Miami Beach Coronavirus Update: March 16, 2020

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

Miami Beach Coronavirus Update: March 16, 2020:

What's new


Effective March 16 until further notice


Business Operations

  • Non-essential businesses citywide must close daily by 10 pm. Excluded businesses include: pharmacies, grocery stores, convenience stores, private offices, banks, hotels, hospitals, medical service providers, medical supply stores, hardware stores, gas stations and automotive supply/repair centers.
  • The reduced capacity to less than 250 remains in effect, however, the City is urging restaurants, bars and nightclubs to decrease their capacity by 50 percent (but no more than 249) to create social distancing.


Beaches/Entertainment District

  • Complete closure of beaches from Fifth to 15th Street 
  • 11 pm to 5 am curfew


Parking Lots
City-owned parking garages and surface lots citywide will only be open to residents and access card holders.


City Meetings
The Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 18 will be closed to the public. It will be televised live on MBTV and streamed live on the City’s Facebook page. Expect an abbreviated agenda though that has not yet been posted. 

The North Beach CRA Meeting has been cancelled. It was previously announced that the public meeting would be a virtual meeting, but it has now been postponed.
 

Building Department
As a precautionary measure, the Building Department’s North Beach office will be closed to the public until further notice. The main office located in City Hall remains open.


Assistance:

Business Damage Assessment Survey
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has activated a Business Damage Assessment survey to understand the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on local businesses and determine appropriate relief programs. Surveys submitted by small businesses can be used to access the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan made available for COVID-19 through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. Details here.


SBA Disaster Assistance
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and terrorities low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information, click here.


Evictions
Miami-Dade Police have suspended evictions during the coronavirus crisis. Miami-Dade County Commissioner Eileen Higgins posted on Twitter she confirmed that also applies to commercial tenants.



 
Resources

With information rapidly evolving on the coronavirus pandemic, the City’s COVID-19 webpage provides a list of postponed/cancelled events and meetings, prevention tips, and a list of safety measures Miami Beach is taking along with other important information and resources.

The Florida Department of Health has established a call center available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1.866.779.6121. You can also email your questions to COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

For City of Miami Beach-specific coronavirus questions, call the City's hotline at 305.673.CITY.


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