Miami Beach officials on Saturday struggled to enforce a new evening clock in the city’s South Beach entertainment district. Hundreds of people have been shown on social media videos outside collected after dark on Saturday and law enforcement that spreads crowds.
In an effort to control crowds and arrest a subject, Miami Beach police said they were using peppercorns. According to a department, two officers were also injured and taken to hospital tweet. Police arrested at least a dozen people, according to CNN.
The city of Miami Beach, concerned about the larger-than-usual crowd filling the streets of South Beach and the threat of a reviving coronavirus, has declared a state of emergency and raised its curfew on Saturday in an effort to curb spring tensions to close the late night. partying which according to him got out of control.
Law enforcement officials said many people were drawn to the city for the spring break this year because, like the state in general, it has relatively few virus restrictions. Hotel rooms and flights are also very cheap to make up for the months lost time.
“It looked like a rock concert,” interim city manager Raul J. Aguila told a news conference on Saturday afternoon after crowds stormed the streets on Friday. “You could not see the sidewalk, nor could you see grass.”
The emergency measures will last 72 hours until the city commission can meet to decide on a long-term plan. The commission is holding an emergency meeting on Sunday at 3pm to discuss the issue and closures. Miami-Dade County already has a nationwide curfew rule at midnight.
Florida was reopened months before the rest of the state, long before the recent wave of states like Texas that lifted all or most of the closure restrictions and mask mandates.
Miami-Dade County recently suffered one of the worst outbreaks in the country, with more than 32,000 Florida residents dying from the virus, an unimaginable cost that state leaders rarely recognize. It is suspected that the state also has the highest concentration of B.1.1.7, the more contagious and possibly more deadly virus variant first identified in Britain.
The new measures do not require hotels in Miami Beach to close, but guests are asked to stay on the hotel premises after the evening clock, and restaurants, bars and sidewalk cafes will close at 8 p.m.
Miami Beach’s entertainment district includes the iconic Ocean Drive and Collins Avenue, as well as Washington Avenue and Española Way, from Fifth to 16th Streets. Police have begun blocking non-residents, hotel guests or employees working on South Beach to enter the city along the MacArthur, Venetian and Julia Tuttle roads from 9pm until the next day at 06:00.