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A Man Dressed As The Grim Reaper Is Visiting Florida’s Beaches To Warn People Of Just How Stupid They Are

Apparently there are thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of people who don’t realize that we are in the middle of a global pandemic and people are dying. Either they don’t know – or they just don’t care.

As the weather has warmed up and people are starting to get a little stir-crazy at home, they’re hitting beaches across the country in droves. In fact, from Florida to California, beaches have been packed with people trading their sweatpants for swimsuits and it just makes absolutely no sense.

A local lawyer has taken to Florida beaches dressed as the grim reaper to make a point that many people seem to be missing.

Even though Death itself is stalking Florida’s beaches, Governor DeSantis announced on Friday that state parks will soon reopen, even as the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the country. Granted Death came in the form of a local man dressed as the Grim Reaper – but the point remains the same.

Daniel Uhlfelder launched his Florida Grim Reaper tour on Friday protesting beaches being allowed to open. In a tattered black robe and carrying a scythe, the Grim Reaper made an appearance at Miramar Beach in Northern Florida. It had reopened ahead of the Phase 1 reopening giving the green light in some parts of Florida. Those beaches, open to the public, were full Friday after a month of closures.

Just who is this guy dressing up to remind people of the danger they’re putting themselves and the community in?

The Grim Reaper in question is Daniel Uhlfelder, a lawyer and campaigner for public beach access who put on a cowl and wielded a scythe in an attempt to alert Floridians to the dangers of reopening their economy too soon.

Uhlfelder is a staunch advocate for public beach access in the state, even butting heads with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, whose Florida Panhandle home is parked on a private beach. But allowing anyone on the beach during the pandemic is a mistake, he said — one that could endanger the community.

“We aren’t at the point now where we have enough testing, enough data, enough preparation for what’s going to be coming to our state from all over the world from this pandemic,” the lawyer told CNN.

He added: “I know how beautiful and attractive our beaches are. But if we don’t take measures to control things, this virus is going to get really, really out of control.”

Uhlfelder also launched a website, The Florida Grim Reaper Tour, and is attempting to raise $20,000 to support Democrats running for Congress. But the complicated issue of when to reopen each state doesn’t break clearly down party lines. 

Floridians – and to be fair people around the country – are breaking social-distancing requirements despite the U.S. recording its highest death count so far.

According to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, there have been more than 1.1m confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the US and more than 65,000 deaths. There have been nearly 35,000 cases in Florida, and just over 1,300 deaths.Advertisement

States across the US are grappling with how and how quickly to reopen their shuttered economies. In general, Republican governors are moving more swiftly to reopen than Democrats.

The United States just had its deadliest day on record due to the coronavirus as states across the country begin to ease restrictions meant to curb the spread of the virus, according to data published by the World Health Organization. 

The U.S. saw 2,909 people die of Covid-19 in 24 hours, according to the data, which was collected as of 4 a.m. ET on Friday. That’s the highest daily Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. yet, based on a CNBC analysis of the WHO’s daily Covid-19 situation reports. 

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