Miami largely remains under lockdown as the city continues to be hit heavily by the COVID-19 outbreak.
But on Sunday, dozens of sun-seekers took to the waters on party boats anchored near Miami Beach after marinas opened back up to the public.
The ecstatic revelers appeared unconcerned about social distancing, as they boarded the vessels and danced, drank and stripped down in close proximity to one another.
One boatload of bikini-clad beauties were seen twerking up a storm as they waved to a group of admirers, seemingly unconcerned by the health crisis gripping their city.
On Sunday, nine new COVID-19 deaths were reported in Miami-Dade county, taking the total to 378.
Miami and three other surrounding counties in South Florida account for more than half of the entire state’s 37,000 coronavirus cases.
While most of Florida has slowly started the process of reopening, Miami’s beaches, restaurants and stores all closed to the public. Parks and marinas re-opened last Wednesday.
On Sunday, dozens of sun-seekers took to the waters on party boats anchored near Miami Beach after the city’s marinas were re-opened to the public
One boatload of bikini-clad beauties were seen twerking up a storm as they waved to a group of admirers
The revelers appeared unconcerned about social distancing, as they boarded the vessels and danced, drank and stripped down in close proximity to one another
Enjoying the warm weather, the crowds could hardly contain their excitement as they soaked up the sun
While Miami largely remains on lockdown, residents took advantage of the fact that city officials had allowed marinas to reopen
The crowds danced to loud music and drank from red cups to celebrate the fact they could finally come together
As summer approaches, more sun seekers are expected to head out on boats and party on the weekends
More than half a dozen people crowded into this party boat, not heeding the CDC’s recommendations to remain six feet apart
Miami continues to be hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak, but boatloads of revelers found a way to let off steam
A group of gal pals made sure to get their Vitamin D fix as they sat at the back of a boat
Groups from different vessels appear to mingle with one another as they remained anchored in the marina
One group of pals made sure to stay sun safe amid their outing -however, they didn’t heed recommendations to remain six feet apart from one another
It’s unclear when lockdown restrictions may be lifted in Miami. However, it’s possible the revelers were feeling optimistic given other parts of the state are now opening back up.
Most of Florida reopened on Monday, starting with restaurants that will allow services at 25 percent capacity and retail stores, museums and libraries with restrictions.
However, those orders didn’t apply to Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, where a majority of coronavirus cases in the state lie.
Gov. Ron De Santis touted the success of his state’s handling of the virus last week saying: ‘There’s been a lot that’s been done to try to promote fear, to promote worst-case scenarios, to drive hysteria. People should know that worst-case scenario thinking (in Florida) – that has not proven to be true.’
‘The only thing we have to fear is letting fear overwhelm our sense of purpose and determination,’ he added as an explanation for his reopenings.
President Trump praised De Santis during a town hall meeting on Sunday night, saying: ‘Florida tested the people very, very well and look how low the numbers are in Florida.
‘They’ve done a great job.’
Florida is just one of a number of state that are beginning to re-open following widespread shutdowns implemented amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Texas, Colorado, Georgia and South Carolina have all partially reopened their economies.
Gov. Ron De Santis touted the success of his state’s handling of the virus last week, meaning more of Miami may soon be opening back up
President Trump praised De Santis during a town hall meeting on Sunday night, saying: ‘Florida tested the people very, very well and look how low the numbers are in Florida’
One beauty looked happy to have left her home after weeks spent cooped up inside under stay-at-home orders
The gaggle of friends appeared in high spirits – buoyed by the beautiful weather and news that other parts of Florida are back open for business
Girls just wanna have sun! A group of female revelers made the most of their Sunday on the water
The Miami stunners paraded their bikini bodies around the boat as admirers watched on approvingly
Florida, like 20 other states across the US, is beginning to re-open following widespread shutdowns implemented amid the coronavirus pandemic