MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - With Spring Break starting amid the pandemic, city officials in Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale are putting rules in place in an effort to control the spread of the virus and avoid large crowds from gathering.
In Miami Beach, the beach will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
No alcohol, coolers, tents, tables, inflatables or loud music will be allowed.
Miami Beach has also enacted a citywide curfew that starts at midnight.
Tekeysha Mack, who is visiting Miami Beach, urged spring breakers to wear their masks.
“Take care of yourself because we still aren’t sure, so let’s just follow the precautions,” said Mack. “I am vaccinated. I got the Pfizer [vaccine], but I’m a realist as well — we don’t know. I’m going to keep protecting myself.”
“It’s just the way it is right now, you know?” said Miami Beach visitor Peter Deruvo. “We all have to put our best foot forward, and I think that having a mask is just one of those things that needs to happen.”
The city will also have a stepped-up police presence during Spring Break.
On Monday morning, 7News cameras captured Miami Beach Police officers patrolling the area.
The new rules didn’t put a damper on Greg Schenk’s mood during his visit.
“The weather is always perfect, the sun is out, the people are friendly,” said Schenk.
In Fort Lauderdale, no alcohol, tents or canopies will be allowed on the beach.
Signs displaying social distancing and mask-wearing reminders could be seen along A1A.
Uber and Lyft will not be allowed to pick up or drop off riders along State Road A1A, and if they are caught doing so, they will be issued a citation.
The designated parking and drop-off location will be at Las Olas Oceanside Park at 3000 East Las Olas Blvd.
Broward County officials discussed implementing a curfew during a three-week period but decided against it.
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