NASA announced last week that they will be embarking on a historic journey along with SpaceX on May 27. This marks Space X’s first crewed mission and is one for the books, but NASA is urging people to watch the launch from home, and not come down to Florida to watch the liftoff.
The coronavirus pandemic has forced officials to take strict precautions and this includes preventing the general public from gathering and witnessing the launch.
“We’re trying to make sure we have access to the International Space Station without drawing the massive amount of crowds that we usually would,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told reporters.
“We know there’s a lot of excitement about returning humans to spaceflight, and we’re proud that it’s happening here in our county — but everyone is safer at home right now,” Don Walker, the county board of commissioner’s communications director, said.
If people do flock to Brevard County, Walker added, they should expect “a headache and a half.”
According to BBC, restaurants have been shut down, public parking is closed along the county’s entire 72-mile stretch of coastline and hotels are not taking in guests.