South Florida Beaches to Be Closed for July 4 Weekend

Fla. county to mail 1.5M face masks to residents

"The closure may be extended if conditions do not improve and people do not follow New Normal rules requiring masks to be worn always inside commercial establishments and outdoors when social distancing of at least 6 feet is not possible", Mayor Gimenez said in a statement published online.

"I can foresee a Fourth of July where you have throngs of people on the beach, very hard to keep social distancing, people getting together, especially young people getting together".

Broward County plans to shut down beaches from July 3 to Sunday, July 5, according to ABC-affiliate station WPLG. "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", said Gimenez.

Covid-19 ICU bed capacity in Miami-Dade County is now up to 48.8%. Beachgoers could be heard yelling, "Freedom", "Socialism" and "This is America". "So we just ask that you understand and try to respect what we're trying to do for the general public".

As South Florida strode out of its homes into the reopening of beaches, restaurants and malls, it has stumbled over the regulations accompanying the re-emergence.

Broward County officials made the announcement at a news conference on Sunday, during which some attendees heckled the gathered mayors.

Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner told CNN on Sunday he will also be issuing an order to close beaches under his jurisdiction for the holiday weekend. He said he came to the decision after speaking to the county's public health experts and based on the current virus situation.

Florida has seen a troubling spike in new coronavirus cases in recent days.

Broward is now reporting 15,645 new cases and Palm Beach County now totals 13,711 confirmed coronavirus cases.

On Friday, Johns Hopkins University said that almost there have been 40,000 new coronavirus cases, marking the most in the USA since the pandemic began. The increased activity and lack of social distancing had contributed to a new surge of coronavirus cases. But he also added that a backlog of testing is also a factor.



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