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Authorities in Miami Beach say they are prepared for another weekend of big crowds during spring break

Desiree Peralta

Dan Gelber said the city was full of chaos and disorder.

"Chaos and disorder".

That's what tourists brought to Miami Beach, the city's mayor, Dan Gelber, said on Sunday.

For this reason, local authorities declared a state of emergency in Miami, out of concern that the large crowds that gather for "spring break" represent a risk of contagion. of coronavirus.

Miami Beach had already a curfew from midnight due to the pandemic, but now they will make more changes to strengthen the measures.

"Now we are ready," said the officials after establishing the new protocols.

Authorities have extended the curfew and state of emergency in the city of Florida. Restrictions include a curfew starting at 8 p.m. in the entertainment district, a series of road closures aimed at curbing traffic, and the suspension of on-premises meals at restaurants and cafes in what authorities call the "high-impact zone."

City officials outlined the emergency measures in a statement Tuesday, saying violators will be subject to arrest and criminal prosecution. The restrictions will be lifted on March 29, at 6 a.m.

Last Saturday, city police fired pepper balls in an attempt to break up a crowd of partiers, mostly without masks, on the city's main thoroughfares. The aggressive enforcement action came just hours after Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber declared a state of emergency and established a curfew, saying the crowds that came to town are "more than that we can handle".

Will these measures be a problem for tourism in Miami?

All other areas of Miami Beach are open for residents and visitors to go after the 8 p.m. curfew. in the high-impact zone such as Lincoln Road, South of Fifth, Sunset Harbor, Collins Park, 41 Street, North Beach, and more.

Mayor Gelber said he just wants people to have a good time and respect each other.

"If you come here, just come here to enjoy the things we have: our beaches, our restaurants, our places, realizing that there is a pandemic, so be careful"

I believe that these measures will not negatively affect Miami tourism, with this measure the only thing that the city wants to achieve is that there are more order and respect. Remember that this city is not just a vacation center, there are also people who live there.

In addition, we are still in a pandemic, so we must continue to take care of ourselves as long as COVID is still present in our lives. They can continue to go to Miami as long as the measures and protocols are respected.

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