Sorry, folks, Miami beaches are still not open. And, according to Miami-Dade County Mayor Gimenez, they won’t be open for a while.
Last Thursday, Jacksonville opened its beaches to the public for essential activities, such as exercise, limiting access from 6am to 11am and 5pm to 8pm. It’s the first city in Florida to ease restrictions so, naturally, the people flocked to the coastline. By Friday afternoon, the shores of Jacksonville were swarming as crowds seemingly didn’t keep the suggested six-foot distance for proper social distancing.
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So what does this mean for Miami? Nothing. Just yesterday Mayor Gimenez took to Twitter to dispel some of the rumors concerning our shores, which will remain closed until further notice. While there are no immediate plans to reopen the beaches or ease restrictions anywhere else in the city, the mayor is calling on his constituency for help deciding what’s next.
I’ve seen a lot of buzz on social media from people who think beaches in Miami-Dade County are opening up. This is not the case. Although we’re consulting with medical experts on the future opening of public spaces, there is currently no timeline for opening beaches.— Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez (@MayorGimenez) April 19, 2020
On Monday, April 20, at 4pm Mayor Gimenez is holding a virtual townhall meeting on Twitter and asking for input from residents on what the county’s next steps should be. Without a timeline, the mayor taking suggestions and answering questions. Is it too soon to reopen businesses? Will Miami beaches be the next to ease restrictions? Tune into the Mayor’s Twitter this afternoon for the latest.
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