On Friday afternoon, Miami Beach city commissioners agreed to reopen beaches and hotels beginning June 1.
The beaches will reopen about two weeks after retail stores, hair salons and barbershops were allowed to open under Florida’s phase 1 plan.
The commission delayed the reopening of restaurants in the city until Wednesday, two days after Memorial Day to avoid large crowds as a result of the holiday weekend.
Here is what Miami Beach Mayor Gelber had to say about delaying the reopening to after Memorial Day weekend, "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 carefully. 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.”