Palm Beach County

Palm Beach County Plans on Closing Its Beaches for Fourth of July Weekend, According to Mayor

People gather on the beach Delray Beach, Florida, U.S., on Saturday May 23, 2020.
Palm Beach County beaches reopened this week, ahead of the Memorial Day holiday, after Governor Ron DeSantis issued executive orders allowing certain businesses to reopen with restrictions. Photographer: Jayme Gershen/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Following in the footsteps of neighboring South Florida counties, Palm Beach County announced on Sunday it intended to close its beaches for the Fourth of July weekend.

According to NBC affiliate WPTV-TV, county mayor Dave Kerner confirmed the closures would last between Thursday, July 2nd to Sunday, July 5th.

Commissioners will meet Monday to finalize the decision.

Earlier on Sunday, Broward County mayors announced its beaches would be closed throughout the Fourth of July weekend - two days after Miami-Dade made the same announcement.

Both counties said the decision was made out of concerns over social distancing and the coronavirus.

Florida has been seeing big jumps in its daily coronavirus update, with a record-breaking 9,585 cases reported on Saturday.

As of Sunday's update, Florida has a reported total of 141,075 coronavirus cases for the state. The death toll has reached 3,419.

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