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More curfews announced in Miami-Dade as cities want stricter rules tied to coronavirus

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.

This story was originally published March 27, 2020 5:18 PM.

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