Indoor Dining Resumes Monday at Miami-Dade Restaurants

Some tables inside Miami-Dade restaurants will no longer be empty following months of restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.

County Mayor Carlos Gimenez signed an emergency order last week allowing restaurants to allow indoor dining at 50% capacity starting Monday.

Some restaurant owners say it’s a step in the right direction.

Following a second wave of coronavirus-related shut downs in July, some businesses were not able to survive, and permanently closed their doors. Others were forced to be creative.

Under the new rules, a maximum of six people are allowed per table and masks must be worn. Restaurants must also leave their doors open and run their air conditioning and ventilation systems with fans on.

Miami-Dade has been the hardest-hit county in the state by the coronavirus pandemic, with the most COVID-19 cases and virus-related deaths in Florida.

As of Sunday, the county’s 14-day average positivity rate was at 7.3%.

Gimenez said that the county’s 10 p.m. curfew wont be pushed back for now, but they will look at possibly pushing it back after Labor Day weekend. He added that he has no intention of ordering any beaches closed for the holiday weekend.