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Combatting Coronavirus – We are here for you

By Dwight Snyder, Police Chief

(April 10, 2020) – As you should be aware by now, the City of Sunny Isles Beach implemented a remain at home order and a nightly curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. until further notice. These decisions were not made lightly, and are ultimately in place to preserve the health and safety of our community. We have received many questions about what these orders mean. First, these measures were put into place to discourage the congregation of individuals outside on the streets and sidewalks except for engaging in essential activities. And, as many of our neighboring cities issued such orders first, we are protecting our city from an influx of individuals flooding in to escape their cities’ restrictions. Essential activities include traveling to or from work, going to the doctor or pharmacy, getting gas or food, getting groceries, and walking your animal near your house or residential building.

There have been reports and I have seen pictures of a high volume of people congregating on the North Bay Road Pedestrian Bridge and in other locations around the city, and they are not following proper Centers for Disease Control (CDC) social distancing guidelines. This is simply unacceptable. We understand that everyone wants to be outdoors and socializing with friends, but now is not the time. Unless it is essential, please do not endanger our community for such desires. If you must go out, remember to stay six feet apart from other individuals. Anyone who is found in a group of 10 people or larger or not interacting six feet apart, will be stopped and ordered to keep an adequate social distance.

There is much uncertainty about how long the curfew and remain at home order will last, and to be frank, I do not know when we will be getting back to the status quo. But what I do know is that the Sunny Isles Beach Police Department is, as always, putting your safety and welfare first. Now help us help you. We are working around the clock to protect our community; we need you to do your part to keep our community safe and prevent the spread of coronavirus. On behalf of the entire Police Department, we are here for you.

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, and please Stay Home for the benefit of us all!