Several beaches throughout Florida are closed for the fourth of July over the weekend due to coronavirus problems. However, this is not the case even for St. Petersburg residents who have access to the remote driving beaches in their county.
Mayor Rick Kriseman says he thinks it’s a policy the count should consider.
“I think it’s a policy [the county officials] we will consider it as we arrive on the 4th of July this weekend. We know it’s always a busy time on our beaches that weekend. “
Kriseman also criticized the Florida government, Ron DeSantis, for not implementing state policies at this time to combat the increase in cases, and instead, leaving local governments to take action on a number of issues. problems such as beach locks and wearing masks.
“This should be a state policy, but we don’t already have leadership from the administration and the governor’s office,” he said. “If we are going to deal with this, we need to act collectively, not just eat piecemeal, where individual local governments put policies in place.”
In more criticism, Kriseman said DeSantis has been “inaccessible” to unions across Florida, which is an impediment to statewide action against the virus.
“This is one of the frustrations that I and other allies around the state have had. The governor has been very inaccessible to all of us, so we haven’t had those conversations. I have certainly been very vocal about the fact that I think it works. better when it’s state policy and if we can’t have that policy then out of context and if we can’t have that individual city then, ”he said. “But it really has to fall out of the state.”
Kriseman also raised DeSantis’ claims that the increase in cases is partly due to a delay in tests.
“This explanation is really downright amazing. What we’re looking at is the percentage of positive tests. So we’ve had days where maybe we’ll have 1,500 tests done. Other days where we’ll have 3,500 tests done, but what really matters is who they are. the percentages of the tests that are done that come back positive, ”he explains.
St. Petersburg, Florida, was seeing a 1.5% to 2% positive turnout on a two-week basis in late April and early May. In the last two weeks, the average turnover has increased to 10%, he said.
“That’s very disconcerting, and the explanation isn’t the number of tests. It’s that more people are exposed now.”