Aside from setting a curfew, closing down causeways and dispersing crowds with pepper balls, Miami Beach is enforcing new safety measures during spring break. These measures are put into place to keep citizens and tourists visiting Miami safe.
The full list of guidelines was published February 18 on the Miami Beach website. Some are the standard Centers for Disease Control rules, such as wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.
Other rules include capacity limits on beaches, limiting operation times, ending liquor sales at 10 p.m. and prohibiting alcohol consumption on public beaches.
The citywide curfew of midnight until 6:00 a.m. is also still in effect.
However, as the number of guests on spring break has intensified, enforcement has become difficult.
“They’re trying to enforce the guidelines as much as they can, but a lot of people aren’t following them as well as they should be, in my opinion,” said Reema Rao, a tourist visiting Miami Beach for spring break.
There have been incidents of public fights, a shooting and hundreds of arrests.
All of the safety measures will be in effect during the high-impact period of spring break, which city administration said will end April 22.