Dade Closing Indoor Dining, Gyms as Coronavirus Cases Spike in Florida


On Monday, he'll sign an emergency order that will close dining at restaurants (takeout and delivery still allowed), gyms, fitness centers, short term rentals, party venues, banquet facilities, and ballrooms.

As how many COVID-19 cases has risen in Florida, hospitals in Miami-Dade and neighboring Broward County are were readying for a brand new wave of patients.

Along with the closures Mayor Gimenez announced the reopening of Miami-Dade County beaches effective Tuesday, July 7th.

City officials backed down to the reopening of South Florida when the Department of Health revealed that this Sunday there were 6,336 new cases of coronavirus after on Friday and Saturday there had been more than 10,000 cases, for a total of 203,376 patients.

Restaurant workers Alvyn Lopez, left, and Maria Lindo watch for customers as they stand outside Aura at Books & Books, Monday, July 6, 2020, on Miami Beach, Florida's famed Lincoln Road.

Mayor Gimenez also explained that the county has been tracking the spike in cases involving 18- to 34-year olds that began in mid-June. Gyms were on the list of businesses slated to close down again on Wednesday.

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"Contributing to the positives in that age group, the doctors have told me, were graduation parties, gatherings at restaurants that turned into packed parties in violation of the rules and street protests where people could not maintain social distancing and where not everyone was wearing facial coverings", he said on Monday.

"It was a tough decision, but I had to make it", Giménez said.

The mayor urged everyone to stay home and to abide by the countywide requirement to wear facemasks and keep at least six feet apart from others while in public spaces.

Office buildings, retail stores and grooming services will remain open for now.

He also offered a hotline to report violations: 305-4-POLICE.