South Beach instituting new 8 p.m. curfew starting Saturday

Entertainment district will close early

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – The party ends early in South Beach starting Saturday. Miami Beach has instituted a new 8 p.m. curfew — that’s two hours earlier than the countywide curfew.

The new curfew will take effect on July 18, at 12:01 a.m.

The city’s State of Emergency Declaration and Emergency Measures have been extended through July 24, 2020, which established an 8 p.m. curfew in the South Beach Entertainment District (MXE) and pedestrianized Ocean Drive.

  • Ocean Drive from 5th Street to 15th Street will be closed to all vehicular traffic at all times.
  • Parking will be prohibited in the area bounded by 5th Street on the south, 15th Street on the north, Ocean Drive on the east, and Collins Avenue on the west, from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • All business establishments located within the MXE-mixed use entertainment district (excluding that portion of the MXE district located between 73rd and 75th streets) and an area between Pennsylvania Avenue and Collins Court, from 5th Street to 16th Street (excluding Espanola Way located between Washington Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue), will close daily at 8 p.m.

While restaurants must close to diners, it can keep kitchens open for delivery only. Take out, pick up or curb side pick up is not allowed between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Live entertainment is prohibited. Other music, according to the order, is not permitted unless the volume does not exceed the level of a normal conversation.

This is the latest new strategy in the ongoing fight against the uptick in coronavirus numbers.

In Miami, at media briefing at City Hall, mayor Francis Suarez said there will be no warnings given to anyone not complying with the county and city’s restrictions about wearing masks and other COVID-19 protocols. “We have already given many warnings.” Suarez said people will receive citations. The citations are $100 for individuals and $500 for businesses not complying.

Miami Dade Police Department continues to have the authority, if they believe it is necessary, to charge someone with a criminal infraction.

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