Restaurants in Miami-Dade County are once again shutting down for dine-in service, Mayor Carlos Giménez has ordered, as Florida’s most populated county tries to put a stop to a massive recent spike in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in south Florida. The restaurants will now only be open for delivery and takeout as the county rolls back many of its reopening measures after seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases.
Restaurants must shut down dining rooms by Wednesday, the order says. The order also closes down gyms, fitness centers, ballrooms, banquet facilities, party venues and short-term rentals, though office buildings, retail stores and grooming services can remain open, Mayor Giménez said in a news release.
Their beaches, which were closed for the Fourth of July weekend, will reopen on Tuesday, but Mayor Giménez warned: “If we see crowding and people not following the public health rules, I will be forced to close the beaches again."