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Absolutely Wild Photos Show Spring Break In Miami As COVID Still Rages

Chaotic scenes from the weekend showed maskless revelers drinking and partying in the streets in defiance of curfew orders.

Posted on March 22, 2021, at 12:20 p.m. ET

On Sunday, Miami Beach officials voted to extend a curfew and other emergency restrictions for three weeks due to concerns about unruly crowds gathering amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Chaotic scenes from the weekend showed maskless revelers drinking and partying in the streets in defiance of curfew orders, with riot police even sent in to try to control the crowds — a decision that drew criticism and accusations of racism. More than 1,000 people have been arrested so far this spring break season, according to police.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has refused to require mask mandates be enforced and has said his state's lax restrictions have helped their tourism economy.

Now curfews will be extended in an effort to avoid further scenes. The iconic Ocean Drive strip in South Beach will be closed to all cars and pedestrians for four nights a week, while only residents and hotel guests will be allowed to enter certain zones.

Women wearing swimsuits pose on top of sports cars at night
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Women dance on top of cars as revelers enjoy spring break festivities despite an 8 p.m. curfew imposed by local authorities in Miami Beach, March 20, 2021.

A group of guys on top of a car on a crowded street
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People gather while exiting the area as curfew goes into effect, March 21, 2021.

At least 6 police officers tackle a person on the ground, unseen
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Police officers detain a man after the 8 p.m. curfew imposed by local authorities on spring break festivities, March 20, 2021.

A group of guys with red solo cups wave as a group of cops walks by
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People leave the area as curfew goes into effect, March 21, 2021.

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A man stands on a car as crowds defiantly gather in the street while a speaker blasts music an hour past curfew, March 21, 2021.

A crowded street at night
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People gather while exiting the area as curfew goes into effect, March 21, 2021.

A crowded street
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People walk along Ocean Drive, March 21, 2021.

Three women fight while the crowd films it
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Women fight on the street near Ocean Drive, March 19, 2021.

A person squats next to a cop car while women take a photo of them on a crowded street
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People leave the area as curfew goes into effect, March 21, 2021.

A woman in a bikini on her phone walks past a cop car
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People leave the area as curfew goes into effect, March 21, 2021.

Two cops in tactical gear carrying tear gas launchers stand on the street
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Miami Beach police officers direct people away from the area after the 8 p.m. curfew, March 21, 2021.

A man wearing a mask packs up an umbrella at an outdoor dining setup
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A man closes a restaurant ahead of the 8 p.m. curfew imposed by local authorities on spring break festivities, March 20, 2021.

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A city employee cleans up on Ocean Drive after curfew, March 21, 2021.



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