DESANTIS OPENS THE STATE OF FLORIDA - MIAMI NOT SO MUCH


Gov. Ron DeSantis lifts all COVID imposed restrictions on Friday for the state of Florida.  Miami-Dade County however will not do away with all restrictions for residents.  A revised opening plan was released which takes into account the country's unique makeup.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Friday issued an Emergency Order and an updated New Normal.  He said in a statement on Twitter, "Restaurants and bars in Miami-Dade County may open at minimum 50% capacity with opportunities to expand.  All businesses...should ensure masks are worn by employees and the public at all times, and that work areas and showrooms are set up to promote physical distancing of at least 6 feet."


The county addressed what this mean for Clubs and Bars in a press release. Bars with only counter service will be allowed to reach 50 percent capacity with seating that is separated at the bar as far as possible between parties being served to reach a minimum of 50 percent capacity. 


Clubs that include dancing must require that masks be worn on the dance floor. Eating and drinking will be allowed only at tables. 


Miami-Dade County will continue its 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. countywide curfew for the time being in an effort to curtail late-night activities that facilitate the spread of the virus. 

Violators will be cited with a second-degree criminal misdemeanor that sets a maximum $500 fine and/or 180 days in jail. 


Per the Governor’s Order suspending all fines and penalties applied to  individuals for violating the County’s COVID-19 public health orders, Miami-Dade County will continue to issue civil citations for individuals not wearing masks and will process fines and penalties as permitted. 


“Throughout this pandemic, Miami-Dade County has taken measured steps guided by the Centers for Disease Control,  the Florida Department of Health and our local medical experts that include epidemiologists and infectious disease specialists,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez said. “As our infection rates continue to drop below 5 percent and our hospitalizations continue to decline, I am proud of the community’s response in helping tamp down the spread of this virus. 

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