FL - Miami and Fort Lauderdale beaches closing for Fourth of July amid coronavirus concerns
(CNN)Beaches in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, popular with residents and tourists, will be closed Fourth of July weekend as officials keep a cautious eye on the rapidly rising number of new coronavirus cases in the area.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez says all beaches and parks in the county will close from Friday, July 3, through Tuesday, July 7. He warned the closure could be extended if conditions don't improve and people don't follow rules designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
"As we continue to see more COVID-19 positive test results among young adults and rising hospitalizations, I have decided that the only prudent thing to do to tamp down this recent uptick is to crack down on recreational activities that put our overall community at higher risk," Gimenez said in a news release Friday.
Broward County cities will follow Miami Dade County's example to close beaches ahead of July 4, the city of Fort Lauderdale said in a tweet.
Beaches in Broward County will be closed from July 3 through July 5, according to the tweet.
Several mayors from Broward's coastal cities held a news conference Sunday to discuss the measure.
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis confirmed beaches would be closed from July 3 through July 5.
"The reason why we're doing this is because we feel that we will not be able to provide the necessary safe environment that everyone is entitled to enjoy when they come to our beaches," he said.