As Florida continues to see large daily spikes in its coronavirus count, Miami-Dade County is taking new measures to control the outbreak, including shutting down entertainment venues like Zoo Miami and Jungle Island.
Both parks had recently reopened following initial shutdowns.
“We are disappointed to have to temporarily close Jungle Island again," said Curtis Crider, Jungle Island's president and managing director, in a press release.
"We went to great lengths to provide a safe, fun environment for our returning guests. But if we have learned anything through this experience, it is that we are resilient. We hope everyone stays safe.”
Jungle Island had just re-opened on June 25th following approval by the county. Zoo Miami had re-opened on June 1st, and was getting ready to celebrate its 40th Anniversary on Saturday, July 4th.
"Though it is disappointing to have to close on what happens to be the 40th Anniversary of Zoo Miami, the health and well-being of the community that we serve is the most important priority when it comes to any decisions regarding the operations of the zoo and the guests that we are privileged to welcome," said Ron Magill, Zoo communications director in a press release.
"Celebrations can be cancelled, one’s health cannot. Please rest assured that the animals that call the zoo home will continue to be well cared for and that we look forward to the day when we can welcome guests back safely," Magill added. "Until then, be safe and stay healthy!"
In a press release Thursday evening, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced the rollbacks along with other regulations, including a daily countywide curfew that goes into effect Friday, July 3rd.
He cited an uptick in coronavirus patients at hospitals as one of the major concerns behind the decision.
"At this time, we have plenty of beds, but some hospitals are experiencing staffing shortages," he said. "Hospitals are also experiencing an uptick in patients, and our medical professionals are seeing a rise in 18-to 34-year-olds who are getting extremely sick."