Among many cities in the US hoping to reopen for tourists, Miami hotels and beaches are set to reopen starting June 1. Florida’s Phase 1 of reopening began with mid-May, with barbershops, hair salons, and retail shops allowing customers back in. The restaurants weren’t allowed to open until two days after Memorial Day.
Reopening 2 days after Memorial Day to avoid huge crowds
Officials agreed to delay the reopening until after the long holiday weekend, hoping to avoid the usual large crowds.
Miami Beach Mayor Gelber said, “We have to exercise some measure of caution because there is a natural tension between crowds and physical distancing.”
“How do you manage that in a pandemic? The answer is careful. We know that Memorial Day is a traditional time for everybody to go to the beach and if we saw hundreds of thousands of people on our beaches, it would be a disaster,” he added.
Many other beaches throughout the state will eventually begin to reopen as well. Broward County beaches reopened on May 26th, and the Florida Keys declared reopening on June 1st.