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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – With more people getting vaccinated, the county curfew being eliminated and travel demand growing, there’s a lot of new hope for better months ahead.

Over in Miami Beach, a quieter scene played out Wednesday night. Fewer people were on the streets and at restaurants, which is a far cry from two weeks ago.

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“Recently, it’s been nonchalant, everybody been chilling. Nothing crazy, but I was here on spring break and they had to bring out rubber bullets,” said “Adrian.”

But there’s renewed hope with a Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announcing a canceled curfew beginning April 12.

Municipalities still have the authority to supersede the mayor’s order. But the beach is eager to get back to business.

“Our manager felt we were close enough to the end of it that he could provide some relief given there’s still a midnight curfew. So it was supposed to end this weekend regardless, and that the police department felt we were in a much better place than we were a month ago,” said Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber.

And so moving forward, Mayor Gelber said the entertainment district is back. Still operating at 50%, restaurants and bars are eager to extend hours.

“I think it will open the economy. Because the restaurant will work more hours and benefit from more tourists here,” said Facundo Lopez with The Restaurant.

Visitors who saw the chaos of weeks ago heard the crush of crowds have slowed to a trickle.

Tourists like Vionel Gimenez, who is visiting from Venezuela, took a chance to visit South Beach as a family destination.

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The curfew, short hours and the pandemic have been catastrophic for some businesses like Gelato Go.

Luigi Coppolino saw a 75% reduction in business, but is starting to recuperate.

Lifting the curfew offers a sense of relief.

“Finally! Finally! Believe me, because it was a nightmare,” he said.

He also operates an Italian restaurant in a hotel.

Hotel management decided to use the pandemic to renovate, his restaurant included.

“For this reason, we stay closed for another couple of months and remodel everything and then we reopen it’s better for everybody,” he said.

This past spring break, and the pandemic, has certainly afforded Miami Beach and its administration a learning experience – one that can change the future.

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“I think we’re able to deal with these types of crowds. Every year we assume we have to continue do something about it. I think we should have acted earlier about it this year,” said Mayor Gelber.

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Israel, Iceland and America among only EIGHT countries on the green list for travel from May 17, sources claim

ISRAEL, Iceland and America will be among only EIGHT countries on the green list for travel from May 17, sources have claimed.

Other countries will include Ireland, Malta, Australia, New Zealand and Gibraltar according to analysis based on the government’s four “risk” criteria.

2Israel, Iceland and America will be among only EIGHT countries on the green list for travel from May 17Credit: Getty

In a traffic light system of green, amber and red list countries, "green" countries won't require a UK quarantine when returning.

Countries on the "green" list won't face quarantine but will need a negative PCR test before returning to the UK, as well as a second one on day two.

Countries on the "amber" and "red" list will face mandatory quarantine restrictions when returning to the UK, either at home or at the quarantine hotels, costing £1,750 per person.

And according to The Telegraph, research from the former strategy chief at BA, Robert Boyle, only a handful of countries will be chosen for the Green list.

Ministers have not unveiled the specific criteria but it is thought to involve the vaccination rate in the destination country, the number of active cases and, of course, any evidence of variants of the Covid-19 virus that may cause concern. 

2This week Greece announced that they will be welcoming vaccinated Brits back from next week, without travel restrictions.Credit: Alamy

A country’s ability to test for these variants will also be taken into consideration.

The Government has said it will reveal details in the next two to three weeks, at the start of May. 

This has been met with dismay by travel firms, who require much more notice to restart flights and tour operations.

From May 17, international travel may be allowed but what Brits need to do about testing and quarantine will depend on the colour each country will be designated under the new system.

In the case of “green” countries you can travel and return home without having to quarantine. 

But you will need to have a negative test to come back into the UK — it is anticipated the cheaper lateral- flow tests will be acceptable — and then take a PCR test within two days of returning.

“Amber” countries will involve spending ten days in quarantine on your return to the UK. You’ll have to take a lateral-flow test to get back into the country as well as two PCR tests, on days two and eight.

“Red” countries will mean a ten-day stay in managed hotel quarantine, with a test before you come back into the country and tests on days two and eight. It currently costs £1,750 per person for hotel quarantine.

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This week Greece announced that they will be welcoming vaccinated Brits back from next week, without travel restrictions.

Anyone who is not fully vaccinated will still be able to travel to Greece without a quarantine, if they have a negative test instead taken up to 72 hours before arrival.

This means the current quarantine restrictions are being lifted ahead of the full restart of the tourism industry in Greece from May 14.

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