Thursday, April 16, 2020
Ensuring the safety and health of Miami Beach residents and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic remains the city’s most important objective. As such, the City Manager has extended his State of Emergency Declaration through April 23, 2020.  The city has also extended its “Safer at Home” Emergency Order , as well as its Emergency Measures , through April 23, 2020. 

The city’s amended emergency order requires employees and customers of ALL essential retail and commercial businesses to wear a form of covering over their nose and mouth at all times. All individuals providing delivery services to the public must wear a form of covering over their nose and mouth while making deliveries.

Additionally, restaurants located on Lincoln Road (between Alton Road and Washington Avenue) must close their entrances fronting Lincoln Road to the public , and may only conduct delivery, pick-up or take-out services through their rear or side-facing entrances.

Any violation of the aforementioned emergency measures would subject the individual or business entity to criminal penalties. 

Finance Meeting
The Finance and Economic Resiliency Committee will meet tomorrow, April 17 at 10 a.m. virtually via Zoom. The meeting will be streamed live on MBTV Channel 660 on Atlantic Broadband or 99 on AT&T U-Verse.

How to provide spoken public comment during the Finance Meeting:
The public may provide spoken comment by dialing telephone 312.626.6799, 929.205.6099 or 888.475.4499 (toll free) . The Webinar ID is 83560891404 and the password is 384578 . Press *9 to raise a hand to be placed in queue to speak.
Thank You For Staying Home
This Friday at 8 p.m., the Miami Beach Fire Department will join their fellow fire departments countywide with a procession of lights and sirens to say “thank you” to residents citywide for staying home, practicing social distancing and wearing face coverings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 30-minute route will commence on 41 Street and Indian Creek Drive, and will continue as follows: 
  • North on Indian Creek Drive, which turns into Collins Avenue
  • West on 71 Street, which turns into Normandy Drive
  • South on Biarritz Drive for one block and will turn back heading east on 71 Street
  • South on Indian Creek Drive
  • West on 63 Street and continuing south on Alton Road
  • West on Dade Boulevard for one block and turning south on West Avenue
  • East on 6 Street for one block and turning south on Alton Road
  • East on South Pointe Drive
  • North on Collins Avenue
  • West on 5 Street
  • North on Meridian Avenue
  • Finishing on Meridian Avenue & Dade Boulevard
The COVID-19 crisis has drastically impacted our way of life, when you hear the lights and sirens, step outside and let us thank you for being a health hero!

Building Department Update
During this COVID-19 state of emergency, the governor has granted Executive Order 20-68 that allows a 6 month extension on  all active permits . In order to assist you with your permits, the Building Department is  automatically  extending permits that are due to expire — this extends the permit for an additional 6 month period. If you see that a permit has expired after March 10, then please contact us at No application or e-mail request is required for the automatic extension , there is no need to contact us unless your computer automated extension does not take place.
Please take care of your health and remember we continue to perform inspections as well as plan reviews.
Feeding the Frontline
Created to help out local restaurants,  Miami Eats  has now expanded its efforts to also support your local front-line medical staff, police and fire first-responders through  Meals for Heroes Miami

This   amazing program provides warm meals to those saving our community every day!
OneBlood Donation
OneBlood is working with the public and physicians to coordinate the delivery of potential life saving COVID-19 convalescent plasma to those in need. People who have recovered from coronavirus infection have developed antibodies to the virus that remain in the plasma portion of their blood.

Transfusing the plasma that contains the antibodies into a person still fighting the virus can provide a boost to the patient’s immune system and potentially help them recover. Click here to learn more and how you can donate today.

Virtual Cultural Offerings
A new gallery opening with the Bass Museum, live performances courtesy of the Rhythm Foundation and more can be found in this week's virtual culture guide here . Also, click here to visit our dedicated webpage for all there is to experience virtually in Miami Beach.

 Summer Camp Registration
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Miami Beach Parks and Recreation Department will be rescheduling the 2020 Summer Camp registration period. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please check our website at  and the City’s COVID-19 site  for future updates and new registration dates.
Drive-Thru Food Distribution
Feeding South Florida and Commissioner David Richardson will host a drive-thru food distribution this Saturday, April 18.

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.

Saturday, April 18
9 AM - 11 AM
2100 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL
Entrance on 21 Street and Collins Avenue

If you're unable to get food, please visit   and use the agency locator to find a food pantry in your zip code.
Virtual Sustainachella
We'll continue to bring you Virtual Sustainachella's all month long! View the schedule below of the remaining ones and don't forget to register for the Zoom meeting.

Wednesday, April 22
12 PM - 1 PM
Click  here to register today to obtain access to the Zoom meeting as we discuss fin-tastic sharks.
COVID-19 Testing

The City of Miami Beach is offering in-home COVID-19 testing  for homebound Miami Beach seniors that are 65 years and older and are experiencing symptoms   associated with the coronavirus  — including fever, shortness of breath or a persistent cough.

Testing is  by appointment only  and residents who meet the criteria should call the city’s customer service center at 305.604.CITY (2489) to request an appointment. The customer service center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Since there are a limited number of tests, the city asks that only seniors that meet the criteria schedule an appointment.

In-home testing for homebound residents is provided by MedRite with the assistance of the Miami Beach Fire Department.
MedRite is operating a mobile testing center in Miami Beach.

Pre-registration is required, please visit to make your appointment.

If you have any questions, please call 305.735.3909 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Commission Meeting
The upcoming Commission meeting being held Wednesday, April 22 at 8:30 a.m. will be televised on MBTV and streamed live on Facebook . The Commission Chambers will be closed to the public.
  • How to provide spoken public comment during the City Commission Meeting: The public may provide spoken comment by dialing telephone 312.626.6799 or 1.888.475.4499 (Toll Free). The Webinar ID is 235797272#. Press *9 to raise a hand to be placed in queue to speak.

  • How to submit written public comment before the City Commission Meeting: The public may submit written comments by sending an email to by 5 p.m. the day before the Commission Meeting. Please identify the Agenda Item Number in the email subject line. Emails received will be forwarded to the Mayor and Commissioners and will be included as a part of the meeting record.
 Customer Service
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 .
Mandatory Face Coverings
Remember, Miami-Dade County has issued Emergency Order 20-20, mandating persons working in or visiting grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, construction sites, public transit vehicles, vehicles for hire, and locations where social distancing measures are not possible to wear facial coverings as defined by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).
To help keep you informed on the latest details of this ever evolving COVID-19 pandemic , the city has created a dedicated, city-related coronavirus webpage. We encourage you to continuously visit f or the most up-to-date information, including a list of frequently asked questions , important resources, impacts to city services and more.
Below is an ongoing summary of updates from the City of Miami Beach.

Miami Beach Resource Center
Has your business or job been impacted by coronavarius pandemic? The City of Miami Beach is here to help! Please email your contact information and inquiry to and one of our resource agents will assist you.
Impacted Meetings/Events
For a full list of impacted meetings and events, please visit .

Miami Beach Restaurants - Takeout and Delivery
The City of Miami Beach is maintaining the general curfew throughout the city beginning at midnight each night, but permits restaurants to continue to operate their kitchens after midnight, for delivery services only .

Meals for Seniors
If you are a senior citizen 65 years or older and are having problems getting meals, please call Miami-Dade County’s 311 Call Center between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m . and you will be immediately patched in with their Emergency Operations Center to get you the meals or other services that you may need. If you are not a senior, we still encourage you to share this message with any senior you may know.

Business Assistance & Resources
View some helpful tools and resources for businesses expected to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including information on Governor DeSantis' Florida Small Business Emergency Loan Program and more on our dedicated business portal .

Stay Informed
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 respond when 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).

For updated information on the city’s efforts, please visit: . We will also post updated messages via email , Nextdoor , Facebook, Twitter and via text.