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Miami riots lead to push back of beach reopening

Miami riots

The violence of protesters in the Miami riots has caused major delays in the beach reopening

Miami protesters are rioting in a fight for justice after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis turned violent on Saturday, May 30,  when protesters left one Miami police officer injured and 17 police vehicles damaged during the Miami riots. The plans for a beach reopening on June 1 were postponed by Miami-Dade County Mayor Gimenez who was given no other choice. 

“We want to make sure that Miami Dade County is safe, said Gimenez on WPLG-TV on Sunday, May 31. 

The protests on Sunday were mostly peaceful, although some protesters walked onto I-395 and blocked traffic. The Miami-Dade Police Department reported 38 arrests made on Sunday. Nearby, in Fort Lauderdale, businesses had their windows broken due to rocks thrown. 

The protests turned into violent Miami riots in some cases so a curfew order has been implemented, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. everywhere except in the City of Miami, where it is 12 a. m. to 6 a.m. Mayor Gimenez will be keeping the beaches closed until the curfew order is lifted. The planned beach reopening of hotels to nonessential lodgers will continue as planned, as will the reopening of condominiums, hotels, and apartment swimming pools.

In addition, pools at Goulds Park, A.D. Barnes Park, and Oak Grove Park will also reopen with similar social distancing requirements as beaches. These include carrying a mask at all times, coming in groups of 10 or less people, and remaining 6 feet apart from the people in your group.

Mayor Gimenez warns that when the do beaches reopen, they can be reclosed if social distancing guidelines are not followed. 

“If we start to slip up, and our COVID-19 numbers spike, unfortunately we may have to go back and close our beaches and pools,” said the Mayor. 

“I don’t want that. Nobody wants that, so let’s see if we can maintain our rules.”

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