Americans wanting to celebrate their declaration of independence from British rule won’t be able to do so on the beach.
Miami -Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez signed an emergency order on Friday closing all county beaches starting July 3rd.
The restriction of any gatherings and parades of more than 50 people is also part of the emergency order.
The mayor says the decision comes after speaking to the county’s public health experts.
“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,” the mayor said in a statement. “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.”
Florida has broken records this week with new coronavirus cases.
Miami-Dade County Police will be out in full force this weekend to enforce social distancing and mask rules, the mayor says.
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez was recently seen at a crowded restaurant not following social distancing guidelines, which was later shut down by county police.