Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Today, the City Manager has extended the city’s State of Emergency Declaration and Emergency Measures through August 12, 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.
Food Giveaway

Caleb & Calder Sloan's Foundation along with the Miami Beach JCC and Commissioner David Richardson will be giving out groceries to 500 families tomorrow, June 5.

Thursday, June 6
9 AM - 11 AM
4600 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL

There will be kosher food available upon request. Groceries will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

Please remember to have your face coverings!
COVID-19 & Antibody Testing

*New*At the Miami Beach Convention Center, there are now two self-swab lanes that will process symptomatic, people age 65 and over as well as 5 years and up. There will also be one nurse swab lane that will process asymptomatic patients. 

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.

Walk-Up Testing
The walk-up COVID-19 testing is located at 73 Street and Ocean Terrace 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.

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.
Miami-Dade Pandemic Assistance Program

Experiencing financial hardship(s) due to COVID-19?
 
Miami-Dade County is partnering with United Way of Miami-Dade to provide short-term assistance for basic living expenses through The Miami-Dade Pandemic Assistance Program.
 
The program aims to provide hard-working individuals and families with assistance for necessities such as food, utilities, childcare, medical expenses and rental assistance among others. If you have experienced a significant loss of income, become unemployed, underemployed and/or have experienced unexpected expenses as a result of COVID-19 and are a resident of Miami-Dade County, you can apply for assistance starting today, August 5.
 
The Miami-Dade Pandemic Assistance Program is funded by the federal CARES Act. United Way of Miami-Dade will distribute the $20 million in relief funds to residents who meet hardship assistance criteria. The application is available in English, Spanish and Creole. For additional assistance, you can call 305.646.7068. Apply here.
*NEW* Virtual Specialty Summer Camps
Beginning next week, the Miami Beach Parks and Recreation Department will be adding 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
Virtual Culture
The Bass, Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum, announces the launch of
New Monuments, a project supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation through the museum’s Knight Art Commissions Program established in 2019. Open to artists living or working in Miami-Dade County, New Monuments invites project submissions that visualize a new/temporary monument atop a plinth in Collins Park.

The Bass' curatorial team will select one artist each year for five years to create a work that will be on view for 10-12 months at a time. The first temporary monument will be installed around March 2021.

Learn more and read other virtual happenings in this week's virtual culture guide.
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!
2020 Primary Election
Early voting for the Primary Election has begun and will take place now through Sunday, 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

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

To protect your health and safety, you can also vote by mail. Voters have until this Saturday, August 8, to request a Vote by Mail Ballot for the August 18 Primary Election.

If you prefer to vote in-person, you can go to one of the 23 early voting locations throughout Miami-Dade County. Don't wait until August 18 to cast your vote. For more information on the three ways to vote, call 311 or visit: iamelectionready.org
Shift of Miami-Dade Transit Bus Stops
As the city implements the Washington Avenue Social Distancing Plan, Miami-Dade Transit operations have shifted from Washington Avenue to Collins Avenue.

Alternative bus stops have been implemented on Collins Avenue at 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15 streets and Lincoln Road.
 
The Washington Avenue Social Distancing Plan partially closes Washington Avenue to vehicular traffic to create a pedestrian and bicycle boulevard that meets the needs of the community, businesses and visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
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).