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Miami-Dade County curfew moved up to 9 p.m. Saturday

A line of City of Miami police officers block a ramp for Interstate 95 as protesters march against the death of George Floyd on Sunday. (Wilfredo Lee, Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

MIAMI – Miami-Dade County pushed its curfew up from 10 pm. on Friday night to 9 p.m. on Saturday, with Mayor Carlos Gimenez saying it will remain that way until further notice.

The county had moved the start of its curfew back from 9 p.m. to midnight on Wednesday, but then made the shift Friday evening to 10 p.m.. when large crowds were gathering near an entrance to the highway in Miami.

With protests planned around the county for Saturday, the Mayor moved the curfew back to 9 p.m.

Broward County terminated its curfew order on Wednesday, saying that it may be reimposed with as little as one-hour notice “if there is evidence of possible civil unrest that threatens the health, safety, or welfare of the public.”

Curfews went into effect last weekend when there was unrest in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

The City of Sweetwater has initiated a curfew for 8 p.m. Saturday because of the planned protest at FIU.

Some cities impose their own curfews that may be earlier than what the County has ordered, so it’s best to check. No one is allowed to be out after the curfew unless they need to travel for essential work.

The beaches in Miami-Dade remain closed while the curfew is in place.

Protests in both Miami-Dade and Broward are planned for the weekend as residents join nationwide demonstrations against racial inequality after the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.

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Michelle F. Solomon is the podcast producer/reporter/host of Local 10's original, true crime podcast The Florida Files and a digital journalist for Local 10.com.

David Selig is the Digital Executive Producer at WPLG, overseeing Local10.com.