Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez said the reopening of beaches is not the reason for the spike in coronavirus cases in South Florida — it's "younger people basically disregarding the rules."
"It's coincidental that two weeks after demonstrations happen here in Miami-Dade county, a lot by young people, that we've had this spike," Giménez said during an interview on CNN on Monday.
The mayor said he is closing the beaches for Fourth of July weekend to avoid the surge of people who are thinking about coming to the beach for the holiday.
"I was afraid, though, of a surge of people coming in for the Fourth of July weekend, and our inability, possible inability to control that. That's why we closed the beaches for the Fourth of July," Giménez said.
The beach closures come as Florida is among at least 10 states seeing a 50% or more increase in Covid-19 cases compared to the previous week.