Miami-Dade County has announced all beaches will be closed for the July 4th weekend due to spikes in the number of coronavirus cases. Other closures have also been announced across the state, including bars and restaurants having to reclose.
ABC News reports Miami Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced on Friday he intends to sign an executive order this weekend to close all beaches starting July 3 through at least July 7.
The suspension is obviously intended to deter people from spreading the coronavirus during what would otherwise be a time of patriotic festivals.
The mayor cautioned the closures could continue “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.”
“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 continued in the statement, per the report.
Mayor Jimenez is also banning any gatherings of more than 50 people during this time. He also said any viewing of firework celebrations for the holiday is to be limited to people watching from their homes or their vehicles.
“After all the success we have had tamping down the COVID-19 curve, we cannot turn back and overload our hospitals, putting our doctors and nurses at greater risk with more emergency room cases,” he said. “Everyone must do their part and follow the rules.”
Axios reports the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation similarly announced: “All alcohol consumption at bars will be suspended statewide, effective immediately.”
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Effective immediately, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation is suspending on premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide.
— HalseyBeshears (@HalseyBeshears) June 26, 2020
According to Axios, the state reported nearly 9,000 more coronavirus cases on Friday likely due to reopenings across the state and increased testing efforts.
The 8,900 confirmed cases—a single-day record for the state and for any state since the pandemic first began—bumped the total coronavirus cases in Florida to 122,960.
“The record surpassed Florida’s single-day record from this week at 5,511. Deaths in Florida increased 1.2%, reaching 3,366, the report shows,” Axios adds.
Over half the country — 26 states — have seen their coronavirus caseloads increase over the past week.
New cases are up 77% in Arizona, 75% in Michigan, 70% in Texas and 66% in Florida. https://t.co/z1sNUqg8E5
— Axios (@axios) June 25, 2020
Axios also reports Florida recently crossed a milestone of having more than 100,000 coronavirus cases, becoming the seventh state to do so.
The state joins New York, California, New Jersey, Illinois, Texas, and Massachusetts:
By the numbers: Data from Florida’s Department of Health showed that the state added 2,926 infections since Sunday, bringing its total to 100,217 as of noon Monday. The number is down slightly after the state reported four consecutive days of over 3,000 new cases, including over 4,000 on Saturday.
Florida has performed 1,618,540 tests so far, up 18,205 since Sunday. It has also reported 13,119 hospitalizations related to the virus.
The U.S. has reported 2.2 million coronavirus cases and 119,997 deaths as of Monday, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
As the number of coronavirus cases in the state of Florida continues to increase, Miami-Dade County announced that it's closing all beaches for the July 4 holiday weekend. https://t.co/h5LacrDCH2
— ABC News (@ABC) June 27, 2020