Business Update for those Facing the Impact of COVID-19
Monday, May 18, 2020
The City of Miami Beach is committed to working with our community businesses and stakeholders to keep everyone informed as this pandemic continues to unfold. Please find below the latest information on mandates/guidelines as well as business resources.  For a full listing information, visit
Letter from City Manager
Jimmy L. Morales
The City of Miami Beach is preparing to safely welcome back residents and visitors to businesses that had previously closed their doors in a collective effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Click here to read a letter from City Manager Morales.

Reopening Miami Beach
Following Miami-Dade County Mayor’s issuance of County Emergency Order 23-20, the city will implement its phased reopening on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 — permitting certain retail and commercial establishments, including retail stores, personal grooming establishments, offices and museums to reopen, subject to the social distancing requirements in County EO 23-20 and the city’s Phase 1 Reopening Emergency Order . The city’s order provides that restaurants and sidewalk cafes may reopen on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 as part of phase 1b.

Visit to read the mandatory guidelines and best practices for each industry. The website is currently populated with phase 1a and phase 1b guidelines.

Additionally, Ocean Drive is closed to vehicular traffic to allow restaurants in Phase 1B to extend their footprint — allowing for additional capacity. It also offers an opportunity for residents and visitors to walk or cycle this iconic street.
Restaurant Recovery Outdoor Seating Pilot Program
The City of Miami Beach intends to provide additional opportunities for restaurants to provide outdoor dining in an effort to promote the economic recovery of the city’s restaurants, as well as provide an opportunity for residents and visitors to resume dining at local businesses. Accordingly, on May 13, 2020, the City Commission adopted Resolution No. 2020-31276, creating the Restaurant Recovery Outdoor Seating Pilot Program
This program is intended to be temporary in nature, and shall remain in effect through September 30, 2020, or until otherwise extended. It will supplement the city’s formal sidewalk café permit process, in a business-friendly manner and to allow for an expedited process. To this end, the city’s standard requirement for stamped engineering plans will be waived. Click here for additional details and to view the application.

 Miami-Dade County Small Business Box
Miami-Dade County is committed to helping businesses get back to work. If you’re re-opening your small business and need assistance, Miami-Dade County is offering the Back-to-Business box. These boxes come with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to assist with safety requirements.

Please see the requirements for small business owners here and follow the application process for the issuance of PPE. Supplies are limited and will be provided as available on a first come, first serve basis.

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 .
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