South Florida Streets Packed For Cinco De Mayo, First Big Holiday Since Governor Lifted Local COVID Restrictions – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Cinco de Mayo marks the first major festival after Governor Ron DeSantis lifted local emergency COVID orders. And the streets of South Florida were full Wednesday night.

“Oh, we are so happy. It’s been such a tough year and it’s nice to see everyone outside and be happy and have fun. We feel normal, ”said Nicole Ramirez.

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Many like Ramirez said they are celebrating their first big outing.

While Governor DeSantis lifted all local COVID restrictions, he is still encouraging people to get vaccinated.

That said, his order means that the mask mandate is gone. And on Wednesday evening, many people didn’t wear them.

But many of those who CBS4’s Jessica Vallejo spoke to said they were vaccinated.

“Well, I’ve already got the vaccine so I feel pretty safe not wearing the mask,” said one person on the way.

Others were careful

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“I am about to respect my place with my mask and others,” said another Cinco de Mayo party-goer.

Over in Broward County, the Elbo room wasn’t that full. But on Las Olas the bar in El Camino was overcrowded.

And the venues were full on South Beach and Wynwood.

The governor’s order has no effect on companies or the applicable rules. Local businesses have their own authority.

“While customers don’t have to wear a mask, all of my employees are in this open space,” said Sarah Porter, Swarm vice president.

Dr. However, Aileen Marty, an infectious disease specialist, said we are still in the midst of this pandemic and cannot let our guards down.

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“We should practice situational awareness. Know where people are and who they are with and see how close other people are or not or cannot be vaccinated, ”she said.

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