Coronavirus Update: Beaches to open, but reopening plans needed from theaters

Today is Tuesday, June 9 and Florida has seen a surge in coronavirus cases of over 1,000 new reported cases every day from last Tuesday to this past Sunday, according to The Miami Herald and WLRN. However, World Health Organization officials announced Monday that asymptomatic carriers of coronavirus rarely transmit it to others, according to research findings. They are much more focused on following and isolating symptomatic cases, which they claim could significantly reduce the spread of infection. (Today they announced that statement was a misunderstanding.)

After having planned a June 1 reopening, then postponed it due to protest concerns, Mayor Carlos Gimenez has announced that beaches will be open on Wednesday, June 10. Beach-goers must still follow the guidelines on the Miami-Dade website, including social distancing, limiting groups to under 10 people and having facemasks available for certain circumstances.

Mayor Gimenez also announced the reopening of several businesses as of Monday, such as gyms, libraries and tattoo parlors.

Citizens have expressed concern about the possibility of having to stay in shelters if Florida is hit by hurricanes this season. Gov. Ron DeSantis tweeted on Monday that evacuation and sheltering protocols have been adjusted accordingly under the guidance of CDC and FEMA officials. He also said that supplies and PPE are being ordered ahead of hurricane season.

In a statement released on Monday, Miami Dade County Community Action and Human Services Department (CAHSD) announced it will be providing free meals to kids ages 18 and under this summer as part of their Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). They will be following coronavirus safety protocols and will be serving both hot and cold meals this year. For more information call 786-469-4600 or visit the Miami-Dade county website.

Miami-Dade County is requesting all entertainment venues to submit reopening proposals to the county for approval. They are required to outline how they plan to follow New Normal guidelines. Those that must submit to open include movie theaters, bowling alleys and casinos.

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Beatriz is a broadcast media major at Florida International University and is the managing editor for Caplin News. She aspires to become a documentarian.