Miami-Dade Mayor invites residents to speak up about the county’s reopening plans

DORAL, FL – Today, Monday April 20th, all Miami-Dade residents will be able to voice their opinions about the county’s reopening plans amid COVID-19 in a virtual conference to be hold on the Mayor’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

The virtual town hall will be available from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. During that lapse of time, Mayor Carlos Gimenez will answer questions and talk about where the county is heading amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

The accounts will be monitored during today’s meeting so that the questions can be answered while the live meeting is going on. 

So, if you have questions or comments regarding this important matter that affects us all, stay tune to join the conversation that started last Sunday when the Mayor spoke about the possibility of changing restrictions from the shutdown starting with open spaces. 

“We need to start thinking about how we are going to open up, and do it in a way that limits the spread of the virus. When we reopen, it’ll be in a safe manner…our open spaces are something we need to do,” he said on Saturday. 

“The aim is to receive community input on the reopening plan as the county continues its response to the COVID-19 crisis,” said an advisory from the mayor’s office to Local 10 News. 

According to that media outlet, the focus of the virtual town hall would be mainly about parks, open spaces and waterways as businesses were not mentioned. 

People are already using those platforms to express their opinions and many are against reopening plans fearing the spread of COVID-19, as reported by Local 10 News. 

“Why can’t we keep South Florida closed? I believe that re-opening at this time would be a huge mistake”, “it is not even a priority,” are some of the comments expressed on social media. 

Their concerns come from the Jacksonville scene of the past weekend where hundreds of people flocked to beaches after the mayor in that area reopened them for limited hours under certain restrictions. About it, Gimenez said: “yes, I saw the images…but I think we need to move forward.”

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