Miami Beach, United States, March 24 (AFP/APP): Hordes of drunken revelers ignoring the pandemic have forced parts of Miami Beach into a state of emergency but, just blocks away, locals organize trash collection and do yoga in the morning calm.
About a dozen early-risers, most of them residents, gather on the beach in front of a lifeguard hut for a yoga class that begins as the sun rises over Florida.
“It has been a hard time with the spring break. As residents, we are cautious,” said instructor Radha Silva, 49. “It’s always been busy, but I guess this year because of the pandemic… unfortunately all those people, they’re coming here and are unconscious about preserving the place. It has never like this year. I don’t remember seeing spring break like this.”
Miami Beach is an annual partying hotspot over the spring break holiday as thousands of people — many of them students — travel from across the United States to embrace the warm weather, golden sand and late-night bars. But this year, the destination has been overwhelmed by visitors unleashing built-up frustration at Covid-19 shutdowns and restrictions.
Police have been forced to break up crowds of tourists dancing on car roofs and passing bottles from hand to hand as they celebrate — prematurely — the end of the pandemic.
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