Tuesday, September 29, 2020
The City of Miami Beach has issued a Phase 3 Opening Order and Emergency Measures, effective today, September 29, 2020, to be in compliance with Miami-Dade County’s new Emergency Order (EO) 30-20 and the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-244. The City’s Phase 3 emergency measures include the following:

Retail & Commercial Establishments
Every retail and commercial establishment within the City of Miami Beach is permitted to reopen pursuant to Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order 2020-244, any Miami-Dade County Emergency Order, including Miami-Dade County Emergency Order (“County EO”) 30-20, as may be amended. Refer to the City of Miami Beach’s Phase 3 Opening Order and Emergency Measures for additional details regarding compliance.
 
Restaurants and Other Food Service Establishments
Restaurants and other food service establishments that reopen for service at sidewalk cafés are strongly encouraged to accept guests by reservation only, and to utilize a paging system to limit the congregation of patrons.
 
Except as provided in this Order, restaurants and other food service establishments must comply with the requirements of any applicable County Emergency Order, including County EO 30-20, as may be amended, and the Handbook attached as Exhibit A to County EO 30-20, as amended, a copy of which is attached and incorporated in the City’s Phase 3 Opening Order as Exhibit 1.
 
All restaurants and food service establishments shall close for on-premises dining between the start of the curfew at 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. the next morning, as determined in County EO 27-20, as amended. Notwithstanding the foregoing, between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., such establishments may operate their kitchens strictly for the purpose of providing DELIVERY AND DRIVE-THROUGH SERVICES ONLY. Take-out, pick-up, or curb-side pick-up shall be expressly prohibited between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. each day. Employees, janitorial personnel, contractors, and delivery personnel shall be allowed access to such establishments. Ambient level music shall be permitted, however, the volume shall not exceed the level of a normal conversation. Live entertainment shall be permitted, however, live performers must be separated by a distance of at least ten (10) feet from all audience members and audience members must observe such performances from tables or stationary seats. The volume of such live entertainment shall not exceed the level of a normal conversation. 
 
Short-Term Rentals
Short-term rentals and vacation rentals are permitted as provided in County EO 30-20, as may be amended.
 
Notwithstanding County EO 30-20 or any other emergency order to the contrary, the maximum daytime and overnight occupancy for short-term rentals and vacation rentals shall be limited 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 unit.
 
Facial Coverings Required
All persons shall wear a mask or other facial covering when in public, as set forth in County EO 20-20 and 29-20, as amended.

Parks & Facility Hours
  • Park hours vary by site, but shall be limited to no earlier than 7 a.m. and no later than 10 p.m.
  • Golf courses are open from 7 a.m. through 8 p.m., with dining rooms remaining open beyond 8 p.m. based on demand only
  • Tennis Center Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Boat Ramp Hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
 
Religious Institutions and Places of Worship
This Order does not limit the number of persons who may be physically present at any religious service. Persons attending religious services are urged, but are not required, to practice social distancing, such as keeping six feet between persons and limiting group size to that necessary to accomplish physical distancing.
 
Curfew
A general curfew has been established throughout Miami-Dade County pursuant to County EO 27-20, as amended. The curfew will be in effect daily from 11p.m. to 6 a.m.
 
Package Liquor Stores & Other Retail Stores Selling Alcoholic Beverages for Off-Premises Consumption
All retail stores, including package liquor stores, grocery stores, convenience stores, and gasoline service/filling stations, which offer for sale any alcoholic beverage(s), (including, but not limited to, liquor, beer, or wine) for off-premises consumption SHALL BE PROHIBITED from selling any alcoholic beverage(s) after 8 p.m. each day in ALL ZONING DISTRICTS. Notwithstanding the foregoing, package liquor stores shall be permitted to make DELIVERIES to residential properties until 11 p.m. daily.
 
Package liquor stores and other retail stores selling alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption, as identified above, shall be permitted to resume sales of alcoholic beverages each morning pursuant to those times delineated in Section 6-3 of the Code of Laws and Ordinances of the City of Miami Beach.
 
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.

COVID-19 Updates
North Drive-Thru Food Distribution
Feeding South Florida and Commissioner David Richardson will host a drive-thru food distribution tomorrow, September 30.

Wednesday, September 30
9 AM - 11 AM
8700 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
In-Person After School Program
The City of Miami Beach Parks & Recreation will be opening a limited number of after school slots for the 2020-2021 school year on a first-come, first-served basis.

Enrollment is for Miami Beach residents that attend a Miami Beach school.

The program begins October 14 with staggered start dates depending on school grade per Miami-Dade Public Schools. The program will be Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for grades K-12. Residents: $631/Grades 6th - 12th: Free

Registration begins on Wednesday, October 7 at 10 a.m. at register.miamibeachparks.com

Please note, all registration dates and procedures may be subject to change.
The Garden is Now Open
The Miami Beach Botanical Garden is welcoming visitors once again. Limited access timed tickets are available for pre-purchase. Each two hour session will host 20 guests for a total of 40 per day.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite for $5 per person, with the following time slots on Thursdays through Sundays
  • Session 1: 11 AM -1 PM
  • Session 2: 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM
  • Session 3: 3 PM - 5 PM

The Gaylord's Guided Garden Tour is back at 11 a.m. on Saturdays, for an additional $5 limited to 9 attendees. Upon entry you will receive a sticker valid for the two hour session you have registered for. View all the Garden's diverse collections, follow the self guided audio tour and have a peek (one at a time) in our Botanical Boutique & Garden Center, chock full of gift ideas and plants for purchase. Visit mbgarden.org to view the schedule of upcoming virtual events!
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
Countdown to Fill Out the Census - 1 Day Left!
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 tomorrow, September 30.
Call up your friends and neighbors and ask them to visit my2020census.gov and make sure our community gets counted!
Get Moving with Parks & Rec
Our recreation leaders have put together free virtual classes you can take at any time from anywhere! From tai chi to yoga and even basketball drills, you can get a great workout in.

To view all classes being offered, click here:
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi
  • Basketball Drills
  • Dance Fusion
  • Chair Aerobics
  • Football Drills

No matter your fitness level, you can follow along at your own pace.
41 Street Corridor Revitalization Project Meeting
You are invited to join AECOM and the City of Miami Beach for a virtual public presentation on the G.O. Bond #40 - 41 Street Corridor Revitalization Project. Attendees will be asked for their feedback on potential schematic design options.

Thursday, October 1
5 PM

Or by telephone: 877.853.5257 (toll free), Webinar ID: 812 8377 5765

For more information please visit, gombinfo.com or contact Vanessa Vazquez at 786.599.6543 or via email at vanessavazquez@miamibeachfl.gov
Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting
A Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting will be held on Friday, October 2 at 9 a.m. virtually via Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8316265617 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 831 626 5617. Press *9 to raise a hand to be placed in queue to speak.
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).