South Beach will be off-limits until June at the earliest. That was the word handed down as Miami Beach extends beach closures on May 13 during a meeting highlighting how the tourism mecca will re-open. It looks like Floridians will have to be more patient as the city decides to continue coronavirus lockdowns.

Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales said that, while the beaches will remain off-limits to both residents and visitors, some businesses will prepare to welcome back guests on May 20. On that day, 602 retail stores will be able to re-open in a limited capacity, which will include barbershops, hair and nail salons, and the city's museums, according to the Miami Herald.

The target date is two days prior to when Miami-Dade County is expected to join the rest of Florida in its "Phase 1" opening plan.  

However, restaurants will not be among the first wave of businesses reopening as Morales explained that diners don't wear masks while eating and sitting inside restaurants or on patios, making these establishments more risker to open in this phase according to the Biscayne Times.

While the news of businesses springing back to life in Miami Beach is certainly a welcome sign to cabin fevered residents, most were hoping that Miami Beach would re-open its famed beaches at least in a limited capacity, as most other beaches around the state have done.  

However, that will not be the case, and the decision to keep Miami-Dade (and Broward and Palm Beach County) beaches closed is having an adverse effect on neighboring counties.

Naples, in Southwest Florida, had to re-close its beaches after crowds swelled its oceanfront, and Martin County, just north of Palm Beach County, made its beaches off-limits to visitors after nearly 10,000 people visited its beaches over Mother's Day weekend, according to West Palm Beach ABC affiliate WPBF.  

There is no definitive word on the exact date Miami Beach's oceanfront, or county beaches as a whole will re-open to the public as officials have repeatedly stated that the re-opening dates are a "target" and not a date set-in-stone.

The decision to close off the beaches in Miami Beach until June could very well send shockwaves throughout the county as residents will be eager to seek out relief at the beach to escape the searing South Florida summer that's to come.

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