After seeing a massive increase in COVID-19 cases last week, Mayor of Miami-Dade County Carlos Gimenez has announced that beaches will be closed for the Fourth of July weekend.
Following the reopening of bars three weeks ago, many establishments throughout the state had to close shortly afterward, following reports of confirmed COVID-19 cases among their employees.
“Effective immediately, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation is suspending on-premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide,‘’ according to a tweet from Halsey Beshears, secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
In Miami Mayor Gimenez said that he had no other choice but to order a closure after the reports of non-compliance of residents. The mayor said he is also sending a stern warning ahead of time, that if people don’t comply with the Fourth of July restrictions, he’s willing to shut down the beaches even longer.
“I can foresee a Fourth of July where you have throngs of people on the beach, very difficult to keep social distancing, people getting together, especially young people getting together. We now see this virus is prevalent in this age group and we want to keep this down, Gimenez said.
“I want to stress that I will extend this order and keep the beaches closed past July 7 if we do not see people taking this seriously.”
The order that will guide holiday activities in the county states that:
- All Miami-Dade beaches will close on July 3 and remain closed through July 7, but could be extended.
- Parks will continue to close at 8 p.m. daily.
- Fireworks displays must be viewed from home or from your car.
- Gatherings of more than 50 people are restricted.
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis said it is also likely that other counties including Broward County will also make a similar announcement.