Palm Beach– There were thousands of students who celebrated as if there was no Corona: beaches and bars were full.
Around 150 people were arrested in Miami Beach last weekend. They were in town to toast their spring breaks. It didn’t get any quieter on Friday either.
Now the city in Florida has reacted and imposed a curfew from 8 p.m. (local time): Because of the crowds at spring break, the disaster has now been declared. This applies in the main tourist areas of the city, the authorities said on Saturday. Restaurants have to close at 8 p.m. as well.
In a press conference on Saturday afternoon, Mayor Dan Gelber (60) also announced that traffic in the direction of the beach would be closed. The measures apply for at least 72 hours, possibly even longer. In addition, the three bridges to the mainland will be closed from 10 p.m. Only residents, commuters and hotel guests are then allowed to use them.
Miami has long been a popular destination for party-goers. This year, however, according to Mayor Dan Gelber, there were significantly more partiers than in previous years. “I think it’s partly because there are very few places in the country that are open,” said Gelber.
Raul Aguila from the city administration compared the crowds with those at a rock concert: “You haven’t seen sidewalks or meadows for all the people.” Many areas in South Florida are risk areas. More than two million corona infections have been reported in the state so far.
Police chief Rick Clements said several officers were involved in arguments with students. In some cases, tables and chairs are even said to have been used as weapons against the officers.