Beaches in Panama City Beach will remain closed until at least April 10

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - It’ll be at least another two weeks before you can step foot on some of the local beaches as a coronavirus precaution.

Entrances to public beaches in Panama City Beach are blocked off as a COVID-19 precaution. (WJHG/WECP)

Panama City Beach council members voted three to two to keep the beach closed for at least the next two weeks.

During Thursday’s virtual city council meeting, locals joined the conversation remotely to express their hope the beach can be reopened, but ultimately it was decided upon to keep them closed as a safety precaution.

“I don’t think anybody knows if what we’re doing is right. Normally it’s way down the road after you vote or make a decision in government do you know whether you made the right decision or not. Time will tell. We’re all going to get… we’re going to have more virus here, we’re going to have more exposure, that’s just inevitable,” said mayor Mike Thomas.

The Bay County commission also announced Thursday it has extended beach closures in the unincorporated part of the county for another seven days.

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