A local strip club could doom a curfew for a business in Miami to end a coronavirus pandemic in Florida’s largest county.
For the past few months, local regulations in Miami-Dade have called for the closure of businesses early in the evening, a move taken by county officials in hopes of slowing the spread of the coronavirus.
But on Friday, a Miami-Daedu judge ruled in favor of the Tutsi strip club in Miami Gardens, which filed a lawsuit against the city, arguing that the club should be allowed to remain open after midnight curfew.
In her ruling on Friday, Judge Beatrice Buchko wrote that the district̵7;s rules directly contradict Florida Gov. Ron Desantis’ order that restrictions on coronavirus do not prohibit Florida residents from working.
“The curfew orders in Miami-Dade contradict [DeSantis’ executive order] because they forbid Tutsi to work; they prohibit employees and contractors from working; and they reduce power to zero throughout the curfew, ”Buchko wrote.
Although the strip club has made a somewhat unorthodox argument in court, apparently arguing that the dance is an expression of constitutionally protected freedom of speech violated by the district, Friday’s ruling could still have serious consequences for the district’s business.
Some observers believe the ordinance could effectively lift curfews, allowing restaurants, nightclubs and other businesses to remain open all night.
In a statement Saturday, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said the city would not use the curfew so as not to confuse local businesses. But how Miami Herald notes that Miami-Dade County could decide to impose a curfew, which could potentially conflict with the judge’s order.
“Today we will not use the curfew,” Suarez said. “To avoid confusion, we are not going to apply curfew until it is clear.”
Florida has been particularly hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The state reported more than 4,000 new coronavirus cases and 87 deaths on Saturday. Since the pandemic began earlier this year, nearly 16,000 Florida residents have died in the state.
However, the state has made a commitment to open with several mandatory fences for residents from the virus.
Last month, DeSantis announced that the state would allow bars and restaurants to open at full capacity and replace local regulations and ordinances that seek to limit bandwidth. Although it provided for certain ways for districts and cities to still impose restrictions, its order prohibited local authorities from issuing any coronavirus rules that prevented people from working.
The governor also refused to fulfill his mandate, and appears to have supported large private outdoor events by attending Trump’s rally last week and allowing professional sports teams to play with thousands of fans.
After DeSantis issued his order, Totsi immediately stopped curfew, said club lawyer James Benjamin. Miami Herald. According to him, this allowed the club’s employees to earn a living, but the club’s manager received $ 500 from the district police for staying open one night.
The ruling on Friday came just days after Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Jimenez had already postponed the evening curfew from 10pm to midnight.