No curfew as Miami-Dade waits for appeal decision after strip club wins lawsuit

No curfew as Miami-Dade waits for appeal decision after strip club wins lawsuit

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Miami-Dade County’s mayor responded to a win by a Miami Gardens’ strip club who filed a civil lawsuit against the county over its COVID-19 curfew. The county has filed an appeal and its attorney has requested an expedited decision that, if is in the county’s favor, could put the curfew back in place. But for now, there are no curfews in Miami-Dade County, including bars that can now stay open in Miami Beach. The county cannot enforce the curfew at businesses until resolution of the appeal, according to a statement from the office of Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. “From a practical matter, the curfew is unenforceable until the appeal is settled by the courts. However, we can and will continue to enforce the County’s orders on facial coverings, distancing and important rules governing public health protocols for businesses.” On Friday, Oct. 16, Miami-Dade County Circuit Court Judge Beatrice Butchko ruled in favor of Tootsie’s strip club in Miami Gardens when she issued a temporary injunction barring Miami-Dade County from enforcing the countywide curfew. Butchko wrote in her ruling that the county’s four-month-old curfew order conflicts with a Sept. 25 order by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Miami-Dade County issued Amendment 3 to Emergency Order 27-20 on Oct. 12 that instituted a curfew from midnight through 6 a.m. “All restaurants and food service establishments shall close for on-premises dining between the start of the curfew at 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. the next morning. These ...
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