Miami recloses indoor dining, vacation rentals

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MIAMI (AP) – Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Monday ordered the closing of indoor dining at restaurants, short-term vacation rentals and gyms again because of surging coronavirus cases.

These businesses had been allowed to reopen seven weeks ago. Beaches will reopen on Tuesday after being closed over the weekend.

“But if we see crowding and people not following the public health rules, I will be forced to close the beaches again,” the mayor warned.

Hospitalizations across the state have been ticking upward, with nearly 1,700 patients admitted in the past seven days compared with 1,200 the previous week. Five hospitals in the St. Petersburg area were out of intensive care unit beds, officials said. Miami’s Baptist Hospital had only four of its 88 ICU beds available.

“If we continue to increase at the pace we have been, we won’t have enough ventilators, enough rooms,” said Dr. David De La Zerda, ICU medical director and pulmonologist at Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital.

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