Miami, Florida, Mayor Francis Suarez said he is “extremely concerned” about the spread of coronavirus during the Fourth of July weekend if people don’t take precautions.
Suarez said the city has seen cases spike after big weekends like Memorial Day and high school and college graduations. He said the city is taking measures to prevent that from happening again.
“We’ve canceled Fourth of July shows so people aren’t tempted to congregate. Beaches are closed. We’re going to be enforcing. We’re hoping that enforcement prevents people from congregating and requires people to wear the masks that we know will protect them,” he told CNN on Thursday.
Suarez added that contact tracers have also found that the virus has been spreading from house parties. He said he agreed with Dr. Deborah Birx’s recommendation earlier today that all Florida residents who attended mass gatherings get tested – even if they don’t have symptoms.
“I absolutely would urge them to do that. I think what happens often times is we’re seeing a lot, anecdotally, of one person getting sick and then the entire household gets sick,” he said.
“I absolutely think that’s a very wise decision for everyone to get tested,” he added.