By Brianna Bush
Last year, vacation was cut short for spring breakers, but this year they decided to make up for the lost time by taking over the streets of Miami Beach as we’ve never seen before.
At the height of Spring Break 2021, spring breakers who never fail to maintain their reputation of being young, wild, and free, also came with ulterior motives this season. Many individuals raised extreme danger in the city by roaming the streets in an uproar.
“Miami Beach Police said more than 1,000 people have been arrested this spring break season, and about 80 guns have been seized,” said Morgan Hines who is a travel reporter for USA Today.
And the potential violence seemed to be undermined as Miami Beach had to take drastic measures to contain the people of the city. This commotion prompted officials of Miami Beach to declare a state of emergency on Saturday, March 20. An 8 p.m. curfew was issued that same night for all individuals, restaurants, bars, and businesses in efforts to control and regulate the massive crowds.
At some point during our extended period of time home, we have all felt the urge to throw our hands up and give our minds a break from the now altered way that we see the world amid the pandemic. Many limits were placed on the daily activities that were no-brainers to us. And as social distancing became a protocol that would maintain the safety of individuals, hugs which were once an act of endearment, soon became a risk to our health. Beaches, bars, and gyms were no longer a commonality, instead, they were shut down to combat the gathering of large crowds.
We became hesitant to partake in these activities because the world around us was falling apart. A year later and here we are–ready to redeem ourselves, make up for a lost time, and for others who get the freedom we feel we have lost, but his urge should not come at the expense of others.
“Miami Beach is no stranger to uncontrollable spring break crowds, but this year, with approximately 13 percent of US residents vaccinated, the atmosphere is particularly festive and the illusion that the pandemic is now under control is pervasive,” said a staff writer of The Globe Post.
The Globe Post shed light on instances where many people are under the impression that the pandemic has done its time.
They stated, “[A] man with his face painted like the Joker, stood on top of a car yelling “Covid’s over, baby!” while waving an American flag, in a video posted to Twitter by filmmaker Billy Corben.”
They also described another instance where a student advised those to get vaccinated so that they can live carefreely.
And Florida’s relatively lax COVID-19 restrictions don’t help. They give people a glimpse of a normal life, however, all of us should be aware of the heightened risks of gathering in large crowds.
One year amid the pandemic, vaccines are becoming available to people, though we all seem to have different views about what actions we should take after we receive our vaccinations–something that gives us hope for our future, but is not the end all be all.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions [that is continuing to wear masks, staying 6 feet apart from others, and other important safety measures] in public places or when you are with unvaccinated people from more than one household.”
Along with concerns about health, the increase in violence and carefree attitudes of people raises a concern about the weight and minds of our nation. But the uptick of violence within our own backyards may be opening our eyes to issues that were there all this time, and Spring Break 2021 shouldn’t have been that awakening.