Friday, August 21, 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.

Message from the Mayor
View today's message from Mayor Dan Gelber below and read it in Spanish here.
Short-Term Rentals
Beginning this Saturday, August 22 at 12:01 a.m., legal short-term rentals in condominium and hotel buildings may commence operations. View additional information below and safety guidelines here.

  • Short-term rentals and vacation rentals that are not located in condominium or hotel buildings must remain CLOSED and are expressly PROHIBITED.

  • Short-term rentals and vacation rentals that are not located in condominium or hotel buildings are prohibited from accepting any new guests or making any new reservations.

  • Commencing at 12:01 a.m., Saturday, August 22, 2020 and notwithstanding any other emergency order to the contrary, for short-term rentals and vacation rentals located in condominiums or hotel buildings where otherwise permitted, the maximum daytime and overnight occupancy shall be up to a maximum of two persons per bedroom plus two additional persons per rental unit not to exceed a maximum of four persons, unless it is a single family group staying together, in which case not to exceed six persons per rental units.

  • Any violation(s) of the maximum occupancy restriction may result in the immediate revocation of the Business Tax Receipt for the short-term rental unit or vacation rental in question for the duration of the Emergency Order, or any other appropriate penalty determined by the City Manager.
COVID-19 & Antibody Testing

Both the Miami Beach Convention Center testing site and the Walk-Up testing site at 21 Street and Collins Avenue will close tomorrow, August 22 at 12 p.m. for storm demobilization. Reopening is subject to weather conditions.

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.
Drive-Thru Food Distribution
Feeding South Florida and Commissioner David Richardson will host a drive-thru food distribution on Saturday, August 22.

Saturday, August 22
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
Week of Welcome: Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Prepare for the new school year with daily learning modules brought to you by Miami-Dade Public Schools beginning August 24 through August 28.

Tune into the Superintendent's Parent Webinar on
Tuesday, August 25 at 5:30 PM

Submit your questions before Friday, August 21 to
North Beach Virtual Composting Hub Launch
Join us virtually to celebrate the launch of the North Beach Composting Hub! Get the scoop on how you can participate in the hub and learn about the do's and don'ts of composting.

Register for the hub today and watch the live event to be eligible for a compost gift set!

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
12 PM

Register for the hub and Zoom webinar by visiting
Lottery for COVID-19 Assistance
The City of Miami Beach has received Coronavirus Relief Funds from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC) to provide emergency rent, mortgage, and maintenance/HOA fees assistance to households adversely impacted by COVID-19.

Applications for the assistance lottery are currently being accepted now through Wednesday, August 26 at 4 p.m. Click here to enter the lottery. A computerized lottery of submitted applications will be held on Monday, August 31 at 9 a.m. to establish a numerical order for processing these applicants. Inclusion in the lottery waitlist does not mean your application is confirmed eligible or that the applicant will receive assistance. 

Miami Beach households earning up to 120% Area Median Income ($58,440 for a household of one) can apply online via the City’s website for help with:
  • Rental assistance (including rent arrears, deposits and utility payments)
  • Mortgage payments (including principal and interest as well as insurance and property taxes paid via escrow only) and homeowner association fees. The assisted property may not have any current City liens and cannot be under any forbearance agreement in order to qualify for assistance
  • Housing re-entry assistance such as security deposits, utility deposits and temporary storage of household furnishings

For more information, call the Office of Housing and Community Services at 305.673.7491.
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.
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.
Make Your Voice Count: Fill Out the Census
Now more than ever it's important to get counted! So call up your friends and neighbors and ask them to visit and make sure our community gets counted.

Stay Informed
Visit our dedicated, city-related coronavirus webpage at 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 Or connect with us through social media via email, Nextdoor, Facebook, Twitter and via text message (text MBAlert to 888777).