A lawyer dressed as the Grim Reaper is haunting Florida beaches to protest their reopening
But when he heads out, Daniel Uhlfelder dons a raggedy black robe, conceals his face with a black cloth and wields his scythe.
It’s a macabre plea to beachgoers to stay home.
“We aren’t at the point now where we have enough testing, enough data, enough preparation for what’s going to be coming to our state from all over the world from this pandemic,” the lawyer told CNN.
The beaches he visited Friday were “very crowded,” he said.
“I know how beautiful and attractive our beaches are. But if we don’t take measures to control things, this virus is going to get really, really out of control,” he warned.
Nearly 35,000 cases
There are at least 34,728 cases in the state of Florida, with 1,314 recorded deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
DeSantis cited a Department of Homeland Security study that, according to the governor, shows sunlight, heat and humidity kills Covid-19.
“The DHS study said that sunlight rapidly killed the virus in aerosols, and it said that outdoor daytime environments are lower risk for transmission of the virus than indoor environments,” DeSantis said. “In terms of surfaces, when a virus may be left on a surface DHS study concluded that sunlight kills the virus quickly, and that the virus is less stable overall at higher temperatures and higher humidity.”
There is no written report as yet, although the results are being submitted for peer review and publication in scientific journals, a DHS spokesperson told CNN.
CNN’s Geneva Sands, Rosa Flores and Sara Weisfeldt contributed to this story.