MIAMI, FL – Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced Wednesday that he will be waiving the county curfew from Monday, but will make an exception for anyone with tickets to open on Thursday. night for the University of Miami football team at Hard Rock Stadium.
Starting Monday, the county-level curfew will be pushed back one hour until 11pm.
“The 10pm curfew will remain in effect this week,” Gimenez said. “If you are going to the game, keep your ticket with you in case you get stopped by the police and you won’t have a curfew violation.”
The Miami Hurricanes take on the University of Alabama Birmingham football team at 8 p
.m. ET. Thursday between a maximum capacity of 13,000 seats and a series of other changes to promote social distancing at Hard Rock Stadium. Gimenez said the exception will be extended to anyone attending a professional or university sporting event.
Gimenez said he and Miami Mayor Francis Suarez discussed the curfew change with Dr
. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, and the coordinator of the White House’s Dr. Deborah Birx coronavirus task force. in a conference call on Tuesday.
“Doctors have suggested doing this from next Monday,
which would be exactly two weeks since we allowed dining in restaurants with limited capacity to 50 percent,” Gimenez told reporters. Wednesday.
“This morning I also consulted with the county medical experts and they agreed that if we continue on this downward trajectory we should be able to extend the county curfew until 11am Monday and also allow other outdoor activities under strict conditions, guidelines “said Gimenez.
This includes opening the Miami Zoo and other outdoor spaces such as Jungle Island, although most of the indoor spaces at these sites remain closed and visitors are required to wear masks while adhering to social distancing guidelines.
“We don’t want the overcrowding in confined spaces that spreads the infection,” the mayor said.
“Miami-Dade Parks will be open until 10 am for sports and there will be lighting. Baseball and softball will be permitted under strict rules that include the use of a catcher mask.”
Bike, moped and scooter rentals will again be available in the county with docking stations, but operators must provide users with disinfectant wipes to clean the rentals before and after each use. Tour boats and charter buses can also start running at 50% capacity from Monday.
Gimenez urged everyone who reunited with friends or extended family over the holiday weekend to get tested for coronavirus this week, whether or not they show symptoms.
“We continue to see a decline in our COVID-19 infection rate and hospitalizations,” he said. “We can’t be complacent, especially now that Labor Day has passed and we know there can be spikes after the holidays.”
Click here for a list of testing sites in Miami-Dade County.
“You don’t have to have symptoms. We have more free test sites than ever before and most people get their test results in three days or less,” Gimenez said.
He noted that the county had released civilian subpoenas to 612 companies and 396 people for mask violations as of this week. In addition, around 140 companies were closed until they met the requirements.
The mayor said he has no plans to open bars and nightclubs in the Miami area in the near future.
“Bars and nightclubs, the activities there are not conducive to maintaining a 6-foot separation,” he said. “These places are really tough. I don’t expect we will be opening bars and nightclubs here in the near future until we have a vaccine.”