Business Update for those Facing the Impact of COVID-19
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
The City of Miami Beach is committed to working with our community businesses and stakeholders to keep everyone informed as this situation continues to unfold. Please find below the latest information on mandates/guidelines as well as businesses resources. 

In addition, we have created a list of frequently asked questions to help you better understand the changes and city information pertaining to COVID-19. Still have questions? You can also email MBCovid@miamibeachfl.gov .

Keeping residents safe is the primary directive in the city’s fight against COVID-19. To that end, the “Safer at Home” Emergency Order, enacted on March 24 remains in effect. This order  requires all persons living in the city to remain in their homes unless engaging in one of the activities listed below:

  • Essential retail and commercial activities, such as groceries; medical care; restaurants; for pick up, take out or delivery; banking; and other activities listed in the Order;
  • Outdoor recreational activities in areas not otherwise CLOSED;
  • Religious activities, subject to distance separation rules;
  • Personal support activities, to care for family members or friends;
  • Work in support of essential activities, including work to or from essential retail and commercial businesses permitted to remain open by County Emergency Order or City Emergency Order

At all times, residents and visitors shall adhere to social distancing practices, such as
  • maintaining a distance of at least six feet away from others,
  • washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds or using hand sanitizer,
  • covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands),
  • regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, and
  • not shaking hands. 

Residents and visitors are strongly encouraged to limit all of their travel, except as absolutely necessary. Persons at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and people who are sick are strongly encouraged to stay in their residence to the extent possible, except as necessary to seek medical care.

As a reminder, the city has implemented a curfew from midnight to 5 a.m. until further notice.

CITY SERVICES

For a full list of impacted city services, including the Building Department, City Clerk, Code Compliance and more, select the Impacted City Services tab on our COVID-19 webpage .

Miami Beach Trolley Update
In the interest of public health and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the City of Miami Beach is suspending all trolley service  effective Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 7 p.m.

FINANCIAL RESOURCES

Emergency Business Damage Assessment Survey
The Governor has activated the Business Damage Assessment Survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local business operations. Results from this survey will be shared with state agencies and local partners. Completing this survey could help unlock State and Federal funding.

The survey, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) can be taken online here . For inquiries or assistance with the survey, businesses can contact Emergency Support Function 18 at ESF18@em.myflorida.com .

State of Florida Emergency Bridge Loan Program
The State of Florida Emergency Bridge Loan Program has been activated. The application period will run through May 8, 2020. The program will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced economic injury from COVID-19. Click here for eligibility requirements and guide . Complete details on this program and how to apply are available here .

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Guidance
The SBA has approved the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program which will provide small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Find more information on the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans here .

Facebook Grant
F acebook will be offering, in the upcoming weeks, 100 million in cash grants and ad credits to help during this challenging time. Click here for more information.

GENERAL RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYEES AND EMPLOYERS

Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Employer Notice:  Each covered employer must post in a conspicuous place on its premises a notice of FFCRA requirements. Employer requirements fact sheet . The Department of Labor has issued a press release indicating that it intends to observe a 30-day period of non-enforcement for employers who engage in reasonable, good-faith efforts to comply with the FFCRA.

IRS Advances
In certain circumstances, employers can apply for an advance from the IRS to obtain funds to provide the paid leave. The IRS has issued a press release explaining some of the benefits that are available.
 
Unemployment Benefits and the Coronavirus:
Florida has eliminated the 'work search' requirement for unemployment benefits.
Click here to learn how to apply for unemployment benefits, workers’ compensation, welfare or temporary assistance, and other programs and services that can help if you lose your job. 

What qualifies you for unemployment in Florida? Click here for more information.

List of Temporary/ Seasonal Jobs Available
Click here to view a list of available job openings.

Short Time Compensation Program (Florida Department of Economic Opportunity)
The Short Time Compensation Program is a voluntary employer program designed to help employers maintain their staff by reducing the weekly working hours during temporary slowdowns instead of temporarily laying off employees. If an employer establishes a Short Time Compensation Plan and an employee meets the qualifications to file a re-employment assistance claim in the state of Florida, the employee will receive a partial re-employment check to supplement their reduced paycheck.For more information on the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Short Time Compensation Program please click here

EMPLOYERS: To apply for the Short Time Compensation Program (required for employees to submit a re-employment claim), please click here .

Employee Parking
For information regarding municipal parking lot monthly permits or garage access cards, please contact the City’s Customer Service Center at 305.673.7505, press #0 for a call center agent or please send an email with your inquiry or request to: MunicipalParkingPermits@miamibeachfl.gov

RESOURCES FOR RESTAURANTS AND BARS

Restaurant & Take-Out Delivery Guidelines
For Stopping the Spread of COVID-19
Click here for a list of guidelines for your establishment.

Miami Eats Program
Due to the dramatic impact on the hospitality industry during this pandemic, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) has launched MIAMI EATS - a new program to help our restaurants and their employees during this crisis. Visit the GMCVB to learn how to have your establishment added to the list. 

Click here to learn about resources for bartenders and servers.

Free ad for Miami Beach Business Owners in Miami Beach Life Magazine

The Beach Channel is offering free advertisements.
The Beach Channel is offering free advertisement to any restaurants in the Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe county area that are offering delivery or take-out. All restaurants that offers delivery or pick-up are eligible.

Surviving the Pandemic: Your restaurant can survive the fallout from COVID-19
Results Thru Strategy, Inc. has launched a video series (“Surviving the Pandemic”) to aid the restaurant industry struggling with the effects on their business of the novel coronavirus. It is hosted by RTS Founder, Chaos Strategist and Change Agent, Fred LeFranc. Fred and RTS Partners will focus on delivery/takeout, human resources, technology, culinary, finance, real estate and marketing. The series is designed to help owners, managers and team members regain and even improve business.

Preparing for the Coronavirus: Steps for Food Service and Restaurant Readiness.

Coronavirus: Industry Readiness and Response
Designed for State Restaurant Associations and chain restaurant representatives who need answers to their questions about the impact of the virus

RESOURCES FOR THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY
 
Essential Hotels Still Open in Miami-Dade County
Although hotels are closed on Miami Beach, there are still essential hotels open on the mainland. Click here for a full list of open properties in Miami-Dade County. 

AAHOA Webcast Series
In the wake of the impact of COVID-19 on the hospitality industry, AAHOA is bringing you a series of webcasts that will keep you informed and help determine next steps for your business.

ADDITIONAL BUSINESS WEBINARS AND PREPAREDNESS TOOLS

Small Business Administration: Learn more about the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
Mar 26, 2020 | 3 PM

Coronavirus Resources: Labor and Employment Law Challenges and Obligations Facing Employers
Available On Demand

In the current coronavirus public health emergency, employers are confronting difficult questions related to employment issues including leave and accommodation, workers’ compensation, Family Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disability Act, and other workplace laws and regulations.

Business Pandemic Planning Checklist
To assist with the potential financial impact on your business, please visit the following link for information to help maintain the continuity of your operations:  Business Pandemic Planning Checklist .

Resilience in a Box
This collection of resources educates business leaders on disaster preparedness and helps put them on a path to resilience. Read more on the Good360 blog .

U.S. Department of Labor
The Wage and Hour Division provides information on common issues employers and employees face when responding to influenza, pandemics, or other public health emergencies, and their effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Click here to learn more.

RECOVERY RESOURCES FOR NON-PROFITS
Now more than ever, we must come together as a community to help one another. Here are a few organizations you can help.

  • The Miami Foundation Community Recovery Fund is focusing on recovery for non-profits, specifically: support for organizations that lost crucial revenue from cancelled or low-turnout events and performances and working capital for organizations at risk of being displaced and unable to serve their constituents. 
  • United Way of Miami-Dade, in partnership with The Miami Foundation, Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald, Health Foundation of South Florida and others, has launched the Miami Pandemic Response Fund
  • Feeding South Florida launches a COVID-19 Response Fund
  • Center for Disaster Philanthropy launches fund to support nonprofits working with vulnerable populations
  • The One Fair Wage's emergency fund supports restaurant workers, tipped servers and delivery drivers
  • Americans for the Arts COVID-19 resources and responses for artists and arts organizations. This effort is also closely coordinated with the National Endowment of the Arts