Spring break: More than 1,000 arrests as Miami Beach parties descend into chaos


Miami Beach officials have extended the emergency curfew for three weeks after more than 1000 party revellers were arrested for flouting COVID-19 safety protocols during the spring break.

Authorities say massive crowds on the beaches have brought “chaos and disorder” to the city.

In recent weeks, South Beach in Miami has witnessed unruly crowds, fighting in the streets, stampedes and police confrontations, including the use of pepper balls, local reports said. Besides the arrests since February, at least five police officials have also been injured on the job during the ruckus.

In extending the unusual 8 pm to 6 am curfew till 12 April, Miami Beach authorities are aiming to “contain the overwhelming crowd of visitors and the potential for violence, disruption and damage to property.”

The curfew is in place for four days a week, from Thursday through Sunday for three more weeks.

Miami Beach mayor Dan Gelber told CNN, “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.”

On Saturday, the streets remained crowded with thousands of maskless people, as police confronted the revellers which then led to a stampede. Police also used pepper balls to control the crowd.



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