Dear GMBHA members,
The unfortunate increase in COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida and the country is leading to stricter measures and guidelines for the travel and hospitality industry. While beaches throughout Miami-Dade County will be temporarily closed for the 4th of July weekend (July 3-7), today Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez issued an Executive Order announcing pools within hotels may remain open however must follow stricter operation guidelines. Some of the new hotel pool guidelines include:
- Close pools between hours of 8:00 pm each night and 6:00 am the next morning;
- Limit the use of pools to guests staying in rooms at the establishment, and overall capacity to 50 percent of the pool deck capacity;
- Not permit alcohol consumption or sales of on pool decks prior to 11:00 am;
- Only permit guests staying at the establishment to access rooms, and to strictly observe room occupant limits
For full details on new hotel pool guidelines please review the Executive Order
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) and Greater Miami & Beaches Hotel Association (GMBHA) agree that safety of visitors and hospitality industry staff is a priority and fully support the county’s measures to impose stricter guidelines within hotel pools as a way to keep the travel industry operational in a responsible manner during the 4th of July weekend.
As one of the hardest hit industries, the travel and hospitality sector has a unique opportunity to innovate operations and be a leader in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Doing so is not only a public health service, but it also ensures the vitality of our industry. Stopping and slowing the spread of COVID-19 gives our industry a chance to remain open, stimulating our economy and keeping important tourism jobs online. The GMCVB and GMBHA encourages local tourism partners adhere to
Miami Dade County’s New Normal
guidelines and also originate operational guidelines independent of government executive orders.
The spirit of partnership is strong among Greater Miami’s tourism industry.
Together we can get through this and keep shining bright.
William D. Talbert, III, CDME
Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
Greater Miami & The Beaches Hotel Association