Miami's famed beaches are ready for you to plan that perfect summer staycation. Miami-Dade County officials wanted to wait until after Memorial Day to prevent a surge of visitors on the beaches. On Wednesday, it was announced that Miami beaches open to the public starting next week.
Mayor Carlos Gimenez signed the order establishing beaches to reopen Monday, June 1. The beaches were shut down in March to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic and have remained closed even as other counties reopened.
Starting earlier this month, things in Miami have begun to ease into a "new normal," but the beaches were still off-limits to both residents and visitors. Now that the date to reopen is finally close at hand, here's what you need to know before hitting the sandy shores.
Beachgoers will be able to walk, jog, swim, and surf, though no group athletics will be allowed. Other activities like sunbathing is also permitted, but it will come with temporary restrictions.
Face coverings will be mandatory, especially in restrooms and concession stands. Visitors won't have to wear their masks in the water or during exercising, as long as social distancing is maintained. Also, you won't be able to bring a large crew to the beach, as all beaches will prohibit groups consisting of 10-or-more people.
Leave your furry pooch, as dogs are restricted from the beach at this time.
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Hotels will reopen as well, but there's a 50% capacity on the hotel's elevators with no more than four people inside. Social distancing will be required during check-in, and face masks will also be mandatory in common interior areas.
There will be a restriction on valet parking unless there are no spots available near the hotel, and self-service food options are also restricted.
Things will certainly be different once you hit the shores, but that doesn't mean that you can't enjoy a perfect staycay. As long as simple adjustments are made, the beaches are ready to be enjoyed once again in South Florida.