When lobster “miniseason” rolls around at the end of the month, Monroe County leaders plan to have a nightly curfew for restaurants from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the Florida Keys.
The five county commissioners Wednesday showed no desire to ask the state to cancel the annual two-day event that draws thousands to South Florida, particularly the Keys, to hunt their bag limit of spiny lobster before the regular eight-month season opens Aug. 6.
But they were concerned about crowds filling the streets late at night.
Miniseason is scheduled to take place this year on July 29 and 30. The commission didn’t set the dates of the curfew but suggested it may start the night before miniseason and end the day after regular season starts.
Bars that already serve a lot of food have already closed due to the state’s