All pool parties set to take place on Miami’s South Beach are to be cancelled until further notice, according to a statement released by City of Miami Beach Government today, 12th March.
In a press conference this afternoon regarding the current pandemic of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, representatives of the City of Miami Beach Government, including City Miami Beach City Manager Jimmy Morales, released the following statement:
“Based on the advice of healthcare and emergency management professionals, as well as the recent action of the county and state government, and the federal government, our City Manager Jimmy Morales is invoking a declaration of state of emergency that will allow him to exercise certain powers our charter entrusts with him. This could include closure of clubs and venues... it could even include curfews in certain areas of town...”
When asked what this means for the numerous pool parties and events expected to take part as part of Miami Music Week (16th to 22nd March), the representatives gave the following statement: “They are either not being issued or... they are being withdrawn. We are cancelling all those as we can.”
They added: “Part of what we’re trying to do here is prevent that pandemic from growing in our community...”
Update: City Manager Jimmy Morales has since released a statement via Twitter, confirming that the municipality will also "refrain from issuing special event permits for gatherings of 250 people or more for the next 30 days".
Watch the full press conference below.