After staying closed for two months, Fort Lauderdale's beaches will now reopen to the public. That was the word from Broward County, which put out a press release detailing how the county will join the rest of the state in the "full Phase 1" of reopening on May 26. Although the beach and businesses will reopen, the county will reopen to a "new normal."
"Fort Lauderdale is not interested in criminalizing the recovery," Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis told the Sun-Sentinel. "We're interested in compliance. We're going to go around and encourage people to distance themselves safely."
The reason Fort Lauderdale and Broward County officials waited until after Memorial Day to reopen was to ensure that beaches in the county wouldn't be overflowed with cooped up residents.
There will be some changes that will greet visitors when they return to the sand. Beachgoers are allowed to walk, run, and bike along the beachfront.
Also, swimming, surfing, and paddleboarding will be allowed. However, all visitors will be encouraged to maintain social distancing.
What will not be allowed is sunbathing and sitting on the beach. Nor will there be any beach umbrellas, tents, or coolers allowed on the beach, according to WPLG.
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Everyone who makes it out to the area will also be encouraged to wear a mask or other face coverings.
Also reopening on Tuesday will be local Broward County gyms and hotels. All gyms must adhere to social distancing rules and face masks must be worn if not exercising.
As for hotels, guests must wear face coverings in common areas and all special functions will be prohibited.
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All beaches in Broward County won't operate in complete unison. In Hallandale Beach, city officials will limit the hours residents can use the beach, and other municipalities will also limit their hours from sunrise to sunset.
With Fort Lauderdale and Broward reopening their beaches, that leaves Miami-Dade as the only county yet to reopen its beaches. That will occur a week later, on June 1, and will require similar mitigation for visitors to the beach.
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When Miami-Dade reopens its beaches, all of Florida's coastline will officially be reopened to residents and visitors living in the "new normal."