Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Ensuring the safety and health of Miami Beach residents, visitors and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic remains the city’s most important objective. Read the latest updates below from the City of Miami Beach.
TOMORROW: Restaurant Openings
Restaurants and sidewalk cafes will reopen  tomorrow, May 27, 2020  as part of phase 1b. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Customers must wait outside of the business (practicing social distancing) or in their cars until they are called to be seated. View our dedicated restaurant guide webpage to learn more.

Visit the Miami Beach Reopening webpage at www.miamibeachfl.gov/reopening to view guidelines for the reopening process.
The MB Standard
As more businesses are slated to reopen this week, we want to ensure a high level of consumer confidence for residents and visitors as they visit establishments. Through our new decal initiative coined the MB Standard program, we intend to facilitate identification of those businesses who have committed to implementing additional measures to protect the public from the spread of COVID-19 — beyond those already required by Miami-Dade County or the city.

To participate in the program, businesses must agree to the following measures to achieve the MB Standard:
  • Have all employees tested for COVID-19 by the later of June 8, 2020 or the date of reopening
  • Provide monthly COVID-19 testing to all employees
  • Conduct temperature and health screenings of all employees daily
  • Have a contact tracing protocol in place
  • Provide monthly reports to the city noting how many employees were tested, numeric count of results and measures

The MB Standard recognition will help patrons feel more comfortable as they shop or eat at participating establishments becau se they know these places have committed to following best practices to curb COVID-19! Businesses that partake in the program will also be listed on the city’s Miami Beach Reopening webpage at www.miamibeachfl.gov/reopening.
Drive-Thru Food Distribution
Farm Share, South Florida Seniors in Action and Commissioner David Richardson will host a drive-thru food distribution tomorrow, May 27.

Wednesday, May 27
1 PM - 3 PM
8700 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 www.miamibeachfl.gov/food
Virtual Sustainachella
We continue to bring Virtual Sustainachella to provide the community with the knowledge and tools necessary to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

Wednesday, May 27
12 PM - 1 PM
Our next Sustainachella workshop will focus on the role of green infrastructure for coastal resilience! Learn about how green infrastructure can complement grey infrastructure to strengthen our resilience during tomorrow's workshop.   Click  here to register now.
Special Commission Meeting
The next Commission meeting is being held on Thursday, May 28 at 9 a.m.  and will be televised on MBTV and streamed live on   Facebook .

The Commission Chambers will be closed to the public, but you can watch the meeting via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87969403035

  • How to provide spoken public comment during the City Commission Meeting: The public may provide spoken comment by dialing telephone 301.715.8592 or 1.888.475.4499 (Toll Free). The Webinar ID is 879 6940 3035#. 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 [email protected] 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.
Coming Soon
Additional Rent Assistance Funding
The HAND Program, funded by Miami-Dade County, will start accepting online rent assistance applications sometime next week followed by a lottery to select final applicants.

While the application is open to all county residents in need of rent assistance who have a social security card, HAND expects to serve about 300 – 400 households countywide.

As soon as the application site is available, the city will relay this information to its residents.
Get Counted!
Now more than ever it's important to get counted! For the first time in Census history, you can now fill out the form online as well as by phone or mail.

Responding is fast, easy, safe and important —  and it’s key to shaping the future of your community.

Visit  my2020census.gov  and make sure you get counted.
Facial Covering Requirements
 Face coverings  MUST be worn at all essential retail and commercial businesses. If you are visiting one of our open parks/greenspaces and/or beachwalks/baywalks, you must wear a face covering unless social distancing can be achieved.

This does not apply to children under the age of 2, person's who have trouble breathing due to chronic pre-existing conditions or persons engaged in strenuous physical activity.

All city parks and tennis centers that are currently open close at 8 p.m. South Pointe park is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is closed on the weekends.

Click here for a full listing of parks/greenspace openings and view below facial covering requirement details.  Click here to learn how you can easily make your own face covering.
Hybrid Testing Site
The COVID-19 testing facility at the Miami Beach Convention Center campus has the capacity for up to 750 tests per day. Testing is FREE and available to anyone, 18 years or older, regardless of COVID-19 symptoms. A patient that has been tested is welcome to be retested at any time.

For more information on testing or testing for homebound seniors view the 'Testing' tab on our Coronavirus dedicated webpage .
 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 [email protected]
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 www.miamibeachfl.gov/coronavirus 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 [email protected] and one of our resource agents will assist you.
You can also view some helpful tools and resources for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including information on Governor DeSantis' Florida Small Business Emergency Loan Program and more on our dedicated business portal .

Meals for Seniors
If you are a senior citizen 60 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.

Miami-Dade Public Schools Meal Distribution
Nautilus Middle School has replaced Miami Beach Senior High as the meal distribution center for Miami-Dade Public Schools grab-and-go meals in our community.

Those in need can pick-up meals from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays, click here  for more information and other school locations. Free meals for kids are also available through  FLIPANY, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services  and  Feeding Florida.

Impacted Meetings/Events
For a full list of impacted meetings and events, please visit www.miamibeachfl.gov/coronavirus .

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 permited restaurants to continue to operate their kitchens after midnight, for delivery services only .

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

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: www.MiamiBeachFl.gov/coronavirus . We will also post updated messages via email , Nextdoor , Facebook, Twitter and via text message (text MBAlert to 888777).