“Street parties [and] neighborhood gatherings” targeted in south Florida …
| July 17, 2020
| Florida Politics – Officials in one Florida county approved a new emergency order establishing an 11 p.m. curfew beginning Friday.
The order limits private gatherings in Broward County (Fort Lauderdale area) to no more than 10 people, effective immediately. The curfew will run from 11 p.m.-5 a.m.
[Broward Co. has a reported population of 1,952,778, making it larger than thirteen states and the second-most populous county in Florida.]
County Administrator Bertha Henry‘s order cites reports showing “a significant amount of COVID-19 transmission is resulting from social gatherings at residential or other properties, street parties, neighborhood gatherings, and other gatherings and settings.”
Adult intensive care unit beds are at around 87% capacity as of Friday. A release from the county announcing the new order notes hospitals are “are either at or are exceeding their bed capacity.”
The curfew does have exceptions for first responders, media or government employees, transportation drivers and utility service personnel.
Those traveling to or from work are also given exceptions, as are those seeking medical care and passengers returning home from an airport or seaport. Individuals may also walk their pets within 250 feet of their residences … Read more.