Miami, June 29 (efe-epa).- Miami tightened on Monday the fines for restaurants that do not comply with COVID-19 rules, while Miami Beach will fine $50 dollars to those who do not wear masks in public places.
The explosion of cases in Florida, which is close to 147,000, and the refusal of Governor Ron DeSantis to make the use of the mask mandatory, prompted local authorities on Monday to strengthen measures against the spread of the pandemic.
Miami Mayor Francis Suárez decreed an emergency measure Monday that establishes the first violation of the rules on distance and use of masks for 10 days, the second for 15 days and the third for 30 days.
“Businesses will now face stricter penalties for those who violate COVID-19 guidelines,” Suarez said.
Miami-Dade County, with the highest number of cases of the new coronavirus in Florida, with 35,222 of the 146,361 confirmed in the state to date, is slowing down in the economic reopening decreed by DeSantis.
However, in the last 24 hours alone, it added 1,508 cases and deaths are close to 1,000.
In addition, the city of Miami Beach, which also belongs to Miami-Dade County, will fine as of Tuesday, up to $ 50, for those who do not wear masks in public places where it is not possible to distance themselves from others.
Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said it is not a political statement but that each person do their part in this pandemic.
“Our rule is simple, you should wear a mask in our city, on the street, waiting outside a restaurant, in the lobby of your condo or in the park,” Gelber emphasized.
In addition, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe counties, where the Florida Keys are, were forced to re-order the closure of their beaches this weekend, when the July 4 holiday is celebrated, US Independence
Even the mayor of Jacksonville, Lenny Curry, who was reluctant to order the mandatory use of a mask, issued a mandate to that effect on Monday, for now in closed places in that North Florida city that will host the proclamation of Donald Trump as a Republican candidate for the Presidency.
This Monday Florida registered 5,266 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, a figure well below that of the last three days, although it may be because on Sunday there were far fewer tests than on Saturday.
For the first time in the last three days, the number of daily infections did not exceed 8,500, although on Sunday only 41,626 tests were performed compared to the 72,195 carried out last Saturday.
In Broward, the second most affected county, cases stand at 15,045, after adding today’s 425 new ones, and deaths remain at 382, ??as on Sunday. In Palm Beach there were 322 new cases and now the cumulative is 13,711, with 503 deaths.
Since March 1 coronavirus hospitalizations total 14,354 with the 218 registered in the last 24 hours, according to figures from the Department of Health.
The state is in Phase Two of three with DeSantis’ plan for economic revival, which began in May. EFE-EPA