Miami Beach Further Expands Emergency Measures

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

Miami Beach Further Expands Emergency Measures:

Effective March 20, 2020 at 12:01 am

Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber has announced another expansion of the City’s emergency measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Following Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s order to close all County beaches and parks, Gelber added more:
  • Closure of all publicly owned and privately-owned parks, beaches and recreational facilities. This includes “restricted use of beachwalks and baywalks which are open to pedestrians only (no bicycles, scooters, skateboards, roller skates, or similar devices except for wheelchairs used by disabled persons)”
  • Monument Island is closed until further notice
  • All museums, memorials and cultural institutions are closed
  • All private schools and educational institutions in the City are ordered closed, “except as necessary to facilitate online or distance learning”
  • Religious institutions were told to reduce their occupancy to no more than 10 persons
  • Restaurants providing takeout service are required to maintain a distance of 6 feet among customers

In a letter to residents, Gelber wrote, “I appreciate that every measure taken can seem severe, especially in a community so accustomed to congregating outside and in our beautiful venues. But every informed health care opinion counsels that the more we do now to limit interactions, the less destructive this virus will be and the faster we will emerge from its grip. You should know that all our decisions are made after a good deal of deliberation and consultation – and very often your emails and texts are helpful and are informing our decisions. So don’t hesitate to let us know even, actually especially, if you disagree. My email is”

“A kite flies highest against the wind and we are already seeing the best in our community as people are doing what they can to help one another and to stay strong,” he wrote. “… this too will pass and soon we will get our wonderful City back.”

New: Parkmobile Payments Only at Curbside Parking Spaces
In order to discourage the use of touch surfaces to further prevent the transmittal of COVID-19, beginning at 6 pm tonight, Friday, March 20, payment at curbside parking space will only accepted through the Parkmobile app.

The City’s revised declaration can be found here.

Mayor Gimenez's order shutting down non-essential businesses and what is allowed to remain open is here.

Mayor Gimenez's order closing parks and beaches is here.

City of Miami Beach coronavirus resource page is here.


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