Although the cowid-19 flu continues, American college students still choose to flock to the beach to celebrate spring break.
Universities across the country have either cut back on the traditional holiday week or canceled it , but in Florida, the sunshine state, weekend tourism students are pouring in on weekends.
On Friday night, two Miami Beach police officers used pepper balls to disperse a large crowd after two officers were injured. Authorities reported that bottles were thrown at police and a woman was riding on top of a car. Sometime, a crowd of more than 200 people blocked traffic, some of them smoking marijuana and drinking wine from open containers.
Another 30 people were arrested on Saturday night, police said.
Earlier this month, Raul Aguila, the city manager of Miami Beach, warned spring break visitors not to come to town and texted to students on mobile phones warning them to “take a responsible vacation.”
“If you want to go to parties without restrictions, go somewhere else. You can go to Las Vegas, “Aguilar said at a virtual online city conference.
On Saturday, Orlando mayor buddy Dyer advised communities to enjoy the weather while complying with the covid-19 safety guidelines.
On corpus beach in Texas, thousands of people gather on the warm beach.
The governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, announced a mandatory directive to wear masks and allow companies to operate at 100% capacity on March 2.
Many people in Galveston choose not to wear masks on the beach, says Fort Worth resident Kelly Roberson.
“We don’t need government agencies to come here and tell us that you need a mask or you don’t need a mask,” Robertson said.
The transport safety authority said 1357111 passengers were checked on Friday and 1223057 on Saturday.
Last year’s spring break tourism may have contributed to the spread. A study by Bauer State University and Vanderbilt University found that the virus had a strong momentum in March 2020, tracking the movements of more than 7 million samples of American college students using global positioning system (GPS) smartphone data.
Some universities have become increasingly creative in their efforts to keep students in the city, and the University of California, Davis, has given students $75 not to travel during spring break.
Other colleges, including the University of Michigan, the University of Tennessee, the University of Florida, and Baylor University, revised their calendars in the fall to cancel spring break entirely because of the pandemic.
Rochelle wallensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and prevention, said earlier this month that the behavior of Americans in March and April is crucial to preventing the virus from proliferating again.