Miami Beach will reopen in Phase 2 today of the reopening plan. They were supposed to open earlier this month but that was delayed because of a county-wide curfew. Broward opened their beaches the day after Memorial Day.
For three months, beaches in Miami have remained closed to the public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Most counties in Florida have opened beaches, but many still have restrictions, so not all beaches will be reopening.
The two public beaches within City of Miami limits that are approved to reopen to visitors, June 10th are North Point Beach and Historic Virginia Key Beach on Virginia Key.
Miami Beach will reopen in Phase 2 today of the reopening plan. (Phase 1 was local businesses and restaurants allowing patrons to dine-in at 50% capacity.)
They were supposed to open earlier this month but that was delayed because of a county-wide curfew. Broward opened their beaches the day after Memorial Day.
The volunteers, a mix of 300 county and city employees, will be broken up into two shifts. The goal is to make sure people are following the rules.
“Our number one priority, our number one enforcement mechanism is actually education. That’s what we’re telling all of our officers, that’s what we’re letting these beach ambassadors do. That’s why there’s so many. It’s not just Miami Beach ambassadors but we have folks from Miami-Dade County as well assisting. So we hope with just solid education, people will follow the rules,” said Miami Beach police Officer Ernesto Rodriguez.
On Miami-Dade beaches, while swimming and sunbathing are allowed, no groups of more than 10 people will be permitted.
Facial coverings must be worn when social distancing is not possible, except for members of the same household. Due to this restriction, all beachgoers must have facial coverings available and ready to use at all times. They must be able to show their mask if asked by the beach patrol or police.
Facial coverings must be worn in restrooms and when at concession stands. Restrooms will have dedicated attendants stationed outside. Access to restrooms will be limited to maintain social distancing. The restrooms will be cleaned every two to three hours.
Organized group activities for two or more, like volleyball, football, or soccer are not be allowed.
Picnic pavilions and playgrounds are off-limits and there can be no special events, including group picnics.
No dogs or pets will be allowed on the beach except on designated dog-friendly beaches. Dogs must be kept on a leash.