Three Florida Counties Roll Back Reopening Due to Surge in COVID-19 Cases

July 7, 2020Alerts

It took Florida more than three months to reach 100,000 cases of COVID-19, but since Gov. Ron DeSantis moved Florida into Phase Two of Florida’s “Safe, Smart, Step-by-Step” reopening plan, cases have surged throughout the state. In fact, Florida has added more than 106,000 cases in less than two weeks.

As a result, three counties ― Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe ― have pulled back on re-opening. All three, including Miami-Dade, which is the state’s most populous county, are located in hard-hit South Florida.

Here are the new rules:

Miami-Dade

  • Miami-Dade is under a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. countywide curfew except for essential workers and people with religious obligations.
  • The county has tightened face covering rules, requiring masks outside at all times, expanding a prior rule requiring masks to be worn indoors.
  • Beginning July 8, 2020, restaurants must close all inside dining. Outside dining with tables limited to four people is permitted. Takeout and delivery services will also be allowed.
  • Bars must remain closed. 
  • Beaches may reopen July 7, 2020, after being closed for the Fourth of July weekend. Social distancing and masks are required.
  • Short-term rentals, including those booked via online services such as Airbnb and VRBO, must cease starting July 8, 2020.
  • Gyms and fitness studios may remain open, but all members must wear masks inside at all times or exercise activities need to be held outdoors where members can be at least 10 feet apart.
  • Movie theaters, arcades and casinos, except the Miccosukee casino, were closed on July 2, 2020.

Broward

  • Restaurants cannot sell alcohol or serve dine-in food between midnight and 5 a.m.  Delivery, drive-through and pickup are still available and permitted.
  • Bars in the county are closed.

Monroe

  • Restaurants and bars can operate at 50% seating occupancy.
  • Beaches may reopen July 7, 2020, after being closed for the Fourth of July weekend. Social distancing and masks are required.