Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has closed all beaches on the 4th of July weekend and set strict guidelines for gatherings and celebrations.
Gimenez signed an emergency order (EO) closing all beaches in Miami-Dade County starting Friday, July 3 until Tuesday, July 7. He said the closure may be extended if people don’t follow requirements to wear face masks in areas where social distancing cannot be applied.
“As we continue to see more COVID-19 positive test results among young adults and rising hospitalizations, I have decided that the only prudent thing to do to tamp down this recent uptick is to crack down on recreational activities that put our overall community at higher risk,” the mayor said.
Additionally, Gimenez set firm guidelines on the 4th of July celebrations. The order bans gatherings, especially parades, that have more than 50 people present. Wearing of face masks and social distancing of six feet must be observed.
At the same time, revelers should watch fireworks displays from the safety of their homes or parked vehicles.
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Gimenez likewise added that police will be in full force during the weekend. They have been authorized to shut down establishments that do not follow the EO. Violators face stiff penalties of $500 and jail time of up to 180 days.
“I have been seeing too many businesses and people ignoring these lifesaving rules. 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,” he said.