Thursday, September 17, 2020
The City of Miami Beach has amended its Emergency Measures, effective Friday, September 18, 2020 at 12:01 p.m., to be in compliance with Miami-Dade County’s Emergency Order (EO) 28-20, as amended. Movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, arcades, and indoor amusement facilities and attractions may operate, provided the establishment:

  • Complies with the COVID-19 safety plan for such establishment previously approved by Miami-Dade County and the City
  • Complies with the current version of the New Normal Guidebook, as such may be amended from time to time
  • If such establishments allow eating or drinking on premises, provides specific and clearly marked locations where eating and drinking will be allowed. 

Read the latest city information below, which includes COVID-19 updates in the beginning, followed by general city news.

Reminder, Miami-Dade County amended their countywide general curfew to 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. All restaurants and food service establishments shall close for on-premises dining between the start of the curfew at 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. the next morning. These establishments may still continue to operate their kitchens after 11 p.m. strictly for the purpose of providing delivery and drive-through services only

Please note that take-out, pick-up, or curb-side pick-up is prohibited between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. each day.

COVID-19 Updates
CDC Issues Nationwide Temporary Eviction Moratorium
On September 4, HHS and the CDC enacted an unprecedented, nationwide eviction moratorium to help mitigate against the further spread of COVID-19. The CDC’s emergency health order protects qualifying renters from eviction for nonpayment of rent through December 31, 2020. For renters to receive protections offered through the order they must submit a form to their landlord or property owner affirming that they meet the set criteria.

Under penalty of perjury, the tenant must verify that: 
  • They made best efforts to get available government assistance for rent or housing;
  • They either qualified for an Economic Impact Payment (stimulus check) under the CARES Act, or expect to earn no more than $99,000 for an individual or $198,000 for joint filers in calendar year 2020; 
  • They are unable to pay the full rent or payment due to substantial loss of household income, loss of hours of work or wages, or large medical expenses; 
  • They will continue best efforts to make timely partial payments that are close to what their earnings permit; and 
  • The eviction would likely cause them to become homeless or require them to move into and live in close quarters or a shared living setting.
This order does not offer rent forgiveness, meaning tenants will still be required to pay back rent once the order expires at the end of the year. The order also does not prohibit landlords or property owners from charging late fees while the temporary moratorium is in place.
Combat COVID MDC App
Yesterday, Miami-Dade County formally launched its new contact-tracing app called "CombatCOVID MDC." Available in English, Creole and Spanish, this new app will help keep the County's community healthy while also building trust so that local businesses can continue to re-open. Palm Beach County is also using the same app, and Broward is considering implementing it, so there will be synergy throughout South Florida.
 
This secure app requires no personal information and no GPS or location data is tracked. All information is encrypted to meet maximum security protocols. The app incorporates Bluetooth connections to anonymously notify users if they have been near another person who has downloaded the app and has self-reported being positive for COVID-19.
 
If the app indicated potential exposure, users are urged to isolate and get tested immediately, because even people who feel fine can spread the virus to loved ones and those at high risk of getting severely ill. If a user does test positive, the app discretely alerts others to get tested without ever disclosing the identity of the app user.
 
The free CombatCOVID MDC app can be downloaded from the Apple Store for iPhone use, and the Google Store for androids. For the latest information, click here.
Virtual Culture
The Bass is delighted to welcome you back to the museum with new exhibitions Open Storage and The Willfulness of Objects and returning favorites like Mickalene Thomas' Better Nights. We hope that art can bring you joy and spark creativity as our community works together to recover.

During your visit, receive a free reusable face mask designed by artist Carlos Amorales (while supplies last). Created in collaboration with designer Janet Martínez and the NGO WEIGO (Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing & Organizing), this project supports the family businesses of various sewing workshops in Mexico affected by the pandemic. Learn more in this week's arts and culture newsletter here.
Drive-Thru Food Distribution
Feeding South Florida and Commissioner David Richardson will host a drive-thru food distribution on Saturday, September 19.

Saturday, September 19
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
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.
General City Updates
New Web Portal to Serve as a Hub for Project Information
The City of Miami Beach has created a new streamlined web portal to better inform residents on all current neighborhood improvement projects — from those managed in public works, capital improvement projects, transportation, parks and recreation and more. Updated by the city’s Neighborhood Affairs Division (NAD), the portal houses all community projects broken down by area (North, Mid and South Beach), and provides relevant project information and contacts.
 
With over 30 projects with active construction throughout the city, the portal provides residents with a one-stop-shop for staying current, along with other timely resident resources. Visit the portal today: www.miamibeachfl.gov/nad
Senior Affairs Committee Meeting
The Seniors Affairs Committee meeting will meet Monday, September 21 at 9:30 a.m. virtually via Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87545982331 The meeting will be streamed live on MBTV Channel 660 on Atlantic Broadband or 99 on AT&T U-Verse.

How to provide spoken public comment during the meeting:
The public may provide spoken comment by dialing telephone 301.715.8592 or 888.475.4499 (toll free). The Webinar ID is 875 4598 2331. Press *9 to raise a hand to be placed in queue to speak.
Cooking with Parks & Rec
Whether this quarantine has brought out your new found baking skills or you've always been a master chef, we want to get cooking with you!

The Miami Beach Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with Common Threads will be hosting a live dinner cooking demonstration on the city's Facebook account.

Monday, September 21
6 PM

All you need is the following ingredients and you can follow along to cook Fajitas with the whole family:
  • fajita spice mix - recipe*
  • salt
  • paprika powder
  • onion powder
  • garlic powder
  • chili powder
  • cornstarch
  • whole wheat tortilla or corn tortillas
  • red bell pepper
  • onion
  • boneless skinless chicken breast or sirloin steak
  • lime or lemon
  • vegetable oil

Grab your apron and join us live!
Land Use & Sustainability Meeting
The Land Use and Sustainability meeting will meet Tuesday, September 22 at 8 a.m. virtually via Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83172724329 The meeting will be streamed live on MBTV Channel 660 on Atlantic Broadband or 99 on AT&T U-Verse.

How to provide spoken public comment during the meeting:
The public may provide spoken comment by dialing telephone 301.715.8592 or 888.475.4499 (toll free). The Webinar ID is 831 7272 4329. Press *9 to raise a hand to be placed in queue to speak.
Planning Board Meeting
The Planning Board will meet Tuesday, September 22 at 9 a.m. virtually via Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/92155365533 The meeting will be streamed live on MBTV Channel 660 on Atlantic Broadband or 99 on AT&T U-Verse.

How to provide spoken public comment during the meeting:
The public may provide spoken comment by dialing telephone 301.715.8592 or 888.475.4499 (toll free). The Webinar ID is 921 5536 5533. Press *9 to raise a hand to be placed in queue to speak.
Neighborhood & Quality of Life Committee Meeting
The Neighborhood and Quality of Life Committee will meet Wednesday, September 23 at 8:30 a.m. virtually via Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88274790016 The meeting will be streamed live on MBTV Channel 660 on Atlantic Broadband or 99 on AT&T U-Verse.

How to provide spoken public comment during the meeting:
The public may provide spoken comment by dialing telephone 312.626.6799 or 888.475.4499 (toll free). The Webinar ID is 882 7479 0016. Press *9 to raise a hand to be placed in queue to speak.
Finance & Economic Resiliency Committee Meeting
The Finance and Economic Resiliency Committee will meet Wednesday, September 23 at 1 p.m. virtually via Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83975652352 The meeting will be streamed live on MBTV Channel 660 on Atlantic Broadband or 99 on AT&T U-Verse.

How to provide spoken public comment during the meeting:
The public may provide spoken comment by dialing telephone 301.715.8592 or 888.475.4499 (toll free). The Webinar ID is 839 7565 2352. Press *9 to raise a hand to be placed in queue to speak.
Back-to-School with Parks & Rec

Virtual After School Program
The Parks & Recreation Department is offering homework assistance for children in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade. Additional activities will include fitness classes, yoga, cooking, science and more.

  • Monday through Friday (September 8 - October 2)
  • 2:30 PM - 5 PM (K-1st Grade)
  • 3:30 PM - 6 PM (2nd - 5th Grade)
  • Weekly Fee: $75

Virtual Teen Club
The virtual Teen Club program includes tutoring/homework assistance, STEM, dance, social emotional learning, entrepreneurship, sports fitness, hobby projects and more. Virtual tutoring occurs through the Zoom platform and space is limited.

  • Monday through Friday (September 8 - October 2)
  • 4 PM - 5:30 PM (6th - 12th Grade)
  • FREE for all teens enrolled in a Miami Beach school

Programs may be canceled due to low enrollment. Registration has begun, register today by visiting register.miamibeachparks.com
Countdown to Fill Out the Census- Less than 2 Weeks Away!
The U.S. Census Bureau is sending an additional paper questionnaire to over 16.2 million households in low-responding census tracts. All mail packages are expected to arrive by today, September 15. This mailing is the last in a series of reminders the Census Bureau has mailed to non-responding households since mid-March urging them to respond.
 
Census takers are still visiting households that have not responded to the census to collect responses in person. Census takers may also visit households that have already responded as part of 2020 Census quality checks. Now, more than ever, it's important to get counted!

Are you a renter? View our 2020 Census Renters guide here.

The Census Bureau will END all counting on September 30.
Call up your friends and neighbors and ask them to visit my2020census.gov and make sure our community gets counted!
Miami Beach Hall of Fame - EXTENDED
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. The nomination period has been extended and nominations will be accepted now through November 30, 2020.

Selected Miami Beach Hall of Fame recipients are celebrated in the permanent honor hall, located on the south concourse wall of the Miami Beach Convention Center. Inductees will be honored with a plaque listing their accomplishments and a special ceremony to celebrate their achievements.

Eligible individuals must have been either born in Miami Beach, made Miami Beach his/her place of residence or business and/or had a positive and lasting impact on the community. Please click here to access the online application system. Completed applications must be submitted in the online portal by November 30, 2020 at 11:59 PM.
COVID-19 & Antibody Testing

The Miami Beach Convention Center testing site offers drive-up and walk-up COVID-19 antigen tests (“rapid tests”). This test is a nasal swab test with results reported to the patient within 4 hours or less. It will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily or until the site reaches the maximum 350 daily allotted tests. More detailed information on the purpose and efficacy of the antigen test can be found on the CDC website.

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., except for Thursdays where the site closes at 3:30 p.m. Testing 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.
Plasma Donation
As the number of COVID-19 infections rise in Florida, hospitals are facing critical shortages of convalescent plasma for treatment.

The University of Miami Health System is working with OneBlood to collect convalescent plasma to use for a potential treatment option for patients with COVID-19.

Who can participate in this study?
A donor must be over 18 years old, have confirmed COVID-19 documents by a laboratory test, or history suggestive of resolved COVID-19 like illness. Participants must also have complete resolution of symptoms at least 28 days before donation and not participated in any COVID vaccine trials for at least the past 12 months.

For more information on the donation process, contact Tom Tanner at 305.243.5621 or via email at ttanner@med.miami.edu

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
Visit our dedicated, city-related coronavirus webpage at 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).