Florida Mayor Tries To Counter Rise In New Coronavirus Cases

Florida Mayor Tries To Counter Rise In New Coronavirus Cases

Florida's Miami-Dade County is suspending indoor dining services at restaurants and closing gyms and certain entertainment venues as coronavirus cases continue to spike in the Sunshine State, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez (R) announced on Monday.

-I am continuing to roll back business openings as we continue to see a spike in the percent of positive COVID-19 tests and an uptick in hospitalizations. Last week, the mayor shut casinos, strip clubs and movie theaters, per the Herald.

Miami-Dade County gyms won't close down again after all.

Restaurant workers Alvyn Lopez, left, and Maria Lindo watch for customers as they stand outside Aura at Books & Books, Monday, July 6, 2020, on Miami Beach, Florida's famed Lincoln Road. Beaches will reopen on Tuesday after being closed over the weekend.

The County's medical professionals say the spike was caused by an amount of factors, including young people planning to congested areas, both indoors and outside 'without taking precautions such as for instance wearing masks and practicing social distancing'.

The 10-p.m. -to-6-a.m. countywide curfew, which Gimenez ordered on July 3, remains in effect.

The total number of coronavirus cases in Florida surpassed 200,000 on Sunday after the state reported more than 10,000 new daily cases, according to The Tampa Bay Times.

Michael Beltran, chef-partner at Ariete Hospitality Group which owns a number of other popular Miami restaurants including Taurus, was struggling to come to terms with being forced to tell the majority of his 80 employees - many of whom were rehired for reopening - they would again be unemployed.

"It was a tough decision, but I had to make it", Giménez said. Office buildings, retail stores, and grooming businesses also are allowed to stay open.

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