Broward joins Miami-Dade in closing beaches for Fourth of July weekend
Due to the surge in new coronavirus cases, Broward County will join Miami-Dade County in ordering the shutdown of beaches for the Fourth of July weekend.
Broward Mayor Dale Holness told CBS4 that Broward County beaches will be closed from July 3 to 5 because of the recent rise of COVID-19 cases.
He said restaurants on the beaches will still be open.
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said closures there could be extended if numbers don’t improve and if more sick people go to the hospital.
“We cannot turn back and overload our hospitals. We are putting our doctors and nurses at greater risk with more emergency room cases. Everyone must do their part and follow the rules,” Gimenez said.
Many people in Collier County are worried that people from the East Coast will again travel to beaches in Southwest Florida since their own beaches will be closed.
As of Sunday, officials in Naples and Collier County have not announced any plans to close beaches there.