Opening of the Broward beaches on Tuesday; Miami-Dade targets June 1
MIAMI BEACH, Florida – Southern Floridians can now plan their next day at the beach.
Broward County will reopen its beaches on Tuesday, the day after Memorial Day. Gyms and hotels may also open, with restrictions, on this day.
Miami-Dade County is targeting June 1 for its beaches and hotels.
Broward beaches will be open from sunrise to sunset for limited activities including swimming, surfing, kayaking, paddleboarding and body surfing. Walking, running and cycling are also acceptable.
Picnics, sunbathing and lying on the beach will not be permitted initially, as per the order signed by County Administrator Bertha Henry. This means no umbrellas, chairs or coolers either. Social distancing must be maintained and groups cannot be 10 or more people.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez and mayors of coastal towns in his county will discuss their rules this weekend after agreeing on a target date of June 1.
“City managers will meet with county staff and medical experts over the weekend to create the rules that would be needed for the safe and secure reopening of beaches and expansion of hotel rooms,” the said. county in a press release. “The group will meet with Mayor Gimenez again on Tuesday to review the proposed plan. We will continue to update the community on the progress of these discussions. “
This Miami-Dade target date is one week after Memorial Day and two weeks after the county authorized the opening of retail businesses, restaurants and other services at limited capacity.
Hotels are also allowed to reopen to non-essential guests on dates set by counties.
In addition to beaches and hotels, Broward County is opening commercial gyms and fitness centers, with restrictions, when its new order goes into effect Tuesday at 12:01 am.
[Read Broward County’s full order with rules and restrictions for beaches, gyms and hotels below.]
Miami-Dade and Broward beaches have been closed since mid-March, when South Florida began closing due to the coronavirus outbreak.
“I’ve never seen the water so blue before, so I’m a little curious to see what happens when the beaches reopen,” said Jake Kohn, a Miami-Dade resident.
Up north in Palm Beach County, Boca Raton and Delray Beach have opened their beaches this week.
The openings are good news for locals, as a quiet Ocean Drive and a bare beach are a stark contrast to what we’re used to seeing.
“I work in the tourism industry so, selfishly, yes. But in terms of public health and safety, I fully understand why we did what we did and take the actions we took, ”said Ryan Lettow, a Miami-Dade resident.
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