Coronavirus City Updates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 25, 2020

City of Miami Beach Extends State of Emergency Declaration
– Through Wednesday, July 1, 2020 –

Miami Beach, FL – The City Manager has extended the city’s State of Emergency Declaration and Emergency Measures through July 1, 2020.

Coronavirus COVID-19 is still very active in Miami-Dade County. Businesses must adhere to the mandatory guidelines for re-opening that have been promulgated by both the City of Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County.

Any violation of the City’s Emergency Measures may subject the individual, operator, business entity, or organization to arrest and criminal prosecution pursuant to Section 26-36 and Section 1-14 of the City Code. Furthermore, any violation of the provisions of this Order may subject an operator, business entity, or organization to the closure of the establishment for a period of at least 24 hours, or through the duration of the State of Emergency.
For additional information on the city’s COVID-19 efforts, please visit www.miamibeachfl.gov/coronavirus.


The City of Miami Beach Grant Program will provide participating small businesses up to $10,000 in relief from the economic distress caused by COVID-19.

Pursuant to the CARES Act, the Community Development Block Grant-Corona Virus (CDBG-CV) program funding is intended to “avoid job loss caused by business closures related to social distancing, by providing short-term working capital assistance to small businesses, to enable retention of jobs held by low- and moderate-income persons.”

Eligibility Criteria


To be eligible, businesses must satisfy the following:

  • Between 2 – 5 employees (including the business owner)
  • Valid Miami Beach business tax receipt (BTR) since February 1, 2019
  • Good standing with the City’s Code Compliance and Finance departments ? Only “nonessential” businesses forced to stop operating during the pandemic, pursuant to an emergency order (i.e. no restaurants, banks, grocers, etc.)
  • Ability to retain or create, for a minimum of 12 months, one employee that resides in a Miami Beach household earning no more than 80% area median income (AMI) *Please see Program Terms below for explanation of 80% AMI. Before applying, the business owner MUST verify that it has an employee, or is reasonably able to hire an employee, whose household meets this income requirement.


How to Apply


(1) Eligible businesses may submit this completed application to MBbiz@miamibeachfl.gov only between Monday, June 15, 2020 and Friday, June 26, 2020 at 5 PM. Only one application per business / business owner is permitted.


(2) Eligible applicants will be entered into either one of two lottery drawings: (1) businesses participating in the MB Standard program or (2) businesses who are not participating in the program.
• For more information about MB Standard, click here or visit the City’s Business Portal at MBbiz.com.


(3) Following expiration of the application window (duration for review), award recipients will be randomly selected from a lottery, until program funding is depleted.


(4) Each business selected must submit documentation to verify eligibility. If a business fails to meet eligibility requirements upon selection, or at any time throughout the grant award process, the business will be disqualified


PHASE 2 REOPENING ORDER AND EMERGENCY MEASURES TO BE IMPLEMENTED BY CITY OF MIAMI BEACH

EFFECTIVE JUNE 4, 2020, AT 12:00 A.M.

As City Manager for the City of Miami Beach, Florida, and pursuant to the authority vested in me under Section 26-31 of the City of Miami Beach Code of Laws and Ordinances (the “City Code”), as well as that certain City of Miami Beach Declaration of State of Emergency, dated March 12, 2020, as extended through June 5, 2020, I hereby ORDER the following emergency measures in response to this State of Emergency (the “Order”):

A. PHASE 2 REOPENING

Except as provided in this Order, retail and commercial establishments within the City of Miami Beach permitted to reopen under any Miami-Dade County Emergency Order, including Miami-Dade County Emergency Order 23-20, as may be amended (“County EO 23-20”), may reopen on the dates specified herein, provided that each such establishment

(i) complies with the requirements of any applicable County Emergency Order, including County EO 23-20 and the Handbook attached as Exhibit A to Amendment No. 1 of County EO 23-20, a copy of which is attached and incorporated herein as Exhibit 1;

(ii) consents to the entry of City personnel onto the establishment’s property for the sole purpose of inspection for compliance with this Order; and

(iii) complies with the additional requirements set forth in this Order.

  1. Retail and Commercial Establishments

a. Retail and commercial establishments may reopen effective May 20, 2020, except for (i) those establishments which must remain closed under any Miami- Dade County Emergency Order (including County EO 23-20); and (ii) private schools, colleges, and educational institutions, which must remain closed pursuant to Section G.2 below.

b. Fitting rooms in retail establishments shall remain closed.

  1. Museums

Museums, historical sites, and similar institutions may reopen effective May 20, 2020.

  1. Restaurants and Other Food Service Establishments

a. Restaurants and other food service establishments (including restaurants within hotels and museums) may reopen for in-person dining and service at sidewalk cafés effective May 27, 2020, subject to the following additional requirements.

b. Restaurants and other food service establishments that reopen for in-person dining or service at sidewalk cafés are strongly encouraged to accept guests by reservation only, and to utilize a paging system to limit the congregation of patrons. In order to maintain social distancing, customers must wait outside of the restaurant until they are called to be seated.

c. Entertainment, as defined in Section 114-1 of the City Code, shall be prohibited at restaurants and food service establishments.

d. Bar counters shall be closed for service to customers.

  1. Commercial lodging establishments

Commercial lodging establishments may REOPEN effective June 1, 2020.

  1. Swimming pools

Swimming pools and hot tubs (including community pools, and swimming pools and hot tubs located within hotels, condominium buildings, apartment buildings, and homeowner associations) may REOPEN effective June 1, 2020, pursuant to Miami-Dade County Emergency Order 24-20, County EO 23-20, and the requirements set forth in the Handbook attached hereto as Exhibit 1.

  1. Testing

All establishments permitted to reopen in Miami Beach shall be encouraged to require employees to undergo COVID-19 testing (i) prior to returning to work, and
(ii) on a regular basis thereafter. In addition, establishments shall be encouraged to refer employees for testing and contact tracing if they are symptomatic or if they have had contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.

  1. Additional Facility Requirements for All Establishments

a. Prior to reopening, all establishments shall be required to flush their plumbing and run water in sinks, to eliminate stagnant water from the period of the establishment’s closure.

b. Public restrooms shall be cleaned every 2 to 3 hours pursuant to the guidelines in the Handbook.

c. The use of common water fountains and interactive water displays shall be prohibited.

d. Capacity in elevators shall be limited to ensure social distancing.

PRIOR TO REOPENING PURSUANT TO COUNTY EO 23-20 AND SECTION A OF THIS ORDER, RETAIL AND COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENTS AND ANY OTHER ESTABLISHMENT OR FACILITY SHALL CONTINUE TO BE SUBJECT TO ANY APPLICABLE CLOSURES AND/OR RESTRICTIONS SET FORTH IN THE REMAINING PROVISIONS OF THIS ORDER.

B. BEACHES

  1. The City’s beaches shall remain CLOSED until permitted to reopen under any applicable County Emergency Order, and subject to the restrictions in County EO 23-20 and the additional requirements in this Section.
  2. Once beaches are permitted to reopen by Miami-Dade County, beaches shall be open to the public between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. each day.
  3. Coolers shall be PROHIBITED on beaches.
  4. The use of floats and inflatables shall be PROHIBITED.

C. PARKS AND RECREATION AND CULTURAL FACILITIES

  1. Except as more specifically set forth in this Order, the City’s Parks and Recreation facilities shall be reopened subject to the restrictions in Miami-Dade County Emergency Order 21-20, and any other applicable State, County, or City Emergency Order.
  2. The hours of operation for any Parks and Recreation facilities permitted to remain open are as follows:

o Park Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
o Tennis Center Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
o Boat Ramp Hours: 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
o Golf Course Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, the City Manager may close any park, beach, or golf course, or otherwise change the operating hours for any City park, beach, or golf course pursuant to Section 82-2 of the City Code.

  1. The following City Parks and Recreational facilities shall remain CLOSED:

o Beach View Park, 5301 Collins Avenue
o Collins Canal Park, 2100 Washington Avenue
o Pride Park, 1800 Convention Center Drive
o Scott Rakow Youth Center, 2700 Sheridan Avenue
o 20th Street Pocket Park, 2001 North Bay Road
o Indian Beach Park, 4621 Collins Avenue
o LaGorce Park, 6421 Alton Road
o 82nd Street Skate Park, 8200 Collins Avenue
o 35th Street/Pancoast Park, 13 35th Street
o Washington Dog Park, 225 Washington Avenue
o Washington Park Annex, 210 2 Street

  1. Additionally, the following facilities shall also remain CLOSED or subject to the restrictions specified below:

a. All park restrooms shall remain closed, except for restrooms at the golf courses and tennis centers, which shall be subject to the following restrictions: (1) an attendant shall be provided for each restroom; (2) restrooms shall be cleaned no less than once every two hours with CDC approved products; and (3) restroom use shall be limited to one person or one family at a time.

b. Outdoor basketball courts may open for individual play ONLY, subject to the following restrictions:

i. No more than three (3) players shall be permitted per half court at any time.

ii. Players must observe social distancing guidelines at all times.

iii. Players are prohibited from sharing equipment.

iv. Team and pick-up games remain PROHIBITED.

c. All volleyball courts shall remain closed.

d. South Pointe Park Pier and Maurice Gibb Park Pier shall remain closed.

e. Indoor four-walled racquetball courts, football bleachers, baseball stadium, and soccer cage at Flamingo Park shall remain closed.

f. The stadium and track at Flamingo Park shall have a maximum occupancy not to exceed sixty (60) people at any given time.

  1. The City’s beachwalks and baywalks shall remain OPEN. Facial coverings shall be worn if social distancing (minimum six-foot separation between people) cannot otherwise be achieved, except by children under the age of 2, persons who have trouble breathing due to a chronic pre-existing condition, or persons engaged in strenuous physical activity or exercise.
  2. Gatherings on the City’s beachwalks and baywalks shall be limited to 10 people or fewer.
  3. The Purdy Boat Ramp at Maurice Gibb Park shall be CLOSED, except to Miami Beach residents. Temporary docking at the boat ramp shall be PROHIBITED.
  4. Monument Island shall remain CLOSED.

D. COMMON USE AMENITY AREAS

  1. Pursuant to County EO 23-20, all fitness centers and gymnasiums, whether of a commercial or non-commercial nature, shall remain CLOSED. Other common use amenities may be open to the extent use of such amenities is consistent with this Order and any applicable Miami-Dade County Emergency Order.
  2. Swimming pools and hot tubs (including swimming pools and hot tubs located within hotels, condominium buildings, apartment buildings, and homeowner associations) may, at the discretion of property managers or condo/homeowner associations, REOPEN effective June 1, 2020, to the extent permitted under any applicable County emergency order, including the requirements set forth in the Handbook attached hereto as Exhibit 1. Property managers and condo/homeowner associations shall be encouraged to maintain a written plan to ensure compliance with applicable requirements in the Handbook (Exhibit 1 hereto).

E. CURFEW

A general curfew is hereby established throughout the City. The curfew will be in effect daily from 12:00 a.m. (midnight) to 5:00 a.m., and shall include but not be limited to the prohibition on pedestrian and vehicular movement, standing and parking, except for the provision of designated essential services such as fire, police and hospital services, including the transportation of patients thereto, utility emergency repairs, emergency calls by physicians, food delivery services (subject to the additional provisions below), and transit to and from retail and commercial establishments permitted to remain open under this Order or any applicable County Emergency Order.

F. TEMPORARY EMERGENCY RESTRICTION ON PANHANDLING IN SAFETY- SENSITIVE LOCATIONS

Panhandling, which is defined as begging, asking or soliciting in person for an immediate donation of money or other thing of value for charity or personal gain, either by words, bodily gestures, signs or other means indicating one is seeking an immediate donation or other thing of value, is temporarily restricted through June 5, 2020, to include the following restrictions for safety-sensitive locations: it shall be temporarily unlawful for any person to panhandle on public property within fifty feet from the entrance or service window of any retail and commercial establishment permitted to open under this Order or any applicable County Emergency Order.

G. EMERGENCY MEASURES FOR RETAIL AND COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENTS

  1. All retail and commercial establishments required to remain closed under any Miami-Dade County Emergency Order, including County EO 23-20, shall remain CLOSED.
  2. All private schools, colleges, and educational institutions shall remain
    CLOSED, except as necessary to facilitate online or distance learning.
  3. Short-term vacation rentals

a. Short-term vacation rentals shall remain CLOSED to transient guests and renters, except as provided in Section G.3.b, below.

b. Subject to the prior written approval of the City Manager, a short-term vacation rental may accept reservations or re-open for Essential Lodgers ONLY, as defined in Miami-Dade County Emergency Order 09-20, as amended.

H. RELIGIOUS INSTITUTIONS AND PLACES OF WORSHIP

Religious and worship services may be provided via video or teleconference format, and/or with in-person gatherings, limiting indoor occupancy to no more than 50% of the building’s maximum occupancy, subject to all social distancing requirements set forth below. Religious institutions and places of worship shall comply with the requirements of County EO 23-20 and this Order, and shall deploy strategies to reduce COVID-19 exposure for their congregants, including, at a minimum, the following measures:

  1. Provide alcohol-based hand sanitizers for use by congregants, subject to availability of supplies.
  2. Provide disinfecting wipes at points of entrance.
  3. Implement procedures to ensure that all participants remain at least six feet apart at all times, to allow persons to maintain proper social distancing; provided, however, that persons residing in the same household may be seated together in groups not to exceed 10 persons.
  4. Implement procedures for custodial/janitorial staff to sanitize frequent touchpoints throughout the day.
  5. Facial coverings shall be worn by congregants, except by children under the age of 2, or persons who have trouble breathing due to a chronic pre-existing condition.

I. CDC GUIDANCE FOR RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES AND INDEPENDENT LIVING FACILITIES

Owners, administrators, operators, workers, volunteers, visitors, and residents of retirement communities and independent living facilities (including residential buildings that are age-restricted and/or contain a majority of residents who are over the age of 55 and are fully or partially retired), shall be urged to implement the CDC Guidance, entitled “Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Retirement Communities and Independent Living Facilities (Interim Guidance),” and dated March 20, 2020, as may be amended. See https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/retirement/guidance- retirement-response.html.

J. CHILD CUSTODY/TIME-SHARING ARRANGEMENTS EXPRESSLY PERMITTED

This Emergency Order shall not be construed to prohibit, interfere with, or otherwise limit any child custody order, agreement, or other “time-sharing” arrangement pertaining to the care of any children or other dependents whose parent(s) or guardian(s) live in different

households. Nothing herein shall restrict the transportation of children or other dependent pursuant to any such child custody order, agreement, or other “timesharing” arrangement.

K. SAFER AT HOME

  1. All persons living within the City of Miami Beach are strongly encouraged to remain in their homes, except to (a) travel to retail and commercial establishments or any other establishment or facility permitted to reopen under County EO 23-20; (b) engage in outdoor recreational activities; (c) engage in personal support activities (i.e. to care for or support a friend, family member, or pet in another household); or (d) travel to or from a workplace.
  2. Observance of Social Distancing. As to all activities permitted under this Order, residents and visitors shall adhere to social distancing practices, such as maintaining a distance of at least six (6) feet away from others, washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds or using hand sanitizer, covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), regularly cleaning high- touch surfaces, not shaking hands, and any social distancing requirements set forth in any City, County, State, or Federal order. Residents and visitors are strongly encouraged to limit all of their travel, except as absolutely necessary. Persons at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and people who are sick are strongly encouraged to stay in their residence to the extent possible, except as necessary to seek medical care.

THE EMERGENCY MEASURES THAT HAVE BEEN ORDERED AND PROMULGATED ABOVE SHALL BE EFFECTIVE COMMENCING AT 12:00 A.M. ON JUNE 4, 2020, AND SHALL BE EFFECTIVE THROUGH 11:59 P.M. ON JUNE 5, 2020, UNLESS EXTENDED BY THE MIAMI BEACH CITY COMMISSION BY DULY ENACTED RESOLUTION IN REGULAR OR SPECIAL SESSION.

Any violation of these emergency measure(s) shall subject the individual, operator, business entity, or organization to arrest and criminal prosecution pursuant to Section 26-36 and Section 1-14 of the City Code.

If any section, subsection, clause, or provision of this Order is held invalid or unenforceable, the remainder of this Order shall not be affected and every other section, subsection, clause, and provision of this Order shall be valid and enforced to the fullest extent permitted by law.

The Emergency Measures set forth herein supersede and replace all prior City of Miami Beach Emergency Measures ordered and promulgated since March 12, 2020.