As the news of closures in response to concerns of the rapidly spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to roll in, two busy Florida cities have announced new closures.
In an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, two popular spring break destinations are putting a stop to large gatherings.
Miami Beach and Ft. Lauderdale
The mayors of Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale held a news conference on Sunday to announce their beaches would be closed. Curfews will also be put into place at bars and restaurants. Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber declared spring break is “over.”
Gelber stated, “We can’t have the kinds of crowds we’ve had, the kinds of gatherings. I walked down Ocean Drive yesterday and what I saw was incredibly disturbing, it wasn’t just the typical large gatherings of people, but it was young people who believe they’re invincible and probably don’t really think of this in any way as a health crisis.”
The beach in Fort Lauderdale is closing from Harbor Beach to Oakland Park Boulevard. This closure means no one is permitted to be on the sand.
Restaurants and bars must close by 10 pm and operate at 50% capacity.
These measures will be in place until April 12.
The beach will be closed from 5th to 15th Street, including Lummus Park, beginning today.
An entertainment district curfew goes into effect at 11 pm.
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