Statement from Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez
When I issued Emergency Order 30-20 on September 26 to conform to the Governor’s statewide order to expand business openings, I promised residents that I would evaluate the County’s curfew start time in two weeks. This two-week period would let us see if our positivity rate and hospitalizations would remain stable. Although there have been some daily testing numbers above our goal, overall, the 14-day average has been below our 5 percent target, and hospitalizations have not spiked.
Today, I met with the County’s public health experts to determine if we can start the curfew at midnight instead of the current 11 p.m. We will monitor this weekend’s testing results and hospitalizations, and, if all remains stable, we plan to move the Countywide curfew to midnight until 6 a.m., with the allowable exceptions for essential businesses and services, starting Monday, October 12.
It’s important for everyone to continue to wear masks and stay at least 6 feet away from others when in public. Miami-Dade Police and County inspectors will continue to enforce all the COVID-19 rules Countywide. Those safety rules will save lives and help keep businesses, schools and other institutions open.