Despite large-scale events around the country being shut down by the hour, Miami Music Week (MMW) has vowed that the show would go on. After all, these are smaller gatherings that pale in comparison to the crowds of Ultra. But the staunch reality is that the coronavirus is proving a lot more serious than many had originally anticipated… including Donald Trump.
Following yesterday evening’s live presidential address halting all travel between Europe and the US for 20 days, the decree presents a difficult barrier to Miami Music Week. When one considers the sheer amount of DJs traveling from Europe for their club sets, the Ultra pre-party week was already facing a rather tall hurdle. Now, MMW promoters can consider any inklings of hope now squashed.
Thursday, March 12, 2pm EST: During a press conference today with multiple Miami officials, the city is following the CDC’s recommendations to halt the spread of COVID-19. The meeting began with news that Miami’s Mayor, Francis Suarez, is currently under self-quarantine after being potentially exposed to the virus. In addition, new restrictions are being issued on special event permits to encourage citizens to avoid social contact at all costs.
However, another city official said that events held at private bars and nightclubs will depend on the Florida Governor’s final decision. Mayor of Miami-Dade County, Carlos Gimenez, also stated that he will be making announcements soon regarding small gatherings and indoor events planned for more than 250 people.
Stayed tuned for more news as it pours in by the hour.
UPDATE: Thursday, March 12, 5pm EST: In a press release from city manager Jimmy Morales, the City of Miami Beach confirmed that it is refraining from issuing special event permits for gatherings of 30 or more for the next 30 days. Furthermore, Morales stated before press that permits for Miami Music Week pool parties are “being pulled as we speak.”
— Durrant Kellogg (@durrant111) March 12, 2020
UPDATE: Thursday, March 12, 7pm EST: Club Space, whose MMW events would have marked its 20th year of celebrations, announced its canceled events. It also announced plans to host digital DJ sets from its booth. More information to come.
— CLUB SPACE™ (@clubspacemiami) March 13, 2020
UPDATE: Friday, March 13, 11am EST: Club promoters who’d booked European performers were forced to cancel their MMW events as soon as Trump enacted the travel ban, including Coyo Taco and 1-800-Lucky. In addition, BLNK CNVS Presents, Fools Golf Records, and LIV Miami have all cancelled.
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— BLNK CNVS Presents (@Blnkcnvspres) March 13, 2020
We ❤️ Miami, be back soon… pic.twitter.com/MNJfa6zRYF
— Fool's Gold Records (@FoolsGoldRecs) March 13, 2020