Thursday, December 24, 2020
The Interim City Manager has extended the city’s State of Emergency Declaration and Emergency Measures through December 30, 2020.

Reminder, the citywide curfew has been extended for tonight, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, the curfew will be extended until 1 a.m. on December 25 and January 1, respectively.

Please note: Christmas Day is the only day that Waste Connections does not provide sanitation service to residents. The Friday route will be picked up the following Tuesday. New Year's Eve and New Year's Day trash collection will continue as normal pick-up.

We continue to provide our residents and businesses with the latest updates from the City of Miami Beach during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the latest news and updates below

COVID-19 Updates
COVID-19 Testing
Drive-thru and walk-up COVID-19 testing continues on 17 Street and Convention Center Drive.

We encourage you to pre-register for the walk-up site by clicking here or make your appointment for the drive-thru site here.

Visit our 'Testing' tab to view detailed testing information. The walk-up site will be closed today, December 24 and Friday, December 25. Walk-up testing will be open as regular on New Year's Eve from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on New Year's Day.

Drive-thru testing will be open today, December 24 by appointment only from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and closed on Christmas Day. It will be also be open on Thursday, December 31 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and closed on New Years Day.
South Beach Food Distribution
Commissioner David Richardson's office will host their weekly food distribution in South Beach on Saturday, December 26.

Saturday, December 26
9 AM - 11 AM
2100 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL

The food distribution is on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last. Please remain in your car and open the trunk when it's your turn in line.

If you do not have a car and would like to qualify for food assistance, please call or register online. Phone: 305.604.CITY (2489) or
Healthy Together App
Floridians are working to slow the spread of COVID-19. We can work together to protect our family members, friends, health workers and our communities. The Healthy Together app delivers your results, assesses symptoms for positive cases, provides self service contact tracing, allows you to view latest trends and what to do after you've been tested for COVID-19.

Healthy Together App Features
  • Access your results: Use the app to securely view your COVID-19 test results.
  • Provide symptoms and contacts: Positive residents can provide symptoms to the state.
  • Learn what to do after you get tested: Get your test results and instructions for care.
  • Latest trends: Direct link to the Florida COVID-19 dashboard.

Users own their data and can delete the data at any time. The use of your data is limited to COVID-19 response efforts. No location data will be ever collected and stored.
General City Updates
Letters to Santa
There's still time to drop off your letters to Santa! The Miami Beach Parks and Rec team is helping Santa's elves to make sure your letters get to the North Pole in time.

Santa's mailboxes are at the following locations until 5 p.m.:
  • Muss Park | 4300 Chase Avenue
  • Flamingo Park | 999 11 Street
  • North Shore Park | 501 72 Street
  • Scott Rakow Youth Center | 2700 Sheridan Avenue

Today is the last day to drop off your letters.

You can also email your letter to Santa at
Alef-Bet Game
The Consulate General of Israel in Miami is providing an opportunity for South Floridians to learn or broaden their knowledge about the Hebrew language through a game it launched!

For the Alef-Bet Game, which is ongoing through February 1, the consulate has scattered Hebrew alphabet letters at locations throughout South Florida, including in some of our very own parks facilities.

Participants can find the alphabets, scan their QR codes on their mobile devices, like them on social media and have chances to win prizes such as a boat ride, breakfast for two or t-shirts. Each letter has a different value of points. Here's a hint for you, there may be some letters in city facilities! Visit them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@isrealinmiami)
Sounds of The Season
The New World Symphony (NWS) is celebrating the 2020 holiday season with a special online experience of its annual Sounds of the Season concert! 

It’s 100% cheer as the NWS Fellows perform seasonal favorites while decked out in their finest and funniest holiday costumes. 

This year, Sounds of the Season will be presented virtually on MBTV:
  • Thursday, December 24 at 6 PM
  • Friday, December 25 at 6 PM
  • Sunday, December 27 at 6 PM
  • Wednesday, December 30 at 1 PM
Fire Cadets
Are your teens interested in a career as a Firefighter? The Miami Beach Fire and Parks & Recreation departments have teamed up for the new Fire Cadet program!

Coursework includes a physical and academic portion with hands-on training in first aid, fire prevention and firefighting skills.

The program begins on January 17, 2021 through May 15, 2021 and is open the Miami Beach high school students in grades 9 - 12.

Classes will be held on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration fee is $150 with a monthly $20 fee. Register now at
2021 Youth Music Festival
We're excited to host the fifth annual Miami Beach Youth Music Festival in partnership with the Rhythm Foundation next year as a hybrid in-person and virtual showcase of our city’s most talented young musicians! Auditions are now open for those who wish to participate in the festival, which will take place at the North Beach Bandshell on Saturday, March 13, 2021.
Auditions are open for those aged 18 years and younger, and for bands or individuals that perform live music of any genre, including rock, jazz, Latin, electronic, folk, classical, funk and spoken word. Participants must be able to perform live and play a musical instrument; recorded music is not allowed. Additionally, at least one individual must also be a Miami Beach resident or attend a Miami Beach school.
Participant applications can now be found at The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on January 31, 2021. All applicants must adhere to CDC guidelines for gatherings, practice social distance and mask wearing. More information regarding recommended precautions can be found on the festival website.
Selected youth performers will be announced on or before Tuesday, February 12, 2021. The Miami Beach Youth Music Festival will include a variety of young artists, culminating with a performance by Miami Beach Rock Ensemble and more rising stars to be announced in the new year.
Pre-K Program
The City of Miami Beach is launching a Prekindergarten (Pre-K) Pilot Program for the 2021-2022 School year that will provide eligible Miami Beach Families with a Pre-K stipend of $2,700.

The application deadline is approaching, please submit your application by January 4, 2021.

Learn more and view the family application here:
Parks & Rec Corner
Get your little ones moving with classes and programs offered by the Miami Beach Parks and Recreation Department.

All year long, dance classes for all ages are being offered by Epic Dance Center at the North Shore Park Youth Center, register today at

Playtime Program will resume January 11, 2021 for Miami Beach residents only. The program will operate Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for 3 to 4 year olds at South Pointe Park and North Shore Park. Registration begins on January 4 at 10 a.m., you can register at
Dance Classes
Playtime Program
Stay Informed
Visit our dedicated, city-related coronavirus webpage at for the most up-to-date information, including important resources, impacts to city services and more.

Our city hotline at 305.604.CITY (2489) is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. You can also email your questions to Or connect with us through social media via email, Nextdoor, Facebook, Twitter and via text message (text MBAlert to 888777).