July 24, 2021

Florida counties fight coronavirus surge by closing beaches, mailing out masks

Amid rising numbers of coronavirus cases in Florida, all beaches in Miami-Dade County will be closed for the July 4 weekend, the county’s top executive said Friday.

Beaches and parks will also be off-limits for public viewing of fireworks, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez said in a statement. “Fireworks displays must be viewed from one’s home or parked vehicle,” he said.

Gimenez said he will sign the order Saturday closing beaches July 3 to July 7.

“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,

Florida is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases. The state broke its single-day record on Wednesday when 5,508 new cases were reported and then set a new high Friday when 8,942 cases were reported.

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