With careful planning, the City of South Miami has reopened City Hall to the public while also protecting their health and safety – and that of City staff, commissioners, and police.
City Hall opened to the public on June 1 after being closed since mid-March when a State of Emergency was first issued. City staff who were working diligently from home are now working diligently from their offices.
In advance of the reopening, the City Manager’s Office reviewed CDC, Miami-Dade County (MDC), and OSHA recommendations, while also contacting other government entities to determine best-practices protocols for doing so.
South Miami is among a handful of municipalities across the County that are now open to the public, whereby ensuring that we continue to deliver high-quality government services for residents and businesses.
It is important to note that large-group public meetings in City Hall Chambers are still on hold, as social distancing is tantamount to keeping people safe.
This means that the City will continue to host virtual Commission Meetings and other hearings via Zoom (as well as via streaming video and public access TV). Meeting information can be found on the City’s
and via the City Clerk.
Inside City Hall administrative offices, the County’s phased-in reopening strategy is being closely adhered to, as outlined in MDC’s “New Normal"
Phase I essentially allows government offices and certain businesses to open with stringent capacity and safety rules in place.
The wide ranging health and safety measures, based on CDC, MDC, and OSHA guidelines are effectively aimed at protecting residents, visitors, staff, and Commissioners from potential exposure to the virus.
Topping the list is a requirement that staff stay six feet apart while in their workspaces, and that they regularly use hand sanitizer and wash their hands frequently throughout the day.
In addition, the number of visitors allowed inside municipal offices at any given time is being monitored to ensure everyone’s safety.
In fact, foot traffic into and out of the City Hall building is being managed in a manner that ensures a safe one-way flow through the corridors.
Hand sanitizer stations are also in place for public use inside the entry points of all City facilities.
Look for signage at each doorway spelling out how to access our facilities and instructions on how to practice CDC-based precautions while on premises to maintain your safety and that of others.
Should you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to call the City Manager’s Office via 305-663- 2510. Stay safe.