Friday, July 17, 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. Today, the City Manager has extended the city’s  State of Emergency Declaration  and  Emergency Measures  through   July 24, 2020, which established an 8 p.m. curfew in the South Beach Entertainment District (MXE) and pedestrianized Ocean Drive starting tomorrow.
 
Effective, July 18 at 12:01 a.m., the following measures will be in place:
 
  • The entirety of Ocean Drive from 5 Street to 15 Street will be closed to all vehicular traffic at all times.

  • From 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., parking will be prohibited in the area bounded by 5 Street on the south, 15 Street on the north, Ocean Drive on the east, and Collins Avenue on the west.

  • All business establishments located within the MXE mixed use entertainment district (excluding that portion of the MXE district located between 73 and 75 streets) and that portion of the CD-2 commercial, medium intensity district between Pennsylvania Avenue and Collins Court, from 5 Street to 16 Street (excluding that portion of Espanola Way located between Washington Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue), which shall hereinafter be referred to as the “MXE and CD2 District” must be CLOSED by 8 p.m. daily.

  • All restaurants, cafeterias, and other food service establishments located within this South Beach MXE and CD2 District shall CLOSE at 8 p.m. Notwithstanding the foregoing, between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., such establishments may operate their kitchens strictly for the purpose of providing DELIVERY SERVICES ONLY. Take-out, pick-up, or curb-side pick-up shall be expressly prohibited between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. each day. Employees, janitorial personnel, contractors, and delivery personnel shall be allowed access to such establishments. No music shall be permitted, unless the volume does not exceed the level of a normal conversation. Any live entertainment is hereby PROHIBITED.
 
  • A general curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. is hereby established throughout this MXE and CD2 district, which will be in effect daily from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., and shall include, but not be limited to, the prohibition on pedestrian and vehicular movement, standing and parking, except for designated essential services that are fire, police, and hospital personnel, including the transportation of patients thereto, utility emergency repairs, emergency calls by physicians, essential travel for medical services, treatment, or medication, and food delivery services (subject to the additional provisions set forth herein).

The Countywide curfew for the remainder of the city, excluding the South Beach Entertainment District, remains in effect from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily.
As a reminder, all persons in public spaces and places, both indoors and outdoors, are required to wear facial coverings , as defined in the County’s EO 20-20, as amended.

Any person not wearing a facial covering is subject to a $50 civil fine.

We urge everyone to also continue practicing social distancing and meticulously wash your hands regularly.
COVID-19 & Antibody Testing

Update! Walk-Up Testing
The walk-up testing located in the parking lot at 21 Street and Collins Avenue will move to 73 Street and Ocean Terrace beginning Sunday, July 19 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Once you check-in, you can return to your vehicle or move away from the mobile testing unit for your own protection and to ensure social distancing. There is no need to stand in a line, you will receive a text message advising when the nurse is ready for you.

Miami Beach Convention Center Testing Site
Both the COVID-19 active virus and antibody tests continue to be available at the Miami Beach Convention Center testing facility located on 17 Street and Convention Center Drive. The COVID-19 drive-thru and walk-up testing site is available daily, including weekends, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Please note , drive-thru testing wait times can be up to four hours. We encourage you to have a full tank of gas and bring water, snacks and anything you may need to prepare for a long wait. Visit our 'Testing' tab to view additional information.

New! Self-Swab Lanes at Hard Rock Testing Location
The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) state-supported drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at the Hard Rock Stadium is now offering separate, observed self-swab lanes to symptomatic individuals to reduce wait time at testing sites and to expedite their test results, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

At this site, symptomatic individuals will be directed to a separate lane for testing and will be provided an observed, self-swab test under the supervision of a health care professional. Observed self-swab tests will be offered to those 5 years of age and older with symptoms of COVID-19. Results from the self-swab test will be sent to a separate lab and will be available within 72 hours via e-mail. The Hard Rock Stadium will be able to conduct up to 500 self-swabbing tests per day.
Drive-Thru Food Distribution
Feeding South Florida and Commissioner David Richardson will host a drive-thru food distribution tomorrow, July 18.

Saturday, July 18
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   www.miamibeachfl.gov/food
Pool Facility Updates
Beginning this weekend, the hours of operation for the Scott Rakow Youth Center Pool will be as follows:

  • 7 AM - 12 PM
  • 1 PM - 2:30 PM

The hours of operation at the Flamingo and Normandy Isle pools will continue to stay the same and operate from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To view pool safety guidelines, click here .
Ice Cream Social
In partnership with the Florida Dairy Farmers Association and Blue Bell Creameries, we're celebrating National Ice Cream Day this Sunday, July 19, with an ice cream drive-thru celebration!

Sunday, July 19
3 PM - 5 PM
North Shore Youth Center
501 72 Street
Miami Beach, FL

Ice cream is on a first-come, first-serve basis to the first 300 people and will be available for drive-thru only. You must remain in your vehicle and wear a facial covering.
Walk-Up Food Distribution
Feeding South Florida and Commissioner David Richardson will host a walk-up food distribution for those without a vehicle on Tuesday, July 21.

Tuesday, July 21
9 AM - 11 AM
South Shore Community Center
833 6 Street
Miami Beach, FL

To ensure your safety, we must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Everyone must wear a face covering that completely covers the nose and mouth. If you do not have a face mask, one will be provided.

The food distribution is on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last.
Virtual Specialty Summer Camp
The Parks and Recreation Department is still offering Virtual Specialty Camp programming for summer 2020!

Offerings include:
  • Coding Camp
  • Dance Camp
  • Fine Arts Camp
  • Yoga, Zumba, Cheer & Hip Hop Camp

For detailed scheduling information,  click here. To register, visit  register.miamibeachparks.com
Plasma Donation
As the number of COVID-19 infections rise in Florida, hospitals are facing critical shortages of convalescent plasma for treatment. OneBlood is working with the public and physicians to coordinate the delivery of potential lifesaving COVID-19 convalescent plasma to those in need.
 
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.
2020 Primary Election
Early voting for the Primary Election will take place from August 3 through August 16. The two early voting locations in Miami Beach are as follows:

  • Miami Beach City Hall | 1700 Convention Center Drive
  • North Shore Branch Library | 7501 Collins Avenue

Primary elections will take place on Tuesday, August 18 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Don't wait until August 18 to cast your vote. To protect your health and safety, you can vote by mail. If you prefer to vote in-person, you can go to one of the 23 early voting locations throughout Miami-Dade County.

Remember, check your voting location before heading to the polls on Election Day! Be informed. Be involved. Be election ready.

For more information on the three ways to vote, call 311 or visit:  iamelectionready.org
Stay Informed
Now more than ever it's important to get counted! So call up your friends and neighbors and ask them to visit  my2020census.gov  and make sure our community gets counted.

Visit our dedicated, city-related coronavirus webpage www.miamibeachfl.gov/coronavirus f or the most up-to-date information, including important resources, impacts to city services and more.

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 MBCovid@miamibeachfl.gov. Or connect with us through social media via email, Nextdoor, Facebook, Twitter and via text message (text MBAlert to 888777).