Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Today, the City Manager has extended the city’s State of Emergency Declaration and Emergency Measures through August 19, 2020.

Any violation of the emergency measures shall subject the individual, operator, business entity, or organization to arrest and criminal prosecution pursuant to Section 26-36 and Section 1-14 of the City Code. Furthermore, any violation of the provisions of this Order may subject an operator, business entity, or organization to the closure of the establishment for a period of at least 24 hours, or through the duration of the State of Emergency.

Additionally, please note that the weekly Tuesday walk-up food distribution will not occur next Tuesday, August 18 due to Election Day.
COVID-19 & Antibody Testing

*NEW* Walk-Up Testing
The walk-up COVID-19 testing site located at 73 Street and Ocean Terrace is moving to the municipal parking lot on 21 Street and Collins Avenue beginning Friday, August 14 and will continue to operate from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Once you check-in, 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. and is available for ages 5 and up.

Visit our 'Testing' tab to view detailed information on all testing locations, including testing at the Hard Rock Stadium and homebound testing and further details.
Virtual Culture
South Florida’s longest running dance festival turns 25 this year and returns with a series of virtual performances!

Ballet and contemporary dance fans will be in for a treat with the International Ballet Festival of Miami’s impressive lineup of performances featuring over 100 exceptional dancers from all over the globe. This year’s festivities run from August 15 through September 13.

Highlights include:
  • Companies from: Argentina, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland, USA
  • 19 prerecorded full length performances
  • 3 LIVE Stream Performances directly from theaters
  • Interviews with the Directors
  • FREE online master classes, Dance Films, Books & Art Exhibit Presentations

The Festival opens this Saturday, August 15, at 7 p.m. with the festival poster unveiling reception and art exhibit, followed by a special viewing of the dance-film The Kind Euphoria of Dance at 8:30 p.m. Learn more in this week's virtual culture guide here.
Miami Beach Nominations

Hispanic Heritage Awards
The Miami Beach Hispanic Affairs Committee is seeking nominations for the 2020 Hispanic Heritage Month Awards by Monday, August 31, 2020 at 5 p.m.

The Committee will select a winner in one of each of the following categories:
  • Individual- educator, public safety personnel, social service provider, artist, youth (under 18 involved in community service), adult contributing to the success of youth, and any Hispanic Miami Beach community.
  • Business- Business, business owner, or employee of a qualified business (must be 51%+ Hispanic owned)
Click here to learn more and fill out the nomination form today.

Miami Beach Hall of Fame
Miami Beach’s unique history, economic growth and thriving status as a premiere place to live, work and play has been created and enhanced by the dedicated efforts of its community members. Today, more than ever, we are realizing how valuable determined, creative and innovative leadership, past and present, is to the viability and wellbeing of a community.

To recognize remarkable individuals that have made a lasting and significant impact on Miami Beach, the city is asking the public to nominate deserving individuals for the Miami Beach Hall of Fame. Nominations are being accepted now through September 14, 2020. Click here to learn more and fill out the nomination form today.
2020 Primary Election
This is the last week to vote early ahead of the Primary Election on Tuesday, August 18.

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

Early voting times vary, click here to view the schedule.

There are 23 early voting locations throughout Miami-Dade County, don't wait until August 18 to cast your vote.

For more information on this election, call 311 or visit: iamelectionready.org
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 on how you can donate today.
Mask Up Miami Beach
We urge everyone to wear a mask, continue practicing social distancing and meticulously wash hands regularly.

Reminder, Miami Beach Police and Code Compliance Officers are giving out $50 civil citations for anyone not wearing a facial covering while in a public place or space. Free masks are being provided at all Miami-Dade Public Libraries.

Watch a brief video below on why our residents mask up!
Virtual Specialty Summer Camps
The Miami Beach Parks and Recreation Department continue to offer fun and new virtual camps for your kids to enjoy.

Offerings include:
  • Culinary Camp
  • Magic Camp
  • Lego Camp
  • Coding Camp
  • Dance Camp & more

For detailed scheduling information, click here. To register, visit register.miamibeachparks.com
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 for 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).