Business Update for those Facing the Impact of COVID-19
Friday, August 21, 2020

  • 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.

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.
Hotel Workers Impacted by COVID-19 Can Now Apply for Financial Support & Professional Development Training
The Hotel Worker Relief Program has officially launched!

This program, developed in partnership with Miami Dade College (MDC) and the Greater Miami and Beaches Hotel Association (GMBHA), provides financial support and professional training to hospitality workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Up to 2,500 eligible hospitality workers will receive financial compensation in the amount of $1,000 for successfully completing a hotel training workshop. Administered by Miami Dade College, the program and workshops will take place over the course of two days and will include a curriculum for the professional development of hotel workers, including employment skills training, opportunities for advancement in the hotel industry, and exposure to other career paths.

Applications and additional information about the program can be found here.
Miami-Dade County's Hospitality Industry Grant (HIG) Program
Local, independently-owned and operated restaurants and non-home-based caterers impacted by COVID-19 are eligible to apply for relief monies through the Miami-Dade County Hospitality Industry Grant Program.

The $30 million HIG program will be calculated based on individual percentages of eligible costs incurred, with a maximum award of $25,000 per establishment. The program will award grants to a maximum of two (2) establishments per restaurant/hospitality group. Priority will be given to applicants that have a single establishment. If an applicant has two or more establishments and requests assistance for both, then a single application must be submitted. Learn more and apply here.
RISE Loan Program
The RISE Loan program is now open to Miami-Dade County businesses impacted by COVID-19. The maximum loan amount a business can receive is $30,000. 
To be eligible, a business must operate within Miami-Dade County, be in operation for a minimum of 2-years, have gross sales of less than $2 Million and have 25 or fewer employees or independent contractors. Complete details on this program are available here.
Career Source South Florida COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund
Are you a small business and/or Community Base Organization (CBO) in need of assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic? CareerSource South Florida is here to help!

CareerSource South Florida (CSSF) announces the COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund, which is designed to provide support to small businesses within Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, facing financial impacts and potential layoffs from the coronavirus pandemic. The fund will provide grants to small businesses and/or CBO’s experiencing economic distress with the goal of preventing potential layoffs or minimizing the duration of unemployment resulting from COVID-19 layoffs.
Eligible businesses and/or CBOs may receive up to $10,000.00 in COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund grant funds. CSSF will utilize the following scale to award grants:
  • 3–10 employees up to $5,000.00
  • 11–25 employees up to $7,500.00
  • 26–50 employees up to $10,000.00

Please see the CSSF COVID-19 Layoff Aversion Fund Policy for eligibility requirements here. Applications must be submitted through your local chamber. Select an entity from the list below to be directed to the application:

  • Greater Key West Chamber of Commerce, click here.
  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, click here.
  • Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce, click here.
  • CAMACOL-Latin Chamber of Commerce of U.S.A, click here.
  • Miami-Dade Beacon Council, click here.
  • Tools for Change, click here.
To request assistance as an impacted business or employee, please email with your contact information and needs. All inquiries will be responded to via phone or email by a Resource Agent.

For a full listing of resources and information visit
View our frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 or email