South Beach won't be full of people and sun tanners this Memorial Day weekend. However, beachgoers will soon be able to populate South Florida coastlines this summer. On Friday, it was announced that Miami-Dade county beaches are planning to reopen on June 1. This will also include hotels.
The target date was negotiated and agreed upon amongst Mayor Carlos Gimenez, his staff, and mayors and city managers of the county's coastal communities. According to a press release, rules still need to be drawn up to determine how to guarantee a "safe and secure reopening" of Miami Beach and other municipalities.
The county closed its beaches on March 15 to combat the spread of COVID-19, The Miami Herald reports. Though bars and restaurants were allowed to stay open until 11 p.m with a 50% capacity restriction, those operations closed when Governor Ron DeSantis issued his Stay-At-Home order on April 1.
When the state's beaches were cleared to reopen on May 1, South Florida's beaches remained closed. The region has been the state's epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic and was excluded from the "phase 1" initiative.
Even after Miami-Dade joined the rest of the state in the reopening, the beaches were still off-limits to residents. This move caused an influx of beach-weary residents to crowd neighboring town's shorelines, which led to Martin County restricting beach access from outsiders, according to WPBF.
Miami-Dade County, along with coastal community leaders, has set a target date for the reopening of beaches and exp… https://t.co/JSU2DPiLL8— Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez (@Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez)1590167140.0
When the Miami beaches reopen, social distancing and other mitigations will be enforced, though the specifics haven't been revealed.
@MayorGimenez @MiamiDadeCounty @MiamiDadeBCC @MiamiDadeEM @MayorGimenez when you are making the rules for the beach… https://t.co/JTEB9RxNkI— Fuck Biden the CHEATER FROM HELL (@Fuck Biden the CHEATER FROM HELL)1590170120.0
Broward County has yet to make a formal announcement, but they are in discussions about opening their oceanfront for swimming after Memorial Day, and the beach for sunbathing at some later date.