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“Grim Reaper” Is Visiting Florida Beaches to Warn About Dangers of Not Social Distancing

Many people acknowledge that we have a long road ahead in order to slow and control the spread of COVID-19. Our commitment to social distancing has saved lives, and as restrictions will inevitably start to ease, we know not everything can return to how it was pre-coronavirus. Beaches, for instance, will be different. Though they were once for lounging all day among large groups of people, these public areas are now mostly for exercise like walking and running (at safe distances from one another). Florida has recently reopened its beaches, and not everyone is following the social distancing guidelines put forth by local governments. But for those that flock to—and stay at—the beaches, they just might get a visit from the Grim Reaper himself.

Beginning May 1, lawyer Daniel Uhlfelder plans to dress as the angel of death and visit beaches around the state to warn people about the dangers of not social distancing—something he calls the Florida Grim Reaper Tour. He wants to remind people that staying home is vital in preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus, and despite what the state government might say or do, social distancing must be practiced until it’s safer to resume parts of normal life.

While clever, Uhlfelder is not the first Grim Reaper to walk on beaches. New Zealand has the Swim Reaper, a public service campaign that involves an individual dressing up in a cloak and carrying a scythe around public waters to remind people not to “swim dumb and be done.”

On May 1, lawyer Daniel Uhlfelder is going to walk the beaches of Florida dressed as the Grim Reaper. But he’s not the first—there’s a Swim Reaper in New Zealand:

 

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The Swim Reaper reminds people to stay safe around public waters and to not “swim dumb and be done.”

 

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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