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Miami-Dade County mayor issues countywide curfew amid rising coronavirus cases

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MIAMI (WFLA) – Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced Thursday that he is issuing a 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. countywide curfew that will take effect on Friday, July 3rd until further notice.

Under the new order only essential workers, including first responders, hospital workers, food delivery services and media personnel are exempt.

Gimenez said that the curfew is meant to stop people from “venturing out and hanging out with friends in groups, which has shown to be spreading the virus rapidly.”

The mayor will also be rolling back the reopening of entertainment facilities, such as movie theaters, arcades, casinos (with the exception of tribal casinos, over which the County does not have jurisdiction), adult entertainment, concert houses, bowling alleys and other establishments that have recently had their plans approved by the County.

The orders are expected to both be signed tonight.

Gimenez added Miami-Dade County Police will be “checking out” businesses and restaurants throughout the Fourth of July weekend to ensure that they are following regulations. Those who are found violating any rules are subject to criminal fines up to $500 and up to 180 days in jail.

“I do not want to go back to closing all but essential businesses, but the only way to avoid that is for everyone to take COVID-19 seriously,” the mayor added. “That means every generation – everyone of us, no exceptions.”

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