The week that was: The effect of the coronavirus pandemic on Miami Beach as told through pictures.
Miami Beach closes the beach area between 5th and 15th Streets effective Monday at 5 pm. An MBPD officer enforces the closure as a ship unable to dock at the Port of Miami cruises in the background. (Photo courtesy Daniel DiMassa)
Starbucks said it would close its three Lincoln Road stores for "at least" 14 days. The remainder were to remain open for takeout and delivery.
The Apple store on Lincoln Road is expected to be closed until at least March 27 after the company announced it would shutter all stores outside of China as the coronavirus spread globally.
Tuesday: At Joe's Stone Crab, Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber announces the closure of restaurants, nightclubs, and bars. Kitchens are allowed to provide takeout and delivery service only.
The bar at Joe's Stone Crab, ready for the shutdown.
Some of the "good" stories begin to emerge. When the Miami City Ballet had to cancel its gala at the last minute due to the coronavirus crisis, Centerplate – the food and beverage manager at the Miami Beach Convention Center – called Food Rescue US-Miami. More than 1000+ lbs of food went to feed the homeless in our area.
As many tourists left town, Ocean Drive was empty Wednesday morning. (Photo courtesy Daniel Ciraldo)
Residents began to stay home and roads were eerily quiet. Here, the Venetian Causeway on Wednesday at sunset. (Photo courtesy Daniel DiMassa)
But when the Spring Break crowd refused to heed the warnings and follow social distancing, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez ordered all beaches closed Thursday morning. (Wednesday afternoon photo courtesy John Deutzman)
The Art Deco Welcome Center on Ocean Drive operated by the Miami Design Preservation League, closed to visitors, displays tips for preventing the spread of coronavirus. (Thursday photo courtesy Daniel Ciraldo)
Española Way devoid of its lively sidewalk cafés and crowds passing through. (Photo courtesy Michael DiFilippi)
Following Mayor Gimenez's order to close all beaches and parks, Mayor Gelber expanded the City's emergency order which included making the beachwalk and baywalk pedestrian-only; closure of all museums, memorials, and cultural institutions; and the closure of Monument Island. Not everyone got the message or heeded it. (Photo of Monument Island on Friday afternoon courtesy Scott Diffenderfer)
On Friday, Mayor Dan Gelber posted images on social media showing the quiet scenes playing out across the City.
"[W]e will endure this for now and emerge soon, ready to return to our normal – a City that creates unforgettable moments for its visitors and residents."
Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber
By Friday evening, the announcement was made to close hotels and institute a curfew citywide.