COCONUT GROVE, FLA. (WSVN) – – City of Miami commissioners have voted unanimously to approve a resolution that would begin enforcing the countywide curfew currently in place as a measure to help stem the spread of COVID-19.
Commissioner Joe Carollo introduced on Thursday the resolution that would lead to more aggressive enforcement of the curfew, which extends from midnight until 6 a.m., as well as enforcing mask wearing and social distancing.
“The curfew is currently in place. However, the city was not enforcing it,” said Carollo.
The commissioner pointed to a recent rise in local coronavirus infections as the motive behind the crackdown.
“For the last week, our numbers have shot up” he said.
On Thursday, the Florida Department of Health reported 11,335 new cases throughout the state.
Of those cases, 2,252 were reported in Miami-Dade County, with a positivity rate of 8.55%.
A total of 129 new deaths were also reported in the Sunshine State on Thursday.
Carollo said the nightlife in Miami is one of the reasons numbers continue to climb.
“We cannot allow a handful of businesses at night, where you have hundreds of people being packed into discotheques, bars without masks, with no regard for their safeguard, and further, no regard for the health and safety of the rest of us,” he said.
Carollo said, the passing of the resolution means there will also be consequences for not following the rules.
“If they’re not following, they will be closed immediately on the spot and fined,” he said, “and if need be, the city will make arrests.”
By tightening restrictions again, Carollo believes, it will help stop the spread of COVID-19 and prevent even more economic impact.
“The last thing that Miami or Miami-Dade County government want to do is go back to mid-March where we were closing everybody down,” he said,
Even though the resolution has passed, the city would not be able to begin collecting any fines until the expiration of an executive order by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis that prohibits local municipalities from doing so.
Anyone with questions and concerns about the coronavirus can call the Florida Department of Health’s 24-hour hotline at 1-866-779-6121.
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