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Miami reopens indoor park facilities as Governor DeSantis suspends local COVID-19 restrictions

Adriana Jimenez

(MIAMI) Public indoor recreation is officially back in Miami. On Sunday, the city of Miami Parks and Recreation Department announced the re-opening of all indoor facilities beginning May 3.  

Monday's reopening in the City of Miami includes community centers, meeting rooms, stand-alone restroom facilities, locker rooms, gymnasiums and other indoor facilities. Water fountains, picnic shelter areas, open grills, benches, bleachers and table games will also be available beginning this week. 

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Gibson ParkCity of Miami

Following the county’s emergency order, parkgoers will be required to wear facial coverings when indoors at parks buildings and outdoors, too, when not doing strenuous exercise. 

Other activities set to resume in mid-May and through June include: 

  • Programs for Persons with Disabilities will reopen on Monday, May 17 
  • The City’s Summer Camp program will reopen on Monday, June 14 
  • Indoor permits will begin to be issued on Monday, June 1st at 50% reduced maximum capacity 
  • Grapeland Water Park will reopen on Memorial Day Weekend as usual and will remain open weekends only until June 13, 2021. Starting on Monday, June 14, 2021 it will be open 7 days per week until August, 23, 2021. It will then remain open weekends only until Labor Day. 

Meanwhile, Florida governor Ron DeSantis (R) signed an executive order on Monday to end all local emergency orders relating to COVID-19. The order effectively halts all COVID-19 restrictions across Florida, including, limitations on business operations, opening schools, and mask mandates.  

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantisGetty Images

“I think folks that are saying they need to be policing people at this point -- if you’re saying that, you really are saying you don’t believe in the vaccines,” said DeSantis, during a press conference. “You don’t believe in the data, you don’t believe in the science. We’ve embraced the vaccines. We’ve embraced the science on it.”   

While the law goes into effect July 1, the Republican governor issued an executive order to enact some provisions more quickly.  

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