Spring Breakers Won’t Stop Partying Over Coronavirus

Published on March 19, 2020

Spring Break… spring break… spring break forever. For some spring breakers, that’s their motto. Despite the number of deaths rising from the coronavirus and the federal government calling for social distancing, partiers are still flocking to Floria. The virus isn’t stopping them from partying and, you know, being toxic citizens of the world. 

Spring Break 2020

Young men and women are partying their heads off in Florida at the moment. There are photos of mass crowds, drinking and hollering. Given it’s a time for social distancing to save lives and prevent the spreading of the pandemic, the young partiers are still going hard. The images in the media have been disgusting. Especially to those citizens sensible and empathetic enough to participate in social distancing. The kids in Florida, however, are prioritizing their partying over the safety of others. In response, Florida Sentaro Rick Scott said, “What are you thinking? Stop doing it. Now.” 

The Beaches

South Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Clearwater saw their beaches packed with people, despite the closing of restaurants and bars. The city’s officials are doing what they can by closing down the beaches, too. The young spring breakers are in an ignorance is bliss state of mind at the moment, but they’re more at risk than they know. While the virus does cause more severe complications for the elederly, 20% of hospitalizations from the virus are people from the age of 20 to 44. 

What Do the Kids Have To Say?

There are over 330 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Florida. Keep in mind, those are the only cases confirmed as millions in the state haven’t been tested yet. Eight people have tragically died in the sunshine state, though, due to the coronavirus. The virus is taking lives, so why party outside? Why be that moronic and careless with others’ lives? Well, a few kids explained themselves…

“I feel like we’re not gonna stop our life because of that, but we’ll definitely keep precautions,” Anamaria Nowak told NBC. “We didn’t come with a group of friends. We’re gonna stay by ourselves and not share our things.”

“If I get corona, I get corona,” Brady Sluder told Reuters. “At the end of the day, I’m not going to let it stop me from partying….We’ve been waiting for Miami spring break for a while.”

“It’s really messing up with my spring break,” Brianna Smith told Reuters. “What is there to do here other than go to the bars or the beach? And they’re closing all of it. I think they’re blowing it way out of proportion. I think it’s doing way too much.”

“We’re just trying to roll with it,” Bryson Taylor told The Washington Post. “We’re just living for the moment. … When stuff closes, we’re going to do it when it closes. But besides that, we’re just trying to have the best trip we can.”


All around selfish, poor citizens not looking out for their fellow man whatsoever. These quotes from young folks are somehow even worse when heard in videos on the news. Right now is a time for making sacrifices, but these college kids couldn’t sacrifice a week of drinking to ensure the safety of others? Most of the major beaches have been closed to visitors, but several popular spring break hotspots remain open to visitors and partiers. They’re only causing trouble. Unlike the past few years in which restaurants and bars saw huge business from out-of-towners, that’s not the case this year. Florida, in one way or another, suffers and benefits from spring break. This year, the state of Florida is just suffering as bars remain closed but selfish kids keep breaking the rules.

Jack Giroux is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in Los Angeles, he is an entertainment journalist who's previously written for Thrillist, Slash Film, Film School Rejects, and The Film Stage.

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