Spring break … forever?
College kids are bucking advice to practice social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic and instead are partying in tight quarters aboard booze cruises.
A Facebook video from STS Travel shows about 250 bikini-clad spring breakers dancing, drinking and throwing their cares to the wind aboard a ship near Nassau, Bahamas, on Monday, a day after the country reported its first COVID-19 case.
“Our last booze cruise was yesterday,” the post reads. “The Blackbeard’s Revenge Cruise took such good care of our travelers, no one had to walk the plank!”
In fact, they’re not the only ones who are ignoring social-distancing advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. STS Travel’s vice president, Jake Jacobsen, tells Business Insider that his company, Student Travel Services, has only seen 20% of customers cancel their travel plans amid the pandemic.
However, Jacobsen says STS Travel cut the capacity of passengers in half for its booze cruises to about 250 people. Many countries have advised against large gatherings and the CDC suggests canceling all US gatherings of 10 or more people in the upcoming weeks and keeping 6 feet away from others.
Meanwhile, other college students on spring break are defying safety and lockdown rules in order to keep the party going.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered bars and nightclubs in the state to close for 30 days as of Tuesday evening after spring breakers were seen partying at Clearwater Beach.
In Miami, some partiers say they aren’t letting coronavirus wreck their spring break.
“If I get corona, I get corona,” Ohio resident Brady Sluder told Reuters. “At the end of the day, I’m not going to let it stop me from partying.”