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Miami during coronavirus lockdown during this difficult COVID-19 pandemic has changed the dynamic of our sunshine city.

Miami’s Vibe

Our sunshine city is known for its multiculturalism, the hub city of South Eastern US and South America, and a paradise for most Europeans.

During the last 20 years, Miami has transformed into a cosmopolitan city with enormous real estate investments for both locals and foreign investors. It is the chosen city for Think-Tank millennials across the country that come to settle grow their business and raise their families.

It is one of the major cities for eastern winter birds’ retirement or second home investment. One of the major airports’ entry from Europe and Latam tourism and travel. As well as, a major port for both leisure travel cruisers and trade. Tourism, art, and shopping are among the many areas that now characterize the city of Miami. And yes, the beaches and outdoor sport still remain the number one attraction to millions of people every year.

Miami during Coronavirus Lockdown

As the virus was hitting northern Italy and President Trump declared a state of emergency, Miami-Dade mayor Carlos Gimenez took early measures. Progressively increasing until declaring lockdown for gatherings and stay home orders. For the first time Southbeach restaurants, Clubs & beaches were closed. Key Biscayne was the first to add a curfew and limit the non-residents coming into the island. All public parks and Bill Baggs State Park were closed. As people had a hard time adopting the new orders going into effect boat owners rushed out to the bay and Stittsville for fresh air, which then ended as a party which led to all Marina’s lockdown.

Weeks previously the entire city, as well as the entire world, was ransacked with people panicking and out of control. All stores were left without toilet paper, Lysol disinfectant, antibacterial gel, masks, gloves, and non-perishable food. People had a hard time adapting to the idea of being locked, therefore for more and more detailed measured had to be enforced by the city officials as no gatherings larger than 10 people, beaches were closed to the waterfront condominium residents. All amenities on all condominiums were also closed from the gyms, pool, and clubhouses. Only essential business remained open,  restaurants converted into take-out food only allowing 3 people at a time, supermarkets controlled the number of people getting into the store at the same time. Until wearing a mask on the public became mandatory.

Miami-Dade authorities had not been very clear on the steps to follow, they, in fact, were not prepared by such unprecedented global pandemic. Reality is that the entire world was caught off the ward, no one could foresee the type of decision-making and logistics that needed to be taken. And much less, the impact on the economy and recession that awaits ahead. How can you stop Miami International Airport? Or how can you stop the port of Miami with Cruise Lines at sea with thousands on board Or how could you tell small business owners they had to close? and the schools, banks and government systems? Empty the streets? make people stay at home?

 

Miami’s Lockdown By Elisa Benedetti H Lens

Elisa Benedetti H is a talented Venezuelan photographer, with a very special and sensitive eye for street photography. Her keen eye captivating details and special moments show her grade of excellence and sensitivity.

As COVID-19 took over Miami, Elisa felt the urge to express through her lens images of this real event that all of a sudden put a halt to our daily contemporary 2020 lifestyle. She took over the street of Miami to capture with her lens the importance and magnitude of the lockdown in Miami.

As we were working together and she would go and take her shots, Elisa told me “my photography speaks for itself, I want to show people how this pandemic has affected our daily life, create consciousness and let my pictures remind us and years to come how the Coronavirus affected everyone’s life”

Besides the video we put together, I share a few of her pictures and her quotes. She says,

 

” I just want people to see what COVID-19 quarantine has done to a city that is filled with cars, people, opened shops and restaurants …”

Elisa Benedetti's lens

The highway with zero transit (Miami 95 with 836 intersection exit 3A)

 

Elisa Benedetti H.'s lens

Lincoln Rd. with all shops and restaurants closed

the impact of seeing the streets empty with no cars or people… lines to go shopping, restaurants delivering food only…”

Elisa Benedetti H.'s lens

South Beach Trader Joe’s line with people to enter

 

Elisa Benedetti H.'s lens

Mango’s Tropical Cafe in South Beach closed for the first time in 29 years

 

“I want people that are locked in their home to see what Miami looked”

 

Elisa Benedetti H.'s lens

American Airline departures at MIA Airport

 

 ” the silence and emptiness of the streets reflected on my images is something we should never let happen again”

 

Elisa Benedetti H.'s lens

Brickell Ave. during COVID-19

 

Elisa Benedetti H.'s lens

Cruise Liners waiting offshore to disembark

 

” my pictures silently speak a million words”

 

Elisa Benedetti H.'s lens

Mask became an order to enter public places

The Zaadam Cruise Ship from America Holland in Fort Lauderdale

The Zaadam cruise ship carrying coronavirus infected passengers is finally allowed to disembark ill passengers.  the US allows America Holland, the Zaadam cruise ship to disembark at the port of Ft. Lauderdale.  Authorities had prepared all the logistics to safely return all non-sick passengers back home,  as well as taking care of the four dead people by the virus and the ones testing positive.

President Donald Trump worked with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and military doctors “to take care of these people” and help “the humanitarian catastrophe.”

“We (couldn’t) let them float aimlessly into the ocean looking for ports as they’ve been doing for a long time and I made the decision we had to take them,” President Trump said.

The Zaadam, Holland America Cruise Ships

The Zaadam, Holland America cruise liner at Fort. Lauderdale

 

The Zaadam, Holland America Cruise Ships

Passengers at their balconies waiting to be disembarked

 

My Thoughts and Reflections in Times of Losses

As the 21st century advances on technology our new Fedex instant gratification style of life has made us disconnect from so many real factors. This pandemic is coming to reminds us how vulnerable we are, and how the essentials basics are more than plenty to survive. We are so used to all the distractions, the have to have’s and paraphernalia, that simple joys, calmness and reencountering become overwhelmingly difficult and even suffocating.

We are then bombarded by the news and chats, and by the emotions and anxiety, this horrendous experience is producing on each of us. Some become the critics, others minimize and others do not listen.

A global pandemic is an unprecedented event. Not a single executive power or government in the world was prepared or organized to confront the aggressiveness or the speed. The COVID-19 has shaken all the health systems of each country that have been attacked by the virus. This experience must lead to a serious remodeling of the health systems, of the medical equipment and gear, vendors and manufacturers as well as new health requirements at the time of traveling overseas or entering the US.

To all of those that are going through uncertainty and the fear of how the lockdown will financially affect you, your worry is valid. Many sectors of the economy are getting severely hit by the measures taken.  And, it will most likely require a lot of new sacrifices, focus, effort, and hard work to pull back. But if you did it once you’ll do it twice, you just need to remember what took from you to get there and do it again, on the end, the struggles make us stronger and the rebound is even more gratifying.

It is the human losses that this pandemic leaves us. The thousands of human life that are gone and the thousands of families and friends grief and distress. There no words of relief for such an unexpected loss. Only time and patience would help the healing process, for some healing is easier than others do not despair there is nothing wrong with grieving that is part of being human.

“I dedicate this post for all the Doctor and medical staff and facilities that fought and keep fighting as heroes to save lives, and to all the ones that lost their life by the COVID-19 pandemic”

 

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