TAMPA (WFLA) – Beaches in Miami-Dade County will close on Fourth of July weekend over coronavirus concerns.

According to NBC Miami, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez will sign an emergency order to close beaches starting Friday, July 3, and ending Tuesday, July 7.

In a statement the mayor said:

“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 statement.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez

NBC Miami reports the order will also ban gatherings and parades of more than 50 people throughout the county “for whatever reason” from July 3-7.

Gimenez added that all parks and beaches will be closed to the public in all cities and unincorporated areas to public viewing of fireworks. Fireworks displays must be viewed from one’s home or parked vehicle.

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