Miami-Dade Mayor Changes Mind, Gyms to Stay Open

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After being told they would have to shut back down, gyms in Miami-Dade County will be allowed to stay open during the uptick of COVID-19 cases in the area.

The Miami Herald reported Tuesday that Miami-Dade County mayor Carlos Gimenez changed his mind about forcing gyms and fitness to close during the county’s latest emergency order to deal with the pandemic. Gimenez said Monday that gyms would be forced to close again, and then altered that decision Tuesday — a day before the new order goes into effect.

“I had a very productive virtual meeting just now with our medical experts and the County’s Wellness Group,” Gimenez tweeted Tuesday morning. “We arrived at a compromise to keep gyms & fitness studios open. All doing activities inside must wear a mask or do strenuous training outside staying 10 feet apart w/out mask.”

Gimenez tweeted Tuesday that the new measures are intended to keep the rising number of COVID-19 cases from overwhelming hospitals.

Miami-Dade County gyms and fitness centers originally closed for the pandemic March 17. They were allowed to reopen June 8.

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