Florida lawyer to wear Grim Reaper costume to stop people visiting beaches

A lawyer in Florida said he will visit beaches that open “prematurely” while dressed as the Grim Reaper starting in May.

“Many of you have asked if I am willing to travel around Florida wearing Grim Reaper attire to the beaches and other areas of the state opening up prematurely. The answer is absolutely yes,” lawyer Daniel Uhlfelder tweeted.

Uhlfelder’s costumed tour comes as a response to news that the state had relaxed restrictions implemented April 2 to enforce social distancing practices to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Jacksonville Beaches reopened last weekend to packed crowds, and Floridians were seen flocking to Cocoa Beach to sunbathe Thursday after it reopened for social activities.

Last month, the lawyer made news for advocacy amid the pandemic by suing Gov. Ron DeSantis to seek an injunction for a statewide closure of beaches and urging him to issue a stay-at-home order — which he later did, NBC News reported.

Also last month, Uhlfelder traveled to Florida beaches wearing a paintball costume to advocate for social distancing, the outlet reported. However, he said a woman told him that he was “scaring people.”

Florida has confirmed a total of 29,648 COVID-19 cases, with 987 deaths.

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