As Florida sets the most dubious of records amid the coronavirus pandemic, Miami-Dade County has decided it’s done playing by the state’s rules. As of Wednesday, restaurants in the county, the state’s most populous, will be shut down — again — except for takeout and delivery, county Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced in a news release. The mayor’s executive order will also close party venues, fitness centers and short-term accommodation rentals.
A 10 p.m.-to-6 a.m. curfew will remain in effect for everyone but essential workers and those with religious obligations. Anyone witnessing violations is asked to call 305-4POLICE, the statement said. “We want to ensure that our hospitals continue to have the staffing necessary to save lives,” Gimenez said, explaining the motivation. The Florida Department of Health did not respond to CNN’s requests for comment.