On Thursday, July 2nd, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez issued a new emergency order amendment which will take effect on July 3rd until further notice.
Under the amendment, Miami-Dade County’s curfew will be in effect from 10:00PM to 6:00AM; masks will be required to be worn at restaurants except when directly eating or drinking; and all entertainment facility re-openings are being rolled back.
Gimenez issued a statement stating that “People going to restaurants will also have to keep their masks on while seated at their table — removing the mask only to eat and drink. If you are waiting for your meal at a restaurant table, keep your mask on while having a conversation with those around you.”
The statement went on to discuss the reasoning for the changes:
“I met with our medical experts this afternoon to discuss what other steps we can take to stop the spread of virus infection and ensure that our hospitals have sufficient capacity. At this time, we have plenty of beds, but some hospitals are experiencing staffing shortages.
Hospitals are also experiencing an uptick in patients, and our medical professionals are seeing a rise in 18-to 34-year-olds who are getting extremely sick.
I agree with my medical advisers that young people and their parents are not taking seriously the New Normal rules.
The death of an 11-year-old boy, reported today by the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County, should send a signal to all of our community that this virus can attack anyone without mercy.
We can only tamp down the virus if everyone takes personal responsibility and follows the rules. That means practicing social distancing, staying away from crowds and wearing masks everywhere you go in public, whether inside or outdoors.
This curfew is meant to stop people from venturing out and hanging out with friends in groups, which has shown to be spreading the virus rapidly.
I also want to remind everyone that there can be no gatherings of more than 10 people, and that all must be wearing masks and practicing social distancing of at least 6 feet.”