You can get a head start on your beach body while the shorelines remain closed: Miami-Dade gyms will reopen on Monday, June 8.
Rumors of the news had been circling for days but Mayor Giménez made it official on Thursday morning, announcing that all wellness facilities will be part of his latest emergency order. Along with fitness centers, dance studios and the like can also resume business.
It was a decision the mayor did not take lightly, meeting for weeks with medical experts and members of his task force to outline guidelines that would keep the public safe. "[Indoor exertion] is a really hard topic; there’s a lot of heavy breathing and sweating going on that put particles in the air, so we had to be very careful," said Giménez during a virtual conference. Kids who need to expend some extra energy can also do so starting Monday—summer camps are back on. Parents, rejoice.
Keeping capacity down and maintaining the rules of social-distancing will be among the new wellness standards set by officials. A full list of recommendations will be released on Thursday afternoon once the emergency order is signed.
And what about phase 2, which the rest of Florida will be entering on June 5? It seems Miami-Dade could follow suit in less than two weeks, says the mayor. "The next thing we’re looking at are movie theaters—we’re putting in a mechanism for them to open up within 7 to 10 days so long as the numbers continue to trend." Bars and lounges, however, will have to wait.
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