Miami Beach was forced to impose a curfew and declare an official ‘state of emergency’ after a rash of shootings and other crime brought chaos to the tourist hotspot.
As CBS reports:
The curfew, which will begin on Thursday and end on Monday, runs from midnight to 6:00 a.m. each night. Businesses in the area will be closed, and restaurants will be open for delivery only after that time. Essential services will not be affected, and residents will still be permitted to leave and arrive at their homes.
City of Miami Beach Issues State of Emergency and Curfew
—Curfew to be in effect from Thursday, March 24 until Monday, March 28—
— City of Miami Beach (@MiamiBeachNews) March 23, 2022
Plans for the curfew and state of emergency were first announced Monday, in the wake of two shootings in a 48-hour period that wounded five people total, CBS Miami reported. City officials will meet this week to decide on extending the curfew.
“It is horribly sad that we’re standing here for the cowardly acts of random people,” City Manager Alina Hudak said this week, according to CBS Miami. She said both shootings targeted “innocent bystanders.”
“No community, no police force, should have to suffer through this,” said Mayor Dan Gelber. “You know I’m really tired of it, frankly, I’d love to get rid of spring break. I wish the spring breakers would go somewhere else.”
Posted on social media, a brawl breaks out on 10th street last night during Spring Break Miami Beach 2022. pic.twitter.com/g0WlfLG0Pu
— South Beach News (@sobenews) March 20, 2022
Miami beach has seen a rash of violence in recent years during spring break as the area has become more and more popular with young people and partygoers.