City Of Miami mayor says another lockdown may happen there

Author: CBS Miami
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez speaks during a roundtable discussion with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Miami-Dade County mayors during the coronavirus pandemic, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez announced Thursday that he will be meeting with business owners on Friday to discuss a possible COVID-19 lockdown.

Suarez said that the city had dropped from a high of 125 coronavirus cases a day that just 60 a day, and that the curve had flattened in terms of those testing positive for the virus.

The mayor also said hospitals are at 95% capacity but he adds that they do have capacity for another four weeks.

The mayor said he is not ruling out an erosion of phase 1 restrictions and a possible shutdown.

“I am meeting tomorrow with members of our business community to talk to them about the possibility of a future lockdown,” he said.

“I think it’s important that we communicate with the business community, before making any decisions. And I want to get their sentiments. I want to listen to them. I want to hear what they have to say. But I also want to stress to them the severity and the seriousness that we find ourselves in.”

“What it’ll probably look like is something similar to where we were in March and April. In other words, aside from essential workers, you know it’ll be a stay-at-home order, similar to the one that we had… We a long term plan.”

Suarez says the highest percent of people testing positive are in the age group of 18 to 34.

“We’re starting to see now is that age group going back to the home and infecting everybody else in the home, particularly worrisome in multi-generational households.”

Suarez expressed his concerns about the elderly.

“I’m urging elderly residents, particularly 75 and older, to stay at home if you can.”

“Working with the state of Florida and Miami-Dade County to provide up to 450, at least in the first phase, 450 isolation hotel rooms, so that people who are sick and who are vulnerable can potentially be isolated.”

Suarez also said that enforcement has stepped up in the past two weeks, saying that the city has shut down 10 businesses for alleged violations. He also said the city has conducted 40,000 inspections and handed out 5,000 facemasks.

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