City of Miami Orders Residents to Shelter in Place

Published on March 24, 2020

COVID-19 Updates

(Miami, FL March 24, 2020) - 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. 

Below is a full list of businesses which are considered essential – and may remain open – under the City of Miami’s emergency shelter in place order. These businesses are also considered essential under Miami-Dade County’s current emergency order:

  • Healthcare facilities
  • Grocery stores / farmers’ markets / convenience stores
  • Restaurants: takeout / delivery / drive-thru only
  • Social services organizations providing shelter/food to disadvantaged
  • Nursing homes/ALFs
  • Home-based care for children, adults and seniors
  • Childcare facilities for those working under this order
  • Gas stations, auto repair shops, auto supply stores
  • Banks and related financial institutions
  • Open construction sites
  • Hardware stores
  • Contractors & tradesmen providing home/business maintenance services
  • Landscape and pool care businesses
  • Laundromats and dry cleaners
  • Media, including TV, newspapers, radio
  • Private colleges, technical/trade schools but only to facilitate online learning
  • Delivery services for food and goods
  • Mailing & shipping businesses
  • Office supply businesses supporting work-at-home professionals
  • Businesses that supply other essential businesses with supply/support and do not interact with the general public
  • Professional services (legal, accounting, etc.) that support other essential businesses
  • Airlines, taxis, rideshares
  • Pet supply stores
  • Businesses operating at any government office/facility
  • Logistics providers, including warehouses, trucking
  • Telecommunications providers
  • Propane/natural gas providers
  • Architectural, engineering or land surveying businesses
  • Factories, manufacturing facilities, bottling sites
  • Waste management services
  • E-commerce businesses only interacting with customers remotely and delivering products via shipping
  • Hotels, motels and other commercial lodging establishments for Essential Lodgers only, such as first responders

Read the full emergency order HERE(PDF, 4MB).

For updates on the City of Miami’s ongoing response to COVID-19 coronavirus, please visit