City of Miami Beach Update on COVID-19
Friday, March 13, 2020
Emergency Declaration
The Miami Beach City Manager has revised a State of Emergency to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus— the revised declaration mandates that all restaurants and nightclubs — who have occupancy loads greater than 250 people — cease operations immediately. However, if the establishment reduces and maintains its capacity to less than 250 people, they will be allowed to continue operating. Click here for a copy of the declaration  

Senior Updates
All senior centers will be closed effective Monday. Any seniors that are currently registered in a senior meals program will be served meals by their respective providers based on their specific plans.
  • Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Center delivered meals today (3/13) for one week and will resume direct deliveries the following week based on their weekly schedule
  • Jewish Community Services will begin delivering directly to homes on Tuesday
  • UNIDAD will supply a weeks supply of shelf stable meals on Monday outside of the center and thereafter they will begin delivering a week supply directly to homes based on the scheduled given when food is picked up on Monday.

Many pharmacies are allowing for free deliveries of prescriptions. We recommend stocking up on any needed prescriptions now. Click HERE for information on pharmacies in English and Spanish.

Parks and Recreation Update
The Miami Beach Parks and Recreation Department will be implementing the following operational changes , effective Monday, March 16 , 2020, through Sunday, March 29 , 2020 :
  • All recreation centers will be closed
  • All recreation programs will be cancelled (the Playtime Program for registered toddlers will be cancelled effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020)
  • All athletic programs, games, practices and events will be cancelled
  • All Parks and Recreation Department events will be cancelled
  • New venue rentals for park facilities will not be processed during the above period; existing indoor venue rentals will be cancelled
  • All field trips will be cancelled

The Miami Beach Golf Club, Normandy Shores Golf Club, Flamingo Tennis Center, Miami Beach Tennis Center and Flamingo Park and Normandy Isle Park pools will remain open for non-programm ed activities

The above changes are implemented in an abundance of caution as the health and safety of our residents and visitors is of the utmost importance.  The operational changes and time periods described herein are subject to change at any moment. As such, you are encouraged to monitor the City’s website, www.miamibeachfl.gov/coronavirus

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 305 - 673 - 7730.

Also as a reminder, all registration for the City of Miami Beach Parks and Recreation Department for Summer and Specialty Camp will be be  FULLY ONLINE  without the necessity to visit our facilities. Online Registration is mandatory

In order to ensure that you are ready to register online, registration dates will be changed to the following:

Summer Camp Registration
Summer Camp Registration for MB Residents – April 6, 8:30 AM
Summer Camp Registration for Non-Residents – May 4, 8:30 AM

Specialty Camp Registration
Specialty Camp Registration for MB Residents – April 20, 8:30 AM
Specialty Camp Registration for Non-Residents – May 4, 8:30 AM

Please take this time to login to your account, make sure your information and your child’s information is up to date and your financial aid information is updated, if applicable. Below you will find the most frequently asked questions about registration and this recent implementation. You can also email any questions to  cmbsummer2020@miamibeachfl.gov . We appreciate your understanding on this matter and are looking forward to a fun-filled summer.

Impacted Events
For a full list of impacted events, additional information on summer camps and more, please visit www.miamibeachfl.gov/coronavirus .
The City of Miami Beach remains committed to ensuring the safety and public health of our residents, visitors and local businesses. As the information is changing rapidly pertaining to COVID-19, the administration is conducting daily interdepartmental calls to monitor the progression of novel coronavirus COVID-19 to ensure that we stay informed and prepared to respond if needed. We are also closely following the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) as well as the School Board. 

Additionally, as tourism is a major part of the Miami Beach community, we are working closely with our local agencies and a COVID-19 meeting was held on Monday in conjunction with the Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association at the Miami Beach Convention Center, inviting our hotel and restaurant facility managers, representatives from the Miami International Airport and FDOH. The meeting consisted of CDC updates, facility protocols and best practices for ensuring optimal sanitary conditions as well as industry impacts.
 
Miami Beach continues to take elevated measures to ensure the health and safety of our visitors in our facilities, on the trolleys and in or around Miami Beach. Below is a summary of measures that are currently being implemented by the city. 

Precautionary Measures by the City of Miami Beach
We are continuing to ensure our spaces, including youth centers, beachfront restrooms and city facilities are being thoroughly cleaned. This includes the daily effort of wiping down every touch surface such as door handles, elevator push buttons, handrails and recreation equipment. Cleaning contractors are also providing additional training to staff to ensure proper cleaning techniques are utilized.

We have asked our cultural facilities such as the Bass Museum, Colony Theatre, Fillmore, Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, Miami City Ballet, New World Symphony and the Wolfsonian-FIU to follow suit in emphasizing cleanliness in their respective spaces.

Recreational Facilities
Our recreation staff is encouraging kids to wash their hands frequently. If a child presents him/herself sick, the child will be removed from the group, placed in the administration office and parents are contacted immediately to pick up the child. Hand sanitizers also continue to be at every point of entry at our youth centers.

Miami Beach Trolley
The city’s Miami Beach Trolley operator, Limousines of South Florida (LSF), is taking additional measures to ensure our trolleys are thoroughly cleaned. In addition to their standard daily cleaning practices, LSF is increasing the frequency of cleaning, including “high touch” areas — buttons, handholds, pull cords and rails both mid-day during shift change and at the end of the day. Our trolleys have also been equipped with hand wipes.

Events
The City of Miami Beach is closely monitoring this situation and following the recommendations of the CDC and the FDOH. While this may change at any time, we recommend you continue to check our website for information on this at www.miamibeachfl.gov/coronavirus.   

Should you have any questions or concerns, please call 305.673.7730. Check back with your local facilities for updates on postponed events.

Miami-Dade County Polling Locations 
The Elections Department is providing hand sanitizer at all Early Voting and Election Day locations in Miami-Dade County. Additionally, there are bathrooms at every polling place for hand washing. 

Seniors and Special Needs Community
it remains important that the elderly and vulnerable populations take proper precautions at this time. The city is working with our elderly housing and congregant meal sites to help disseminate the most current and relevant health information to our seniors. According to the CDC, the following people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness:

  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Lung disease

If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease such as:

 
During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home  as much as possible.  

Prevention Starts With You
The CDC urges everyone to do their part to help during this emerging public health threat, this includes:
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Take personal responsibility. If you are sick with a fever, cough or viral symptoms, please stay away from others, including the work environment and crowded area

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, you can learn more about prevention and treatment by visiting the CDC website .

Frequently Asked Question Per the CDC
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?

People are thought to be the most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

For more information visit the CDC webpage .

Stay Informed
For updated information on the city’s efforts, please visit: www.MiamiBeachFl.gov/coronavirus . We will also be posting updated messages via email , Nextdoor , Facebook or Twitter.