With Florida's ridiculous Governor Ron DeSantis declaring victory over COVID-19 scenes like these in Miami Beach were all but inevitable.
The City of Miami Beach will enforce an 8 p.m. curfew in South Beach’s entertainment district and block most eastbound traffic to the city starting at 10 p.m., officials said.
Interim City Manager Raul Aguila, who announced the emergency measures alongside Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber at a press conference, Saturday afternoon, said they will go into effect Saturday night due to overwhelming spring break crowds.
“All restaurants and bars and other businesses must be closed no later than 8 p.m.,” said Aguila.
Police will enforce the curfew by blockading Ocean Drive, Washington Avenue and Collins Avenue from Fifth to 16th streets.
“Our city right now, in this area, has become a tinder, and we cannot have a policy of simply hoping that it’s not lit,” said Gelber.
The changes will only last for 72 hours, and at that point, city leaders will assess future changes. However, Aguila said he recommends keeping them in place until April 12, or the Monday after the last weekend of spring break.
BREAKING NEWS: Due to overwhelming spring break crowds, the city of Miami Beach will impose an 8 p.m. curfew in the South Beach entertainment district and block most eastbound traffic entering the city after 10 p.m., beginning Saturday.
— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) March 20, 2021
After Ron DeSantis declared victory against COVID-19 this week yet again which media parroted, Mar-A-Lago shut down because of outbreak, Florida passed 2 million cases and Miami Beach just issued curfew. cc: @politico @WSJ @CNN
— Daniel Uhlfelder (@DWUhlfelderLaw) March 20, 2021
What it looked like on Friday night.
— Janine Stanwood (@JanineStanwood) March 20, 2021
Dr Hotez is not amused.
Media: @PeterHotez to @PamelaBrownCNN: "The B.1.1.7 variant (UK) is the highest in Texas, Georgia, and Florida. Guess where the #springbreakers are: Texas, Georgia, and Florida. The 20-year-olds will leave those states, spread it around the country. A disaster waiting to happen." pic.twitter.com/Lz5vPpBGy7
— Porter Anderson (@Porter_Anderson) March 20, 2021