Beaches in much of south Florida will close for the Fourth of July weekend, with the Florida Keys the latest to announce a planned closure, as the state deals with a massive coronavirus spike that has hit southern parts especially hard.
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Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties have all announced beaches will be closed for the Fourth of July weekend, and will reopen some time next week.
The Florida Keys, including Key West, joined them Monday, after reporting a record number of new coronavirus cases.
The southern part of Florida has been the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic in the state, though cases are now quickly on the rise in central Florida and the Jacksonville area.
Florida has dealt with a well-publicized coronavirus spike recently, setting single-day records that included an unprecedented 9,585 new cases reported on Saturday alone.
Despite having one of the most aggressive reopenings in the country and for a long time showing no signs of rolling back, at one point saying “we’re not shutting down,” Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday ordered bars to once again close in Florida amid the coronavirus spike.
Counties in south Florida, which include the city of Miami, have been exempted from moving forward at the same pace as the rest of the state’s reopening efforts due to the outsized impact coronavirus has had there compared with the rest of Florida.
Dozens of states across the U.S. are also dealing with a coronavirus increase, though few have been as significant as Florida’s. Before June 11, the state had never reported as many as 1,500 new cases in a single day. It’s reported more than that every single day since, and its 7-day average for new cases has now risen to over 5,000 per day.
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The city of Jacksonville announced Monday a mandatory mask mandate would go into effect after a rise in coronavirus cases there. The city plans to host the marquee events of the Republican National Convention, including President Donald Trump’s official acceptance of the party’s nomination, in August. Trump asked for the events to be moved from their original venue in Charlotte, North Carolina, because he wanted to escape social distancing and mask-wearing requirements.