Miami has completely reopened its parks

Park in Miami.

With the naked eye In Miami, the epidemic is abandoned and life is back to normal. With a large portion of the population already vaccinated, and access to vaccines for all adults, Florida’s main urban center has reopened without restrictions. With the exception of the use of masks, which is still observed in the majority of the population despite the fact that they are not mandatory, there are no other changes evident in Sun City in relation to COVID-19.

However, there are still some consequences of the lockdown and curfew times at the height of the epidemic, which are slowly disappearing. Starting Monday, The City of Miami has reopened all public gyms, community centers, and recreational areasAll are managed by the Parks Department and closed for fourteen months when the pandemic began. Additionally, outdoor gyms, garden picnic areas, barbecues and game tables, which were theoretically closed despite the fact that many were active, can now be used legally.

“We are pleased to announce that closed facilities in our parks are now open and that our park programs and activities will be re-established as the school year draws to a close and summer will begin soon,” he said in a statement. • Art Noriega, Director of the City of Miami.

With reopening today, The city announced the reinstatement of the Parks Assistance Program for the Disabled, which will resume on Monday, May 17. Grapeland Public Water Park is also back, starting June 13th. And those who want to hold meetings or celebrations in parks – whether outdoors or indoors in recreational centers – may again request permits for these types of activities, as was always the case before the pandemic.

A view of hundreds of people waiting for food aid during the first day of assistance to alleviate food insecurity due to the Coronavirus, on December 1, 2020, in Regatta Park in Miami, Florida (USA).  EFE / Anna Mingotti
A view of hundreds of people waiting for food aid during the first day of assistance to alleviate food insecurity due to the Coronavirus, on December 1, 2020, in Regatta Park in Miami, Florida (USA). EFE / Anna Mingotti

“Even with these facilities and programs reopening, those who come to our public parks are being asked to continue caring for COVID-19 until we are all safe,” added Noriega.

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Among the most anticipated events in Miami is the reopening of the Domino Park in Little Havana. The symbolic park of the Cuban community, where dozens of people gather to play dominoes every day, has been closed since the start of the epidemic.

“I’m happy to be able to play again. That’s what amuses me every day, the confinement was very difficult,” Lázaro Vega, the 80-year-old from Little Havana, told Infobae who was one of the first to come to play at the traditional mosaic tables in the garden.

I come fearlessly because we are all vaccinatedOne of the park’s players, Juan Manuel Hidalgo, said.

Miami-Dade County still has a clause mandating the use of masks in parks for those who do not get physical exercise. However, there is no penalty for those who do not comply with this procedure.

The CDC (the Centers for Disease Control, for its English acronym) has proven that those outdoors, in areas without large numbers of people, and who have been fully immunized, do not need to use a mask. Likewise, Florida Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rifkes asserted that masks are not necessary – even indoors – for those who have received the vaccine.

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