State of emergency for Miami Beach as air travel hits highest peak since start of pandemic


A state of emergency was declared for Miami Beach on Saturday with the city’s mayor saying spring break crowds were “more than we can handle”, as a curfew was announced.

Dan Gelber, the beach city’s Democratic mayor, told CNN that there were “too many” people and a general “level of chaos and disorder” on the streets of Miami Beach.

“Too many are coming, really, without the intention of following the rules, and the result has been a level of chaos and disorder that is just something more than we can endure,” said Mr Gelber.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials screened more air passengers than at any time since the start of the Covid pandemic on Friday and Saturday.

Over 1.4 million Americans flew on each of those days, with thousands said to have arrived at Miami Beach and other warm destinations for the traditional spring break.


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