Florida County to Close Beaches, Parks During July 4 Weekend

Cheryl Sanders
June 29, 2020

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. He warned that the shutdown could be extended if conditions do not improve and people do not follow rules created to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Sunday's move by Broward mirrored Miami-Dade's response to leaps in COVID-19 case numbers and positive test rates over the last week and a half. Several mayors from Broward's coastal cities held a news conference Sunday to discuss the measure, with Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis confirming beaches would be closed from July 3 through July 5.

Broward is now reporting 15,645 new cases and Palm Beach County now totals 13,711 confirmed coronavirus cases.

"Not everyone's going to be happy about that decision and we always understand that sometimes decisions have to be made so that we can protect the majority of people". 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", Trantalis responded.

He said his order will also ban any gatherings, including parades of more than 50 people throughout the country for whatever reason between July 3 to 7.

Florida isn't the only state reimposing coronavirus restrictions after a new spike in cases.

In addition, Gimenez added that residents are required to wear masks both inside and outside public areas if they are not able to meet the social distancing requirements of 6 feet. The increased activity and lack of social distancing had contributed to a new surge of coronavirus cases.

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