City of Miami Declares State of Emergency

Published on March 12, 2020

COVID-19 Updates

The City of Miami today declared a State of Emergency to help City leaders and emergency managers streamline and expedite their response to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. The declaration comes in light of recent developments regarding the virus, including the first documented case of COVID-19 in Miami-Dade County.


“Today’s decision to issue a State of Emergency marks our next stage of preparedness for COVID-19 coronavirus,” said Miami Mayor Francis Suarez. “By introducing measures including limits on public assembly, working from home policies, and cancelling all special events, we’re being diligent about protecting our residents, especially our vulnerable elderly population. We have taken bold steps to contain this virus from spreading in the City, and will continue to do so as necessary.”


The formal declaration allows the City to use certain tools to more easily protect Miami residents and visitors, including placing limits on public assembly and loosening procurement rules to allow the City to more easily purchase necessary goods. In addition to declaring a State of Emergency, the City is:


  • Activating its Emergency Operations Center to Level 2 (essential personnel and functions)
  • Not granting any special event permits and cancelling all special events scheduled in the City
  •  Giving department directors the latitude to allow city staff to work from home if absolutely necessary, while still maintaining government functions


The City is also focusing on its most vulnerable residents, including elderly and homeless populations. Senior events at City of Miami Parks for residents age 55 and over will be cancelled. At Parks where senior lunches are provided, the City will continue providing lunch services on a pick-up only basis. The City’s Department of Human Services is distributing hygiene messaging to local homeless persons and installing multiple hand washing stations in strategic locations to serve them.


To review the City's full Declaration of Emergency, please click HERE(PDF, 1007KB)



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