Spring Breakers partied in Miami over the weekend despite restrictions placed on the roads on Thursday night to dislodge some of the huge and rowdy crowds during the pandemic.
Concerns about renewed Covid-19 outbreaks prompted Miami officials to impose a curfew after an infusion of noisy ‘spring breakers’ that have frustrated locals.
A curfew of 8 p.m. was instituted at the entertainment district from Thursday through Monday, March 29. Road closures lasted from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., Miami-Dade Transportation & Public Works shared on Twitter.
The MacArthur, Venetian and Julia Tuttle Causeway were partially closed, with the agency sharing that there could be delays on Metrobus routes until March 29.
Concerns over renewed Covid-19 outbreaks prompted Miami officials to impose a curfew after an infusion of rowdy ‘spring breakers’ that have frustrated locals
Revelers run away when police officers ask them to leave during a 8pm curfew imposed by local authorities during spring break
A curfew was imposed for the Miami Beach entertainment district
Despite the road closures, partygoers still took to the streets, and many ignored the Miami Beach police officers who tried to get them to leave.
While there were a few people who wore masks, the vast majority of those partying didn’t seem to be wearing masks.
“What we’re experiencing this year isn’t your typical spring break,” said Miami Beach Commissioner Steven Meiner CBS Miami from the chaos on the beach.
Despite the road closures, partygoers still took to the streets and many ignored the Miami Beach police officers who tried to get them to leave
Police officers in Miami Beach are enforcing an 8pm curfew imposed by local authorities on March 26
More cops sit on the streets telling partygoers to go home and enforce Miami Beach curfews
Street vendors do their best to get away from the police when they arrive on Ocean Drive to stop the mass crowds that have gathered
Miami Beach police officers enforce an 8pm curfew imposed by local authorities during spring break amid the coronavirus disease pandemic (COVID-19)
Meiner also described the large crowds as too unmanageable for authorities.
“Our officers are far outnumbered and we really don’t have the resources to contain the crowds and the kind of behavior we see,” Meiner added.
“We had seized more than 100 illegal weapons, drugs, it really became a necessity to curfew at that point,” said Chief Meiner. ‘
Many Miami residents are in favor of the curfew, noting that the spring breakers have made life miserable for them.
The scenes from Miami Beach come as a top public health official said she was “ deeply concerned ” about the trajectory of COVID-19 cases.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said the number of new cases over a seven-day period is up seven percent from the previous week. She also said hospital admissions are on the rise, which could be signs of another surge in the country.
‘I continue to be very concerned about this process. We’ve seen cases and hospitalizations move from historical declines to stagnations to increases. And we know from past peaks that if we don’t have things under control now, there’s a real potential for the epidemic curve to rise again, ” she said. ABC news reports.
About 30,129,858 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the United States and 547,756 people have died.
According to the Florida Department of Health, there are currently a total of 2,033,179 cases in Florida, while 33,756 people have died from the virus.
A group of spring breakers are sitting for a picnic on Ocean Beach
People dance while Miami Beach police escort them out of Ocean Drive because Miami Beach has a curfew on March 25
Most ignored the authorities when police took to the streets to restrain the massive throngs of people
Miami Beach police are escorting people from Ocean Drive because a curfew is in effect on March 25 in Miami Beach, Florida
People are taking to the streets of Miami Beach despite curfews imposed by local authorities
The MacArthur, Venetian and Julia Tuttle Causeway were partially closed, with the agency sharing that there may be delays on Metrobus routes until March 29
While there were a few people who wore masks, the vast majority of those who were partying didn’t seem to have masks on
People attend a party on a walkway near the beach during spring break in Miami Beach on March 25, ahead of the curfew imposed by authorities
On March 25, more revelers gather in the streets of Miami Beach. The party took place on a walkway near the beach
People attend a party on a walkway near the beach during Spring Break in Miami Beach on March 25