The Clevelander set to reopen on Wednesday with strict policies in place

MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - The Clevelander decided to close its doors because of the Spring Break chaos, but they are set to reopen on Wednesday.

The Clevelander is a popular spot along Ocean Drive in Miami Beach and closed on March 19 after citing safety concerns for their employees and guests.

The company took to social media on Tuesday and said they look forward to welcoming patrons back in a safe manner.

“Oh, hell, yeah. We in here,” said one visitor who just arrived in South Beach.

The restaurant had shut down food and beverage operations but still served as a hotel for guests.

They also said they believe well-put-together events keep people from congregating on the street, so they plan to host “low key” events over the next few weeks.

The bar’s closing came after some wild weeks around South Beach — everything from stampedes to fights to destruction of property.

The city implemented an 8 p.m. curfew from Thursday through Sunday. The curfew will continue every weekend until April 11.

“They got to do what they got to do just like we got to do what we got to do,” one man said.

Two visitors who got into town on Tuesday told 7News that Tuesday night was fairly quiet.

“The police was here coming out, making sure everything was, you know, good or patrolled,” said Bonnie Blue. “I ain’t see nothing crazy. Maybe a little few fights but nothing crazy.”

The Clevelander said they will have a zero-tolerance policy for any weapons or violence and will strictly enforce COVID-19 protocols.

“I wanna go,” Blue said. “We came to party.”

“It’s my birthday, so it’s lit,” one man said.

The Clevelander also called on the City of Miami Beach to plan significant events to keep people in a controlled environment, and in turn, make the current state of the beach better.

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