Exuberant partying, crowds in the streets: at the parties at the end of the semester in Miami Beach, the situation threatens to get out of control. Now the police are pulling the emergency brake.
In view of the numerous participants in the “Spring Break”, the city of Miami Beach has imposed a curfew. The authorities announced on Saturday that it will apply for the next three days from 8 p.m. in the most important tourist areas of the city. Restaurants have to close at 8 p.m. as well. 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.
In the past few days, students had flocked to Miami in the US state of Florida to celebrate the semester break (“spring break”) with wild parties despite the corona pandemic. 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,” Gelber said.
Raul Aguila of the city administration justified the curfew with concerns about public safety. Looking at photos of the huge crowds on Ocean Drive, he said, “It looked like a rock concert. You couldn’t see the sidewalk or the grass.”