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ST. LUCIE COUNTY - In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, St. Lucie County will be closing access to all county beaches on North and South Hutchinson Island effective Monday, March 23 at 8 a.m. until further notice.

St. Lucie County’s Emergency Management team has been monitoring the use of beaches and outdoor facilities since last week regarding the public’s participation in following the social distancing guidelines from the Center for Disease Control. Unfortunately, residents and visitors are not following the CDC’s recommendations of limiting unnecessary travel and avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people. If residents continue to disregard these recommendations, additional closures are likely to continue.

To help slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), residents should avoid unnecessary travel, limit social interactions, maintain a distinct of at least six feet from others and continue to practice good hygiene such as frequent hand washing with soap and water, and cough or sneeze into a tissue or your arm, instead of your hands. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth and face. Avoid close contact with people who are sick or exhibit symptoms. If you are sick; please stay home and contact your primary doctor.

For additional information and updates relating to COVID-19 in St. Lucie County, please visit: www.stlucieco.gov/covid-19.

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