The mayor of Miami says he wants another curfew over Memorial Day weekend after spring break has caused chaos in his city.
“ I am in favor of a curfew because I think we should take action for Memorial Day, not in the middle of it, ” Mayor Dan Gelber told the Miami Herald
Recently, crowds descended on Miami Beach, causing both unrest and fear for a COVID-19 superspreader event. It led to a curfew at 8 p.m. that was set for March 20.
Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber leads the call for a Memorial Day curfew in his city
Currently, that curfew is expected to continue on weekends, although the county curfew will be lifted at midnight for the remainder of the week on April 12, coinciding with the end of Spring Break.
A declaration of state of emergency in the city expires on April 7.
Memorial Day weekend is traditionally a public holiday in the United States, with gatherings and concerts, especially outdoors on the beach.
In Miami Beach, the annual Hyundai Air & Sea Show is scheduled for the weekend, as well as an outdoor concert at Pride Park.
The crowds were big and wild during Miami Beach Spring Break (Photo: Ocean Drive on March 28, where Spring Break visitors enjoyed the party)
The large crowds of people and students aroused fear of COVID-19 (photo from March 18)
It also led to city officials imposing a temporary curfew at 8 p.m. (photo taken March 27)
Gelber faces resistance from other city officials who do not want to see a new curfew for the holiday weekend.
“There is no justification,” said Chief Ricky Arriola.
[I]If the county no longer requires curfew as a health and safety measure, then I have reservations about recommending that the city implement a curfew, ”said interim city administrator Raul Aguila.
Aguila previously expressed support for a possible holiday curfew, abandoning Gelber’s position.
Violent spring breakers enjoying the party on March 27th, a relatively tame weekend
Some city officials don’t believe curfew will be necessary (photo taken March 27)
Pictured: Police escort people from Ocean Drive when curfew went into effect on March 27
The call for a possible curfew came after more than 1,000 arrests were made during Spring Break in Miami Beach, February 3 to March 22, the end of the wildest weekend in town.
Cops in body armor fired pepper spray balls to try to separate the crowd that Saturday night, the first with curfew.
Police and partygoers collide all weekend along Ocean Drive and in other areas.
The beach is expected to become a hot spot over Memorial Day weekend (photo from March 30)
Spring Break’s COVID-19 effect takes weeks to become apparent (starting March 27)
USA Today reports that 398 of the 1,050 arrests during the six-week period were for crimes.
In addition, more than 100 firearms were seized during that period.
“ In recent weeks and longer, our city has been one of the few cities with real destinations that is open for business anywhere, ” Gelber said in a statement at the time.
While most of our guests come here for all the reasons we hope they do and keep to the rules, clearly too many guests come up with other ideas. And some bring weapons. ‘
The past two weekends of spring break have seen noticeably calmer people than the rowdy weekend of March 20, although there was an incident of a man yelling ‘F *** 12’ – a term for the police – while he was last middle finger lit weekend in March, according to the Miami Herald
The man then jumped on a police car before running away, with the police choosing not to chase him.
On the evening of March 28 at 8:30 PM, no partygoers were seen in the same police car.
There are more than 2 million cases of coronavirus in Florida, with 33,710 deaths among residents
Meanwhile, the United States is approaching 31 million cases and more than 555,000 deaths
Memorial Day attendance could get even bigger, however, as the holiday is concentrated on one weekend rather than several weeks.
It could also renew concerns about COVID-19 spread in a state with limited coronavirus restrictions.
The effect of spring break crowds on COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations probably won’t become apparent until a week later.
“Obviously, COVID is far from over and it’s a bit troubling that people think it is,” said Mayor Gelber.
Florida registered 3,480 new cases on Monday, as well as 36 deaths.
There are now 2,085,306 COVID-19 cases in Florida, with 33,710 residents dying from the coronavirus.
In the United States, there are more than 30.7 million cases of COVID-19, with a death toll of more than 555,000.