A group of protesters defied the Fort Lauderdale Beach closure to protest the decision to close the Broward County beaches during the July holiday.
According to WSVN, the protesters, who waived American flags and contained signs declaring “My Body My Choice,” had not been arrested or removed by local police at 5 p.m.
Casey Liening, a spokeswoman for the Fort Lauderdale Police Department, confirmed to the Miami Herald that a group “ran in the sand” but that there were “no arrests or problems.”
Protesters wanted to exercise their right to celebrate Independence Day on the beach despite climbing on coronavirus numbers, according to WSVN.
Mayors across Broward County teamed up to shut down the beaches for the weekend and joined Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s closing of Miami-Dade County beaches until Tuesday.
The beaches were closed to prevent a higher peak in COVID-19 cases, which has steadily increased in Florida. On Saturday, the state broke another record and reported over 11,000 new confirmed cases. Miami-Dade and Broward counties also noted one-day highlights; Miami-Dade reported nearly 2,500 new cases and Broward reported over 1,300 new cases.