Miami-Dade's Reopening Will Be Slow

Miami-Dade’s Mayor Carlos Gimenez said the county is preparing to re-open but not just yet. Reopening too quickly could have dire consequences.

"We can't go early with this thing. The rush to do it would be devastating," said Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber. "Imagine thousands of people dying in our community because we just decided we had to go back. We just got tired of it and we wanted to go out to the beach? It just can't happen."

Gelber is looking at opening marinas, golf courses and parks to give people access to more places where they can exercise at a safe distance.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez believes similar openings could be coming county-wide, but he said it all needs to be done with caution. The county has enlisted security guards who will help ensure social distancing is maintained when open spaces begin to reopen.

400 people who have worked security and done other similar work will be making sure that rules are followed.

"These folks have not been able to work because all of those facilities are closed."

U.S. Coast Guard, Miami-Dade Police and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee will be patrolling the waterways to make sure boaters are following proper social distancing rules.

Those that ignore the rules once parks do open can face arrest and a $500 fine.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, mentioned his vision for the state’s reopening.

“It’s not turning on a light switch and suddenly we’re back to Feb. 1. It’s just not the way it’s gonna work. We’re going to do everything in a very smart, methodical, and safe way. I’m less concerned about a specific date than I am about getting it right.”

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