Miami-Dade County, Florida, will close all of its beaches from July 3 through July 7 amid an outbreak of COVID-19 in the Sunshine State, Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez announced on Friday.
"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", Mayor Gimenez said in a statement published online.
The mayor of Florida's most populous county said all parks and beaches will also be closed to the public for viewing fireworks in all cities and unincorporated areas of the county.
He said the fear is younger people who live with older relatives may infect those in groups who can get more severely sick with COVID-19. Broward County is expected to make an announcement on the beach shutdown later Sunday evening. "So we just ask that you understand and try to respect what we're trying to do for the general public".
Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner told CNN on Sunday he will also be issuing an order to close beaches under his jurisdiction for the holiday weekend.
PARKLAND, FL- Florida continued to show record high Coronavirus cases over the weekend.
Florida experienced its largest one-day coronavirus spike by far on Friday with 8,942 new cases and state officials ordered all consumption of on-premises alcohol suspended at bars statewide. The number rivals that of New York's peak in daily cases in early April. He believes that graduation parties and socializing without social distancing is responsible.