Miami Beach reopened its beaches on Wednesday, imposing restrictions on group size and requiring face masks to be used when it’s not possible to keep a six-foot distance.
The city’s iconic beaches will be open for swimming, surfing, and sunbathing, but beachgoers cannot use public equipment like playgrounds, city regulations detailed. Groups are limited to 10 people or less, and those taking advantage of the sun and sand have to have a face mask on.
On Tuesday, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez posted an infographic of guidelines for beachgoers to follow as they head to the beach as well as reminding followers that they, “must have a face mask visibly available on you,” on Twitter.
Beaches are reopening tomorrow as Miami-Dade County moves to a #NewNormal. Here is a list of some of the new regulations in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Remember you must have a face mask visibly available on you. Visit https://t.co/EqeQIfkz5G for more info. pic.twitter.com/9kTaqUBoQt
— Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez (@MayorGimenez) June 9, 2020
Restrooms will be open on the beach — and must be cleaned and disinfected every two to three hours — and it is required to wear face masks while inside. All lifeguards will be provided with personal protective equipment as well, the city wrote.
Face masks must also be worn when buying food from food trucks or concessions.
“Miami Beach is truly like no other place in the world and we understand travelers are making adjustments to their travel plans and looking for options closer to home,” Steve Adkins, the chair of the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority, told Travel + Leisure. “We look forward to safely welcoming domestic visitors back to our seven miles of pristine beaches as they are now open and [have a] variety of activities including public, self-guided art walks, water sports and open spaces for dining out.”
Beaches had initially been expected to reopen on June 1, NBC Miami reported but were delayed due to protests related to the death of George Floyd who died while in police custody in Minneapolis.
The beaches aren’t the only iconic Florida attraction to once again welcome visitors. Earlier this month, Universal Orlando reopened featuring temperature checks and floor markings to indicate social distancing. On July 11, Disney World will begin a phased reopening of its theme parks, starting with the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom and followed by Epcot and Hollywood Studios on July 15.