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Hundreds of deputies will be making sure people on Pinellas County beaches are social distancing

Posted at 5:25 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 18:17:08-04

ST.PETERSBURG BEACH, Fla. — Hundreds of extra deputies will be on Pinellas County beaches to make sure people are social distancing starting Monday.

Pinellas County beaches open at 7 a.m. on Monday morning.

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The sheriff says 250 extra deputies will be on beaches making sure that people are staying six feet apart and in groups of 10 or less. 

Every beach access point will have a uniformed deputy to educate people about the social distancing rules. 

"Anyone not following the rules is going to be simply asked to leave the beach. If we see certain areas of the beach that exceed safe distancing and capacity requirements, people will be asked to relocate to open areas," said Bob Gualtieri, Pinellas County Sheriff.

The sheriff says deputies will be patrolling the beaches and making sure people are obeying parking rules until 8 p.m. every night.

Along with Pinellas County, Sarasota County will lift all beach restrictions starting Monday. 

Manatee County is opening beaches on Monday for all activities, but they will have a two-hour parking limit.