Florida Governor, Miami Beach Mayor Order further closures/restrictions to combat coronavirus pandemic

Susan Askew
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Florida Governor, Miami Beach Mayor Order further closures/restrictions to combat coronavirus pandemic:

The latest on business operations and public gatherings

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued a statewide order Tuesday regarding business operations and gatherings on public beaches. Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber also announced additional restrictions and closures within the City. Here’s the latest rundown as of March 18, 2020.

Governor's Order

…any licensee authorized to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises that derive[s] more than 50% of its gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages shall suspend all sale of alcoholic beverages for thirty days from the date of this order, effective 5 p.m. today, March 17, 2020.

…I direct parties accessing public beaches in the State of Florida to follow the CDC guidance by limiting their gatherings to no more than 10 persons, distance themselves from other parties by 6 feet, and support beach closures at the discretion of local authorities.

City of Miami Beach Orders

New: Effective March 18, the following businesses are closed to the public until further notice:
  • All movie theaters, bowling alleys, arcades and live performance venues.
  • All gyms and fitness centers EXCEPT for gyms or fitness centers which are located within hotels or residential multi-family buildings.
  • All restaurants, bars, nightclubs, dance halls, halls for hire (including restaurants, bars, nightclubs, banquet halls, ballrooms, or similar establishments operating within hotels), private clubs and similar businesses shall be required to close for on-premises service of customers… however, such establishments may operate their kitchens for the purpose of providing delivery, drive-through, pick-up or take-out services only, from 5 a.m. until midnight each day. [Emphasis ours] 

Other new restrictions:
  • Any gathering of 10 or more people on any portion of the beach citywide is prohibited and will be dispersed.
  • Food and Beverage service on the beaches by concessionaires, including public beach concessions and hotel beach concessions, is prohibited.
  • Curfew is now midnight in the City’s Entertainment District (it was 11 pm). The change matches the hours for allowable restaurant takeout and delivery. This does not apply to employees going to or coming from work.
  • Lummus Park, and now all City Parks and Recreation buildings and indoor facilities, and the beaches between 5th and 15th Streets are closed.

Restrictions remaining in effect:
All other businesses (besides those listed above) must close at 10 pm daily and may reopen at 5 am the following day. Excluded from the mandate: pharmacies, grocery stores, convenience stores, private offices, banks, hotels, hospitals, medical service providers, medical supply stores, hardware stores, gas stations and auto supply/repair centers.

Violations are subject to criminal penalties for individuals or business entities.

New: Help for residents with parking registration

Part of the emergency order is that City-owned parking garages and surface lots citywide are only open to residents with proof of residency and access card holders.

To park, Miami Beach residents need to register with the City which, for renters at least, required people to go into a City office to provide proof of residency. The process was set up that way to prove someone was eligible for the resident discount. Given the current crisis, the City is waiving some of its requirements to facilitate the registration process (on a temporary basis).

Residents may now send an email to residentdiscount@miamibeachfl.gov along with a copy of their vehicle registration. Do NOT send your driver’s license. 

You must also provide one of the following monthly bills or statements with the resident’s name and address. The statement must have been mailed within the last 30 days:
  • Utility bill (electric, phone, gas, cable)
  • Mobile phone carrier statement
  • Bank statement
  • Credit card statement (credit card number must be obstructed)
  • Vehicle insurance statement
  • Mortgage statement
  • Property tax statement (last one received)
Note: Internet/electronic bills are not accepted as proof of residency.

Registrations may take up to 48 hours to process.

For information on the City’s parking discount program, click here.

Employees of businesses may use parking garages while working, but will only be granted access if dressed in work uniform or with a pay stub or other form of work identification.

Photo: Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber announces restaurants, bars, and nightclubs will close at an empty Joe’s Stone Crab

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