COVID-19 Updates

Published on July 02, 2020

COVID-19 Updates

Latest Updates

Thursday, July 2

UPDATE #3

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez today formally extended the City of Miami's state of emergency declaration in keeping with Charter requirements. The signed declaration is available for review here(PDF, 917KB).  

UPDATE #2

Please read the City of Miami COVID-19 Newsletter with all the latest information on how the city has responded to coronavirus. To receive the latest updates, please subscribe here.  

UPDATE #1

This year’s Independence Day celebration will be different than usual, with community fireworks shows cancelled and all beaches closed due to COVID-19. As the number of new cases of COVID-19 continues rising across Florida, Miamians are urged to remain vigilant and take measures to ensure that any private July 4th gathering with family and friends is held in a safe, responsible way. To read more about how you can celebrate the 4th of July in the City of Miami, please click here

Wednesday, July 1

In observance of Fourth of July, the City of Miami Department of Solid Waste will conduct its regularly-scheduled garbage and bulky trash services on Friday, July 3rd.

Residents who receive garbage and bulky trash services should place their green cart or bulky trash items on the public right of way five feet away from all objects the evening before collection day. Residents can also dispose of their bulky trash items at the Department of Solid Waste’s Mini Dump Facility on 1290 N.W. 20th St. The Mini Dump Facility will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, July 3rd and Saturday, July 4th.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, recycling service is currently suspended until further notice. Residents are advised to place their recyclables inside their green carts for collection. All materials are currently being converted to energy at Miami-Dade County’s Resource Recovery Facility.

For more information about Solid Waste services, please call 311 or (305) 960-2801, or visit www.miamigov.com/coronavirus.

Tuesday, June 30

With Tax Day fast approaching on July 15, the City of Miami has launched the first-ever virtual version of its longest-running financial empowerment program, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), a partnership with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The online version of the City's free tax preparation service will help residents submit their tax returns safely and remotely, amidst the challenges presented by COVID-19.  

For more information, please click here

Friday, June 26

Please read the City of Miami COVID-19 Newsletter with all the latest information on how the city has responded to coronavirus. To receive the latest updates, please subscribe here.  

Thursday, June 25

The City of Miami issued an emergency order mandating facial coverings be worn in public at all times and until further notice, with limited and specific exceptions. Additionally, the Miami City Commission today approved an emergency ordinance allowing the City to issue noncriminal civil infractions to individuals or properties who violate the face covering order, effective immediately. The moves come as the number of COVID-19 cases across the city and state continues to grow.  

The civil infraction ordinance approved today calls for violators of the facial covering emergency order to be issued a verbal warning for first offenses. Notably, City personnel will provide first-time offenders who do not have a mask with a free mask. A second offense would result in a $50 fine, and a third offense would result in a promise to appear in court. The Miami Police Department and Department of Code Enforcement will enforce the new order. Per the emergency order issued today regarding facial coverings, all persons in the City of Miami, whether they are residents, visitors or in the city for work, are required to wear a facial covering at all times while in any public space. Specific exceptions to the order are as follows:

  • A child under two years of age;
  • An individual who is engaged in outdoor work or exercising with appropriate social distancing in place;
  • An individual who has one or more medical conditions or disabilities that prevent wearing a Facial Covering;
  • An individual who is obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the Facial Covering is necessary to perform the service;
  • An individual who works in a profession where use of a Facial Covering will not be compatible with the duties of the profession;
  • An individual who is eating or drinking; and
  • An individual who is hearing-impaired or an individual who is communicating with an individual who is hearing-impaired.


The full facial covering order is available for review here.(PDF, 2MB)

Wednesday, June 24

UPDATE #2

The City of Miami this week launched the new Buy Miami promotional program, aimed at helping local small businesses recover following the COVID-19 economic shutdown, while offering special deals to customers. Buy Miami offers free, individualized online promotional listings on the City’s newly created www.buy.miami website to small businesses located within City of Miami limits. In return for the free promotion, qualifying small businesses must offer special deals to customers, such as “Buy One, Get One” offers, 15%-plus discounts and more. The deals present a welcome buying opportunity for Miamians who are coping with the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Buy Miami, created by the City of Miami’s Department of Human Services, is easy for businesses to sign up for and simple for shoppers to use. Participating businesses located in the City of Miami are required to provide basic information about themselves using buy.miami’s sign up form, including: contact information, website and hours of operation, a brief overview of the business and its services and a summary of the special discount being offered. Shoppers can search the database by business category to find great deals at their favorite businesses. Shoppers can nominate local businesses to join the Buy Miami promotional program, too.

To learn more, please visit www.buy.miami

UPDATE #1

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez today formally extended the City of Miami's state of emergency declaration in keeping with Charter requirements. The signed declaration is available for review here.  

Tuesday, June 23 

If you have witnessed any City of Miami businesses failing to enforce the new COVID-19 health safety guidelines - you can notify the City here: http://miamigov.com/CovidComplaints.

Friday, June 19

UPDATE #3

Please read the City of Miami COVID-19 Newsletter with all the latest information on how the city has responded to coronavirus. To receive the latest updates, please subscribe here.  

UPDATE #2

The City of Miami has resumed Sunday service on its free, citywide trolley network and is set to resume regular weeknight service hours beginning June 30. 

UPDATE #1

The City of Miami's COVID-19 Hotline and Mobile Testing Unit Call Back Center will be closed on Sunday, June 21 for Father's Day. Both services will resume Monday, June 22 at 9:00 a.m. 

Tuesday, June 16

UPDATE #2

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez today formally extended the City of Miami's state of emergency declaration in keeping with Charter requirements. The signed declaration is available for review here(PDF, 914KB).  

UPDATE #1

Click here for a statement from Miami City Manager Arthur Noriega regarding the ongoing efforts of the Miami Police Department.

Friday, June 12

UPDATE #4

Effective June 14th, 2020, City of Miami Trolley Sunday service will resume on Allapattah, Biscayne, Brickell, Coral Way, Little Haiti, and Little Havana routes from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. 

UPDATE #3

Please read the City of Miami COVID-19 Newsletter with all the latest information on how the city has responded to coronavirus. To receive the latest updates, please subscribe here.  

UPDATE #2

Public boat ramps located within the City of Miami reopen to boaters next Monday, June 15, with health safety rules in place and City personnel onsite to enforce them.

Rules
Specific rules for boat ramp users, including boat owners and guests, are as follows and in line with Miami-Dade County orders:

  • Facial coverings must be worn while onshore and until the vessel is both fully loaded AND has departed the marina
  • One boat per launch ramp shall be permitted at a time
  • Vessels shall be prepared in advance of launch; all passengers shall promptly board the vessel once it is launched
  • Upon returning, all passengers shall remain on the vessel until the boat is ready to loaded on to the trailer; all passengers shall return to their vehicles and exit the facility immediately

Locations and Hours
The following public boat ramp facilities in the City of Miami will be open beginning on Monday, June 15: 

  • Antonio Maceo Park Boat Ramp: 7:00am to 7:00pm daily
  • Dinner Key Boat Ramp: 7:00am to 7:00pm daily
  • Gerry Curtis Park Boat Ramp: 7:00am to 7:00pm daily
  • Morningside Park Boat Ramp: 7:00am to 7:00pm daily
  • Seminole Boat Ramp: 6:00am to 8:00pm daily
  • Watson Island Boat Ramp: 6:00am to 8:00pm daily

UPDATE #1

The City of Miami's COVID-19 Hotline and Mobile Testing Unit Call Back Center are closed this weekend, beginning at 1:00 p.m. today. Both services will resume Monday, June 15 at 9:00 a.m. 

Tuesday, June 9

UPDATE #2

The two public beaches located within City of Miami limits - North Point Beach and Historic Virginia Key Beach on Virginia Key - have been approved to reopen to visitors beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, June 10. Specific rules are in place to help protect beachgoers and minimize the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

In addition to reopening North Point Beach, the City of Miami Parks & Recreation Department is reopening the Virginia Key North Point mountain bike trails, also effective tomorrow, June 10.

Following are the rules that beachgoers must abide by when visiting beaches in the City of Miami: Rules for Beach Use 

  • Do not use beach if you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19
  • Face masks are required when entering/exiting the beach; when walking around the beach and paths; and when utilizing the bathroom
  • Stay at least 6ft away from any beach user not from your household
  • No groups of more than 10 people
  • No special events or parties (group picnics are also prohibited)
  • No organized group activities, sports or athletic activities with two or more people (ex: no volleyball, soccer, frisbee or paddle ball)
  • No use of group facilities in beach parks (ex: changing rooms, picnic pavilions or playgrounds)
  • Swimming conditions depend on daily surf conditions found on the lifeguard tower

Prohibited beach activities include:

  • No sharing of equipment outside of individuals in your household
  • No canopies or tents
  • No dogs or pets on the beach
  • No glass bottles
  • No fishing
  • No alcohol

Park Hours

  • Virginia Key Beach Park/North Point: Beach open 9:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily / Park open 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m daily
  • Historic Virginia Key Beach Park: open Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. / Friday - Sunday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  

UPDATE #1

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez today formally extended the City of Miami's state of emergency declaration in keeping with Charter requirements. The signed declaration is available for review here.(PDF, 899KB)

Monday, June 8

Gyms/Fitness Centers
By Miami-Dade County order, gyms & fitness centers within City of Miami limits are approved to reopen beginning today, June 8. Gym owners/operators are strongly advised to review the specific County rules & regulations that apply. Please click here for more information.

Entertainment Venues 
By Miami-Dade County order, entertainment venues within City of Miami limits are approved to reopen beginning today, June 8. Owners/operators of businesses including movie theaters, bowling alleys, casinos, & arcades must comply with specific County rules before reopening. Please click here for more information.

City Pools
A limited number of public pools in the City of Miami are now open. Pool patrons must follow specific health safety guidelines that have been put in place to keep everyone safe. Please click here for more information.

Alcohol Service Businesses 
Per Miami-Dade County Order, certain alcohol service establishments within City of Miami limits are approved to reopen beginning today, June 8, with health rules in place. Please click here for more information.

Dog Parks
City of Miami dog parks are now open daily from 7AM – 7PM. Patrons must practice social distancing and wear face masks at all times & dogs must be up to date on vaccines. 

Friday, June 5

Please read the City of Miami COVID-19 Newsletter with all the latest information on how the city has responded to coronavirus. To receive the latest updates, please subscribe here.  

Tuesday, June 2

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez today formally extended the City of Miami's state of emergency declaration in keeping with Charter requirements. The signed declaration is available for review here.(PDF, 1006KB)

Sunday, May 31

UPDATE #2

Today, the City of Miami issued an order allowing private swimming pools, basketball courts and tennis courts to reopen with restrictions beginning tomorrow, June 1, while public beaches and a limited number of public pools will reopen with restrictions beginning Monday, June 8. Additionally, basketball courts located in the 26 City of Miami parks that recently opened will reopen for limited use tomorrow, June 1. 

"This week, the City of Miami is reopening additional public and private recreational facilities so that our residents can get outdoors and exercise," said Miami Mayor Francis Suarez. "As we gradually reopen our city, I ask that residents continue to follow the rules that are in place to keep us all healthy and prevent a new uptick in COVID-19 cases from occurring. Each and every one of us has to do our part for the greater good."

General Rules
Social distancing is required in all facilities - public and private - that are reopening beginning this week. Additionally, when beaches in the City of Miami reopen next week, beachgoers must wear masks when arriving and departing the beach. Following are the specific rules in effect for public and private basketball courts and pools in the City of Miami.

Basketball

  • Public and private courts reopen June 1
  • Play is limited to individual play only
  • No more than three (3) players per half court
  • No pickup games
  • No organized games

Public Pools

  • Limited number of public pools reopens June 8
  • Visitors must submit to temperature and screening questions prior to being granted entry
  • Pool use is limited to 50 minutes per visit

Public Beaches

  • Public beaches in the City of Miami reopen June 8

Facilities
The reopening order applies to the following public and private facilities citywide: 

  • Basketball courts located only in the 26 recently reopened City parks
  • Jose Marti Pool, Shenandoah Pool, Gibson Pool, Miami Rowing Center Pool, Miller J. and Nancy S. Dawkins Olympic Swimming Pool
  • Public beaches within City of Miami limits: North Point Beach and Historic Virginia Key Beach on Virginia Key
  • Private community pools in condominium/apartment buildings citywide
  • Private tennis and basketball courts citywide

Please see document here(PDF, 277KB) to review the full City order allowing the reopenings described above.

UPDATE #1

Effective today, and until further notice, the City of Miami's free trolley service is suspended. This service suspension applies to all thirteen trolley routes citywide. Additionally, the City of Miami's COVID-19 hotline, Mobile Testing Unit service, call center and Marlins Park COVID-19 testing site are all closed today, Sunday, May 31. A citywide curfew is in effect tonight from 8:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. and will continue until further notice.

Saturday, May 30

UPDATE #3 

Effective tonight at 10:00 p.m. through 6:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, a citywide curfew is in effect. Tomorrow night, Sunday, May 31, the citywide curfew will be in effect from 8:00 p.m. through 6:00 a.m. and will continue each night thereafter as needed and until repealed by further order.

UPDATE #2  

This week, the City of Miami launched the Restaurant Recovery Program, which allows local restaurants to temporarily add or expand outdoor seating areas while still meeting mandatory social distancing rules. The program was created in an effort to help Miami restaurants get up and running following the COVID-19 shutdown. While restaurants were allowed to continue offering food takeout, drive-through and delivery services during the shutdown, dine-in service was closed until this week. Read more

UPDATE #1 

The City of Miami Department of Solid Waste will resume its regular weekly bulky trash services on Monday, June 1, 2020. All bulky trash routes will resume to its regular pre-COVID-19 schedule. Read more

Friday, May 29

Please read the City of Miami COVID-19 Newsletter with all the latest information on how the city has responded to coronavirus. To receive the latest updates, please subscribe here.  

Wednesday, May 27

Beginning today, May 27, restaurants in the City of Miami are permitted to reopen to dine-in customers, with a number of strict health safety rules in effect. Among other rules, restaurant capacity will be capped at 50% of maximum approved occupancy and masks and social distancing rules will be in full effect. The move is part of Phase I of the City’s Stand Up, Miami phased reactivation plan, which was initiated last week, when several categories of non-essential businesses and a limited number of City parks reopened.

“Restaurants are a big part of our local economy, directly employing thousands of Miamians, and we are ready to begin carefully reopening them to dine-in customers,” said Miami Mayor Francis Suarez. “To that end, there are number of rules in place to help safeguard both restaurant employees and customers and limit the continued spread of COVID-19, which is still present in our community. I’m calling on all Miamians to do their part to follow these rules and keep each other safe.”

Dine-In Restaurant Rules
Following is an overview of the primary rules that all restaurants – and diners – must abide by for dine-in service. These rules will remain in effect until further notice and will be strictly enforced by the City of Miami. 

  • Restaurant capacity is capped at 50% of maximum approved occupancy
  • Diners must wait outside or in their car until called by host for seating
  • Facemasks are required at all times, unless seated at table
  • Social distancing rules are in effect at all times inside and outside, unless seated at table
  • No parties larger than four allowed, except household parties which are capped at six
  • Restaurant bars remain closed
  • Valet parking service is prohibited

To review the full list of dine-in restaurant rules, please click here. For more information about the Stand Up, Miami phased reactivation plan, please visit www.miamigov.com/reopening.

Tuesday, May 26

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez today formally extended the City of Miami's state of emergency declaration in keeping with Charter requirements. The signed declaration is available for review here.(PDF, 936KB)

Friday, May 22 

Please read the City of Miami COVID-19 Newsletter with all the latest information on how the city has responded to coronavirus. To receive the latest updates, please subscribe here.  

Wednesday, May 20

Today, the City of Miami officially lifted its nightly curfew and shelter-in-place orders, which were implemented in late March to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Miami. Effective immediately, the nightly 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew is no longer in effect. Likewise, the general shelter-in-place order has ended.

Although the shelter-in-place order has been lifted, residents with preexisting medical conditions that increase their risk of contracting COVID-19 should continue to shelter in place if possible and limit exposure to persons outside of their household. As local businesses and public facilities begin to reopen, all City of Miami residents are required to continue wearing facial coverings and practice social distancing. This includes in public spaces such as retail stores, offices, salons/barbershops and parks.

For details on Stand Up, Miami, the City's phased reopening plan, please visit www.miamigov.com/reopening.

Tuesday, May 19

UPDATE #2

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez today formally extended the City of Miami's state of emergency declaration in keeping with Charter requirements. The signed declaration is available for review here.(PDF, 1MB)

UPDATE #1

Beginning tomorrow, May 20, many non-essential businesses in the City of Miami will be permitted to reopen to customers and employees, with strict health safety rules in effect. Additionally, resident restrictions will be eased tomorrow when the City lifts its nightly curfew and shelter-in-place orders and reopens a limited number of City parks for resident use. The moves are part of the City’s Stand Up, Miami phased reactivation plan to reopen the community in a measured and responsible way, as new COVID-19 cases persist but in reduced numbers.

“It’s vital that we begin getting Miamians back to work and get our economy up and running again, but we have to do it the right way,” said Miami Mayor Francis Suarez. “COVID-19 is not gone or over, so we need to continue following the rules to protect our health. This week, we begin the deliberate, measured process of reactivating our community, with a wide array of businesses and offices opening their doors and restrictions on our residents being eased.”

Business Reopening & Rules
Following is a breakdown of businesses that are permitted to reopen during Phase I of the reactivation. Restaurants in the City of Miami remain closed to dine-in customers, but may continue offering take-out, drive-through and delivery services.  

OPEN

  • Offices
  • Shopping Centers
  • Retail Stores
  • Personal Grooming Businesses
  • Limited City Parks
  • Marinas

CLOSED

  • Restaurants – No Dine-in Service
  • Alcohol Service Establishments (Bars)
  • Gyms & Fitness Centers
  • Entertainment Venues
  • Casinos
  • Massage & Tattoo Parlors

In order to keep employees and customers safe and to slow the ongoing spread of COVID-19, the City of Miami will be enforcing a number of rules for businesses during the phased reactivation period. More restrictive rules are in place for personal grooming businesses, such as salons, spas and barbershops, where employees and customers generally come into closer proximity. Following are the baseline rules by which businesses and customers must abide. To see a full list of rules for all business categories, please click here.

  1. Employees and customers must wear face masks at all times
  2. Social distancing must be observed, including in checkout lines and waiting areas
  3. Businesses must operate at 50% or less of their total allowed occupancy
  4. Businesses must provide hand sanitizer to customers at entryways and throughout site
  5. Fitting rooms are closed and may not be used under any circumstances
  6. Elevator capacity is limited to four (4) persons

 

Residential Restrictions Lifted
Along with allowing many non-essential businesses to reopen, Phase I of Stand Up, Miami eases restrictions placed on City of Miami residents to limit person-to-person contact during the height of the local COVID-19 pandemic. Effective tomorrow, May 20, the nightly 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew order is lifted. Additionally, the general citywide stay-at-home order is lifted. Despite these changes, persons with preexisting health conditions that elevate their risk of contracting COVID-19 are encourage to continue sheltering in place.  

The City’s decision to begin Phase I of the Stand Up, Miami plan was made in close consultation with medical and infectious disease experts and based on two consecutive weeks of data showing a declining trend in the number of local cases of coronavirus-like illness.

Stand Up, Miami - Reopening Emergency Order(PDF, 3MB)

Monday, May 18

Beginning this Wednesday, May 20, a total of 26 City of Miami parks will reopen to residents in neighborhoods citywide for leisure and passive use only from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. Residents may visit parks either individually or with members of their household only and are encouraged to visit the open park nearest their home. The limited park reopening is part of the City’s Stand Up, Miami phased reactivation plan to reopen the community in a measured and responsible way, as COVID-19 cases persist albeit in reduced numbers. For more information, please click here

Sunday, May 17

The City of Miami is preparing to safely welcome residents and visitors back to the local businesses that previously closed their doors in a collective effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Following the Miami-Dade County Mayor’s May 15, 2020 issuance of County Emergency Order 23-20, the City will implement its Stand Up, Miami phased reopening plan beginning Wednesday, May 20, 2020 — permitting certain retail and commercial establishments – including retail stores, personal grooming establishments and offices – to reopen, subject to the social distancing requirements in County EO 23-20. Until then, all non-essential retail and commercial establishments shall remain closed per the city’s Amendment to Local Emergency Measures Order 20-04(PDF, 655KB). Dine-in restaurants are not included in this week’s re-openings.

For more information, please click here.

Friday, May 15

Please read the City of Miami COVID-19 Newsletter with all the latest information on how the city has responded to coronavirus. To receive the latest updates, please subscribe here.  

Thursday, May 14 

UPDATE #4

Due to inclement weather approaching, testing sites have been closed throughout Miami-Dade County and in the City of Miami. The following schedule applies: 

Friday 5/15  
Hadley Park Testing - Closed
Marlin’s Park - Closed (Scheduled appointments will be handled by 7 MTU’s)
Mobile Testing Units - Will be in operation
Call Center - Will be in operation and will be available to schedule for future MTU appointments starting Monday 5/18
Call Back Center for testing results - Will be in operation

Saturday 5/16 
Hadley Park Testing - Closed
Marlin’s Park - Closed 
Mobile Testing Units - Will not be in operation
Call Center - Will be in operation and will be available to schedule for future MTU appointments starting Monday 5/18
Call Back Center for testing results - Will be in operation

Sunday 5/17 
Hadley Park Testing - Closed
Marlin’s Park - Closed 
Mobile Testing Units - Will not be in operation
Call Center - Will be in operation and will be available to schedule for future MTU appointments starting Monday 5/18
Call Back Center for testing results - Will be in operation

Monday 5/18
Hadley Park Testing - Open
Marlin’s Park - Open  
Mobile Testing Units - Will be in operation 
Call Center - Will be in operation 
Call Back Center for testing result - Will be in operation  

UPDATE #3

District 3 Free Hot Meal Distribution
Beginning Friday, May 15, 2020  

Morning Distribution Locations – starting at 11AM 
Monday - Domino Park, SW 8th Street and 15th Avenue
Tuesday - Police Sub Station, Flagler and 22nd Avenue
Wednesday - Manuel Artime Theatre, SW 1st Street and 9th Avenue
Thursday – Domino Park, SW 8th Street and 15th Avenue
Friday - Police Sub Station, Flagler and 22nd Avenue
Saturday - Manual Artime, SW 1st Street and 9th Avenue 

Afternoon Distribution Locations – starting at 3PM 
Monday - Parking Lot W-5, NW 2nd Street and 17th Avenue
Tuesday - Henderson Park, NW 9th Avenue and 3rd Street
Wednesday - Jose Marti Park, SW 4th Avenue and 3rd Street
Thursday - Parking Lot W-5, NW 2nd Street and 17th Avenue
Friday - Henderson Park, NW 9th Avenue and 3rd Street
Saturday - Jose Marti Park, SW 4th Avenue and 3rd Street 

See flyer for more details(PDF, 532KB).

UPDATE #2

In an effort spearheaded by City of Miami Commissioner and Chair of the Downtown Development Authority Manolo Reyes, the City of Miami will begin a pilot program using four new low-power electric-assist e-Cargo Cycles for deliveries across Miami. The City of Miami Commission unanimously approved the initiative today during a virtual City Commission meeting. For more information, please click here.

UPDATE #1

The Miami City Commission will be holding a regularly scheduled Virtual Commission Meeting today. Watch here.  

Wednesday, May 13 

The City of Miami is reopening its three marina facilities, effective tomorrow, Thursday, May 14th at 7AM. Private marinas within City of Miami limits are also approved to reopen tomorrow. Boat ramps at City marina facilities will remain closed until further notice and City marina guests will be required to practice social distancing and wear facial masks when visiting dock master offices. For more information, please click here

Tuesday, May 12

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez today formally extended the City of Miami's state of emergency declaration in keeping with Charter requirements. The signed declaration is available for review here.(PDF, 875KB)

Friday, May 8

UPDATE #2

Beginning Saturday, May 9, the City of Miami the City of Miami COVID-19 Hotline and Call Center will be available to residents and City employees from 9 AM to 5 PM, 7 days/week. 

UPDATE #1

Please read the City of Miami COVID-19 Newsletter with all the latest information on how the city has responded to coronavirus. To receive the latest updates, please subscribe here.  

Thursday, May 7

UPDATE #2

The Miami City Commission will be holding a Virtual Special Commission Meeting today. The purpose of the virtual Special City Commission meeting will be to consider homeless issues, food distribution, the Miami International Airport, and any and all actions that may arise from these discussions including but not limited to the adoption of resolutions. Watch here.

UPDATE #1

This week, the City of Miami Department of Procurement rolled out two new online platforms – BidSync and GovQuote – to improve the public procurement process by more easily connecting local businesses with business opportunities with the City of Miami. Together, the two third-party platforms will expand bid pools for City business, allow for electronic submission of many bids and proposals and increase opportunities for local and small businesses to engage in business with the City. The launch of the two new platforms comes on the heels of the unveiling of a new City of Miami Amazon Business platform and at a time when the City is working hard to reactivate the local economy in light of COVID-19.  For more information, please click here.

Wednesday, May 6 

In its latest effort to help residents looking for employment opportunities, particularly in light of the COVID-19 economic downturn, the City of Miami has launched a new, telephone-based registration service for local job seekers. Now, residents who may not have access to a computer or smartphone can simply dial 3-1-1 and register their personal details, educational attainment, job interests and skillsets with the City's Opportunity Center. For more information, please click here.

Tuesday, May 5

UPDATE #2

 

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez today formally extended the City of Miami's state of emergency declaration in keeping with Charter requirements. The signed declaration is available for review here(PDF, 877KB).

 

UPDATE #1

 

Important Fraud Alert Warning

The City of Miami is not calling anyone in relation to applying for the Emergency Rental & Utility Assistance Program. Persons interested in applying via phone must call the City directly at 305-416-2080, or they can apply online at www.miamigov.com/relieffund. If any person calls you, suggesting they are calling on behalf of the City of Miami in relation to applying for this program, this is a SCAM. Please hang up immediately.

 

Monday, May 4

Please be advised that applications for the Business Continuity Micro-enterprise Assistance Program and the Small Business Emergency Loan Assistance Program are no longer being accepted, as all available funding has been committed at this time.

Friday, May 1 

Please read the City of Miami COVID-19 Newsletter with all the latest information on how the city has responded to coronavirus. To receive the latest updates, please subscribe here.  

Thursday, April 30

UPDATE #3

The Miami City Commission will be holding a regularly scheduled Virtual Commission Meeting today. Watch here.  

UPDATE #2

The City of Miami is launching two new small business assistance programs to provide relief to City businesses affected by the COVID-19 economic downturn: the Business Continuity Micro-enterprise Assistance Program and the Small Business Emergency Loan Assistance Program. The application period for both programs begins Monday, May 4th and is open only to small businesses located within the City of Miami.

"Small businesses are the lifeblood of our community,” said Miami Mayor Francis Suarez. “We are doing everything in our power to help them recover from these difficult times. Together we will come out stronger than ever."

The Business Continuity Micro-enterprise Assistance Program will provide grants to qualified, for-profit businesses located in the City of Miami with five or fewer employees including the business owner, that are considered non-essential (Miami-Dade County Emergency Order 7-20) and were ordered to close under the City’s shelter in place order. Eligible businesses can receive up to $10,000 to pay for up to three months of allowable business expenses including, but not limited to, the salaries of current employees, rent, and utility payments. Other requirements include that the owner of the micro-enterprise business must be 80% of area median income (AMI) or below adjusted for household size, as defined by the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). Businesses that received Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding through the Small Business Administration will not be eligible for this program.

The Small Business Emergency Loan Assistance Program (SBELP) will provide forgivable loans between $10,000 and $20,000, to qualified, for-profit businesses in the City to help cover allowable business expenses including, but not limited to, rent, salaries of current employees, and utilities. The SBELP is open to City businesses with a minimum of one owner and one employee and a maximum of 20 employees. For every loan, one full-time permanent job for a low-moderate income person (80% AMI or below) must be retained for at least 12 months for the loan to be forgiven. SBELP funding can be used to complement funding received via the federal government’s CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), but not for the same expenses.

Businesses that apply will be required to submit documentation that supports their compliance with the respective program’s guidelines. The assistance will be awarded on a first-come, first-ready basis, until funding is exhausted.

How to Apply/Requirements
Following are general guidelines on which businesses may apply for the Micro-Enterprise Assistance Program and SBELP and how to submit an application:

  • Applicant businesses must be located within City of Miami, no exceptions. Businesses can confirm if they are within City of Miami limits here.
  • Application period begins Monday, May 4th at 12:00 noon and ends Friday, May 8th at 5:00 p.m.; early applications will not be accepted
  • Online applications for the Micro-Enterprise Assistance Program are available by clicking here
  • Online applications for the Small Business Emergency Loan Assistance Program are available by clicking here
  • Disabled persons and those without internet access should call 305-416-2080 for assistance completing the application once the application period begins

UPDATE #1

The City of Miami Commission today approved the creation of the Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Program, which will provide one-time rental and/or utility assistance to income-eligible City of Miami households that suffered job loss related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will provide relief payments of up to $1,500 directly to landlords and/or utility companies to cover rent and utility costs on behalf of qualifying households.

The Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Program is open to City of Miami residents only who lost their job on or after March 1, 2020, earn 60 percent of area median income* based on household size, are not receiving housing subsidies from any other local, state or federal programs, and do not have sufficient funds in a bank account to pay for one month of rent and utilities. Self-employed individuals are not eligible. Prior to the public health emergency, approximately 57% of City households were already cost burdened, spending more than 30 percent of their income on housing costs.

“We know that the economic toll of COVID-19 has had an outsized impact on many of our residents, particularly when it comes to paying for essentials like monthly rent and utility bills,” said Mayor Francis Suarez. “This program will help our residents in need, and I thank our City Commission and administration for their efforts in moving this important program forward.”

Following are details on who may apply for the Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance Program and how to submit an application:

  • Applicants must reside within the City of Miami, no exceptions
  • Application period begins Monday, May 4th at 12:00 noon and ends Friday, May 8th at 5:00 p.m.; early applications will not be accepted
  • No paper applications are available
  • Online applications are available by clicking here
  • Disabled persons and those without internet access should call 305-416-2080 for assistance completing the application

Because funding for the program is limited, a computerized lottery will determine the order in which eligible applicants can be assisted. The program’s funding will come from the City’s allocation of federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG-CV) and Florida’s State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) program. The one-time assistance does not have to be repaid and the program will be administered by the City’s Department of Housing & Community Development.

Wednesday, April 29

Miami City Commission Chairman Keon Hardemon has initiated an economic development and meal supplement program for the benefit of restaurants and families that are negatively affected by the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). The program was created after Chairman Hardemon successfully advocated support from his fellow board members for the creation of a one-million-dollar fund to support struggling businesses and families throughout the city of Miami. For more information, please click here.  

Tuesday, April 28

UPDATE #3

The City of Miami issued an emergency order today extending the current closure of all City parks, pools, recreational facilities, beaches and marinas until further notice. The order applies to both publicly- and privately-owned facilities within City of Miami limits.

Today’s order was implemented to promote ongoing social distancing measures as the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to impact the City and broader South Florida region. For a complete list of City of Miami parks, please click here. The full emergency order is available for review here(PDF, 934KB).  

UPDATE #2

Today, the City of Miami and Amazon Business officially launched a new capability to seamlessly connect local and small Miami businesses with purchasers at the City of Miami seeking products to support their operations. The launch is well-timed, coming as City leaders work to reactivate the local economy following weeks of slowdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.

UPDATE #1

Effective immediately, the City of Miami is expanding its drive-through COVID-19 testing site at Charles Hadley Park to serve all City residents age 18 and up who are not experiencing any symptoms associated with the coronavirus. The site, which has been open for the past month, will also continue offering COVID-19 testing to City residents age 18 and over who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.  For more information, please click here

Monday, April 27

Today, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and City leaders will host a virtual press conference to discuss the City’s phased reactivation plan to help Miami residents and businesses begin returning to normal following the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch here.

Friday, April 24

UPDATE #3

This weeks COVID-19 recap video covers information on Mayor Francis Suarez’s message to residents on food security, a reminder to #StayHomeMiami & more. Watch here in English or Spanish.

UPDATE #2

Please read the City of Miami COVID-19 Newsletter with all the latest information on how the city has responded to coronavirus. To receive the latest updates, please subscribe here.  

UPDATE #1

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez will host a virtual press conference to discuss the City’s recovery plans to help Miami residents and businesses after being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch here.

Thursday, April 23

The Miami City Commission will be holding a regularly scheduled Virtual Commission Meeting today. Watch here.

Wednesday, April 22

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez shares with all the residents a message about the progress on the City's response on COVID19 crisis and future plans. Watch here in English, Spanish, or Creole

Tuesday, April 21

UPDATE #2

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez today formally extended the City of Miami's state of emergency declaration in keeping with Charter requirements. The signed declaration is available for review here(PDF, 1MB).

UPDATE #1

Effective immediately, the City of Miami is expanding its drive-through COVID-19 testing site at Charles Hadley Park to serve seniors age 65 and over who reside in the City of Miami and are not experiencing any symptoms associated with the coronavirus. The site, which has been open for the past three weeks, will also continue offering COVID-19 testing to City residents age 18 and over who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. For more information, please click here

Friday, April 17

Please read the City of Miami COVID-19 Newsletter with all the latest information on how the city has responded to coronavirus. To receive the latest updates, please subscribe here.

Thursday, April 16 

This Friday evening (4/17), City of Miami Department of Fire-Rescue trucks will make a procession through City streets - with lights flashing and sirens and horns sounding off - to lift spirits and thank residents for continuing to stay home during the COVID-19 crisis. Miami Fire-Rescue joins fellow departments across Miami-Dade County participating in the Friday evening salute to our community.

 

Residents from Downtown, to Little Havana, to Flagami, to Midtown, Coconut Grove and other neighborhoods should be on the lookout for the procession between 8:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Friday night.

 

Please click here for the details of the procession routes.

 

  

Tuesday, April 14

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez today formally extended the City of Miami's state of emergency declaration in keeping with Charter requirements. The signed declaration is available for review here.(PDF, 1MB)

Monday, April 13 

The City of Miami requires that all individuals using the City's free trolley service wear face masks at all times while aboard the trolleys until further notice. This measure aims to reduce COVID-19 transmission risks and is in line with Miami-Dade County's recent emergency order that public transit users countywide wear masks while using such services. Children under the age of 2 are not required to wear a mask. Read more here.

Sunday, April 12

Beginning on Monday, April 13, the new times to schedule an appointment for COVID-19 testing at Charles Hadley Park and for the Department's of Fire-Rescue testing are from 9AM - 6PM. 

Saturday, April 11

UPDATE #2

The City of Miami's COVID-19 testing sites, call center and hotline will be closed on Easter Sunday. 

UPDATE #1

To watch the City of Miami's COVID-19 Weekly Update, please click here

Friday, April 10

Please read the City of Miami COVID-19 Newsletter with all the latest information on how the city has responded to coronavirus. To receive the latest updates, please subscribe here.

Wednesday, April 8

The City of Miami has mandated that all employees & customers in grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience stores, retail food facilities, food delivery services & construction sites wear masks while on premises – effective today (04/08) at 11:59PM. Read more here.

 

Tuesday, April 7

Effective tomorrow (04/08), the City’s Miami Riverside Center administrative building will be closed until further notice. If you need assistance, please e-mail or call the department you wish to contact.

Monday, April 6

Effective immediately, and consistent with the City of Miami's Emergency Declaration related to COVID-19, the City of Miami Building Department will be temporarily amending its permitting services. Read more here.

Friday, April 3

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez has recovered from the coronavirus and is the first person in Florida to become a COVID-19 convalescent plasma donor. His donation will be used to help a critically ill coronavirus patient in Florida. COVID-19 convalescent plasma is an experimental treatment that has been approved by the FDA to be used on an emergency basis to help people with life-threatening coronavirus infections. 

The Mayor donated his plasma with OneBlood, one of the largest not-for-profit blood centers in the country serving Florida, North Carolina and other parts of the southeastern United States. Just days earlier OneBlood had announced it would begin collecting plasma from people who recovered from the coronavirus and who meet the FDA qualifications to be a donor.

In an ironic twist of fate, at the same time OneBlood began coordinating the Mayor’s donation, a patient with a severe case of coronavirus also contacted the Mayor asking if he would consider donating his plasma in the hopes of aiding his recovery.

When the Mayor learned that he qualified to be a donor, he immediately began coordinating with OneBlood to arrange for his donation.

“I have a moral responsibility to do this. My plasma donation has the potential to help a coronavirus patient recover.  I want this to be a call to action for other people who have recovered from the coronavirus to follow in my footsteps and find out if they are eligible to be a plasma donor so together we can help more people who are suffering with coronavirus,” said Suarez.

People who recover from coronavirus infection have developed antibodies to the virus that remain in the plasma portion of their blood.  Transfusing the plasma that contains the antibodies into a person still fighting the virus can provide a boost to the patient’s immune system and potentially help them recover.

“This is a monumental moment in the fight against coronavirus. The OneBlood team has worked around-the-clock in order to implement the new FDA protocols to begin collecting COVID-19 convalescent plasma. The Mayor is not only providing hope to the patient in need of his plasma, he is providing hope to the entire nation in the fight against this terrible virus,” said Bud Scholl, President and Chief Executive Officer of OneBlood.

Thursday, April 2

Effective immediately, the City of Miami is suspending all Sunday service on its citywide trolley network, with the sole exception of the Little Haiti route. The decision is based on close daily monitoring of ridership. Limited service - from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily - continues on weekdays and Saturdays on all thirteen of the City's trolley routes.

To stay up to date on the City's trolley operations during the COVID-19 emergency, please click here.

Wednesday, April 1

UPDATE #2

The City of Miami has broadened the age range for its drive-through COVID-19 testing at Charles Hadley Park and for its in-home testing service for homebound residents. Both testing services are now open to City of Miami residents ages 18 and older who are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19. 
 
Testing is by appointment only and residents who meet the basic criteria must call the City's testing call center at 305-960-5050 to request an appointment. The Charles Hadley Park drive-through testing site is located at 1350 NW 50th St., Miami, FL 33142. In-home testing for homebound residents is provided by City of Miami Department of Fire-Rescue personnel.

Again, the following requirements must be met in order to request an appointment:

 

  1. Must be a City of Miami resident
  2. Must be age 18 or older
  3. Must be experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19
  4. For in-home service, must be homebound with no access to transportation

UPDATE #1 

The City of Miami's Opportunity Center is currently accepting resumes from residents seeking employment in order to connect them with local hiring opportunities in a variety of different industries. Despite the impact that the COVID-19 crisis is having on the broader economy, many local companies are actively hiring. 

Job-seeking residents are encouraged to submit their resumes to City of Miami's Opportunity Center at OpportunityCenterInfo@miamigov.com and should list their areas of professional experience/interest in the body of the e-mail message. Opportunity Center staff are in direct contact with local companies that are hiring and will work to connect job seekers with appropriate job opportunities.

For more information on the various fields that are currently hiring, please see the flyer here(PDF, 540KB).

Tuesday, March 31

UPDATE #2

Please see the latest Emergency Order from Miami Dade County. 

UPDATE #1

The City of Miami has loosened age requirements for its drive-through COVID-19 testing at Charles Hadley Park and for its in-home testing service for homebound residents. Both testing services are now open to City of Miami residents ages 45 and older who are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19. Testing was previously for residents age 65 and over.

Testing is by appointment only and residents who meet the basic criteria must call the City's testing call center at 305-960-5050 to request an appointment. The Charles Hadley Park drive-through testing site is located at 1350 NW 50th St., Miami, FL 33142. In-home testing for homebound residents who have no access to transportation is provided by City of Miami Department of Fire-Rescue personnel.

Monday, March 30

UPDATE #2

Effective Tuesday, March 31st, the City of Miami is suspending or largely curtailing a number of processes related to building inspections, opening new businesses and other key functions. The changes are being made to reduce person-to-person contact as local cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus continue to grow across South Florida. 

For more information, please the visit Building + Permitting tab on the City of Miami's COVID-19 update page.  

UPDATE #1

The City of Miami is strongly advising condominium homeowner associations and management companies to close common areas such as fitness centers, pools, and other areas where owners and residents congregate.
 
It they have not done so already, it is recommended that homeowner associations review and implement the following measures:

  • Close Common areas and amenities – close gyms, fitness centers, playgrounds, business centers, libraries, and other common areas and amenities. 
  • Drain pools to prevent swimming. 
  • Hold Virtual Meetings and events – County and city authorities have recommended against any gatherings of 10 or more people. We ask that community events and nonessential meetings be postponed. Alternatively, we ask that residents are given the option to tune in to board and association meetings remotely.
  • Perform Extensive Cleaning - extensive cleaning, disinfecting, and wiping down surfaces in common areas and amenities.
  • Practice Social distancing - experts are urging people to practice “social distancing,” which is the idea of maintaining a roughly 6-foot distance between other people.

In its response to COVID-19, the City of Miami has issued emergency orders urging residents to shelter in place and closing all entertainment establishments and non-essential businesses. The aim of these emergency orders is to eliminate unnecessary person-to-person contact in public settings.       

Saturday, March 28

Beginning Tuesday, March 31st, City of Miami residents age 65 and over who are experiencing symptoms associated with the COVID-19 coronavirus can request a drive-through test at Charles Hadley Park in Liberty City. Charles Hadley Park is located at 1350 NW 50th St, Miami, FL 33142.

COVID-19 testing for seniors at Hadley Park is by appointment only and interested residents must call 305-960-5050 to request an appointment. Drive-through testing for seniors who meet all criteria will be provided from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily at the park, and the testing will be expanded to serve City residents younger than age 65. 

Thursday, March 26

The City of Miami has ordered a nightly curfew beginning tomorrow, Friday, March 27th, in an effort to slow the person-to-person spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The citywide curfew runs from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. nightly until further notice and will be enforced by the City of Miami Police Department. 

Key exceptions to the curfew order include the following: 

  • Medical emergencies
  • Travel to or from approved, essential workplaces
  • Dog walking: residents must stay within 250 feet of their home or residential building at all times
  • Food delivery services  

Tuesday, March 24

UPDATE #3

The City of Miami is ordering all residents to shelter in place and remain at home until further notice, effective today, March 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., in order to help halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. All non-essential travel within the City of Miami, including by by automobile, public transit, motorcyle, etc., is prohibited until further notice, with the following exceptions:

  • Travel within the City to seek goods and services from essential retail establishments such as grocery stores and pharmacies
  • Travel within the City to perform work in support of essential activities and establishments
  • Travel within the City to deliver essential services to homes, such as repair, landscaping and pool services

Additionally, residents may engage in outdoor recreational activities, but not in those places that have already been closed to the public under the existing emergency order, such as City of Miami parks. When outdoors exercising, residents must practice social distancing measures at all times. 

UPDATE #2

Drive-through COVID-19 testing for symptomatic seniors age 65 and over will be available BY APPOINTMENT ONLY beginning tomorrow, March 25, at Marlins Park. Please call 305-499-8767 to request an appointment. 

UPDATE #1

The City of Miami Commission will be holding a special virtual meeting tomorrow at 8PM to discuss the City's ongoing #COVID19 response. To learn how you can watch the meeting or submit a public comment, please click HERE

Monday, March 23

UPDATE #2

The City of Miami Fire-Rescue is offering free, in-home COVID-19 testing for homebound City of Miami senior residents, age 65 and above, who are experiencing symptoms and don't have access to transportation. If you know someone who fits these criteria, please call: 305-960-5050. 

UPDATE #1

In response to COVID-19, the City of Miami will be adjusting its Trolley Services beginning Tuesday, March 24. All Miami trolley routes will operate from 8AM to 7PM. 

Saturday, March 21

UPDATE #3

Boaters take note: all public boat ramps and all marinas throughout Miami-Dade County are now CLOSED, per Miami-Dade County order. Failure to observe social distancing on the water will be strictly enforced. 

UPDATE #2

Social Distancing applies to the water too. If you go boating in Miami, "rafting" up your boat to other boats is absolutely prohibited until further notice to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

UPDATE #1

Due to COVID-19, hotels, motels and other lodging establishments in the City of Miami - as well as short-term vacation rentals- are now prohibited from accepting lodgers until further notice. 

Friday, March 20 

UPDATE #3

Permitted essential businesses include the following and remain open:

  • Grocery Stores
  • Food Banks
  • Convenience Stores 
  • Healthcare Providers
  • Financial Institutions 
  • Restaurants - for take-out, delivery and drive-thru only
  • Businesses providing mailing and shipping services, Post Office Boxes, 
  • Laundromats, Dry Cleaners and Laundry Service Providers 
  • Gas Stations, Auto-Supply, Auto-Repair, related facilities 
  • Hardware Stores 
  • Contractors and other tradesmen, appliance repair personnel, exterminators and other service providers 
  • Open Construction Sites 
  • Architectural, Engineering or Land Surveying Services 

 

UPDATE #2

Non-essential businesses closed under emergency orders include the following:

  • Restaurants 
  • Alcohol Service Establishments 
  • Entertainment Venues 
  • Gyms and Fitness Centers
  • Casinos 
  • Beauty Salons, Spas, Nail Studios
  • Indoor Amusement Parks, Trampoline Parks 
  • Driving Ranges, Tennis Clubs, Golf Courses, Fishing Charters 
  • Malls, Shops/Boutiques, Sporting Goods Stores, Bookstores, Jewelry Stores, Toy Stores, Music Stores, Arts and Crafts Stores, Pawn Shops 
  • Social Clubs 

 

UPDATE #1 

Miami residents are strongly urged to self-isolate at home to slow the spread of COVID-19. Only leave the house if absolutely necessary - medical or groceries, for example - and exercise proper social distancing measures at all times. 

Thursday, March 19

UPDATE #3

Message from the Mayor

Fellow Miamians: 

The intent of this message is to urge all Miami residents to self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent possible to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent possible. If it is absolutely necessary to leave your place of residence, whether to obtain or perform vital medical or health services, or to otherwise facilitate authorized activities necessary for continuity of social and commercial life, you should at all times reasonably comply with Social Distancing Requirements. 

Since declaring a State of Local Emergency in the City of Miami on March 9, the COVID-19 virus has continued to spread in Miami-Dade County - and across the nation - despite our best efforts, and more emergency measures may be required. Alarmingly, some individuals who contract the COVID-19 virus have no symptoms or mild symptoms, which means they may not be aware they are carrying the virus. Because asymptomatic people can transmit the disease, and because evidence shows the disease is easily spread, even small public gatherings or person-to-person interactions can result in preventable transmission of the virus. 

Scientific evidence shows that at this stage of the emergency, it is absolutely essential to slow virus transmission as much as possible to protect our most vulnerable residents - particularly the elderly and those with preexisting conditions - and to prevent our health care system from being overwhelmed. One proven way to do this is by limiting interactions among people to the greatest extent possible. 

I urge you in the strongest terms to shelter in place to the extent possible and to avoid any and all unnecessary interactions with others. 

UPDATE #2

Closed Until Further Notice:

All City of Miami Parks, Beaches and Recreational Facilities 

UPDATE #1

Effective today, and in an effort to drastically reduce the need for customers to make in-person visits to the Building Department, the City of Miami is temporarily amending its permitting processes and services. The changes include shifting in-person permit counter consultations to e-mail based consultations, as well as adding secure, easily accessible document drop boxes at the City's main administrative building to eliminate the need for person-to-person exchanges.

These temporary changes are in keeping with the City's ongoing response to COVID-19 and reinforce social distancing practices, without reducing levels of service. Details follow below: 

Legacy Plans Drop-Off:

  • Legacy Plans Drop will be conducted daily at the MRC Ground Floor Lobby. The Building Department will be providing a Drop Off Bin for these services. Customers may also dial (305) 416-2571 for additional information.

Legacy Plans Pick-Up:

  • Legacy Plans Pick Up will be conducted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only at the MRC Ground Floor Lobby. Customers will be required to submit their plan pick-up request 24 hours in advance to the following e-mail addresses: AOsorio@miamigov.com / RConcepcion@miamigov.com / jarrinda@miamigov.com. Customers may also dial (305) 416-2571 for additional information.

Permit Counter: 

  • Permit Counter requests shall be submitted to ePlanBuilding@miamigov.com. Customers will be contacted by a Building Department staff member to complete their transaction. Customers may also dial (305) 416-1605 for additional information. All of the following services will be conducted via e-mail:
    • Issue New Legacy Process Number for Additional Legacy Plans
    • Process Legacy Plan Revisions
    • Revision Requests
    • Complete Revisions
    • Phase Permit Requests
    • New Contractor Registration
    • Change of Contractor
    • Add/Update Contractor and Subcontractor
    • Change of Architect / Engineer
    • Plan Reactivation Request
    • Completion Permit Request (Expired Permits)
    • Fee Credit Request
    • City Project Fee Waiver

Microfilm Requests:

  • Microfilm requests shall be submitted via e-mail to BuildingRecords@miamigov.com. Customers will be provided an Invoice / Transaction ID # via e-mail, and upon payment, the microfilm records will be released via e-mail. Customers may also dial (305) 416-1140 for additional information.

 

Wednesday, March 18

UPDATE #3

Please be advised that the City of Miami is indefinitely suspending the Motorized Scooter Pilot Program and Citibike Shared Bicycle Program as a response to Miami-Dade County Emergency Order 05-20.  Per the emergency order, no common use moped, scooter, bicycle, or micromobility device are to be operated as of 6:00 p.m. today, March 18th, 2020.  Vehicles must be disabled remotely to ensure there is no option to rent via mobile applications and removed from the Public Right of Way immediately.  This order will remain in effect until expiration of the Miami-Dade County State of Local Emergency or City of Miami State of Local Emergency, whichever occurs later.  We appreciate your understanding during this time and request companies report when removal of all scooters/bicycles is completed.

UPDATE # 2

Scooter Rentals Suspended Until Further Notice:

Effective at 6:00pm today, and in keeping with Miami-Dade County orders, all electric scooter rentals will cease until further notice.  

UPDATE #1

Effective today, and consistent with the City of  Miami's Emergency Declaration related to COVID-19, design professionals that do not possess a Digital Signature will be allowed, for a limited time and until further notice, to scan and upload their paper signed and sealed documents into the City of Miami Electronic Plan Review System (ePlan).

During this period, design professionals that fall under this temporary exception shall be required to maintain the original documents for future auditing purposes. The City of Miami Building Department strongly encourages all Design Professionals to obtain a Digital Signature Certificate. Below is the approved list of Digital Signature Providers:

 

Tuesday, March 17

UPDATE #3

In order to effectively maintain essential sanitation services while managing COVID-19 impacts, the City of Miami Department of Solid Waste will implement the following changes to its garbage, recycling and bulky trash services, effective Friday, March 20th, 2020.

  1. Residential garbage collection will continue on a regular schedule – twice weekly.
  2. Residential recycling collection will be suspended until further notice. All recyclable materials should be placed inside the green garbage cart for collection. All materials (garbage and recycling) will be converted into electricity at the Miami-Dade County Resource Recovery Center. 
  3. Bulky trash collection will transition from weekly service to service every other week. Pickup for (A) routes will take place on your designated day the first and third week of the month. Pickup for (B) routes will take place on your designated day the second and fourth week of the month.

The following bulky trash routes will be serviced as follows:

  • Monday A - East of I-95 |Monday B – West of I-95
  • Tuesday A – East of NW 12 Ave. |Tuesday B – West of NW 12 Ave.
  • Wednesday A – East of SW/NW 47th Ave. |Wednesday B – West of SW/NW 47th Ave.
  • Thursday A – East of SW 22th Ave. | Thursday B – West of SW 22thAve.
  • Friday A – East of SW 22nd Ave. | Friday B – West of SW 22nd Ave.
     

Please see bulky trash map HERE for more information.(JPG, 564KB)

 

The mini dump facility for bulky waste will remain open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: 1290 NW 20th St. Additionally, dead animal removal services and street litter container collection will continue on a regular basis while street sweeping services will continue on a reduced schedule.

 

UPDATE #2

Retailers, service businesses and private offices including the examples below may operate. However, to increase #SocialDistancing, they may only operate at 50% or less of their normal occupancy load until further notice.

 

- Retailers

- Private Offices

- Hair & Nail salons

- Barber Shops

- Car Dealerships

 

UPDATE #1

The City of Miami today issued an order mandating all entertainment establishments and non-essential businesses closed to patrons until further notice, in light of the COVID-19 coronavirus and increased cases of community transmission in South Florida. The new order aims to eliminate unnecessary person-to-person contact in public settings and was issued as an amendment to the City's recent COVID-19 emergency declaration. 

The following types of entertainment businesses within the City of Miami will be closed, effective today, March 17, 2020 at 11:59PM until further notice:

  • All alcohol service establishments that do not serve food, including bars, nightclubs and lounges
    • *Bars that serve food may continue to do so for takeout only 
  • All Dine-in Restaurants 
    • Restaurants may sell food for takeout/delivery/drive-thru on a 24-hour basis
    • Proprietors must establish social distancing measures for patrons waiting in line
  • All Entertainment Venues including movie theaters, live performance venues, bowling alleys and arcades
  • All Gyms and Fitness Centers 

The new order includes important exceptions, notably that dine-in restaurants may provide takeout/delivery/drive-thru service at any hour. Furthermore, the following institutions and businesses are not affecting by the entertainment establishment closure order: grocery stores, food banks, pharmacies; and commissaries, cafeterias and restaurants located entirely within hospitals, nursing homes or similar facilities. 

Monday, March 16

Effective immediately, all City of Miami public meetings are cancelled until April 1, 2020 to prevent unnecessary gatherings and encourage social distancing. Cancelled meetings include all City advisory board, committee and hearing board meetings, as well as regularly scheduled City Commission meetings.

Additionally, this morning, the City began screening all employees and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to granting entry into City buildings. Individuals who are cleared to enter will be given a colored wristband that must be worn at all times for the duration of their visit (wristband colors will change daily). Visitors who are screened and present with any signs or symptoms stated on the CDC’s COVID-19 flyer will be denied entry and directed to contact the Department of Health immediately. An informational sheet for conducting City business remotely, which includes key phone and e-mail contacts for City services, will be provided.

The City of Miami is also partnering with the Miami-Dade County Community Action & Human Services Department to provide home delivery of meals to local seniors who normally gather for large, communal meals at local senior centers. The City suspended those communal lunches last week - shifting to pick-up service only - to increase social distancing and reduce close personal interactions among local seniors, who are especially vulnerable to COVID-19.

Sunday, March 15

The City of Miami issued an order today mandating all businesses and establishments within the City of Miami to reduce their maximum occupancy loads to 50% of their authorized maximum occupancies, effective 12:01 a.m. tonight. Businesses or establishments with an existing occupancy of 500 persons or more are now capped at 250 persons maximum. Businesses and establishments that do not comply with this emergency order face immediate closure.

Additionally, the City has ordered that all non-essential businesses and establishments within the City close no later than 11:00 p.m. daily, including on weekends. This order applies to bars, restaurants, lounges and other entertainment establishments. The order is effective citywide at 11:00 p.m. tomorrow, Monday, March 16. Exceptions to this order are the following: hospitals, pharmacies, grocery stores, medical service providers, medical supply stores, gasoline service stations, hardware stores, convenience stores, private offices, hotels and automotive repair centers.

Both measures were made as amendments to the City’s recent COVID-19 emergency declaration, and both aim to increase social distancing and reduce communal gatherings. With confirmed cases of community transmissions of COVID-19 in Florida, the need to reduce gatherings of people in public spaces has grown in urgency. The City also issued a ban on price gouging in its new emergency order. 

“These measures are a direct and prudent step to reduce close person-to-person interactions, which are medically confirmed to be spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus in South Florida,” said City Manager Arthur Noriega V. “We’re in this together and will prevail if all Miamians make a conscious decision to do their part for the greater good.”  

 

Saturday, March 14

The City of Miami continues to do its part to ensure the safety and public health of our residents, visitors and our valued employees, as it relates to the COVID-19 coronavirus. The City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been activated and the administration is conducting daily interdepartmental calls to monitor the progression of novel coronavirus COVID-19 to ensure we stay informed and prepared to respond as needed. We are also closely following the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Florida Department of Health (FDOH). 

 

As the situation continues to evolve, please take a moment to review the update below, which summarizes the many actions that City emergency managers and leaders are implementing to keep our organization and our community safe and strong. As always, if you demonstrate symptoms related with COVID-19, please call the Florida Department of Health immediately: 866-779-6121.

 

  • The City has established a COVID-19 informational hotline for employees, which provides the latest updates on City operations, reporting to work and more
  • Risk Management personnel are stationed at the EOC, closely monitoring and communicating with employees who may have been in contact with infected persons 
  • All Department Directors have created Continuance of Operations Plans – or COOPs – to ensure that all City of Miami government functions continue
  • City facilities are being thoroughly cleaned, including the daily effort of wiping down every touch surface, such as door handles, elevator push buttons, handrails, etc.
  • City emergency managers at the EOC are in close, regular contact with leading infectious disease experts who are providing high-level guidance and expertise
  • Procurement staff is at the EOC to assist in making expedited emergency purchases as needed to respond to the COVID-19 situation
  • IT has boosted helpline staffing to assist those working from City offices and remote locations
  • The EOC has established fully-staffed media and community hotlines to provide COVID-19 information and updates

 

Community Measures

 

  • All special events in the City have been cancelled until further notice
  • All permitted gatherings at City of Miami Parks have been cancelled until further notice
  • Effective Monday, all Parks & Recreation programs are suspended indefinitely; all City pools and the Jose Marti Park gymnasium are closed indefinitely
  • Homeless Outreach has distributed CDC informational flyers to local homeless persons, distributed personal hand sanitizers and placed handwashing stations in areas where local homeless persons congregate
  • City first responders have already visited all assisted living facilities, nursing homes and group homes throughout the City to ensure compliance with state and federal emergency guidelines
  • The City’s trolley Operator is increasing frequency of cleanings, including “high touch” areas like buttons, handholds, pull cords and rails; trolleys have also been equipped with hand wipes
  • The City is working with the County Elections Department to keep all local Early Voting sites and Election Day polling places clean, including hand sanitizer and hand-washing at all sites

 

Friday, March 13

UPDATE #3:

Effective this coming Monday, March 16, all City of Miami Parks & Recreation programs will be suspended until further notice. Additionally, all City of Miami pools will be closed effective Monday until further notice. Cancellations and closures include all of the following:

  • Afterschool programs
  • All City of Miami pools
  • Jose Marti Park Gymnasium
  • Learn-to-Swim classes
  • City-run sports and swim programs
  • All programs scheduled at the Little Haiti Cultural Center and Caribbean Marketplace
  • Programming for adults with special needs at the Sandra DeLucca Developmental Center 

Parks open spaces will be open for general public use, including Virginia Key Beach North Point and the Virginia Key Mountain Bike trail. 

For more information on affected Parks programs, please call 305-416-1300. 

UPDATE #2:

Message to Residents from Mayor Francis Suarez

I was informed that I have tested positive for COVID-19. I feel completely healthy and strong. However, I am doing the responsible thing by working with the County's Health Department to take every precaution to ensure that not only my family is healthy, but everyone I have come in contact with is healthy as well. 

If we did not shake hands or you did not come into contact with me if I coughed or sneezed, there is no action you need to take whatsoever. If we did, however, touch or shake hands, or I sneezed or coughed near you since Monday, it is recommended that you self-isolate for 14 days, but you do not need to get tested. 

After speaking with medical personnel, I will continue to follow Department of Health protocol and remain isolated while I lead our government remotely. The City will continue to function as usual under our comprehensive preparedness plan to ensure operational continuity. 

If you suspect you have been in contact with anyone who is sick or are exhibiting any symptoms, like fever, cough, or shortness of breath, pleas call the County Department of Health. Our residents' health and wellness continues to be my absolute priority. For additional guidelines, visit Floridahealth.gov or call the Health Department at 866-799-6121 or the City of Miami's COVID-19 call center at 305-960-5027.

Thank you. 

UPDATE #1:

As of yesterday (3/12), all Park permits granted by the City’s Department of Parks & Recreation were cancelled for at least the next 30 days. Furthermore, no new Park permits will be granted within that timeframe. Parks & Recreation staff are directly contacting affected parties to notify them of this change. 

Parks permits generally apply to smaller events and gatherings held within City of Miami parks by families, groups, clubs, etc. Examples include:

  • Birthday parties
  • Baby showers
  • Youth soccer 
  • Swimming training sessions

 

Thursday, March 12

UPDATE #3: 

City of Miami Declares State of Emergency 

UPDATE #2:

Miami Mayor's Personal Message on COVID-19 Update 

 

  

  

UPDATE #1:

Effective immediately, the City of Miami Parks and Recreation Department is suspending all of its Active Adults 55+ programs for senior citizens, due to the heightened COVID-19 risks associated with seniors. Senior citizen programs being suspended include daily fitness and recreation classes, as well as daily communal lunches at two Parks facilities. The City is working to identify alternative means to continue providing meals to participation seniors.

Senior programs at the following parks are impacted:

  • Charles Hadley Park
  • Antonio Maceo Park
  • Maximo Domino Park
  • West Emd Park
  • Coral Gate Park
  • Shenandoah Park
  • Jose Marti Park

Residents with questions or concerns should call 305-416-1300.  

Wednesday, March 11 

UPDATE #2:

Today, a member of the City of Miami Department of Fire-Rescue returned to work following personal travel to California. The firefighter felt unwell and, in an abundance of caution, was transported to a local hospital in accordance with City of Miami EMS protocols. This individual has since been tested for COVID-19 novel coronavirus and the results are negative. Fire-Rescue services throughout the City of Miami continue as normal.

UPDATE #1:

 The Florida Department of Health has announced eight new positive cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Florida. To keep Florida residents and visitors safe and aware about the status of the virus, the Department is issuing regular updates as information becomes available. 

Monday, March 9

UPDATE #2:

An Executive Order has been issues by Governor Ron DeSantis declaring a State of Emergency to contain the spread of coronavirus. The emergency declaration allows for a united command structure to limit the spread of the virus and allow the state to more effectively mobilize resources. 

The Florida Department of Health has confirmed one new positive case in Volusia County with the patient being isolated. As of Monday, March 9, 2020, the Department of Health reported the state had 19 cases of COVID-19. 

UPDATE #1:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to closely monitor and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak caused by the novel coronavirus, SARA-CoV-2. 

This CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) Update highlights guidance and for evaluating and identifying patients who should be tested for COVID-19 that were shared on March 4, 2020. It supersedes the guidance and recommendations provided in CDC's HAN 428 distributed on February 28, 2020. 

Sunday, March 8

Florida health official announced Sunday that a 13th case of coronavirus has been diagnosed in the state, a 67-year-old Broward County man. 

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott sent a letter to three federal agencies and two county health departments requesting more information on the two deaths caused by COVID-19 in Florida.

As of Sunday, cases of the virus had been confirmed in Manatee County (2), Charlotte County, Volusia County, Okaloosa County, Hillsborough County (2), Lee County (2), Broward County (3) and Santa Rosa County. 

Saturday, March 7 

Governor Ron DeSantis has directed the Florida Division of Emergency Management to activate to Level 2 (partial activation). 

Vice President Mike Pence and Acting Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf met with officials from cruise companies in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and announced new procedures cruise operators will adopt to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus on their ships. 

Within the next 72 hours, the industry, with the assistance of the DHS, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Coast Guard, Pence said cruise operators will develop new guidelines in three areas:

  • Further enhancement of entry and exit screening and shipboard testing for the coronavirus.
  • New quarantine standards will be coordinated with the CDC for all cruise ships. 
  • A protocol to move any patients that contract the coronavirus or otherwise become seriously ill to land-based facilities. 

CDC is encouraging older people and people with severe chronic medical conditions to "stay at home as much as possible."

Friday, March 6

The City of Miami Division of Emergency Management (DEM) continues to monitor COVID-19 and is active in emergency planning.  

Information regarding COVID-19 prevention/preparation measures, illness reporting, and recent travel has been released to all City employees. The Department of Risk Management has established a call-back and data collection procedure for employees who claim COVID-19 related illness.

The Department of Finance has created an accounting project string to track all COVID-19 related expenditures. Effective today, all purchases for supplies and equipment related to COVID-19 are being requested through the Logistics Section Chief within DEM.

Most Pandemic COOPs have been submitted, the compiling of information and drafting a Citywide document is being conducted within DEM with a planned completion date of March 13, 2020. 

What You Should Know 

COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure. Most people recover from COVID-19 without needing special treatment. The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes are more likely to develop serious illness.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The Department recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
  • Staying home when you are sick and avoiding contact with persons in poor health;
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue;
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty; and
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

 

Returning from Travel
Individuals who have traveled to China, Japan, Italy, Iran or South Korea, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino & Vatican City within the last 14 days (or since February 22, 2020) and who have no flu-like symptoms should stay home and monitor their health for 14 days after returning to the United States. Please do not go to work, athletic events, or other social gatherings until a full 14 days have passed after the date of your departure from the country in question.

Individuals returning from a country listed on the CDC's COVID-19 travel advisories page who are experiencing specific COVID-19 symptoms should do the following:

  1. Contact the Florida Department of Health immediately at 305-470-5660 or 1-866-779-6121 to report any specific COVID-19 symptoms
  2. Seek medical attention if necessary and as directed by the Department of Health
  3. Stay in your room, home or apartment and limit exposure to others, including your family


Be Prepared
Please review the following recommendations and take steps to complete them:

  • Periodically check your regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in your home.
  • Have any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.
  • Get copies and maintain electronic versions of health records from doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and other sources and store them, for personal reference. Get help accessing electronic health records.
  • Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick and/or who will care for small children if they cannot attend school for an extended period.


Useful Resources
Florida Department of Health contact numbers:

Miami-Dade County: (305) 470-5660

Statewide: (866) 779-6121

CDC COVID-19 Information

Prevention and Treatment Information

Travel Information

Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities

COVID-19 Global Dashboard