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The Mayor Of Miami Says His Officers Will 'Shut Down' Businesses Not Social Distancing

A South Florida county is not kidding with businesses not enforcing social distancing measures. Mayor Carlos Gimenez will shut down Miami businesses for not practicing social distancing. The order comes after a weekend of record-breaking COVID-19 cases.

Gimenez signed an executive order on Saturday highlighting that businesses that are forced to shut down will not be allowed to reopen their doors without signing an affidavit stating compliance with the rules.

"If one of our officers come into your business and see people aren't wearing masks or practicing social distancing when they should, they will shut you down," Gimenez said in a press conference on Friday. 

One business that saw Gimenez's crackdown first hand was Astra Rooftop Garden. The restaurant in Miami's trendy Wynwood district was shut down by Miami-Dade officials after social distancing guidelines were not being adhered to.

The restaurant was allowed to reopen just in time for Father's Day, but only after signing the affidavit stating that workplace protection measures would be followed.

The new crackdown on businesses comes after a weekend in which Florida set sobering records in daily COVID-19 cases.

According to Miami-Dade's New Normal guidelines, restaurants can operate only at a 50% capacity rate, and social distancing must be followed.

The city of Miami is also following the county's crackdown.

On Sunday, Mayor Francis Suarez said on CNN that he's greatly concerned that South Florida could become the next "epicenter" for COVID-19. 

With that worry hanging over, Suarez indicated that the city will crack down on restaurants that don't follow guidelines, teaming up with other mayors within the county to announce the joint effort. 

"We're going to begin cracking down on restaurants and that's already begun this week," Suarez said to CNN.

While the mayor hasn't indicated that stricter social distancing measures like shelter-in-place orders are on the table, for now, he has put "a pause on any more openings" due to the spike in COVID-19 cases. 

South Florida counties are still within "full Phase 1" of the state's economic recovery plan, while the rest of the state is currently in phase 2.

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