Friday, May 29, 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 and visit our reopening webpage for information/guidelines on various industries, including retail and restaurant establishments.
Beach, Hotel & Pool Reopenings
Today, the City of Miami Beach has amended its Emergency Order — allowing for beaches, hotels and condominium/apartment building/community pools to reopen on June 1, 2020, consistent with Miami-Dade County Emergency Order 23-20 and subject to a series of rules and social distancing guidelines.

Beaches will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. with the following COVID-19 safety measures in place:
  • Facial coverings must always be readily available and are required for use in bathrooms, at concessions or when social distancing cannot be achieved (except for members of the same household)
  • Social distancing will be enforced and groups of 10 or more are prohibited
  • No use of exercise equipment or playgrounds; no shared equipment, organized activities, sports or classes; no special events or group picnics
  • No fishing, pets on the beach, floats, tents/canopies nor coolers 
  • Visit for additional details 
Over 100 social distancing ambassadors will be deployed on the beach daily for the next few weeks to ensure patrons are following the aforementioned measures. We remind all to do their part to keep our beautiful beaches clean as they make their return to enjoy the sun and sand.

Pools at condos, apartment buildings, homeowner associations and hotels will need to adhere to social distancing guidelines and capacity limits. Visit  for detailed information.

Community pools will be operational, beginning Monday, June 1 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The facility usage is temporarily limited to lap swimming only, no programing, 60 minutes per swimmer and 2 swimmers per lane.

The following locations will be reopening:
  • Normandy Isle Pool | 7300 Trouville Esplanade
  • Flamingo Park Pool | 1200 Meridian Avenue

The Scott Rakow Youth Center Pool, located at 2700 Sheridan Avenue, will not be opening as it is temporarily closed due to an ongoing G.O. Bond project. There will be:
  • No sunbathing (deck chairs to be removed)
  • No locker rooms / indoor showers (outdoor shower will be available)
  • Water playground to remain closed
  • Swimmers should have ID with them to prove residency
  • No groups of 10 or more will be allowed and all patrons must maintain social distancing of 6 feet at all times
  • Face coverings must be worn while entering and exiting the facility
  • Bring your own equipment such as goggles, fins, swim caps, etc.
  • Bring your own water bottle (water fountains will not be available)
  • Restroom usage for swimmers only
Additionally, the beachwalk and baywalk is now open to pedestrians, bicycles, scooters, skateboarders and roller/in-line skaters with no time restrictions . Facial coverings must continue to be worn if social distancing cannot otherwise be achieved, except by children under the age of 2, persons who have trouble breathing due to a chronic pre-existing condition, or persons engaged in strenuous physical activity or exercise.

At this time, gyms, dog parks and short-term rentals are NOT open.

Read the City of Miami Beach’s updated State of Emergency Declaration and Emergency Measures . For additional information on the city’s reopening efforts, please visit
COVID-19 Rent Assistance
Beginning Monday, June 1 at 8 a.m. , we will launch an online portal for pre-applications for rent assistance. The City has committed a variety of State and Federal funds to this effort, including Community Development Block Grant - CV (CDBG-CV), HOME Investments Partnership (HOME), and State Housing Initiatives Program (SHIP) funds to meet the rent needs of City residents. The City will assist households earning no more than 80% Area Median Income (AMI) until funds are exhausted.

Residents seeking rent assistance can apply online, by visiting our online portal , after verifying their eligibility for City funds. Applications will be accepted from Monday, June 1 through Friday, June 5 at 11:59 p.m. On Monday, June 8, the City will hold a randomized lottery of applications received online. The lottery will establish the order of service for those seeking the City's limited rent funds. Subsequent to the lottery, applicants will be notified by the City (in the order of selection) of the date and time to report with the required documentation to formally process the rent request.

The City will process rent requests until rent assistance funds are exhausted. Results of the drawing will be posted on the City's website. Applicants must provide hard copies of the following documents and meet income eligibility.
Virtual Specialty Summer Camp
The Parks and Recreation Department will offer Virtual Specialty Camp programming for Summer 2020! Registration for Virtual Specialty Summer Camp classes will open to residents on Monday, June 1 , and camp will begin on Monday, June 8, space is limited.

Offerings include:
  • Coding & Startup Entrepreneurship
  • Creative Coding with Scratch
  • Culinary Kids
  • Dance Camp (beginners, intermediate and advanced sessions)
  • Fine Art Camp (beginner and advanced sessions)
  • Introduction to Python & Machine Learning
  • Jr. Fire Camp
  • Krafty Kidz
  • Mad Scientists
  • Yoga, Zumba, Cheer & Hip Hop

For detailed scheduling information, click here. To register, visit
Drive-Thru Food Distribution
Feeding South Florida and Commissioner David Richardson will host a drive-thru food distribution tomorrow, May 30.

Saturday, May 30
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
Design Review Board Meeting
The Design Review Board will will meet  Tuesday, June 2  at 9 a.m.  virtually via Zoom here: . 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 meeting:
The public may provide spoken comment by dialing telephone  312.626.6799 or 888.475.4499 (toll free) . The Webinar ID is  874 8807 8648 . Press *9 to raise a hand to be placed in queue to speak.
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  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
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.
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 .

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