Beaches open, indoor restaurant seating closed

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

Beaches open, indoor restaurant seating closed:

The latest orders for Miami-Dade County and Miami Beach

Open, closed, never mind, well maybe… that about sums up the announcements from Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez this past week regarding emergency measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

To cut through the confusion, here’s a summary of where we ended the week:

Beaches reopened following the July 4 holiday.

All restaurants, cafeterias, and other food service establishments
  • Open for outdoor service only between the hours of 6 am and 10 pm. 
  • Tables are limited to four people.
  • Due to the Countywide curfew, the outdoor dining areas must close at 10 pm.
  • Restaurants may operate their kitchens for delivery service between 10 pm and 6 am. Take-out, pick-up or curb-side pick-up is prohibited between 10 pm and 6 am. 
  • Music can only be at a volume that does not exceed the level of a normal conversation. 
  • Live entertainment is prohibited.

Closed Countywide: Event spaces including movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, arcades, indoor and outdoor amusement facilities and attractions, casinos, adult theaters, special cabarets, and unlicensed massage establishments, banquet halls both stand alone and part of a hotel or other business.

Gyms or fitness centers
  • Allowed to remain open (after an initial announcement that they would have to close).
  • Masks or facial coverings must now be worn at all times inside the facilities.

Short-term rentals
  • Maximum daytime and overnight occupancy for short-term vacation rentals: Up to a maximum of two persons per bedroom plus two additional persons per property not to exceed a maximum of ten persons.
  • New rental agreements may not be entered into except on a monthly basis.

Countywide curfew from 10 pm to 6 am remains in effect.

Reminder: Face Coverings are required in all public places, both indoors and out. 
The penalty for not wearing one is a $50 civil fine.
New testing location: The walk-up COVID test site at 42nd Street between Prairie and Royal Palm Avenue has moved to the parking lot at 21st Street and Collins Avenue. According to the City, “Once you check-in, you can return to your vehicle or move away from the mobile testing unit for your own protection and to ensure social distancing. There is no need to stand in a line, you will receive a text message advising when the nurse is ready for you.”

Saturday, July 11, testing will be from 7 am until 3 pm, with the weekly food drive taking place in same area. A total of 400 tests will be available each day at this site normally between 9 am and 4:30 pm. 

Miami Beach Convention Center Testing Site has both drive-thru and walk-up testing. It is open daily, including weekends, from 9 am until 5 pm. Both the COVID-19 active virus and antibody tests are available with a testing capability for the active virus of 1,200 tests per day and antibody testing capacity of 300 tests per day. Antibody results are typically provided within one hour while active virus results take a few days. Note: The antibody tests are only available in the drive-thru area.

The City advises that drive-thru testing wait times can be up to four hours. You are encouraged to have a full tank of gas and bring water, snacks and anything you may need to prepare for a long wait.

No appointments necessary at either location. Testing is free and offered to anyone 18 years or older, regardless of COVID-19 symptoms.

For more information on the City’s efforts to curb COVID-19,  visit


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