MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez warned Friday that condominium associations need to enforce the new social distancing rules at pools or they could face receiving an order to reclose during the coronavirus pandemic.
Miami-Dade will be allowing condominiums to reopen pools on Monday, but swimmers must keep at least six feet of separation. Gimenez said the pool capacity depends on the size of the pool since social distancing is the only requirement.
“Underwater is not a problem,” Gimenez said, adding the risk for swimmers is when they come up for air.
Groups of no more than 10 people together are allowed. Activities and games that could foment a crowd are prohibited and the pool furniture will need to be cleaned more frequently. Condos are not allowed to reopen gyms yet.
Public beaches will also reopen on Monday in Miami-Dade. Sunbathers will be able to lounge as long as they are maintaining social distance.
Face masks are required outside of the ocean. Runners don’t have to wear a face mask, but they must keep 12 to 15 feet apart from others.
Canopies and tents and dogs or pets are not allowed on the beach. Gimenez said there will be teams enforcing the social distancing guidelines on the beach.