Miami-Dade Proposes Plan To Reopen the County on May 20

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez

Miami-Dade County officials have been planning for the reopening of the county after being excluded from the state’s phase one reopening for over a week.

Although there has been no official word yet from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, the county leaders have already been planning the first phase of reopening in the county, which will begin on May 18.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said while he wants the county to reopen Monday, any plan would need approval from Gov. DeSantis. The county’s guide for reopening has already been submitted to DeSantis for review.

“If Governor DeSantis approves our plan, certain non-essential businesses will be allowed to reopen with stringent capacity and safety rules in place,” Gimenez said. “This planning was done in close consultation with medical and industry experts and government partners, and is laid out in detail in the guide.”

To view Miami-Dade’s complete reopening plan, click here.

While the entire county is planning to reopen on Monday, the city of Miami may open later. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez announced that parks and non-essential businesses, including retail stores, throughout Miami, Miami Beach and Hialeah won’t reopen until next week Wednesday (May 20). Hair salons and barbershops will be among the businesses that reopen Wednesday.

He said marinas in Miami will reopen tomorrow, Thursday, May 14.

Restaurants in Miami are expected to reopen at 50% capacity the following Wednesday, on May 27, although much of the rest of the county is expected to reopen restaurants on Monday, Suarez said.

Social distancing measures will be in place at all establishments.

According to the Miami Herald, beaches in Miami Beach will remain closed until at least June.


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