Part of Miami-Dade County to reopen on May 18, mayor says

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MIAMI, Fla. – He talked about the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, now Miami-Dade County can see one.

Mayor Carlos Gimenez, speaking at a virtual press conference on Friday, said a target date for the reopening of the county is May 18, but stressed that it was only a target date.

“I spoke to the governor and he agrees that Miami-Dade should go ahead with opening up certain sectors of the economy with a target date, and I insist on a target date of May 18 , so people can get back to work. ”

(See the mayor’s press conference below)

The mayor was vague about what will reopen on May 18, but it is most likely to be some restaurants and retail businesses.

“Which companies will open on this target date, I mean it is a target date, that is still to be discussed. The restaurant task force still has some work to do, ”said Gimenez.

The mayor’s restaurant advisory board is finalizing the reopening rules and regulations and is expected to publish them next week. Other advisory groups are studying the rules for reopening malls and other retail stores.

“We want to start some sort of” hey, get ready to open on this date and here’s what you need to do to open. “”

There will be guarantees and restrictions on how to reopen restaurants and retail stores with limited capacity.

He wants the reopenings to be safe, deliberate and based on science, “he said.

He insisted that the county is not going to “just open up and get back to normal and everyone does what they want”. Gimenez said the rules will be clear before any executive order is made so businesses can open up safely.

One area that will not open, if there are limited reopenings on May 18, will be the beaches. In addition, bars, discos and cinemas and other types of theaters will remain closed.

Gimenez pointed out that May 18 is a firm date for the reopening of the county. “This is only a target date,” he said.

Miami-Dade County restaurants and retail stores have been closed for more than a month since the coronavirus pandemic.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said at a press conference in West Palm Beach on Friday that the counties of Miami-Dade and Broward are really important communities for the state of Florida.

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