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Coronavirus in Florida podcast: Beaches are open. Here’s what to expect and how to stay safe.

The sand wasn’t jam-packed, but Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri says he expects more people to visit this weekend. A doctor tells us whether COVID-19 poses a danger there.
On this show, we'll talk to experts and reporters, share the facts behind the spread of the virus and discuss what could happen next.
On this show, we'll talk to experts and reporters, share the facts behind the spread of the virus and discuss what could happen next. [ Eli Zhang ]
Published May 6, 2020

After being off-limits for more than a month, Pinellas County’s iconic beaches reopened on Monday. Four beaches in Tampa also reopened Monday afternoon.

While many people were apprehensive about venturing out again, others relished the opportunity to reunite with the sands — all while adhering to social distancing guidelines.

On this episode, Times reporter Tracey McManus describes what she saw Monday while reporting from Clearwater Beach and Dr. Marissa Levine from the University of South Florida shares some tips on how to stay safe if you decide to venture out.

We don’t have a set schedule for the Coronavirus in Florida podcast, but we plan to publish more episodes in the coming weeks. You can listen to the latest episode by clicking the “play” button in the audio player above or by downloading it on your favorite podcast platform.

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