Students Ignore Social Distancing Guidelines To Celebrate Spring Break
While many of us are following expert advice and reducing social contact, working from home where possible and staying indoors, hundreds of college students in the US have headed to Miami for the annual spring break celebrations.
Large areas of the South Beach were packed out with partying students this week, despite pleas from the US government to keep social gatherings small with maximum groups of 10.
While some areas of Florida have introduced curfews, with bars and nightclubs shut, the students still flocked outside to enjoy the sunshine.
One Ohio student told CBS: "If I get corona, I get corona. At the end of the day, I'm not going to let it stop me from partying.
"I've been waiting, we've been waiting for Miami spring break for a while. About two months we've had this trip planned, two, three months, and we're just out here to having a good time."
Another said: "Yeah, I mean, we planned this trip a long time ago, and it was kind of up in the air if we would still go. But, like, we're here. I just turned 21 this year, so I'm here to party, so it's kind of disappointing, but we're just making the most of it.
"We met these other people in our little Airbnb spot. So, we're just hanging out with them and trying to get drunk before everything closes."
Other even hit out at the curfew and bar closures saying they ought to have their trip 'refunded'.
One told the news outlet: "It's really messing up with my spring break. What is there to do here other than go to the bars or the beach? And they're closing all of it."
With her pal adding: "What they're doing is bad. We need a refund. "This virus ain't that serious. There's more serious things out there like hunger and poverty, and we need to address that."
Earlier this week, President Donald Trump said at a press conference the country is fighting 'an invisible enemy', after the government announced guidelines on social distancing, including avoiding social gatherings of more than 10 people, working from home if possible and steering clear of bars, restaurants and food courts.
He said: "Each and every one of us has a critical role to play in stopping the spread and transmission of the virus.
"If everyone makes this change or these critical changes and sacrifices now, we will rally together as one nation, and we will defeat the virus, and we're going to have a big celebration altogether. With several weeks of focused action, we can turn the corner and turn it quickly."
Let's all bring some positivity, support and fun to anyone who might find themselves in isolation as a result of the coronavirus spread. Need some entertainment? Join Isolation Nation: https://www.facebook.com/groups/coronasupport/
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