first_img“It is unfortunate that the beaches had to be closed,” Kerner said. “It’s not something that I can apologize for because it’s in the best interest of the public safety.” Fire officials explained there are safety measures to take while setting off fireworks in the county. They include:-Keep a bucket of water nearby to put used fireworks in, and also fireworks that don’t ignite, known as “duds”-Keep children away from fireworks-Only competent adults should be lighting fireworks-Avoid open areas of land where dry brush could igniteAccording to the latest numbers from the Florida Department of Health, there are 14,859 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Palm Beach County, including 523 deaths. With the Fourth of July holiday weekend here, Palm Beach County leaders took the opportunity to stress the continued need for safety in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.Mayor Dave Kerner and other officials held a virtual news conference on Thursday, reminding everyone that all public, municipal, and private beaches in the county will be closed from 12:01 a.m. Friday until 11:59 p.m. Sunday.center_img He added that local law enforcement agencies have an operational plan in place to assure compliance with the law.“Please stay off the beaches,” Kerner added. “Our law enforcement resources, our fire rescue resources, those resources are better utilized not having to get people to comply with what is a very basic order.”Get your GLOW on this #July4th. Here’s a GREAT way for kids to celebrate safely and have LOTS OF FUN! Glow sticks are SAFER than sparklers & fireworks. #pbcfr @PBCFireRescue @pbcgov— PBC Fire Rescue (@PBCFR) July 2, 2020last_img

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