Friday nights at Centro Wynwood normally imply large enterprise, however underneath Miami-Dade County’s 12 p.m. curfew, proprietor Jose Estrada says issues have been powerful.
“Tourism that comes, they don’t know,” Estrada mentioned. “In order that they’re getting right here round 10:30, 11, and we’re closing at 11:30 to ensure to have everyone out by 12.”
Estrada owns two bars in Wynwood, each financially hit by final yr’s shutdown of bars and nightclubs and by the curfew.
“It’s exhausting for us as a result of we now have staff,” Estrada mentioned. “We’ve households. Our staff have households.”
He’s certainly one of a couple of dozen enterprise house owners in Wynwood, together with the house owners of El Patio and Coyo Taco, suing the county over cash misplaced as a result of midnight curfew.
“All of us work very intently collectively,” Estrada mentioned. “We felt prefer it was one thing for all of us to get collectively on and transfer ahead with.”
The lawsuits calls the enforcement of the curfew “unconstitutional.”
“We felt like no person was listening to us,” Estrada mentioned. “No one cared concerning the nightlife, leisure.”
Mayor Daniella Levine Cava didn’t touch upon the lawsuit immediately however did release a statement saying the curfew may end by next month.
It states partially, “… I’ve determined that if present tendencies proceed and the 14-day common is at or under 5.5% by April 5, 2021, I’ll carry the curfew at the moment. If at any level after lifting the curfew the 14-day positivity price rises above 6%, I’ll reimpose the curfew within the curiosity of public security and public well being.”
Estrada says public well being is his concern too.
“We would like everyone to be secure,” he mentioned. “We wish to proceed following the rules and the foundations, however I don’t assume the time, whether or not we shut at 12 or at 3 a.m. actually makes a distinction.”