Effective today, Saturday, March 21, 2020
, the City of Coral Gables will be enforcing an Emergency Order issued by Miami-Dade County related to hotels and motels which is summarized below:
· No hotel, motel or other commercial lodging establishment may accept new reservations except from “essential lodgers.”
· “Essential lodgers” are defined as:
o Healthcare professionals;
o First responders;
o Members of the National Guard;
o Law enforcement personnel;
o State/federal employees;
o Airline crew members;
o Patient’s family members;
o Other individuals responding to COVID-19;
o Displaced residents and visitors;
o Persons unable to return home due to COVID-19;
o Persons forced to vacate their home due to exigent circumstances such as fire or flood;
o Persons using hotels for transitional housing;
o Victims of domestic violence seeking shelter; and
o Hotel employees/service providers/contractors;
o Persons who are temporarily unable to live at home.
· Establishes maximum occupancy for short-term rentals – 2 people/bedroom plus 2 additional people per property with a maximum of 10 people.
· Short-term rentals may not accept new nightly or weekly reservations starting March 23, 2020.
The City will be enforcing the County Mayor’s orders as they apply to all of Miami-Dade County.
All essential City services remain operational, and the City’s Trolleys and Freebees are currently still in circulation. The City of Coral Gables continues to monitor the development of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and will be providing updates as needed.