As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in South Florida, Broward County officials are imposing a curfew over the festive season.
The curfew begins on December 24, 2020, and ends on January 4, 2021.
The curfew is in effect from midnight to 5AM daily, except:
- For Christmas Day, December 25, the curfew is in force from 1AM until 5AM.
- For New Year’s Day, January 1, the curfew is in force from 1AM until 5AM.
The later start to the curfew on the early mornings of Christmas and New Year’s Day gives members of the community time to get home from church, social and other family gatherings common at these traditionally festive times of the year.
“The curfew, along with any and all protective actions taken by the County in response to COVID-19 are considered essential to containing the spread of the virus. The White House Coronavirus Task Force encouraged stricter mitigation efforts after confirming Florida is in the “red zone” with new cases, test positivity rates, and hospitalization rates currently on the rise,” said Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry.
“While we want to celebrate the holidays, it is imperative we continue taking all the precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, including facial coverings and social distancing, to protect ourselves, family and friends from catching and unintentionally spreading this disease further,” said Broward County Mayor Steve Geller on Wednesday.
County and municipal Code Enforcement teams will be out in force over the holiday period to ensure that residents, visitors, and businesses are complying with the Comprehensive Emergency Order.
Broward County has joined the city of Miami and the town of Palm Beach as areas in South Florida that recently imposed new nightly curfews.