A 8 p.m. to 6 p.m. curfew has been announced in the island city that will remain in effect until at least April 12.
“It feels like a rock concert, wall-to-wall people over blocks and blocks,” Gelber told CNN. “If you’re coming here to go crazy, go somewhere else.”
Officials warned tourists to “vacation responsibly or be arrested” prior to the holiday period, and a county-wide midnight coronavirus curfew was already in place due to the pandemic.
But the Miami Beach area was thronged with revellers over the weekend, and many did not appear to be wearing masks or socially distancing.
One city official described South Beach, which includes the world-famous Ocean Drive, as being “overwhelmed” by crowds on Saturday.
“You couldn’t see pavement and you couldn’t see grass,” city manager Raul Aguila said.
He added that the emergency measures were “necessary not only to protect our residents but our visitors, including our spring breakers who we want to keep safe”.
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