The city of Miami Beach has implemented an overnight curfew in response to two fatal shootings that occurred over the weekend during spring break festivities. The curfew applies primarily to the South Beach district, a popular nightlife destination for spring breakers, and will be in effect from 11:59 p.m. on Sunday night to 6 a.m. on Monday.
Additional curfew restrictions are planned for Thursday through Monday, but the city has indicated that it will evaluate the need for future restrictions after the initial period.
The city has also declared a state of emergency, citing the need to address "excessively large and unruly crowds" and to mitigate dangerous and illegal conduct. The two shootings, which occurred on Friday night and early Sunday morning, resulted in two fatalities, according to a news release.
This is the third consecutive year that Miami Beach has implemented a curfew and declared a state of emergency during spring break festivities. The measures are intended to prevent violence and maintain public safety in the face of increased tourism and partying.