Miami city parks reopened gyms, community centers and other indoor facilities closed for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday.
Some outdoor facilities, including water fountains and outdoor picnic areas, can also be reused. And the Grapeland Waterpark is slated to reopen Memorial Day weekend as usual, according to the city.
The reopening of the city’s parks and recreation buildings on Monday also includes meeting rooms, stand-alone toilets and changing rooms. Visitors to the park can also once again use open grids, benches, bleachers and table games, the city said.
The city says all park visitors will still need to wear a mask indoors and outdoors if they are not exercising. This is stricter than recent updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which says fully vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask outdoors, except in crowded areas where social distancing would be difficult.
It’s also stricter than the recent public health advisory from Florida surgeon general Dr Scott Rivkees that fully vaccinated people can be maskless inside and out.
The city of Miami has said it plans to reopen other activities soon:
▪ Disability programs will resume on Monday, May 17
▪ The city’s summer camp program will resume on Monday, June 14
▪ Grapeland Waterpark will reopen Memorial Day weekend as usual and will remain open weekends only until June 13. From Monday June 14, it will be open 7 days a week until August 23. The water park will then remain open on weekends. only until Labor Day.