Miami-Dade lifts curfew: stores will be able to stay open past midnight

In the image, the mayor of Miami-Dade County, Daniella Levine Cava (EFE)
In the image, the mayor of Miami-Dade County, Daniella Levine Cava (EFE)

As of April 12 there will be no more curfew at midnight in the county of Miami-Dade. Until now, the county had imposed (on the total of its region that includes 34 municipalities, including the city of Miami) a curfew between 12 at night and 6 in the morning, in which the transit of people, but no commercial premises – except for essential ones, such as pharmacies or medical centers – could remain open.

At a press conference, the mayor Daniella Levine Cava, assured that having considered all the information available about the virus, his administration concluded that it was time to implement new recommendations for the prevention of the spread of the virus. COVID, which does not include a curfew. Weeks ago Levine Cava it had announced that it would lift the measure when the contagion rate in the county was below 5 percent. Although that point has not been reached, the measure has already been announced.

We have developed a new advice guide, based on the current situation of COVID 19, the availability of vaccines and the aggressive campaign against the virus that we are carrying out. We have considered all the data, including the average of 14 days of infections, the number of hospitalizations and deaths. All rates have decreased since we started the vaccination process“, He said Levine Cava from the building of the county municipality.

With the new guidance announced today, the protocol of the new COVID normal imposed last year by Levine Cava’s predecessor, is definitively replaced, Carlos Gimenez.

With the announcement of the end of the curfew at midnight, Florida's main county ends more than a year of restrictions as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic (EFE)
With the announcement of the end of the curfew at midnight, Florida’s main county ends more than a year of restrictions as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic (EFE)

The new recommendations indicate the need to wear face masks, maintain social distance, use alcohol gel or wash your hands frequently, and isolate yourself if you have any symptoms of COVID. But they are all recommendations, and not mandatory rules that carry fines if not followed.

The business community has put a lot of pressure on the mayor’s office to end the curfew, which they considered unnecessary and damaging to the economy. Other local leaders agreed with the merchants.

I applaud Mayor Levine Cava’s decision. For months I asked for the curfew to be lifted, which seemed unnecessary to me. If in a place social distance is not observed, or the use of masks, the danger is at all hours, not just after midnight. Similarly, if security rules are respected, there is nothing to indicate that we have to harm our merchants by forcing them to close.”Said the mayor of the city of Miami, Francis Suarez.

The level of contagion of COVID 19 in Miami-Dade it is 6.4 percent, according to the latest measurement published at the weekend. Still, the county’s chief medical officer, Dr. Peter Paige, announced that it would not be uncommon to see an increase in the percentage, after the spring break that was especially convulsed in Miami Beach. The increase, it is expected, is in the population between 18 and 24 years old, which has been the one that has presented the most infections in recent weeks.

At least 355,000 Miami-Dade residents have received one dose of the COVID 19 vaccine in the county, and 458,000 already have a full immunization.

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