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Joey Flechas / Miami Herald

Hotels and other hospitality businesses are facing a different Fourth of July this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 cases keep spiking in South Florida and throughout the state. Local governments are instituting restrictions that will likely affect the worry-free vacations that folks would normally be expecting.


More South Floridians are testing positive for COVID-19. The state reports higher percentages of positive tests over the past few days — hovering around 10 percent and sometimes even higher.

Some local officials are concerned about the trends, but reopening continues.


Florida continues to see record numbers of COVID-19 cases. About half of known cases are coming from South Florida — Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.

Gerard Albert III / WLRN

Protesters and advocates are calling for major criminal justice reforms in response to the deaths of many black Americans by police — including the recent deaths of George Floyd in Minnesota and Breonna Taylor in Kentucky.

Wilkine Brutus / WLRN

More protests against systemic racism and police brutality are expected across South Florida this weekend.

The rallying cry — “no justice, no peace” — echoed the sadness and frustration of demonstrations around the country. The ongoing struggle against racism and police brutality erupted again after the death of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.


Updated Sunday, May 31: Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced Sunday that beaches in Miami-Dade County will remain closed while there is a curfew, following protests against police brutality that were succeeded by looting and vandalism on Saturday night.

The county's curfew runs from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. In the city of Miami, the curfew starts at 8 p.m.

South Florida beaches and hotels are reopening under new coronavirus guidelines.

Daniel Reinhardt / AP

Health officials are figuring out the COVID-19 risks for children.

Carl Juste / Miami Herald

South Florida is beginning to reopen, about two months after shutdowns began across our region.

Al Diaz / Miami Herald

South Florida is beginning the process of reopening.

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday that the state is allowing Palm Beach County to join the rest of Florida in phase one.

Jenny Staletovich / WLRN

Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties are excluded from entering Florida’s first phase of reopening, which begins Monday.

They did take a step this week, though – reopening parks, marinas, golf courses and other recreational places.

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

It’s been more than a month since the shutdowns in South Florida.

Plans to begin reopening are underway. This week, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez released a draft plan to begin a return to a "new normal" – starting with the outdoors.

Eric Gay / AP via Miami Herald

It’s been more than a month since parts of South Florida began to shut down in the effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Talks are under way about when and how to re-open parts of our community.


Local governments are taking more precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Matias Ocner / Miami Herald

Many businesses have closed to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Local governments and the state are allowing some essential services to remain open. That includes grocery stores, pharmacies and other places needed to keep cities and towns running.

Ted S. Warren / AP

South Florida is a coronavirus hotspot in the state. The majority of confirmed cases in Florida are in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.