Friday nights at Centro Wynwood normally imply massive enterprise, however underneath Miami-Dade County’s 12 p.m. curfew, proprietor Jose Estrada says issues have been robust.
“Tourism that comes, they do not know,” Estrada stated. “In order that they’re getting right here round 10:30, 11, and we’re closing at 11:30 to verify to have all people out by 12.”
Estrada owns two bars in Wynwood, each financially hit by final 12 months’s shutdown of bars and nightclubs and by the curfew.
“It’s onerous for us as a result of we’ve workers,” Estrada stated. “We’ve households. Our workers have households.”
He’s certainly one of a couple of dozen enterprise homeowners in Wynwood, together with the homeowners of El Patio and Coyo Taco, suing the county over cash misplaced as a result of midnight curfew.
“All of us work very carefully collectively,” Estrada stated. “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 one was listening to us,” Estrada stated. “No one cared concerning the nightlife, leisure.”
Mayor Daniella Levine Cava didn’t touch upon the lawsuit instantly however did release a statement saying the curfew may end by next month.
It states partially, “… I’ve determined that if present traits proceed and the 14-day common is at or beneath 5.5% by April 5, 2021, I’ll raise the curfew at the moment. If at any level after lifting the curfew the 14-day positivity price rises above 6%, I could 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 all people to be secure,” he stated. “We need to proceed following the rules and the principles, however I don’t assume the time, whether or not we shut at 12 or at 3 a.m. actually makes a distinction.”