The government officials down there are trying control the crowds….
But some kids ARE gonna keep coming….
Virus and all?
Young people gonna party….
Even if it could kill’m…
Last Monday, the governor declared a state of emergency. That same day, Ben Cunningham was in Ohio making his mother a promise before he hopped onto a plane to Florida for spring break: He would wash his hands frequently, wipe down surfaces and keep the pocket-size hand sanitizer in his backpack.
Mr. Cunningham, 18, a freshman at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio, spent much of his first day on Fort Lauderdale Beach trying to balance the uncertainty of a fast-moving virus with spring break plans with his buddies. “I am here to have fun, but I have to be cautious too,” Mr. Cunningham said. “I am trying to stay away from people I see coughing and I won’t be hugging any random people.”
A slow parade of cars cruised the street that shoulders Fort Lauderdale Beach. The bars were thick with students chugging beer and eating pizza and dancing to Pop Smoke’s music. Kaitland Carter, a 19-year-old waitress from Columbus, Ohio, was steps away on the beach, waiting for the afternoon drizzle to give way to the sun. She said she was relying on the open outdoor space to decrease the chances of exposure to the coronavirus.
“I just keep hearing how this affects mostly older people,” she reasoned. “And there were hardly any cases in Ohio when I left so I figured I could stay in my own zone and still have a good time.”
And if she met someone: “We can text.”
image…Credit…Saul Martinez for The New York Times