Closing All Entertainment Establishments and Non-Essential Businesses

Published on March 17, 2020

COVID-19 Updates

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. This 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 theatres, 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 affected 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.

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

To review the full emergency order, please click HERE(PDF, 1003KB).

To learn how you can do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19, take a moment to review the informational flyer down below furnished by the White House.