HowDue to the increasing number of new cases of coronavirus, Miami-Dade County announced that it plans to close all beaches before the July 4 weekend. The state reported a record high of nearly 9,000 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, beating the state’s previous record of 5,500 cases.
“After consulting with our county’s public health experts, I will sign an emergency order on Saturday to close all beaches in Miami-Dade County beginning Friday, July 3 and through Tuesday, July 7,” he said. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez. in a statement on Friday night.
Giménez emphasized the importance of closing the beaches as more young people test positive and the number of hospitalizations increases.
“I have decided that the only prudent thing to do to stop this recent increase is to crack down on recreational activities that put our general community at greater risk,” said Giménez.
The county may extend the closure if conditions do not improve, people refuse to wear masks, or social distancing measures are not followed.
“I have been seeing too many businesses and people ignoring these life-saving rules,” said Giménez. “If people are not going to be responsible and protect themselves and others from this pandemic, then the government is forced to step in and restore common sense to save lives.”
The order will also ban gatherings, including parades, of more than 50 people and close all parks to limit the gathering of people to see fireworks. Giménez said that all fireworks displays should be viewed from his home or from a parked vehicle.
The Miami-Dade County Police Department will remain in effect this weekend to close establishments that flaunt social alienation and mask rules and capacity limits.
Giménez said the police department will be patrolling local establishments to ensure that “New Normal” rules are followed. He said that the police will close establishments that do not comply with social distancing, mask rules and capacity limits.
Violators of these policies are subject to a second degree criminal penalty of up to $ 500 and 180 days in jail.
“After all the success we’ve had in reducing the COVID-19 curve, we can’t back down and overload our hospitals, putting our doctors and nurses at greater risk with more cases in the emergency room,” said Giménez. “Everyone must do their part and follow the rules. All cities must enforce the County’s orders.”
The move comes after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has pushed Florida’s reopening plan despite a jump in positive cases in recent weeks. On Friday, however, the stateprohibition of alcohol consumption in its bars, “effective immediately”.
The United States saw a45,300 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in one day on Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University. That’s more than 40,000 new cases reported a day earlier.