More cities announced restrictions on residents Friday with an expanding network of curfews forcing people to stay indoors under most circumstances.
Miami Gardens, the county’s third-largest city, posted a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew, effective Friday. Coral Gables announced a curfew starting Friday as well, but it begins at 11 p.m., as does a new curfew in Sweetwater. They join Miami-Dade’s largest city, Miami, which imposed a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew that begins Friday night.
Raúl Valdés-Fauli, mayor of Coral Gables, said he’s in favor of measures that take people off the street as much as possible. But he said his city is launching a curfew during the COVID-19 crisis because Miami did.
“I’m trying to prevent people from Miami from coming to Coral Gables and doing whatever they can,” he said. “This is a very defensive measure.”
Other cities with 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfews include: Miami Beach and Sunny Isles Beach. Other 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfews include Homestead and North Miami Beach.
All the curfews include exceptions for work and seeking medical attention. On Wednesday, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said he did not see a need for a countywide curfew, and that enforcing one would be a needless burden on county police.