CBS4's Karli Barnett has more from Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava's press conference.
- Turning now to the coronavirus pandemic, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniela Levine Cava with a big announcement today.
- Effective next week, the mayor is lifting that midnight curfew. It's another step in a return to normalcy that many have been waiting for.
KARLI BARNETT: On the heels of a massive vaccine eligibility expansion across Florida, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniela Levine Cava was in downtown Miami for a big announcement of her own.
DANIELLA LEVINE CAVA: We are announcing that the curfew will be lifted next Monday, April 12th. We developed these new guidelines based on the current status of the COVID response, the availability of the vaccine, the aggressive campaign that we're mounting. We considered all of the available data, including the 14-day positivity rate and also hospitalization from COVID and death rates.
KARLI BARNETT: Mayor Levine Cava says the move comes as nearly 72% of Miami-Dade residents ages 65 and older are reportedly fully vaccinated. With the help of local health leaders and mass vaccine availability, the mayor says this is the day many have been waiting for.
DANIELLA LEVINE CAVA: We've worked with public health experts, like Dr. Peter Paige, and we've worked with our residents to reinforce the essential public health protections that were needed to help us keep everybody safe. I'm very grateful that the governor heeded the calls from local mayors, like myself, Orlando, and that we've been able to expand eligibility. And this truly is a turning point for us in addressing this disease.
KARLI BARNETT: With the vaccinations, an end of the curfew comes with an increased focus on tourism and hospitality, which lost millions of dollars since the pandemic took hold. Mayor Levine Cava is encouraging residents to keep wearing a mask and to wash hands regularly, even if you're fully vaccinated.
DANIELLA LEVINE CAVA: We've worked so hard over this past year, and so many have sacrificed so much to get us through this pandemic year and to get us to where we are today. We will beat this pandemic. We will get back to normal, and we will be able to begin building back our economy, as well. We can and we will.
- Mayor Levine Cava says more than 800,000 Miami-Dade County residents have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.