Mayor of Miami-Dade County, Florida: Coronavirus economic recovery ‘going to be a while’

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez on the state of the coronavirus pandemic.

As Miami-Dade County, Florida begins reopening phase two coronavirus on Monday, Mayor Carlos Gimenez told David Asman of FOX Business that the county is in a “good place,” but it will be a while longer until it has fully recovered economically.

“It will take a while in Miami-Dade because a lot of our tourists, a lot of our revenue, and a lot of our business is with Latin America and Europe. And they’re locked up, ”he explained. “As long as we cannot basically open the whole world, this will have an effect here. … It will take longer here than in other parts of the United States. “

Since Florida’s coronavirus surge in July, Gimenez said cases in Miami-Dade County have decreased significantly, with hospital stays reduced by about 75%. In phase two, the curfew can be postponed to 11 p.m., the competitive game in parks and the reopening of amusement and recreation spaces.

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Beachgoers stroll along the shores of Miami Beach, Florida’s famous South Beach, on Tuesday, July 7th, 2020. (AP Photo / Wilfredo Lee)

Gimenez said he hopes to announce the reopening of additional rooms once the county’s contact tracing program is “solid and enforced.” Miami-Dade has already reopened a restaurant with 50% capacity.

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“We encourage as much as possible, if possible, to open doors and open windows indoors,” he said. “We’re trying to solve the indoor capacity problem by letting you open up outdoors. So we opened outdoor spaces very liberally, and we saw many restaurants that did that. “

The mayor said he’s having a hard time reopening bars and nightclubs safely – a crucial element of the Miami lifestyle. Meanwhile, the Miami Dolphins will play at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday, where 13,000 fans will return to the stands.

“You did a great job at Hard Rock keeping people safe,” he said. “You have to be able to open things, do it safely, wear your mask, keep your distance, and then enforce the rules. … We are in a good place. We want to continue this trend and then open up in a sensible and responsible way to protect our people. “

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