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  • A nighttime curfew has been extended in Miami Beach in Florida after thousands of tourists descended on the area for the annual spring break holiday, risking the spread of Covid 19, a state of emergency was declared after city officials said they were unable to cope with the large number of people with few wearing masks or social distancing.

  • Our North America correspondent Peter Bows reports party time in Miami spring break When students traditionally descend on Florida to let off steam, the bars, beaches and restaurants are packed.

  • But this is no time to party.

  • The city of Miami Beach is currently under a state of emergency.

  • These extraordinary scenes have shocked local officials, who say they've been overwhelmed by the number of revelers.

  • There's little sign of social distancing and few people wearing masks.

  • Fights have broken out and businesses have been forced to close down.

  • At one point, the police shot pepper balls into the crowd, urging people to leave after an eight PM curfew came into effect.

  • I think it is a good idea, even though it's fun out here like we want to be out here and have fun.

  • No one's doing anything.

  • People are just out here enjoying the beach.

  • And it's a good vibe.

  • They want to shut it down at eight o'clock, people will go somewhere else and take their money somewhere else.

  • And it is what it is.

  • But people gonna live Peronnas over Winter's over.

  • Get the vaccine, get back to business.

  • Everyone worried because of covid.

  • I mean, I'm not really worried about that.

  • You know what I'm saying?

  • Like, you know, you just got to be cautious, that's all.

  • You know what I'm saying?

  • It's no guarantees with the covid thing.

  • You know what I'm saying?

  • You can get the covid from your neighborhood, your block, your building.

  • You know what I'm saying?

  • So it don't matter you out somewhere else?

  • Like we're chilling.

  • Yeah.

  • Florida is one of the few US states now fully open during the pandemic.

  • Last month, the Republican Governor, Rhonda Santis, declared the state and oasis of freedom from coronavirus restrictions.

  • Tourists have descended on the area in large numbers over the past few weeks.

  • I have the vaccine, so I don't care.

  • Go home.

  • I get tested for myself.

  • I don't really care, but I wouldn't want to go in there and stick, you know, officials have blamed adults rather than college students, for much of the chaos.

  • The state of emergency and nighttime curfew has now been extended for up to three weeks.

  • Many people are coming here right now, and too many people are coming here with bad intentions.

  • Last week, Florida recorded more than 4000 New Covid 19 infections a day.

  • This is a crisis that's far from over.

  • Peter bows BBC News, Los Angeles.

A nighttime curfew has been extended in Miami Beach in Florida after thousands of tourists descended on the area for the annual spring break holiday, risking the spread of Covid 19, a state of emergency was declared after city officials said they were unable to cope with the large number of people with few wearing masks or social distancing.

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/03/22
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