"After consulting with our County’s public health experts, I will be signing an emergency order on Saturday to close all beaches in Miami-Dade County starting Friday, July 3, and ending Tuesday, July 7," reads a statement of Miami-Dade County Mayor Francis Suarez on Friday.
"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," continued Suarez. "I have been seeing too many businesses and people ignoring these lifesaving rules. 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."
The City of Miami also issued an emergency order on Thursday mandating facial coverings be worn in public at all times and until further notice, with limited and specific exceptions. "The civil infraction ordinance approved today calls for violators of the facial covering emergency order to be issued a verbal warning for first offenses. Notably, City personnel will provide first-time offenders who do not have a mask with a free mask. A second offense would result in a $50 fine, and a third offense would result in a promise to appear in court," reads the statement.
Per the emergency order issued today regarding facial coverings, all persons in the City of Miami, whether they are residents, visitors or in the city for work, are required to wear a facial covering at all times while in any public space. Specific exceptions to the order are as follows:
- A child under two years of age;
- An individual who is engaged in outdoor work or exercising with appropriate social distancing in place;
- An individual who has one or more medical conditions or disabilities that prevent wearing a Facial Covering;
- An individual who is obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the Facial Covering is necessary to perform the service;
- An individual who works in a profession where use of a Facial Covering will not be compatible with the duties of the profession;
- An individual who is eating or drinking; and
- An individual who is hearing-impaired or an individual who is communicating with an individual who is hearing-impaired.