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Takeout or delivery: Miami-Dade shutting restaurant dining rooms in hopes of limiting COVID-19 outbreak

Officials stress social distancing and avoiding groups of 10 or more people

A big change is coming to restaurants and bars in Miami-Dade County as officials continue to try and slow the spread of coronavirus.

Officials from the City of Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County held a joint press conference Tuesday morning to discuss the new, expanded efforts to combat the outbreak of coronavirus in South Florida.

“We need to start doing this now, so that hopefully we can get out of this dark moment as fast as possible,” said Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber.

Gelber, along with several Miami-Dade County officials, announced new measures that will effectively shut down all restaurant dining areas, but leave kitchens open for takeout and delivery orders. Services at the airport and seaport will also remain open.

Additionally, all movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, arcades, gymnasiums and fitness studios are ordered closed.

The new order will go into effect Tuesday at 11 p.m and can be read below:

The change is designed to remind people about the importance of social distancing in the wake of the White House warning the public to avoid groups of 10 or more people.

Scroll down to view the full press conference:

Miami-Dade County and Miami Beach COVID-19 presser

WATCH LIVE: Miami-Dade County and City of Miami Beach officials discuss expanded efforts to combat COVID-19 outbreak.

Posted by WPLG Local 10 on Tuesday, March 17, 2020