The City of Miami Beach imposed an emergency 8pm curfew in South Beach

On Saturday afternoon, the city of Miami Beach declared parts of South Beach an emergency exit lock at 8 p.m. and a closure of dams to the east at 9 p.m. to traffic entering the area. The sudden orders are in response to the violent spring break crowds that overtook the city’s entertainment district, damaging public property and devastating the neighborhood.

While the emergency ordinances are due to expire on Tuesday March 23, city manager Raul Aguila, who declared a state of emergency, told the Miami Herald that he recommends keeping them until April 12 or the end of the spring break. The exact date will be set sometime today. **

What does this mean for spring breakers and vacationers in South Beach? Ocean Drive, Washington Avenue, Collins Avenue, and Española Way – from 5th Street to 16th Street – will close every evening at 8:00 p.m. until further notice. In addition, the MacArthur, Julia Tuttle and Venetian Causeways will be closed to traffic in Miami Beach from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

People looking to do something in Miami Beach must head north on 16th Street, where business continues as usual. Lincoln Road and the adjacent Sunset Harbor neighborhood will remain open tonight, as will Time Out Market Miami (shameless plug) and the bevy of restaurants and bars in Mid Beach and beyond. We are sad to see what happens to our beloved South Beach and hope that the area’s small businesses and independent towns continue to thrive in these difficult circumstances. So support you if you can.

We’ll continue to update this story as news of closings and curfews emerges, and we hope everyone stays safe.

** Update: The emergency order has been extended to April 12, reports the Miami Herald.

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