A Real Beach Bummer For Fourth Of July Weekend
It’s bad enough that governor closed all the bars in Florida and now the mayor of Miami has closed the beaches, effective for July 4 weekend.
The order includes South Beach – which many visitors simply call Miami Beach – and all bars in the entire Miami-Dade County.
“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,” Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Gimenez said in a statement.
He also banned any gatherings of more than 50 people. Fireworks displays planned for the weekend will only be viewable from home or inside parked cars at locations. He also said if people don’t obey the order, then he will extend it beyond the 4th.
In making the announcement, Gimenez said “too many” people and businesses were not following social distance protocol and that not enough people have been wearing masks when out in public.
“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.
“The closure may be extended if conditions do not improve and people do not follow New Normal rules requiring masks to be worn always inside commercial establishments and outdoors when social distancing of at least 6 feet is not possible.”