Miami-Dade Beaches to Close July 4th Weekend Over Coronavirus Concerns – NBC 6 South Florida

Miami-Dade County beaches will close the weekend of July 4 over concerns about social alienation and the coronavirus.

County Mayor Carlos Giménez will sign an emergency order to close the beaches beginning Friday, July 3 and through Tuesday, July 7, his office announced Friday.

“As we continue to see more positive COVID-19 results among young adults and the increase in hospitalizations, I have decided that the only prudent way to stop this recent increase is to crack down on recreational activities that elevate our community. overall risk, “Giménez said in a statement.

The order will also ban gatherings and parades of more than 50 people across the county “for any reason” from July 3-7. Giménez added that all parks and beaches will be closed to the public in all cities and unincorporated areas so that the public can see the fireworks. Fireworks must be viewed from the home or parked vehicle.

Earlier this week, Giménez announced that the county will train “SURGE” teams to send virus hotspots to communicate with residents and businesses and give them information on the tests, masks, and disinfectant.

Miami-Dade beaches reopened earlier this month, but its initial reopening date was delayed due to a curfew issued across the county due to protests over the death of George Floyd.

Visitors are required to follow new social distancing guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 when they are on the beaches.

On Friday, Florida broke its daily record for new coronavirus cases with more than 8,900 confirmed, bringing the state total to nearly 123,000. Miami-Dade County total cases increased to 30,196, and the virus-related deaths in the county were 946 on Thursday.