City Launches Restaurant Recovery Program

Published on May 30, 2020

COVID-19 Updates

(Miami, FL - May 30, 2020) - 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.

"Restaurants are a big part of our local economy and the fabric of our community," said Miami Mayor Francis Suarez. "As they safely reopen this week within the rules of social distancing and reduced indoor occupancy, the City is launching the Restaurant Recovery Program as a creative way to allow our restaurant businesses to welcome more diners by adding outdoor seating - on sidewalks, repurposed parking spaces and even streets that are closed to traffic. It's another way that we're helping our local business community to get back to work."

Under the City's Stand Up, Miami reactivation plan, restaurants must limit their indoor seating capacity to no more than 50% of their normal allowed occupancy in order to maintain social distancing. By allowing restaurants to temporarily add or expand outdoor seating areas, the Restaurant Recovery Program will help qualifying restaurants to accommodate additional diners while continuing to abide by social distancing rules. 

Among the outdoor spaces that restaurants may apply to use for additional seating are the following: 

  • Public sidewalks and nearby on-street parking spaces
  • Roads or traffic lanes closed by the City (limited instances)
  • Private walkways, parking and driving areas

The program is available through August 20, 2020 and is open only to those establishments whose primary use is food service and that hold a valid City of Miami certificate of use for "restaurant" or "food service establishment". To learn more about the Restaurant Recovery Program, including how to apply, please visit


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