Roundup of What’s Open, What’s Closed in Miami Beach due to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

Roundup of What’s Open, What’s Closed in Miami Beach due to the Coronavirus Pandemic:

The emergency orders summarized

UPDATED Friday, April 3
 
  • "Stay at home" directive in effect through April 9. 
  • Curfew in effect citywide from midnight until 5 am.
 

Required face coverings

Beginning April 7:  All employees and customers of grocery stores, pharmacies and restaurant facilities within the City of Miami beach are now required to wear a form of covering over their nose and mouth at all times when inside these establishments. The same requirement applies to individuals providing delivery services.
 
“Acceptable coverings may include a face mask, homemade mask or other cloth covering, such as a scarf, bandana or handkerchief, and should complement — not substitute for — social distancing practices,” according to the City’s latest announcement. “Medical and surgical face masks, such as ‘N95’ masks, are in short supply and should be reserved for health care personnel and other first responders with the greatest need for such personal protective equipment.”
 
In the case of all other essential retail and commercial establishments that are permitted to remain open, “employees and customers are strongly encouraged to wear a form of covering over their nose and mouth. All establishments are strongly encouraged to implement policies for employees to use other personal protective equipment, such as gloves, subject to the availability of such items,” according to the City. 

Miami-Dade County has followed the City of Miami Beach in requiring masks be worn at grocery stores, pharmacies, and restaurants when ordering takeout. Note, however, it also includes a requirement to wear masks when using public transportation and vehicles for hire, which means both you and your Uber or Lyft driver will have to wear on.  


Closed

  • Restaurants are closed for on-premises dining. Takeout, drive-thru and delivery may remain open from 5:00 am until midnight every day. Deliveries only may take place after midnight.
  • All non-essential retail and commercial establishments as detailed in the Miami-Dade County order here.
  • Parks, beaches, recreational facilities, and Monument Island
  • Nail and hair salons and tattoo parlors
  • Massage therapy centers and spas
  • Private health and fitness clubs and gyms unless the gym is an amenity of a residential building
  • Public and private golf courses and tennis courts 
  • Museums, memorials, and cultural institutions
  • Public and private schools, colleges, and educational institutions except as necessary to facilitate online or distance learning
  • All bars and nightclubs
  • Movie theaters
  • Sidewalk cafés
  • All boat ramps and marinas countywide (as of March 21)
  • All common use areas in all residential or commercial buildings, including pools, hot tubs, golf courses, tennis courts, basketball courts, fitness centers, gymnasiums and other common use amenities by order of Miami-Dade County (as of March 31)
  • Lincoln Road is now closed nightly from 9 pm until 5 am (as of April 3)

Hotels and all commercial lodging are now closed in Miami Beach. A list of Miami-Dade County hotels accommodating those allowed to remain in hotels is here along with a list of those who may stay. Hotels may not accept new reservations through the booking period through May 1.
 

Curfew

A curfew is currently effect citywide from midnight to 5 am.
 

Open

  • Grocery stores, pharmacies, and convenience stores, however, there are now restrictions for all essential retail and commercial establishments to limit capacity to 50% of their maximum occupancy load, providing sanitizers for employees and customers as available, ensuring both employees and customers remain at least six feet apart at all times, closing all salad bars and other self-serve food stations, and implementing procedures for staff to sanitize frequent touchpoints throughout the day.
  • Restaurants for takeout and delivery from 5 am until midnight, subject to social distance separation of at least 6 feet between patrons.
  • Hospitals and healthcare providers (including doctor’s offices, rehab centers, and urgent care centers)
  • Gas stations and auto-repair facilities
  • Banks
  • Hardware stores
  • Contractors and other tradesmen who provide maintenance and repair services such as appliance repair, extermination, and sanitation
  • Businesses that provide postal/shipping services and other office products
  • Laundry service providers
  • Childcare facilities providing services to groups of 10 or fewer (subject to the limitations in the County order here)
  • Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children
  • Nursing homes and adult care centers
  • Professional services, such as legal and accounting
  • Landscaping and pool care services
  • Pet supply stores
  • Open construction sites
  • Waste management services
  • New: The beachwalk is now open daily as a shared use path for bicycles and pedestrians between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm. Before 9 am and after 5pm, the beachwalk will be exclusively for pedestrians. (Wheelchairs used by disabled persons are allowed.)
  • While all boat ramps and marinas countywide are closed, there is an exception for "commercial fishermen who provide food for restaurants and markets." As of March 23, this order has been clarified to allow exceptions for people living on boats, ferry service between supporting Port Miami and Fisher Island, people returning to the US from international trips, and removal of vessels or emergency maintenance of vessels, marinas, fueling stations, and marine supply services.


Special Senior Shopping Hours

Fresh Market: Monday through Friday 8 am to 9 am, designated for senior citizens and others at risk 
 
Target: 8 am to 9 am daily for the elderly and those with underlying health concerns

Trader Joe's: 9 am to 10 am
 
Whole Foods: 7 am to 8 am for customers 60 or older
 
Publix: Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, 7 – 8 am, for customers age 65 and over beginning Tuesday, March 24. The Publix Pharmacy will also be open at 7 am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to serve seniors.
 

Transportation

Miami Beach Trolley Update: All trolley service is suspended.

Middle Beach on-demand Freebee service is suspended (as of March 24). Resources previously allocated to this service will be used to transport seniors living in affordable housing facilities to essential stores.  

Miami-Dade Transit Update: As of Sunday, March 22, all Miami-Dade transit fares and parking fees at metrorail stations will be suspended.

Miami-Dade Transit’s Metrobus system will continue to run weekday routes across Miami-Dade County with reduced frequencies.
 
The following Miami Beach routes may experience reduced frequency on weekdays:
79, 103, 110, 112, 113, 119, 120 and 150.

Miami-Dade Transit is suspending Metrobus late night service for Miami Beach routes 112/L and 119/S, effective 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 10. The County has launched Go Nightly, which provides an on-demand ride option, in partnership with Lyft and Uber, that will provide service along each of these route alignments between midnight and 5 a.m. Click here to read the update from the County.
 
Metrobus weekend services will remain operating as published and will be monitored closely. Customers are encouraged to use contactless, online and mobile payment methods to ride transit and the County’s online services and mobile application (Go Miami-Dade Transit) to stay connected. For Miami-Dade County transit updates, please click here.


Pedestrian Safety

Don’t press that button! The City’s Transportation Department along with the Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works have now automated pedestrian crossing signals… no need to push the button, a high touch surface. One more effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 


Parking (New as of March 24)

As of March 24: The city has lifted restrictions for access to certain municipal parking lots and garages. 

Note: Some municipal lots and garages will remain under current access restrictions (Miami Beach residents and access card holders only) in order to discourage access to the City’s recreational (beaches and parks) and entertainment corridors. 

Access restrictions are lifted at the following municipal parking lots and garages within these boundaries:
  • South Beach: West of Euclid Avenue between 5 Street and 17 Street, with the exception of all municipal lots and garages between 16 Street and 17 Street and between Drexel Avenue and Alton Road.
  • Middle Beach: All municipal parking lots west of Pine Tree Drive between 23 Street and 42 Street, including Municipal Parking Garage No. 6, located at 42 Street and Sheridan Avenue.
  • North Beach: All municipal parking lots west of Harding Avenue/Abbott Avenue between 69 Street and 87 Terrace.

Miami Beach residents are encouraged to sign up for the temporary expedited resident parking registration by clicking here.

Reminger: Payment at curbside parking spaces is being accepted through the Parkmobile app only.
The Parkmobile app is a free download on iOS and Android. For details, click here.
 

Impacted City Services 

Effective Monday, April 6, all City departments that had been public-facing, including the Finance Department, City Clerk’s Office and Public Works Department, will be closed until further notice.

For information on how to reach each department, Visit the “Other Impacted City Services” tab on the city’s COVID-19 webpage at www.miamibeachfl.gov/coronavirus for information on how to reach each department.
 

Building and Planning Departments/Permits

As of March 27: Here’s what’s new with regard to the Building and Planning Departments

Applications
  • Effective Wednesday, March 25, only on-line applications will be allowed.
  • All applications for permit types not available through the Citizen Self Service (CSS) portal must be emailed to bpi@miamibeachfl.gov for processing. Once the process number has been created and up-front fees paid, the applicant will have the ability to upload drawings and documents via the CSS portal.  
  • All applications for sub-permits must be applied for using the CSS portal.
  • Permit renewals must be submitted via email to bpi@miamibeachfl.gov.
 
Plan Review
  • For all permits that have not been issued, you are required to upload all documents for review.
  • Any 24Hr plan that is disapproved, must upload all corrections via the CSS portal.

Permits
  • Effective Tuesday, March 24, there will be no interior condo permits issued.
  • Any 24Hr plan brought in Tuesday, March 24 will be invoiced. If approved and the remaining balance has been paid, via the CSS portal, the permit card will be delivered via email or be made available for download via the CSS portal. The inspector will bring the approved plan to the site for the first inspection.
 
Inspections
  • Any permits already issued will be allowed to continue/begin work (if the individual association allows the work).
  • During COVID-19 period, the City of Miami Beach building inspectors will be performing checks of the logs on safe site practices. Lack of compliance with CDC recommendations on construction sites will result in the issuance of a violation and, depending on the severity, may require that the site be closed down up to and including the revocation of a permit.
  • Construction projects with greater than 8 workers shall check all employees daily and keep notes of the screening on site. The City's Self Screening form is here.
  • Permits or violations that will expire between March 16, 2020 and April 16, 2020 will be extended for an additional month.
 
The North Beach office is closed to the public until further notice. Customers may visit the Building Department office located at City Hall, 1700 Convention Center Drive. 


Questions? Call the City’s Customer Service Call Center at 305.604.CITY (2489) 
Beginning Monday, March 30, the City’s hotline hours will be reduced to 8 am to 6:30 pm, Monday through Friday. You can also email your questions to MBCovid@miamibeachfl.gov.

The Customer Service Center will be closed to walk-in customers beginning Monday, March 30. All transactions will be handled online here. Customers can call our main line at 305.673.7420, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. or email mbhelp@miamibeachfl.gov.

The City has also set up a webpage with coronavirus updates including information on closures, all of the emergency orders, business assistance and resources, impacted City services, Seniors/Special needs updates, and more.

The Florida Department of Health has established a Call Center that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1.866.779.6121.
 

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