Wednesday, May 6, 2020
The City of Miami Beach understands the importance of COVID-19 testing in our community and is partnering with the Florida Department of Health and Florida National Guard to open a COVID-19 testing facility at the Miami Beach Convention Center campus starting Friday, May 8, 2020.

The facility will offer both mobile and walk-up testing services daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., with no appointments necessary. Testing is FREE and available to anyone, 18 years or older and children accompanied by a guardian, regardless of COVID-19 symptoms.

The walk-up testing service will be within municipal parking lot P-29 located at 17   Street and Convention Center Drive, across from Miami Beach City Hall. Individuals wishing to access this site should enter at 17 Street and Convention Center Drive wearing a face covering and with photo ID readily available. Parking will not be available for walk-up testing patients.

The drive-through mobile testing service entrance is at 17 Street and Convention Center Drive. Individuals using this option are asked to remain in their vehicles with their windows up and place a photo ID on the dashboard. Everyone in the vehicle should be wearing a face covering, display a photo ID and be seated next to a working window. There is a maximum of five tests per vehicle.

Message from the Mayor
View today's message from Mayor Dan Gelber below and read it in Spanish here .
Summer and Specialty Camp Update
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Parks and Recreation Department will be canceling all Summer Specialty Camps. The department is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 situation and any information on whether we can safely proceed with holding our regular Summer Day Camps. 

Any decision pertaining to these regular Summer Day Camps will be immediately communicated to our residents.  Please check our website at  for future updates and new registration dates.
Operation Gratitude
The Miami Beach Parks & Recreation Department encourages the community to join us in writing thank you letters to the brave men and women who protect and serve our country.

Email your letters to during the month of May.
Face Coverings
 Face coverings  MUST be worn at all essential retail and commercial businesses, open parks, and the beachwalk and baywalk, 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.

Click here for a full listing of open parks and recreational facilities.

 Click here to learn how you can easily make your own face covering.
Parks & Greenspace Reopenings
While enjoying the outdoor spaces of the City of Miami Beach, please adhere to the following rules for preventing the spread of COVID-19:
  • Face coverings MUST always be worn, unless otherwise noted
  • Organized activities, including sports, fitness classes or any commercial use activity is prohibited 
  • Social distancing must be observed and there cannot be gatherings of 10 or more people
  • Some pedestrian trails are one-way, as marked 
  • Strict enforcement of social distancing measures will be implemented with penalties and fines
  • Park use is encouraged to be less than 2 hours
  • No picnics 

Click the GIF image for a full listing of open parks and amenities.
Virtual Cultural Offerings
A virtual Miami City Ballet performance, virtual PRIDE event, a curated Spotify playlist 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.

 Virtual Sustainachella
All month long, we'll be bringing you Virtual Sustainachella's to provide the community with the knowledge and tools necessary to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

Thursday, May 7
6 PM - 7 PM
Register today to obtai n access to the Zoom meeting which will focus on tips you can use in your everyday lives to conserve water. Click  here to register now.
Commission and Finance & Economic Resiliency Meetings
The next Commission meeting is being held on Friday, May 8 at 9 a.m.   and will be televised on MBTV and streamed live on  FacebookThe Finance and Economic Resiliency Meeting will follow at 10 a.m.

The Commission Chambers will be closed to the public, but you can watch both meetings via Zoom at

  • 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 872 1681 3089#. 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.
Drive-Thru Food Distribution
Feeding South Florida and Commissioner David Richardson will host a drive-thru food distribution this Saturday, May 9.

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, May 9
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.

Operation Gratitude
Mondays with Micky
Join Vice-Mayor Micky Steinberg and co-host Commissioner David Richardson on Monday, May 11, 2020 at 3 p.m. for a Virtual Mondays with Micky to discuss the 2020 Legislative Session Update featuring Senator Jason Pizzo and Representative Michael Grieco.

To participate, join the webinar here:

Or via telephone by dialing in at 312.626.6799 or 888.475.4499    (Toll Free).
Webinar ID: 826 3914 5348
Food Assistance
The City of Miami Beach is now offering food assistance to qualifying residents who have lost their employment and are experiencing food insecurity. Please visit  to fill out the required form.

After residents complete the online form, eligible residents will be contacted by the city with a date, time and location for food pick up. Households will only be permitted to pick up once per week and we will ensure that food packages are sufficient per family size. Residents receiving SNAP benefits are eligible two weeks after their SNAP allocation is loaded on their EBT card.

The two distribution sites are North Shore Youth Center at 501 72 Street and the Police Athletic Building at 999 11 Street. Only residents who complete the online registration and receive an appointment will be served.

The city is preparing to serve 600 Miami Beach households weekly, and will do their best to accommodate food packages for vegetarian and kosher households.

Recycling at Home
As we all spend more time at home, we want to remind you of best practices for when placing your recyclable items for pick-up.
  • Place your blue recycling cart at the curb by 7 a.m. on your scheduled recycling day.
  • Place the cart within 3 feet of the street and at least 5 feet from mailboxes, parked cars, garbage cart or other obstacles. The wheels must face your home.
  • Do not overfill your cart. If items in the cart are not loose, they can get stuck inside the cart and prevent whatever is underneath from being emptied. 
  • Do not stack items on top of or alongside your recycling cart. They can't and won't be collected.
  • Do not place your recyclables inside plastic bags. Plastic bags damage the equipment at the recycling facility.

Thank you for doing your part to recycle for our environment!
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!
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.
Get Counted!
The 2020 Census is underway and we encourage every Miami Beach resident to respond!

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.

If you don’t know your Census ID number, you can still complete the questionnaire. Follow the following steps:
  • Click on “Start Questionnaire”
  • Click “If you don’t have your Census ID”
  • Then proceed to enter your residential address

The 2020 Census will determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives, and influences how hundreds of billions of dollars in public funds are allocated for critical public services like emergency response, schools, hospitals, roads and bridges over the next 10 years. Don't waive your right to be counted, fill out the Census today. Click here to view the information in Spanish.
 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 permits restaurants to continue to operate their kitchens after midnight, for delivery services only .

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).