Fort Lauderdale and Miami closed several stretches of beach and ordered bars and restaurants to operate at 50% capacity and close early.
The US reported a record number of deaths. Washington D.C., Houston, New York, Los Angeles, and other major cities shut down to protect citizens, particularly the elderly who are most vulnerable to the coronavirus and… spring breakers flooded Texas’ South Padre Island.
“We’re not worried about it — we’ve been drinking Coronas all day bro,” a bare-chested attendant in sunglasses and an upside-down visor hat told a local TV station.
As the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a global pandemic, hundreds of spring breakers partied for hours at a South Padre nightclub. Then, many headed to a massive pool party at a beachside resort.
The tightly packed throng lingered for hours, soaking up the sun, bikini and push-up contests and free music shows, oblivious to the government and health experts begging them to avoid groups of more than 10-50 people.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Friday declared a state of disaster for all counties in the state.
Yet… the City of South Padre Island failed to take any measures to prevent the mob of students from infecting each other and said in a statement that “most events appear to have less than one thousand guests.”
Surprising no one, tourism taxes are the primary source of its income.
“We’re still business as usual,” said local bar owner, who estimates his beach events draw as many as 5,000 people during the busiest days.