Long queues at SW Miami-Dade COVID test site result in traffic backups outside the Miami Zoo – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports
SOUTHWEST OF MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Long lines at a COVID-19 testing site in southwest Miami-Dade have resulted in long waits and a traffic nightmare for those wishing to enter the Miami Zoo.
Friday’s congestion nearly prevented Dayna Blank’s family from making it to the zoo on Christmas Eve.
“We didn’t know there were two lines: one for COVID testing and one for the zoo. We didn’t know, ”Blank said. “We waited an hour. “
The long lines were not for the zoo, but for the neighboring test site.
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Zoo staff said Miami-Dade police helped direct traffic. Officers routed traffic to help families reach the zoo faster.
“When we called we were lucky. We called and we were in the middle of the line. They told us to get out of line and go around and told us what to do, and here we are, ”Blank said.
“The Miami Zoo is very happy to provide a site for COVID testing and vaccination,” said Ron Magill, zoo communications director. “Unfortunately, with the increased demand during the holidays, we’ve had an incredible backup. “
The backup was so important that it sometimes reached the Florida Turnpike on Southwest 152nd Street.
“Sometimes people had to wait hours to get in here, including our staff,” Magill said.
Despite the disturbing line, Miami Zoo officials encouraged people to still come.
“It was very difficult and somewhat frustrating. We understand the purpose, but we hope people will have patience with us, ”said Magill.
Zoo Miami is open daily, including Christmas Day, from noon to 5 p.m.
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