Business Update for those Facing the Impact of COVID-19
Friday, April 3, 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 businesses resources.  For a full listing of resources and information, visit www.MBbiz.com.

CITY UPDATES
As the coronavirus continues to claim lives across the State of Florida, the City of Miami Beach has added a requirement in  today’s Emergency Order , effective April 7, 2020, for all employees and customers of grocery stores, pharmacies and restaurant facilities to wear a form of covering over their nose and mouth at all times when inside these establishments. The same requirement applies to individuals providing delivery services.
 
Acceptable coverings may include a face mask , homemade mask or other cloth covering, such as a scarf, bandana or handkerchief, and should complement — not substitute for — social distancing practices. Medical and surgical face masks, such as “N95” masks, are in short supply and should be reserved for health care personnel and other first responders with the greatest need for such personal protective equipment. 
 
As to all  other  essential retail and commercial establishments permitted to remain open, employees and customers are strongly encouraged to wear a form of covering over their nose and mouth. All establishments are strongly encouraged to implement policies for employees to use other personal protective equipment, such as gloves, subject to the availability of such items.

The city has also revised its  “Safer at Home” Emergency Order  through April 9, 2020.

Miami Beach Resource Center
Many businesses and their employees have been negatively impacted by COVID-19. In order to help navigate through the wealth of resources available, the City of Miami Beach has launched a Resource Center to provide guidance through this challenging time.  

To request assistance, 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.

Impacted City Services
All departments in City Hall are open virtually and telephonically. Effective, Monday, April 6, all city departments that had been public-facing, including the Finance Department, City Clerk Office and Public Works Department, will be closed until further notice. Visit the “ Other Impacted City Services ” tab on the city’s COVID-19 webpage at  www.miamibeachfl.gov/coronavirus  for information on how to reach each department.
NEW RESOURCES

Small Business Paycheck Protection Program
As of today, April 3, banks have begun processing the loans authorized under the CARES Act. The Paycheck Protection Program provides small businesses with funds to pay up to 8 weeks of payroll costs including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent and utilities. Click here for more information.

Borrowers can click here to download a fillable application.

Beware of nefarious actors:
  • Only FDIC insured banks are authorized to provide these loans
  • These loans are offered at NO COST, so if a “lender” charges to process these loans, they must be reported to the Division of Consumer Affairs.

Certificate in Hospitality and Tourism Management
Florida Atlantic University’s Hospitality and Tourism Management Certificate Program provides participants with the essential skills and knowledge necessary for career development in this exciting field. Click here for more information.

Registration deadline is April 7, 2020
Location-Online
Free

Guy Fieri Helps Launch Restaurant Employee Relief Fund
Guy Fieri has joined forces with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation to launch the   Restaurant Employee Relief Fund , aimed at awarding $500 grants to applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. Grants are available as one-time endowments to all US restaurant workers who have been impacted by the pandemic.

Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loans & Coronavirus (COVID-19) (Webinar)
Thursday, April 9, 2020, 9 AM to 9:30 AM


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 .