Miami Beach telling restaurants, bars, and clubs to prepare for total shutdown

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Miami Beach telling restaurants, bars, and clubs to prepare for total shutdown:

City suggests limited take out and/or delivery service may be imposed as coronavirus pandemic continues

UPDATED: March 17, 6:30 am. The announcement of closures is expected this morning at 11 am.

The City of Miami Beach is telling restaurants, bars, and clubs to prepare for the possibility of a total shutdown “in the very near future.” As of now, non-essential businesses have to close at 10 pm, but the City is telling businesses to begin preparations for some version of a shutdown. “[P]lease begin to organize and prepare for a scenario where restaurants are limited to take out and/or delivery service,” according to an email to the business community.

Earlier today, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolfe ordered a statewide shutdown of non-essential businesses for the next 14 days. On Sunday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio closed all theaters, nightclubs and concert venues due to the coronavirus and announced that all restaurants would become take-out and delivery only beginning Tuesday morning.

In the email to Miami Beach businesses, the City clarified the 10 pm mandate saying it does include restaurants, bars, nightclubs and those businesses located within hotels. 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.


  • While restaurants must close at 10 pm, restaurant and hotel kitchens may remain open for at home or in-room delivery until midnight.
  • The city now says non-essential establishments must also decrease their capacity by 50% to create social distancing. Yesterday, the City was urging businesses to take this action. This does not apply to hotel occupants.
  • Sidewalk cafés will be required to either reduce their capacity by 50% or to a maximum of 50 people – whichever is less. Overnight the CDC reduced its recommendations on crowd limit size from less than 250 to less than 50 people.

Building Department services are slightly modified: Drop-off of plans will be on the first floor of City Hall only. 

Code Compliance: Effective immediately, Code Compliance walk-ins are closed.

Film Permits: All film and photography permits, requested or issued, have been declined or rescinded effective immediately until further notice.

Still in effect until further notice:

  • City-owned parking garages and surface lots citywide will only be open to residents with proof of residency and access card holders. Further info today: 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.
  • 11 pm to 5 am curfew for the City’s Entertainment District. This does not include employees going to or from work.
  • Lummus Park and the beaches between 5th and 15th Streets are closed.

Violations of the emergency measures will subject the business entity to criminal penalties.

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