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Franklin County beaches to partially reopen on Monday

Open hours limited to 3 hour blocks
Posted at 1:29 PM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 13:39:47-04

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Beaches in Franklin County will partially reopen in three hour blocks each morning and evening, effective on Monday.

According to an administrative assistant for the Franklin County commissioners, Franklin County beaches will be open in three hours blocks daily: From 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The new ordinance goes into effect Monday morning to coincide with Gov. DeSantis' orders allowing restaurants and retail stores to operate at 25% indoor capacity on Monday.

Even though beaches will be open, social distancing guidelines still apply. That means no groups of 10 or more and maintaining six feet between every person.

People are allowed to bring blankets, chairs, and can even go fishing, as long as they adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Commissioners say they may revisit the decision later but are going to see how this goes for right now.

There are roughly 26 miles of sandy beaches in Franklin County.