The past year has been a challenge for Miami-Dade business owners, who’ve had to contend with shutdowns and regulation changes as COVID-19 cases have spiked and fallen and spiked again. One of the biggest obstacles for nightclubs, bars, and music venues in particular has been the midnight curfew. In a city notorious for clubs that don’t fill up before 1 a.m., venues have struggled to keep the doors open. Several have chosen to remain closed.

So bar and venue owners are breathing a huge — if tentative — sigh of relief, after Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announced that the midnight curfew, in effect since October, will end on Monday, April 12.

The rolling back of the curfew comes with new, relaxed COVID safety protocols, including the cancellation of the emergency order that prohibited groups of ten or more people from gathering on “a public street, alley, public way, sidewalk, or government facility open to the public.”