order allowing recreational use of county beaches during the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET, according to the ordinance.
The commissioners said beachgoers should still follow all strict social distancing rules while enjoying the sun.
Last week, beaches in Jacksonville, Florida, reopened with similar limitations.
Gov. Ron DeSantis supported the idea of reopening beaches, parks and other public spaces as long as social distancing is practiced, WJXT reported.
"You look at how this disease is transmitted, it's transmitted overwhelmingly when you are in close, sustained contact with people, usually in an indoor environment," DeSantis said. "Going forward, we got to be promoting people to get exercise, do it in a good way, to do it in a safe way."