Thursday, 02 July, 2020

Florida's Miami-Dade County to close all beaches for July 4th weekend

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Deanna Wagner | 29 June, 2020, 23:58

Southern Florida beaches will be closed during the Fourth of July weekend as the state grapples with a spike in COVID-19 cases.

The Miami-Dade County shut down goes into effect from Friday, July 3 to Tuesday, July 7, according to Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

"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", Gimenez said. 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.

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.

In response, several counties in the state have chose to close their beaches for the Fourth of July weekend.

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"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 officials made the announcement at a news conference on Sunday, during which some attendees heckled the gathered mayors.

A controversial mandate requiring mask use in most public places was passed by the county commission earlier this week. Beaches reopened throughout the state last month as coronavirus cases seemingly leveled off both in Florida and nationally.

For the third day in a row USA cases hit a new high, with over 45,000 reported on Saturday. On Friday, Miami-Dade announced closures of beaches, parks, parties, parades and all manner of usual Independence Day celebration that would bring together more than 50 people.

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