Coronavirus hot zone: Hialeah mayor asks residents to think about elderly during reopening
HIALEAH, Fla. – Hialeah is the second city in Florida with the most confirmed coronavirus cases after the City of Miami. Despite this, the unemployment crisis has been so severe, Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernández allowed retail and commercial establishments to reopen Wednesday. To deliver his reopening day message, Hernández partnered with Leon Medical Centers, a healthcare services provider for Medicare recipients. Hernández said Hialeah residents can’t forget about what they can do to protect them and the economy. For more information about reopening safety rules during the coronavirus pandemic, call The Florida COVID-19 Call Center at 📞 1-866- 779-6121.
Enforcing reopening rules becomes team effort in South Florida
When it comes to shoppers wearing face masks and practicing social distancing, officials are relying mostly on personal responsibility. Business owners are held to a higher standard. Broward County is considering creating a database, so customers can be aware of the noncompliant locations. But business owners are already having to adapt to density limits, payroll adjustments, and determining what roles are suitable for virtual work. If that doesnt change behavior, residents need to call 311 or 954-563-4357 in Broward County or 305-468-5900 in Miami-Dade County.
Grand reopenings Monday come with new coronavirus precautions
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Vico family has been committed to serving Italian dishes at their Cafe Vico Ristorante in Fort Lauderdale for more than two decades. Some of their customers are like family, so Marco Vico said he is setting up a safe space during the coronavirus pandemic. “We are sanitizing the entire restaurant,” Vico said. Each table is 6 feet apart.”Marco Vico is working to reopen his restaurant in Fort Lauderdale on Monday. The guidelines, he said, are meant to help get people back to work while slowing down the spread of the coronavirus disease.
Miami-Dade mayor wants restaurants to open Monday at 50% capacity
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Mayor Carlos Gimenez released Miami-Dade County’s new guidelines on Wednesday afternoon aiming to reopen some nonessential businesses on Monday. “I don’t think most restaurants can reach 50% capacity, once we establish those criteria for the table distancing and social distancing, but at least it gets them more,” Gimenez said. Restaurant Capacity in Miami-Dade (Miami-Dade)Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry told Broward commissioners Tuesday Miami-Dade “would like to go to 50%, but they know that they can’t.”If DeSantis’ approves the guidelines, Miami-Dade would be allowing restaurants to operate with a 50% indoor capacity and hair and nail salons with a 25% capacity. RESTAURANTSWhile the 50% indoor capacity would be allowed, cafeterias, diners and fast-food restaurants would also be allowed to provide the rest of the 50% capacity in outdoor seating, according to the guidelines. All rights reserved)OTHER CAPACITY LIMITATIONSElevators at museums: 4 passengersElevators in manufacturing areas: 50% capacity
Broward still ‘tweaking’ new guidelines for Monday reopening
Henry said Broward has met the federal requirements to start reopening and Gov. Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry answered commissioners' questions on Tuesday about reopening plans. NOT OPENING BEACHES YETDistrict 4 Commissioner Lamar Fisher and District 6 Commissioner Beam Furr said they want Broward to reopen beaches soon. Holness said there is a need to coordinate the reopening of the beaches with Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. For more information about local restrictions and access to testing, call the Broward County COVID-19 Hotline at 954-357-9500 or email COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Without access to childcare, mothers struggle to rejoin labor force
Trujillo, a single mother, said she was forced to apply for unemployment insurance benefits last month. This resulted in a record-high unemployment rate of 14.7%, but the jobless rate for women rose to 15.5%. They can’t rejoin the labor force.”Rep. Vance Aloupis, who is the chief executive officer of The Children’s Movement of Florida, a Miami-based nonprofit organization, agrees with Swonk. Camacho said the Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe is tasked with helping families to find childcare services. And while Florida’s unemployment claims office continues to be overwhelmed, Trujillo is hopeful that the government assistance and access to childcare services will help her to get back on her feet soon.
Palm Beach restaurateurs reopen to put ‘people back to work’
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. – Bagel Works in Boca Raton reopened Monday morning. Five weeks and three days after the initial coronavirus pandemic lockdown, employees of the Rocco’s Tacos in Palm Beach County were also eager to have the Mexican restaurant reopen. To make sure there was enough hospital capacity, Palm Beach went on lockdown April 3. Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner said access to public beaches begins May 18. Ron DeSantis allowed businesses in every county in the state to reopen May 4 -- except for Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
Broward County mayor to discuss reopening plans with city mayors
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Broward County Mayor Dale Holness is set to meet with city mayors on Tuesday afternoon to discuss reopening during the coronavirus pandemic. The 4 p.m. virtual meeting will focus on preparations for steps to the next reopening phase. During a Tuesday morning meeting, commissioners agreed the county needs to ramp up testing efforts. Commissioners said there is a need to improve coordination with cities and neighboring Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties.
AP-NORC poll: Few Americans trust Trump’s info on pandemic
But even as many Republicans question Trump’s credibility during the pandemic, the overwhelming majority — 82% — say they still approve of how he’s doing. Many Americans say they wish Trump were listening to some of those experts more as he navigates the crisis. And 84% of Democrats have little to no trust in information the president is providing about the pandemic. Just 17% of Americans say Trump is highly disciplined. And when it comes to empathy — often an important intangible in presidential elections — 24% say Trump cares about people like them.
Experts say rushing to reopen South Florida could result in rapid rise in coronavirus cases
Rushing to reopen, she said, could result in another rapid rise in cases, so it’s better to do it right the first time. She said the reopening needs to come with people wearing masks and social distancing. Hialeah, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Jacksonville and Miami Beach, Tampa, West Palm Beach and Homestead followed, according to the Florida Department of Health’s Wednesday afternoon report. Dr. Deborah Birx, the response coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, also said testing asymptomatics is key. Monroe County Mayor Heather Carruthers said leaders in the Florida Keys will be waiting for testing to ramp up before reopening.