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The financial capital of the southern state expands the capacity of diners in restaurants and delays the curfew until midnight

The city of Miami decided this Thursday to relax the restrictions imposed on restaurants to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and delayed the curfew by one hour, allowing free circulation until midnight. Without the need for bureaucratic procedures, now the thousands of stores can operate at 100% of their capacity, as long as the tables keep the recommended distance of one and a half meters. Up to groups of up to 10 people will be accepted both inside and outside the venues. Those who are not seated must wear a mask. The easing to support small businesses comes a day after Florida surpassed 15,000 deaths from the pandemic.

Miami-Dade County, where the city of Miami is located, has a 6% positivity rate and this Friday has registered 832 new cases, 391 more than the previous day. The death toll increased by 22, accumulating 3,409 deaths from covid-19. This county is the hardest hit in Florida. The State, with a population of 21.4 million inhabitants, daily adds thousands of new cases to its more than 700,000 infected and the death toll reaches 15,186.

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis announced two weeks ago that Florida has moved into phase 3, which means that business premises can be returned to operation and civil citations issued for violating the mandatory mask order are suspended. However, Miami-Dade County has higher standards. Restaurants can operate at 50%, fines are given to those who do not wear a mask, except those who are outdoors within a barrier that ensures a distance of three meters between people, and the curfew continues from 11:00 p.m. until six in the morning.

Donald Trump’s campaign announced this Friday that the president will hold a rally on Monday night in Sanford, Florida. The Republican has decided to schedule his first public act in the southern state since he tested positive for coronavirus early on Friday last week. With 29 electoral votes, Florida is a key pendulum state for the November 3 elections. Several analysts predict that Trump needs to win in this territory to achieve re-election.

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