DORAL, FL – After curfews were lifted following protests for George Floyd’s death, Miami-Dade County and City of Miami set up new rules at the beach effective from June 10.
The new rules will be monitored by 300 volunteers known as “Safe Distancing Ambassadors” that will make sure people follow them.
“Our number one priority, our number one enforcement mechanism is actually education. That’s what we’re telling all of our officers, that’s what we’re letting these beach ambassadors do. That’s why there’s so many,” said Miami Beach police Officer Ernesto Rodriguez to CBS Miami.
“It’s not just Miami Beach ambassadors but we have folks from Miami-Dade County as well assisting. So we hope with just solid education, people will follow the rules.”
On Miami-Dade beaches, while swimming and sunbathing are allowed, no groups of more than 10 people will be permitted. For this reason, organized group activities for two or more, like volleyball, football, or soccer are prohibited.
Picnic pavilions and playgrounds are off-limits and there can be no special events, including group picnics.
When social distancing is not possible, you must wear a facial covering, except for members of the same household. You should be able to show your own facial covering at the request of a beach patrol or police officer.
This rule also applies when in restrooms and at concession stands. Restrooms will have attendants stationed outside. For your peace of mind, these areas will be cleaned every two to three hours and access will be limited to maintain social distancing.
If you have a pet, you can only take them to dog-friendly beaches and they must be on a leash at all times.
Regarding City Of Miami beaches, only two of them opened with restricted hours. For Virginia Key Beach Park/North Point, the beach is open daily from 9:15 a.m. yo 5 p.m. The park opens daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Virginia Key North Point mountain bike trails were also reopened.
Historic Virginia Key Beach Park is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Whenever you attend one of these beaches, you have to wear a face mask when entering and leaving. Also, it is required for you to use a facial covering when you walk around the beach or use the restrooms.
To keep social distancing, you must stay at least six feet away from anyone who is not in your household. Groups of more than 10 people, special events, group picnics, organized group activities like volleyball or soccer are not allowed, just like in Miami-Dade County beaches.
Changing rooms, picnic pavilions, and playgrounds are off-limits and you can’t share equipment outside members of your household. Canopies or tents are not allowed, as well as taking dogs or pets, fishing, glass bottles and alcohol.
Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 is asked not to go to the beaches or parks.