Business Update for those Facing the Impact of COVID-19
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 & 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. 
 
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.

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.
 
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.
 
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.
Miami Foundation COVID-19 Relief Nonprofit Grants
The Miami Foundation, in partnership with Miami-Dade County’s Department of Public Housing and Community Development, will offer $10 million in grants to local, small nonprofits. The Miami-Dade County Nonprofit Support Grants program, made possible by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, will provide financial relief to charitable organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Approved by the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners on July 21, grant funds will be available to Miami-Dade nonprofits with fewer than 25 employees and must cover employee payroll, business interruption costs, reopening and other expenses related to pandemic response. Eligible nonprofits can apply for grants of up to $47,500 for reimbursements and/or future expenses.
 
The application closes tomorrow, September 30. View the program guidelines, application and FAQs, plus sign up for informational webinars and one-on-one help sessions, here.
City of Miami Beach Lessens the Economic Hardship
for Local Businesses
Understanding the widespread financial impacts local businesses have endured as a result of the global pandemic, the City of Miami Beach is providing a relief to businesses by modifying the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Business Tax Receipt (BTR) renewal process. The BTR expiration date, usually due and payable before September 30 of each year, has been extended to December 31, 2020 — providing businesses an additional three months of economic recovery.

The city is also providing an option for businesses to split the FY 2021 BTR renewal from one payment to two payments along with further extending the due dates. The first payment of half the renewal fee is now due December 31, 2020 followed by a second payment due date of March 31, 2021.
To request assistance as an impacted business or employee, please email ResourceCenter@miamibeachfl.gov 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 www.MBbiz.com
View our frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 or email MBCovid@miamibeachfl.gov.