Lawyer In Florida Goes To Beaches Dressed As Grim Reaper To Urge People To Stay Home
A lawyer is staging a bizarre protest by dressing up as the Grim Reaper and heading to beaches in Florida to urge people to stay home.
So, he's decided to get his message out there by dressing up as Death himself and heading to the beach.
Speaking WMBB News 13, the 47-year-old said: "I'm here today to try to make a point that we need to, I think it's premature that we open our beaches.
"I'm a huge proponent of public beaches and I've been fighting for that for year.
"But I think that the danger of bringing all the people here to our area and spreading the virus, I think it's going to prolong the recovery we have."
He added: "I think we should take better measures. It's too soon and it's not appropriate."
Not content with heading to just one beach, Uhlfelder announced on Twitter that he's ready and willing to travel around the state to get his message across.
Many of you have asked if I am willing to travel around Florida wearing Grim Reaper attire to the beaches and other areas of the state opening up prematurely. The answer is absolutely yes. Beginning May 1 we will hit the road here in state. Please retweet and spread the word. pic.twitter.com/UO7QKg161n
- Daniel Uhlfelder (@DWUhlfelderLaw) April 22, 2020
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He's also shared photos of himself on the beach, urging people to 'stay in home'.
Alongside one he wrote: "Today I began touring Florida as the Grim Reaper to remind Floridians of the importance that we stay home and protect one another. This is just the beginning. Thank you for the support received from all over the world."
In an interview with Business Insider he said his unusual choice of costume was due to the unusual nature of the whole situation.
He explained: "That's why I'm doing things that are kind of unorthodox.
"You now have a trial lawyer wearing a Grim Reaper costume on the beach. That's not normal, but these are not normal times."
Beaches in Florida reopened to the public last month, with residents told they must observe social distancing and use the areas for 'essential exercise only'.
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry told Floridians: "This can be the beginning of the pathway back to normal life. Please respect and follow these limitations. Stay within the guidelines for your safety as well as for the safety of your neighbours."
However, within half an hour of them opening, photographs and footage showed packed-out beaches with many people completely ignoring social distancing.
Florida has 34,728 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 1,314 deaths. The US is the worst hit country by the pandemic, with around 1.13 million cases and 65,605 deaths.
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