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Miami-Dade imposes curfew heading into 4th of July weekend | TheHill – The Hill

Miami-Dade County in Florida is imposing a curfew heading into the July 4 weekend to try to prevent exacerbating the burgeoning coronavirus outbreak in the state. 

The curfew, starting Friday night at 10 p.m. and lasting until 6 a.m., will be implemented “until further notice,” said Carolos Gimenez, the county’s mayor.

“During curfew hours no one shall use streets or sidewalks for any purpose, except first responders, medical personnel & essential worker going to/from work,” he tweeted. 

#Curfew starts tonight for all of Miami-Dade County, from 10pm-6am nightly, until further notice. During curfew hours no one shall use streets or sidewalks for any purpose, except first responders, medical personnel & essential worker going to/from work.

— Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez (@MayorGimenez) July 3, 2020

The curfew does not apply to essential workers, and municipalities are allowed to impose more stringent restrictions within their jurisdictions. 

Miami-Dade County already closed its beaches for the holiday weekend amid concerns that gatherings will spark further coronavirus outbreaks. 

Florida, along with other states like Arizona, California and Texas, has seen a massive spike in COVID-19 cases, recording over 10,000 new cases last Wednesday alone.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisMiami-Dade imposes curfew heading into 4th of July weekend US surpasses record 55,000 new cases of coronavirus Overnight Health Care: Experts fear July 4 weekend will exacerbate coronavirus spread | Texas Gov. Abbott will require masks in most of the state | Fauci warns: ‘We are not going in the right direction’ MORE (R) has taken some steps to try to blunt the virus’s spread, including closing bars and some beaches, though he has not implemented a statewide mask requirement. Several localities have implemented orders requiring people wear masks in public. 

DeSantis has expressed reluctance to reimplement widespread business closures, saying much of the blame for the recent spike lies on younger people who do not adhere to social distancing policies.

“We’re not going back, closing things,” he said this week. “I don’t think that that’s really what’s driving it. People going to a business is not what’s driving it. I think when you see the younger folks — I think a lot of it is more just social interactions, so that’s natural.

“We’re open. We know who we need to protect,” he added. “Most of the folks in those younger demographics, although we want them to be mindful of what’s going on, are just simply much, much less at risk than the folks who are in those older age groups.”

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Florida’s Miami-Dade County to use nightly curfew to fight growing coronavirus cases – NBC News

In an attempt to curb the rising number of coronavirus cases in southern Florida, Miami-Dade County will impose a curfew beginning at 10 p.m. Friday.

The announcement about the curfew by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez came the same day that health officials reported more than 10,000 new cases statewide, a record high.

“This curfew is meant to stop people from venturing out and hanging out with friends in groups, which has shown to be spreading the virus rapidly,” Gimenez said in a statement, adding that the nightly restriction would be in place until further notice.

The county curfew will be from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., but there are exceptions for people including first responders and hospital and food delivery workers. Miami Beach, which is in Miami-Dade County, on Wednesday announced a citywide curfew from 12:30 a.m. to 5 a.m.

People walk back from the beach in Miami Beach, Floa., on July 2, 2020.Chandan Khanna / AFP – Getty Images

Gimenez said that in addition to imposing a curfew, he is also “rolling back” the reopening of entertainment venues, including movie theaters, bowling alleys and casinos under county control.

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Officials in Florida and elsewhere have tried to impress on younger people the risk they face in resuming their social lives as normal amid the pandemic, something Miami-Dade County’s mayor seemed to reference.

“I do not want to go back to closing all but essential businesses, but the only way to avoid that is for everyone to take COVID-19 seriously,” Gimenez said. “That means every generation — every one of us, no exceptions.”

The moves come after beaches in South Florida were ordered closed for the holiday weekend. Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe Counties, as well as the city of Key West and other communities in that region, have all closed beaches, officials said.

On Thursday, the Florida Department of Health announced 10,109 new cases of COVID-19, as well as 67 additional deaths.

Miami-Dade County has had more than 40,000 cases of COVID-19, the most in the state, with more than 1,000 deaths, according to state health department numbers. In total cases it is followed by Broward and Palm Beach counties.

The three counties are among those that have also required that masks be worn in public places.

Overall, Florida has had more than 169,100 cases and 3,617 deaths, according to the state health department.

On Thursday, the governor of Texas, whose state is among others seeing an increase in coronavirus cases, reversed course and issued a statewide mask order. The governor of Kansas also issued a statewide order requiring masks in public places.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has refused calls to do so. He has said that the state was putting out guidance and relying on people to make good decisions and that decisions on mask requirements are up to local governments.

Florida on Friday banned the consumption of alcohol at bars statewide in response to the rising numbers of cases.

Nineteen states have either reversed or paused planned reopenings amid the pandemic. More than 2.7 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the United States, with more than 129,600 deaths linked to the disease, according to NBC News’ count.

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Miami-Dade coronavirus total surpasses 35,000. Florida reports 5,266 additional cases – Miami Herald

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Miami-Dade to close beaches for July Fourth weekend over coronavirus fears | TheHill – The Hill

Miami-Dade County, Fla., officials announced on Friday that the county would close beaches for July Fourth weekend amid fears that gatherings will spark further coronavirus outbreaks.

County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced he was signing an emergency order to close beaches starting Friday and ending Tuesday.

BREAKING: Beaches in @MiamiDadeCounty will close for the 4th of July holiday out of concerns for social distancing and the Coronavirus. @MayorGimenez will sign emergency order to close all beaches starting Friday, July 3, and ending Tuesday, July 7. @nbc6

— Jamie Guirola (@jamieNBC6) June 27, 2020

“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 in a statement, according to a local NBC affiliate.

The decision comes as the state faces spiking cases in COVID-19. Florida shattered its single-day record of new coronavirus cases on Friday, adding an additional 8,942 confirmed infections, according to the Department of Health. 

In response to the massive spike, Florida announced Friday it is shutting down bars in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. 

Beaches in the area currently require social distancing by visitors. They had reopened earlier this month after closing due to the pandemic. 

The state came under fire earlier this year as the virus first began spreading across the U.S. and other states closed beaches but Florida’s remained open for spring-breakers.

Fourth of July celebrations have been canceled across the country, but President TrumpDonald John TrumpMiami-Dade to close beaches for July Fourth weekend over coronavirus fears Oklahoma reporter tests positive for COVID-19 after attending at Trump’s Tulsa rally Trump slams Illinois governor, mayor over violence in Chicago, calls for ‘law and order’ MORE will hold his second “Salute to America” celebration in D.C. this year. 

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