Miami-Dade County beaches will close for the weekend of July 4 – less than a month after reopening – and rallies of 50 or more people will be banned due to recent increases in coronavirus cases.
FLORIDA PROHIBITS THE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL IN BARS FOLLOWING AN INCREASE IN CORONAVIRUS CASES AMONG DEMOGRAPHS OF YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE STATE
County mayor Carlos Gimenez will sign an emergency order to close the beaches beginning Friday July 3 and ending Tuesday July 7, his office said Friday.
Gimenez said the move was necessary and “cautious” and reiterated that masks are required inside companies and outside when social distancing is not possible.
Offenders could face second-degree criminal sentences of up to $ 500 and 180 days in prison, said the county mayor.
“I have seen too many businesses and people ignore these vital rules,” Giminez said in a statement. “If people are not going to be responsible and protect themselves and others from this pandemic, then the government is forced to step in and restore common sense to save lives. ”
Miami-Dade County reported 1,330 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday. The peak of the day before marked the highest number of cases in a day since the pandemic. The county is currently battling 31,526 cases of coronavirus and has the highest death toll in the state with 947 deaths.
DEATHS OF CORONAVIRUS IN THE UNITED STATES ARE EXPECTED AT 180,000 IN OCTOBER
The alarming increase in the number of new cases in Florida broke a new record on Saturday after the state health department confirmed 9,585 cases. The number of new cases in the past seven days represented almost 30% of the state’s total. 24 additional new deaths were also recorded.
Currently, 132,545 people across the state have been infected with the virus, and more than 3,390 people have died.
“Really nothing has changed in the last week in terms of, we had a big test dump, we tested, 10 to 15 percent have been positive since really last week. This is a huge change from where we were in early June when we were roughly 3 or 4% in terms of statewide positivity, “said Governor Ron DeSantis, R on Saturday -Fla. “We obviously appreciated our position throughout May and early June in terms of positivity. ”
“After all the success we have had in mastering the COVID-19 curve, we cannot back up and overload our hospitals, which puts our doctors and nurses at greater risk with more cases in the emergency room,” said said Gimenez.
“Everyone has to do their part and follow the rules. ”
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Florida has also rolled back other restrictions lifted in recent days, including a ban on alcohol consumption in bars, as Desantis admitted earlier this week that the transmission of COVID-19 was due to more demographics young person aged 18 to 35,