FESTIVE PARENTHESIS – In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, many American tourists have gone to the beaches of Miami Beach in recent days to party. Faced with the risk of increasing contamination, a curfew has now been imposed.
If Olivier Véran hopes that the French will be able to party “in the fall” across the Atlantic, it has already started. As spring break has kicked off in the United States, many American tourists, numbered in the thousands, have taken to the beaches of Miami Beach (Florida) in recent days to party. “The volume of people is clearly higher than in previous years,” noted Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber. “I think it’s partly because there aren’t many places open in the rest of the country, or it is very cold there. Or they are closed and on top of that it is very cold.”
The festivities take place day and night, in bars and restaurants. “We see in the photos of people crammed into bars, without masks, without physical distance , “ lamented Cindy Prins, epidemiologist at the University of Florida, in comments reported by CNN . “It just creates an unfortunately ideal situation for the transmission of Covid-19.”
To deal with this, an emergency curfew was imposed, between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. But the authorities fear that its effect will remain limited, as the crowd is still large. Miami Beach Police say the festivities could last until April. In recent weeks, several hundred arrests have already taken place.