INDIALANTIC, Fla. — Some of Brevard County's beaches looked more normal Tuesday.
- Indialantic, Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach lift their restrictions
- Beachgoers can only be in groups of 5 or less, must be 6 feet apart
- All beach access parking lots remain closed until further notice
The ban on sunbathing, sitting in chairs, organized sports and laying on blankets was lifted, starting this week, in Indialantic, Cocoa Beach and Satellite Beach.
Beachgoers can only assemble in groups of five or less and must remain at least six feet apart.
On Tuesday afternoon in Indialantic, we saw most people practicing social distancing, along with some of the first people allowed to sunbathe again.
For the past several weeks, the beachside cities of Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, Indian Harbour Beach, Indialantic and Melbourne Beach had been restricted above the county guidelines of social distancing.
Beachgoers are glad to be back, but want to remain safe.
"I mean, it's for our best," said Diane Cortez. "The distance is the best thing for our safety. Everything depends on the way you see things. So I understand and feel good right now."
Brevard County beaches were closed for a matter of days back in late March, but the county voted to re-open them with the typical social distancing restrictions which are still in effect.
Jogging, walking, fishing, surfing, and swimming is still allowed.
The decision to allow sunbathing again hasn't been decided in Indian Harbour Beach and Melbourne Beach.
Cape Canaveral falls under county guidelines.
All beach access parking lots remain closed until further notice.
Rollins College biologist Dr. Jay Pieczynski thinks all beaches should remain closed until we're past the coronavirus pandemic.
"There are so many people that are asymptomatic carriers that we don't know about, and without adequate testing, we really don't know how many people out there have the coronavirus," Pieczynski said. "I think going to some place such as a beach, that’s just a lot of unknown variables that you can’t control and you’re putting yourself at too much of a risk to go out in those situations."
He recommends if you're going to the beach, bring some hand sanitizer and make sure you're keeping your distance.
Cocoa Beach City Manager Jim McKnight said they've consulted with other people within the city and health experts and felt it was time to allow more relaxing on the beach within reason.
"Because there's been such a good response from our citizens on how they've observed the rules that have been in place, we felt that it was time to trust they'll continue to do the right thing," Cocoa Beach City Manager Jim McKnight said.
McKnight pointed out there are only six cases of coronavirus in Cocoa Beach. He's hoping people can enjoy the beach starting Wednesday while social distancing.
Alcohol and beach parking are still banned in Cocoa Beach.
Rebecca Turco contributed to this story.