Miami-Dade mayor announces curfew changes, reopening of Zoo Miami

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez held a virtual news conference Wednesday, at which time he announced the reopening of certain businesses and changes to the county-enforced curfew.

Gimenez said Miami-Dade’s 10 p.m. curfew will be extended to 11 p.m. beginning Monday.

Essential workers going to and from work have been exempted from the curfew, however beginning Thursday, those who are attending sporting events, such as Thursday’s Hurricanes game at Hard Rock Stadium, will also be exempt.

The mayor said sports fans must have tickets on them if they are stopped after curfew and the exemption isn’t a free pass to be out all night.

Gimenez also announced that some businesses, including Zoo Miami and Jungle Island, will reopen on Monday.

However, Ron Magill of Zoo Miami reached out to Local 10 and said it wouldn’t be opening until Tuesday, Sept. 15. The same information is available in a message on the front page of Zoo Miami’s website.

He said playgrounds at those businesses will remain closed, as well as at Miami-Dade County parks, which are currently open until 10 p.m.

The mayor said tour buses and boats can resume operations Monday at 50% capacity. Companies that provide rental bikes, scooters and mopeds can reopen as well on Monday, but they must have docking stations and sanitizing wipes for riders to use.

Gimenez warned residents that masks must still be worn at all times when in public and individuals will be fined $100 if they are not wearing face coverings.

Businesses can be fined $500 or temporarily shut down if they are found to be in violation of the county’s New Normal guidelines.

Gimenez said 612 businesses have been cited since the New Normal rules began being enforced.

The mayor said theaters will remain closed at this time, despite the decreasing COVID-19 positivity rate in the county. He said he also didn’t see bars and nightclubs reopening until there is a vaccine.

Gimenez urged residents who participated in gatherings over Labor Day weekend to get tested for the virus.

The mayor said residents should expect to wear face coverings until there is a vaccine.

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