- Coronavirus Update
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Miami-Dade County is coordinating closely with hospital and healthcare partners, the Florida Department of Health, municipalities, and private partners including CVS and Walgreens to vaccinate members of our community against the coronavirus (COVID-19) as quickly and efficiently as possible. Visit Miami-Dade County's website for updates on where to get vaccinated and frequently asked questions here and view additional information under the 'Vaccine' tab below.
All persons shall wear a mask or other facial covering when in public, as set forth in County EO 20-20 and 29-20, as amended. Coverings may include a face mask, homemade mask or other cloth covering, such as a scarf, bandana or handkerchief, and should complement — not substitute for — social distancing practices. Medical and surgical face masks, such as “N95” masks, are in short supply and should be reserved for health care personnel and other first responders with the greatest need for such personal protective equipment. Not sure how to make your own? View a how-to guide from the CDC here.
Parks & Greenspace Reopening
Click here for a full listing of open parks and recreational facilities, including the Flamingo Park track, the batting cages at North Shore Park, neighborhood tennis courts and more. Hours of operation for any Parks and Recreation facilities permitted to remain open are as follows:
- Park Hours: 7 AM to 10 PM | Hours vary by site
- Boat Ramp Hours: 6 AM to 8 PM
- Golf Course Hours: 7 AM to 8 PM | Dining rooms remain open beyond 8 PM based on demand only
- Tennis Center Hours: 7:30 AM to 9 PM
Questions and Contact Information
Our city hotline at 305.604.CITY (2489), is open from Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. You can also email your questions to MBCovid@miamibeachfl.gov. The Customer Service Center is closed to walk-in customers, all transactions will be handled online here. Customers can call the main line at 305.673.7420, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. or email us at email@example.com.
The Florida Department of Health has established a Call Center available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1.866.779.6121 or email your questions to COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are some helpful tools and resources for businesses expected to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For a full list of business resources and tools, visit www.MBBiz.com.
The city is working closely with our local, state and federal governments to provide local businesses and employees with the tools needed to weather this challenging time. Email our resource agents today with your contact information and inquiry at email@example.com.
“Safer at Home” Option: To help comply with the “Stay at Home” Emergency Order, the City of Miami Beach will mail unemployment applications along with a prepaid return envelope directly to your home. Simply send your request to ResourceCenter@miamibeachfl.gov. Please allow a few days for the application to arrive.
Pick Up Option: Should you wish to file a claim faster, you have several pick up options:
- Unemployment applications are available for pick up at 26 Miami-Dade Public Libraries. Both the Miami Beach Regional Library and North Shore Library will have unemployment applications. Once completed, applications can be dropped off back at the library book drop off where they will be sent overnight to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.
Self Printing Option: Those with printers can access the paper application here and print from home.
Emergency Business Damage Assessment Survey
Governor Ron DeSantis announced the activation of the Business Damage Assessment survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local business operations. The survey, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement appropriate relief programs can begin.
The Business Damage Assessment Survey can be taken online at floridadisaster.biz/. Results from this survey will be shared with state agencies and local partners. Surveys submitted by small businesses can be used to access the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan, made available for COVID-19 through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. For inquiries or assistance with the survey, businesses can contact Emergency Support Function 18 at ESF18@em.myflorida.com.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Guidance
The SBA will work directly with state governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
- Find more information on the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans at: gov/Disaster.
Business Preparedness Tools
In addition to resources to assist with the financial impact posed on business, click here for a Business Pandemic Planning Checklist from the CDC.
It is important to keep your business and employees safe and prevent the spread of germs. We encourage you to monitor this page for the latest information, as the situation is rapidly changing.
Chamber of Commerce
In an effort to help, the Chamber of Commerce created a thorough Q&A guide on the top 6 questions they've noticed businesses asking, along with easy-to-understand information about the $2 trillion stimulus bill. View it here: Coronavirus Small Business Issues and Solutions Guide
The following public cultural facilities are closed until further notice.
- Colony Theatre/Miami New Drama - Theater is closed, performances taking place outdoors or virtual only
- Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason - live streamed performances only
- Film Society - virtual only
- FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios - virtual only
- Jewish Museum of Florida - FIU - virtual only
- Miami City Ballet - virtual only
- North Beach Bandshell - live streamed and limited capacity in person performances
- New World Symphony - virtual programming ad live stream performances
- O Cinema - virtual only
- Oolite Arts - virtual only
City of Miami Beach Emergency Declarations
View the State of Emergency Declarations signed by the Miami Beach City Manager here.
Miami-Dade County Emergency Orders
Click here to view official copies of Miami-Dade County Mayor Giménez's emergency orders.
State of Florida Emergency Orders
Click here to view Executive Order from the State of Florida.
The City of Miami Beach is offering food assistance to qualifying residents who have lost their employment and are experiencing food insecurity. Please visit www.miamibeachfl.gov/food to fill out the required form.
After residents complete the online form, eligible residents will be contacted by the city with a date, time and location for food pick up. Households will only be permitted to pick up once per week and we will ensure that food packages are sufficient per family size. Residents receiving SNAP benefits are eligible two weeks after their SNAP allocation is loaded on their EBT card.
The two distribution sites are North Shore Youth Center at 501 72 Street and the Police Athletic Building at 999 11 Street. Only residents who complete the online registration and receive an appointment will be served.
The city is preparing to serve 600 Miami Beach households weekly, and will do their best to accommodate food packages for vegetarian and kosher households.
Utility Billing Penalties
Residents wishing to enter into a payment plan for their utility bill can reach the city’s Customer Service Center at the following phone numbers: 305.673.7440 or 305.604.CITY (2849). Residents can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The following steps must be followed on all Miami Beach construction sites:
- Safety logs are required for all construction sites with 8 or more workers.
- All employees are to be tested daily before entering the site. Click here for self-check form.
- The log is to be kept on-site and available for Building Department inspection.
- The use of a protective mask is mandatory.
- Construction superintendents (site- supervisors) will verify that social distancing is being maintained.
- Hand washing stations are required at construction sites.
- No more than 10 workers in a room or area.
Failure of compliance will result in a Stop Work Order (14-days minimum shut down) and a $500 citation fee. Please e-mail BuildingViolations@miamibeachfl.gov or call 305.673.7610 and press 0 to report any construction site issues. Time/date stamped photos and property addresses are required in order to properly enforce a violation.
Meals for Heroes
Meals for Heroes is a South Florida based not for profit company providing hospital emergency rooms and ICU’s, EMS and first responder teams, and COVID-19 mobile testing centers with dinner cooked and prepared by local restaurants and caterers. When you donate, you’re not just giving a front line medical worker a hot meal, you’re also putting a cook back to work.
Click here to learn more and donate to our hometown heroes.
Emerging Reports of Scams
There have been some reports of scams happening within Miami-Dade County. Scams will probably evolve over time, but some include: people going door-to-door selling COVID-19 test kits; texts/emails/phone calls from companies offering fast test results or asking the recipient to claim their free protective mask from the Red Cross or a similar organization; text or emails that the recipient is suspected to have come in contact with the coronavirus and requests credit card information to ship medication; offers to invest in stocks related to the illness; various organizations soliciting online donations for COVID-19 related work, etc.
It’s important to only seek information from trusted sources such as the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the Florida Department of Health. If you have been targeted by any of these scams, you should report it to the Miami Beach Police Department’s non-emergency number at 305.673.7900. If your issue is an emergency, please call 911 immediately.
- Lock your vehicle doors and take your keys with you.
- Ensure the doors and windows in your home are always locked.
- There is an increase in package deliveries so we encourage you to retrieve your packages as quickly as possible in order to avoid theft.
- Personal information is like money, value it. When making a purchase online, be alert to the kinds of information being collected to complete the transaction. Make sure you think it is necessary for the vendor to request that information. Remember, you only need to fill out required fields at checkout.
COVID-19 Quarantine Response Team
In response to the Florida Governor’s Executive Orders (20-82 and 20-86) all persons entering the State of Florida from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Louisiana must isolate or quarantine for fourteen (14) days from the time of entry into the State of Florida. Should you have intimate knowledge of a person(s) who may be in violation of the Governor’s Executive Orders, you should notify the Miami Beach Police Department at 305.673.7901. The team of Officers will respond at an appropriate time to remind, investigate, and enforce the Governor’s executive orders.
Prevention Starts With You
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) CDC urges everyone to do their part to help us respond to this emerging public health threat, this includes:
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
- Take personal responsibility. If you are sick with a fever, cough or viral symptoms, please stay away from others, including the work environment and crowded area
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, you can learn more about prevention and treatment by visiting the CDC website.
In response to COVID-19 pandemic, beginning Monday, November 16, the City will launch an on-demand Freebee service for elderly residents living in affordable housing facilities throughout the City. For more service details and a list of facilities on-demand service will be provided to/from, click here.Traffic Impacts Around the Miami Beach Convention Center
Convention Center Drive from 17 Street to 18 Street is closed due to COVID-19 Testing. 18 Street is partially closed towards Convention Center Drive. Additionally, drivers on 18 Street will only be able to travel from Meridian Avenue to the garage, and there will be no right turn out of the garage to 18 Street. All of Pride Park will be fenced in during this time.
Miami Beach Trolley
In the interest of public health and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the City of Miami Beach suspended all trolley service until further notice.
Bicycle Repair Stations
Did you know that the City of Miami Beach has free bicycle repair stations located throughout the city? These bicycle repair stations are context-sensitive stands that include all the tools necessary to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat tire to adjusting brakes and derailleurs, and are designed to handle all types of bicycles. The air pump includes a pressure gauge, which ensures proper inflation pressures. Hanging the bike from the hanger arms allows the pedals and wheels to spin freely while making necessary adjustments. Users can easily scan the code on the station with their smartphone to access a variety of tutorials on how to perform bike repairs.
Below is a list of all bicycle repair locations throughout Miami Beach. For locations in a parking garage, follow the directional signage to where repair stations are located.
- Parking garage at 1301 Collins Avenue
- Parking garage at 1557 Washington Avenue
- Parking garage at 640 17th
- Parking garage at 400 West 42 Street
- Parking garage at 1755 Meridian Avenue
- Parking garage at 1661 Pennsylvania Avenue
- Washington Avenue/11 Street (by the Police Station)
- Ocean Terrace/73 Street
- Harding Avenue/72 Street bus stop
- 71 Street/Biarritz Avenue bus stop
- Beachwalk at 46 Street
- Venetian Way/Island Avenue east by the Park
- Alton Road/41 Street by the bus stop (north side of 41 Street)
- Jefferson Avenue/11 Street at the park entrance
Miami-Dade County Special Transportation Service (STS)
For elderly and those with special needs, the County offers an alternative mode of transportation that offers door-to-door transportation service from the main entrance of pick-up to the main entrance of drop-off locations. Please note that you MUST be eligible for these services in order to utilize them.
The service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be used throughout Miami-Dade County ONLY for those that are eligible. Visit the County's website and learn more about the eligibility requirements.
Miami-Dade Transit Update
Miami-Dade Transit’s Metrobus system will continue to run FREE weekday routes across Miami-Dade County with reduced frequencies. For County transit updates, please click here.
Miami-Dade Transit has suspended Metrobus late night service for Miami Beach routes 112/L and 119/S. The County has launched Go Nightly, which provides an on-demand ride option, in partnership with Lyft and Uber, that will provide service along each of these route alignments between midnight and 5 a.m. Click here to read the update from the County. Miami-Dade Transit has suspended certain bus routes due to slower ridership. Route 79 is suspended and riders can take the 112/L route instead. Click here to view the County's Metrobus webpage with more information on routes and schedules.
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During this COVID-19 state of emergency, the governor has granted Executive Order 20-68, which allows a six month extension on All active permits. In order to assist you with your permits, the Building Department is automatically extending permits that are due to expire; this extends the permit for an additional six month period. Permits must be in active status for the extension with no fees.
Extension application is required for all TCO permits, e-mail completer application to BuildingAdministration@miamibeachfl.gov .
- If you see that a permit has expired after March 10, A permit extension may be applied for via CSS using the Building online application. Upload the application and any letters of explanation for the extension request.
- Only online applications are allowed.
- All applications for specific permit types not found on the online application list, must use the Building Online Application available on Citizen Self Service (CSS) for processing there is a $50 fee.
- All applications for sub-permits must be applied for using Customer Self Service (CSS) the master permit must be in issued status to apply for a sub-permit.
- During the COVID-19 Emergency Period, design professionals may submit scanned drawings and documents in lieu of a digital signed and sealed set along with the required affidavit which can be downloaded here.
- All permits that have not been issued are required to upload all documents for review.
- Any previous 24Hr plans which were disapproved, must upload all corrections via Citizen Self Service (CSS)
- Any 24Hr plan brought on Tuesday, March 24 will be invoiced. If approved and the remaining balance has been paid, via Citizen Self Service (CSS), the permit card will be delivered via email or be made available for download via Citizen Self Service (CSS). The inspector will bring the approved plan to the site for the first inspection.
- All issued permits, will be allowed to continue/begin work (if the individual’s association allows the work).
- During COVID-19 period, we must work together. The City of Miami Beach building inspectors will be performing checks of the logs on safe site practices. Lack of compliance with CDC recommendations on construction sites will result with the issuance of a violation and depending on the severity, may require that the site be closed down for a 14day period up to and including the revocation of a permit.
- All construction projects with greater than 8 workers shall conduct health checks on all employees daily and keep notes of the screening on site and provide temperature screening log. Click here for the city's Self Screening form.
For specific trade and permitting questions contact the Chiefs and/or Operations Manager to arrange for an appointment. Digital and phone appointments with Chiefs and Operations Manager are available upon request. North Beach Office will continue to be closed to the public until further notice.
City Clerk & Special Masters
Customers needing assistance may call the Office of the City Clerk at 305.673.7411 or the Office of the Special Master at 305.673.7181. Telephones will be answered from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Customers are encouraged to use the Clerk's online resources or email email@example.com.
Code Compliance Department
Code Compliance walk-ins are closed. Residents or businesses that need assistance should call Code Compliance at 305.604.CITY(2489)
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Customer Service Department
Our city hotline at 305.604.CITY (2489), is open from Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. You can also email your questions to MBCovid@miamibeachfl.gov. The Customer Service Center is closed to walk-in customers, all transactions will be handled online here. Customers can call the main line at 305.673.7420, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
City Hall Open for Passport Services & Bus Pass Program Applications
The city’s Customer Service Center (1755 Meridian Avenue) will be available Monday through Friday by appointment only, to provide Passport services and process applications for the Golden Pass and Patriot bus pass program. Appointments can be scheduled by calling the Call Center at 305.604.CITY or online here.
Environment & Sustainability
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City Tree Removal Permit process is now paperless. When applying for a City Tree Removal Permit, an electronic application submittal is required. Click here for more information.
The Cashier's Office within the Finance Department is closed to the public until further notice. We encourage you to make any payments online here or here. If absolutely necessary, payments can be made by appointment by calling 305.673.7466, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Applications for Land Use Board approval, Determination of Architectural Significance, Zoning Verification Letters and requests for Zoning Determination by the Planning Director are all web-based and continue to be received and processed. Planning permits including window signs, construction signs and banners are also being accepted and processed. Please visit the Planning Department’s page at www.miamibeachfl.gov/city-hall/planning/ or call our offices at 305.673.7550 for more information.
To assure the safety of all parties, the following measures have been taken:
- The Procurement Department will be working remotely until further notice. All interactions shall be electronic or telephonic. A staff directory is available here.
- Any question regarding any active solicitation shall be submitted electronically via Periscope S2G, Supplier-to-Government (formally known as BidSync) or via email to the contracting officer named in the solicitation. It is important to remember that the cone of silence is in place for all active solicitations.
- Any non-solicitation vendor concern or request for assistance (e.g., registration, payments, deliveries, etc.) should be submitted to email@example.com.
- All bid submittals pursuant to solicitations issued before March 30, 2020 will be converted to electronic bids and delivered electronic via Periscope S2G, Supplier-to-Government (formally known as BidSync). Vendors will be notified formally via addendum. Hard copy bids should not be delivered to the Procurement Office.
- All bids submittals pursuant to solicitations issued on or after March 30, 2020 should be delivered electronically via Periscope S2G, Supplier-to-Government (formally known as BidSync). Hard copy bids should not be delivered to the Procurement Office.
Public Works Department
The City of Miami Beach Right-of-Way (ROW) permit counter is closed.
ROW permit applications will continue to be accepted and processed for faster issuance once restrictions are lifted. Customers can use the citizen self service (CSS) portal at www.MBSelfService.com to submit their applications, receive comments and pay permit fees online. In order to facilitate the online process, process workflows and checklists for each permit can be found here.
The City of Miami Beach ROW Section strives to maintain the highest levels of customer service. To that end, the Right of Way general inbox (firstname.lastname@example.org) will serve as a centralized location for questions and concerns. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Otniel Rodriguez at 305.673.7080 or via email: email@example.com.
Municipal Parking Lot and Garage Update
Reminder, Parkmobile remains as the only payment option in order to reduce touch surfaces.
Miami Beach residents are encouraged to sign up through the temporary expedited resident parking registration by clicking here.
Resident Parking Rate Registration: Temporary Relief
We understand the challenges brought on by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused some level of inconvenience for us all. In order to alleviate some of those challenges, we are waiving some requirements to facilitate the registration process.
Miami Beach residents simply need to send an email to: ResidentialParkingPermits@miamibeachfl.gov and attach parking permit application, their vehicle registration and a valid proof of Miami Beach Residency (PLEASE DO NOT SEND YOUR DRIVER’S LICENCE) – one (1) of the following items must be provided: monthly bill/statement with the resident’s name and address. Current statement must have been mailed within the last 30 days.
- Utility bill (electric, phone, gas, cable)
- Mobile phone carrier statement
- Bank statement
- Credit card statement (credit card number must be obstructed)
- Vehicle insurance statement
- Mortgage statement
- Property tax statement (last one received)
- IMPORTANT NOTE: Internet/electronic bills will be accepted as proof of residency on a temporary basis.
Registrations may take up to 48 hours to process. For more detailed information related to the Miami Beach Resident Parking Rate Program, please click here.
Parkmobile Payments Only at Curbside Parking Spaces
To help minimize the use of touch surfaces to further prevent the transmittal of COVID-19 payment at curbside parking spaces shall be accepted through the Parkmobile app only.
The Parkmobile app is a free download on iOS and Android. It provides a simple and convenient way to pay for parking while avoiding touch surfaces and observing social distancing. For details, click here.
Our recreation leaders have put together free virtual classes you can take at any time from anywhere! From tai chi to yoga and dance fusion, you can get a great workout in. Please note classes are subject to change and we continue to add more. To view all classes being offered, click here:
- Tai Chi
- Dance Fusion
- Chair Aerobics
No matter your fitness level, you can follow along at your own pace.
If you are visiting one of our open parks/greenspaces and/or beachwalks/baywalks, you must wear a face covering at all times, per Miami-Dade County Emergency Order 20-20. The exclusions to the use of masks apply only to those with respiratory conditions that make it difficult to cover their mouth and nose, people doing strenuous activities, such as jogging, and children under the age of 2.
Miami Beach Food Distribution Information
South Beach: Every Saturday at the surface parking lot located on 21 Street and Collins Avenue, there will be a drive-thru food distribution with Feeding South Florida and Commissioner Richardson which begins at 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. or until supplies last. This is drive through only, if you have no vehicle and need food, please contact 305.604.2489 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Beach: Every Wednesday at 87 Street and Collins Avenue, there will be a drive-thru food distribution with South Florida Seniors In Action and Commissioner Richardson beginning from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. or until supplies last. This is drive through only, if you have no vehicle and need food, please contact 305.604.2489 or email email@example.com
Additional Food Distribution Resources
- Local Food Drive/Food Assistance: www.feedingsouthflorida.org/covid19/ (Use the agency locator to find a food pantry in your zip code)
- The Florida Food Assistance Program (SNAP): Florida Food Assistance Program Link
- United Way Food Assistance: Dial 211 (This is a 24-hour hotline)
Miami-Dade County has expanded its hotel network for people who need temporary lodging to isolate during the COVID-19 pandemic because they either have tested positive or risk exposure in their households. The number to call for this free County service is 305.614.1716 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. Miami-Dade COVID-19 Residential Landlord & Tenant and Military Veterans Housing Assistance Programs
In response to economic hardships across the nation, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or the CARES Act. Miami-Dade County, using $10 million of CARES Act funds, has developed the Miami-Dade COVID-19 Residential Landlord and Tenant Assistance Program. Miami-Dade County aims to relieve the financial burden of tenants who have lost income due to COVID-19 and keep Miamians in their homes to support a strong recovery. The Miami-Dade COVID-19 Residential Landlord and Tenant Assistance Program can provide up to three (3) months of past-due rent per unit, with a maximum of $5,000 per unit. Funds will be paid directly to approved landlords in the form of a grant by Miami-Dade County, which must be used solely to provide rent forgiveness in the same amount to eligible tenants, as described below. Landlords facing financial hardship due to tenants experiencing income loss as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic who have missed or are in danger of missing rental payments can apply on their tenant's behalf if the following conditions are met:
- The landlord owns five or fewer rental properties; AND
- Funding for outstanding rent that is being requested through the County Program has not been paid or reimbursed by any other source (County, City, State or Federal); AND
- Eligible properties are located within Miami-Dade County; AND
- Rental forgiveness is provided in the same amount as the grant from this program; AND
- The current income of the tenant household meets the eligibility requirement be being at or below 120% Area Median Income (AMI). Current income refers to the household's income following any job loss or income reduction due to COVID-19; AND
- There is demonstration of a loss of income due COVID-19; AND
- Proof of rent is provided showing that rent was current as of February 2020.
The Miami-Dade COVID-19 Military and Veterans Housing Assistance Program is designed to help those who are currently serving or have served in the United States Military and are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Funded via the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or the Cares Act, these programs serve active duty, reserve, guard and veterans who reside in Miami-Dade County. It is intended to support veterans and active duty military households to remain self-sufficient and support a strong recovery.
The Housing Program assists veterans and active duty military service members. It can provide up to three (3) months of past due rent or mortgage payments per household, with a maximum of $5,000 per household. Funds will be paid to the landlord or mortgage lender in the form of a grant by Miami-Dade County. Of the $10 million in program funding, the initial allocation will be $5 million for each of the two forms of assistance, rental and mortgage.
The Basic Needs Program assists eligible households with $1,000 of basic needs assistance vouchers for single applicants and $2,000 of basic needs assistance vouchers for households of two or more. Vouchers can be used to purchase groceries, medical supplies, baby and adult care products and other household items. The $5 million of program funds will be distributed on a first come first serve basis. Applications for both are are available at www.miamidadecovidrelief.org.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC’s website offers a variety of information about Coronavirus cases in the United States and efforts to prevent the spread of the disease, including:
- An up-to-date overview of Coronavirus cases in the United States (HERE)
- Symptoms of the Coronavirus (HERE)
- What to do when you’re sick (HERE)
- How to know if you’re at higher risk of getting very sick from the Coronavirus (HERE)
- Steps to prevent illness (HERE)
- Other Frequently Asked Questions (HERE)
The CDC Coronavirus Call Center is available 24/7 at 800-CDC-INFO (800.232.4636) for urgent issues related to Coronavirus.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Visit the Miami-Dade Public School website for information specific to all public schools. As children are adjusting to continuing their education online while at home, the city is providing a list of resources to use with the young people in your life. Click here for a list of links to different sites that can provide additional education to your children.
Breakfast and lunch are distributed for FREE to all children 18 and under. During Stage I, student meals will be available for pick-up on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at all school sites. Click here to learn more.
- Nautilus Middle School
The District has transitioned from centralized device distribution to direct device distribution from school sites. School site administrators are identifying students in need and scheduling appointments with parents. Parents may also request a device by either emailing principal directly or by calling 305.995.3000. Click here for more information.
The City of Miami Beach and partners continue to provide mental health support services for all public school children in the city’s K-12 feeder pattern.
The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County’s Immunization Program is urging parents to check their children’s immunization record to see if they are due for a vaccine. Children entering Kindergarten and 7th grade are normally due for a vaccine and need to meet the requirements for school entry.
If your child is due for a vaccine, view a list of federally qualified health centers in Miami Beach that are open for immunizations:
By Appointment Only:
- JMH (Prevention, Education, Treatment) | 615 Collins Avenue | Monday - Friday, from 8 AM to 4:30 PM | 305.585.4200
- Miami Beach Community Health Center | Stanley C. Myers | 710 Alton Road | Monday - Friday, from 7 AM to 5 PM | 305.538.8835
- Miami Beach Community Health Center | Beverly Press | 1221 71 Street | Monday - Friday, from 7 AM to 4:30 PM | 305.538.8835
Mental Health Support for All Miami Beach Public School Children
Each city funded mental health professional is now available to provide individual telephonic support for any child or family in need with services including, but not limited to:
- Stress Management
- Family Issues
Any child or family in need should contact their public school counselor or principal via email or call 305.995.3000 and request to be connected with your public school administration. Miami-Dade Public Schools has an active Mental Health Service hotline to assist students and their families with emotional and mental health support. Dial 305.955.7100 for assistance and information. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Miami Beach public school students may also connect to a mental health professional by reaching out to their school counselor directly via email.
Online Program for Kids Entering Kindergarten this Fall
The Children’s Movement has connected with Waterford.org to provide all Miami-Dade children entering Kindergarten in fall 2020 with a FREE condensed and very useful version of a high-quality kindergarten readiness program called Waterford Upstart. You can read more about the program here.
Summer Volunteer Options for High Schoolers, College Youth & Beyond
Below are some opportunities for high school aged children and college youth to participate in remote volunteer opportunities.
- Crisis Text Line: Participate as a free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. You can commit to volunteering four hours each week and you can be trained for free.
- Crowdfight COVID-19: Provide help for research tasks to accelerate COVID-19 research.
- Translators Without Borders: If you are fluent in more than one language, use your knowledge to participate in humanitarian aid.
- Upchieve: Tutoring low income high school students online in math and science.
- Volunteer Match: Virtual tutoring organizations, as well as other virtual opportunities.
National Alliance on Mental Health of Miami-Dade County
National Alliance on Mental Health of Miami-Dade County is now offering peer and family support group sessions on Zoom. Group sessions are free for all age groups and are being offered in both English and Spanish. See their calendar for scheduled sessions and email programs@NAMI.org to request additional information.
Florida Blue is offering free bilingual emotional support to all Floridians, including those who do not have insurance or have coverage with another health plan. Call 833.848.1762 for the toll-free 24-hr. helpline.
Jewish Community Services
Jewish Community Services of South Florida continues in-person and telephone counseling services at its Miami Beach location. JCS will also be launching a pilot Tele-Mental Health Program this month. Call 211 or 305.576.6550 for remote assistance.
The following local mental health providers offer tele-medicine services and are accepting new patients. Please call for information and appointments :
- Citrus Health: 305.825.0300
- Borinquen Clinic: 305.576.1599
- Douglas Gardens Community Mental Health Center: 305.531.5341
- Banyan Health Systems: 305.774.3300
- National Alliance on Mental Illness COVID-19 Resource Guide
- APA COVID-19 Information and Resource Hub
- CDC Tips on Stress and Coping
- COVID Briefing - Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings
- APA Advice for caregivers of children with disabilities in the era of COVID-19
- An online Alcohol Anonymous platform during COVID-19
- Working from Home Mental Health Resources
Call 1.800.985.5990 for immediate crisis counseling on emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. The 24/7, 365-day-a-year, toll-free hotline is especially ready to respond during the current pandemic. Multilingual and confidential support is available to all residents in the United States.Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 74171 to connect with a Crisis Counselor on coronavirus fears, or any general concerns related to emotional abuse, depression, suicide and more. A trained professional will respond via text message with emotional guidance and support.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Call 1.800.799.7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522 to speak safely and confidentially to a trained specialist on domestic violence during the coronavirus crisis. Victims and survivors that need advice, resources or a path to safety can reach the service 24/7.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1.800.273.8255 for confidential support for those in distress. The Lifeline provides 24/7 support to you and your loved ones to help you help yourself or someone else.
Florida Department of Health (FDOH)
Please visit the Florida Department of Health’s website for Florida-specific information relating to the Coronavirus, including:
- A current overview of cases in Florida (HERE)
- How to find your county health department (HERE)
- Other Frequently Asked Questions (HERE)
FLDOH has also activated a Coronavirus Call Center available 24/7 by phone at 1 (866) 779-6121 via email at COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Florida Coronavirus 24/7 Hotline Available for Emotional Support
These are confusing, stressful times. As the coronavirus pandemic affects numerous facets of our society, it also impacts each person in different ways. If you need support coping with the events of the last few weeks, there is help available.
Florida Blue in partnership with New Directions Behavioral Health have launched a bi-lingual, toll-free helpline that connects individuals with trained behavioral health counselors. This FREE service available 24/7, provides counselors to assist anyone experiencing feelings of stress, anxiety, trauma and grief due to the health crisis. In addition to telephonic intervention, they also offer tips on how to reduce anxiety as well as mental health and community resources.
This service is available to all Floridians including those who do not have insurance or have coverage with another health plan. The emotional support line can be reached at 833.848.1762.
U.S. Department of State
- For up-to-date travel advisories, visit the U.S. Department of State’s website HERE.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- U.S. Military veterans who believe they may have contracted the Coronavirus may contact the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ VISN 8 Clinical 24/7 Contact Center by phone at 1-877-741-3400. See more HERE.
Florida Attorney General’s Office
- Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has activated Florida’s Price Gouging Hotline for Floridians to report price gouging and Coronavirus-related scams, available by phone at 866-9NO-SCAM or by visiting MyFloridaLegal.com.
World Health Organization
- For information and guidance from the WHO regarding the Coronavirus, visit their website HERE.
National Institutes of Health:
- For information on the Coronavirus from the NIH, visit their website HERE.
To apply for food assistance (SNAP), cash assistance (TANF) or Medicaid, individuals should go to www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/. Clients logging in to the ACCESS Self-Service Portal should also go to www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/. Customers are required to complete an interview to receive benefits. Customers should call 850.300.4323 (TTY 1.800.955.8771) to complete an interview telephonically. Customers can order an EBT card, get information about EBT transactions, or report an EBT card as lost or stolen at www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/ or by calling 1.888.356.3281.
Recovery Resources for Non-Profits
Now more than ever, we must come together as a community to help one another. Here are a few organizations you can help.
- The Miami Foundation Community Recovery Fund is focusing on recovery for non-profits, specifically: support for organizations that lost crucial revenue from cancelled or low-turnout events and performances and working capital for organizations at risk of being displaced and unable to serve their constituents.
- United Way of Miami-Dade, in partnership with The Miami Foundation, Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald, Health Foundation of South Florida and others, has launched the Miami Pandemic Response Fund
- Feeding South Florida launched a COVID-19 Response Fund
- Center for Disaster Philanthropy launched a fund to support nonprofits working with vulnerable populations
- The One Fair Wage's emergency fund supports restaurant workers, tipped servers and delivery drivers
- Americans for the Arts COVID-19 resources and responses for artists and arts organizations. This effort is also closely coordinated with the National Endowment of the Arts
- The City of Miami Beach Cultural Affairs staff is available to assist artists and arts organizations in identifying nationwide and local recovery resources for artists and arts organizations. Click here.
CDC Issues Nationwide Temporary Eviction Moratorium
On September 4, HHS and the CDC enacted an unprecedented, nationwide eviction moratorium to help mitigate against the further spread of Covid-19. The CDC’s emergency health order protects qualifying renters from eviction for nonpayment of rent and was extended to January 31, 2021. For renters to receive protections offered through the order they must submit a form to their landlord or property owner affirming that they meet the set criteria. Under penalty of perjury, the tenant must verify that:
- They made best efforts to get available government assistance for rent or housing;
- They either qualified for an Economic Impact Payment (stimulus check) under the CARES Act, or expect to earn no more than $99,000 for an individual or $198,000 for joint filers in calendar year 2020;
- They are unable to pay the full rent or payment due to substantial loss of household income, loss of hours of work or wages, or large medical expenses;
- They will continue best efforts to make timely partial payments that are close to what their earnings permit; and
- The eviction would likely cause them to become homeless or require them to move into and live in close quarters or a shared living setting.
This order does not offer rent forgiveness, meaning tenants will still be required to pay back rent once the order expires at the end of the year. The order also does not prohibit landlords or property owners from charging late fees while the temporary moratorium is in place.
Residents Facing the Possibility of Eviction or Foreclosure Proceeding
If you feel that you are being evicted unfairly or in violation of your lease, there are available resources to help guide you through this process and inform you of your legal rights and options. Dade Legal Aid, founded in 1949, offers pro bono, free legal advice to financially qualified persons who may be in need of assistance due to pending eviction or foreclosure proceedings.
All requests for assistance must be made by appointment. The Dade Legal Aid can be contacted at 305.579.5733. They are located at 123 NW 1 Avenue, Miami, FL 33128, across from the historic Miami-Dade County Courthouse. They are accessible by public transit from Miami Beach on both the 120 Beach MAX & 119 S bus routes. They are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and again from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. More information can be found on their website here.
Community Development Block Grant Program & CARES Act CDBG-CV
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) will enable the city to offer $254,000 in CDBG-CV and CDBG for rent assistance.
This program will provide assistance to qualifying Miami Beach residents earning up to 80% Area Median Income who are in danger of becoming homeless for failing to pay their monthly rent. Under program guidelines, assistance will be payable directly to the landlord upon verification of eligibility and financial position. An estimated 136 households may be assisted with these funds.
- Must be U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
- Must be a resident of the City of Miami Beach;
- Must demonstrate need due to job loss as a result of COVID-19;
- Household income must me less than 80% area median income (AMI); and
- Rent must be have been current as of March 2020.
- Proof of legal residency;
- Copy of paystubs for all household members;
- Copy of most recent unemployment payment, if applicable;
- Copy of bank statement(s), annuity statements or any other documentation showing personal assets;
- Notice from employer relating to reduction of work hours/employment/business closure due to COVID-19;
- Copy of current lease;
- Proof applicant was current on rent as of March 2020; and
- W-9 form completed by landlord
SHIP funds may be used to provide utility and rental assistance for up to three months to income-eligible households. All applicants must follow income limits and rent limits issued by FHFC. Income certification guidelines follow the same criteria as HOME and CDBG.
Meals for Seniors
If you are a senior citizen 60 years or older and you have any problems getting meals, please call Miami-Dade County’s 311 Call Center between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. and you will be immediately patched in with their Emergency Operations Center to get you the meals or other services that you may need.
All senior centers are closed. Any seniors that are currently registered in a senior meals program will be served meals by their respective providers based on their specific plans.
- Little Havana Activities and Nutrition Center will continue direct delivery meals based on their weekly schedule
- Jewish Community Services all delivering directly to homes
- UNIDAD is delivering a week supply directly to homes based on their schedule
Many pharmacies are allowing for free deliveries of prescriptions. We recommend stocking up on any needed prescriptions now. Click here for information on pharmacies in English and Spanish.
- Older adults
- People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
Due to the risks associated with senior and at-risk populations, the Miami Beach Parks and Recreation Department has implemented the below changes to programmed activities.
- Senior programs are temporarily cancelled at North Shore Park, Scott Rakow Youth Center and Flamingo Park
- Senior field trips in March and April are cancelled
- Senior “Bingo Night” and “Art Gallery Night” are postponed
- Special populations field trips in March and April are cancelled
- Special populations bowling and Social Club are postponed.
All senior programming at UNIDAD is cancelled.
The above changes are implemented in an abundance of caution as the health and safety of our residents and visitors is of the utmost importance. The department will continue to work diligently with instructors, service providers and partners to ensure the well-being of all program participants.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please call 305.673.7730. Check back with your local facilities for updates on postponed events.
Seniors are encouraged to limit their trolley usage to adhere to the CDC's recommendations to practice social distancing.
Special Senior Shopping Hours
The following stores have established specific hours to allow senior citizens to shop safely.
- The Fresh Market: Monday through Friday | 8 AM to 9 AM | 1800 West Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 | 305.532.0377 | For senior citizens and others at risk
- Target: 8 AM to 9 AM daily | 1045 5 Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139 | 786.582.6708 | The first hour of the store opening is reserved for “elderly and those with underlying health concerns.” Check your local Target location for its opening time.
- Whole Foods: 7 AM to 8 AM | 1020 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139 | 305.938.2800 | One hour before store opening for customers 60 or older. Check your Whole Foods for its opening time.
- Publix: Stores are open from 7 AM to 8 AM for people 65 years or older to shop.
- 1100 6 Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139 | 305.535.2212
- 1920 West Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 | 305.535.4268
- 1045 Dade Boulevard, Miami Beach, FL 33139 | 305534.4621
- 6876 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33141 | 305.864.7405
Free Senior Grocery Store Service
In the interest of public health and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the City of Miami Beach is suspending the city sponsored Freebee service until further notice.
Free Hotline Brings Deaf Community Information on COVID-19 in American Sign Language and English
Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD) and its Connect Direct division announced the launch of a new coronavirus hotline for the deaf community made available through its ASL Now platform. CSD’s free hotline brings the deaf community important and accessible information on COVID-19 in both American Sign Language (ASL) and English.
Individuals may contact the ASL Now hotline anytime Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CST either by visiting CSD and clicking “ASL Now” or by dialing 833.682.7630 on any videophone (VP). The CSD’s ASL Now hotline is not a medical organization, it does not provide medical advice and its agents are not medical professionals.
Resources for Seniors from the CDC
Drive-Thru & Walk-Up Testing | 17 Street and Convention Center Drive
Open 7 days a week | from 8 AM to 4 PM | No appointment necessary
Pre-register online before getting to the walk-up center to make the process go quicker, click here to pre-register and here to view FAQ's on how to do so.
- PCR Nasal Swab Test
- Antigen Rapid Test
Open 7 days a week | from 8:30 AM to 2 PM | By appointment, click here
- PCR Oral Self Swab Test
More detailed information on the purpose and efficacy of the antigen test can be found on the CDC website.
Other sites in Miami-Dade County include drive-thru testing at the Hard Rock Stadium, located at 347 Don Shula Drive in Miami Gardens. They are open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To view walk-up sites in the county, click here.
Pediatric Mobile Clinic
The University of Miami Pediatric Mobile Clinic is offering FREE COVID-19 testing for children of all ages. Testing is done by appointment only from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. To to book an appointment, please call 305.243.2049.
COVID-19 Testing for Homebound Residents
The City of Miami Beach is offering in-home COVID-19 testing for homebound Miami Beach residents. Testing is by appointment only through the city’s customer service center at 305.604.CITY (2489).
The customer service center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. In-home testing for homebound residents is provided by MedRite with the assistance of the Miami Beach Fire Department.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue is offering in home testing for senior citizens and individuals over the age of 18 with disabilities who are experiencing symptoms common to the coronavirus and are homebound. Appointments can only be booked 24 hours in advance. This system is available between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day. Click here to register and to learn more.
Miami-Dade County is coordinating closely with hospital and healthcare partners, the Florida Department of Health, municipalities, and private partners including CVS and Walgreens to vaccinate members of our community against the coronavirus (COVID-19) as quickly and efficiently as possible. The appointments will be available through a scheduling tool in partnership with the Florida Department of Health and Miami-Dade County at miamidade.gov/vaccine. The website is also available in Spanish at miamidade.gov/vacuna. Demand for vaccines is currently much greater than existing supply. Appointments will close once the availability of vaccines have been depleted and will reopen once additional vaccines are received. Please continue to check miamidade.gov/vaccine for updates. The vaccine being offered requires a second dose. At the time of vaccination, individuals will receive information regarding the second dose. After receiving the vaccine, individuals will be required to remain seated for 15-30 minutes for medical monitoring.
The Florida Department of Health has a dedicated 24/7 Call Center available for questions regarding COVID-19. The number to call is 1.866.779.6121 or via email at COVID19@flhealth.gov. Visit Miami-Dade County's website for updates on where to get vaccinated and frequently asked questions here.
Click here for information from Mount Sinai Medical Center (MSMC) regarding vaccinations, including how to schedule an appointment. Vaccines are currently being provided to those 75 years and older and first responders.
Governor's Executive Order
Governor Ron DeSantis has issued Executive Order 20-315 regarding vaccine administration. This Order directs all COVID-19 providers to vaccinate three identified populations: (a) long-term care facility residents and staff; (b) persons 65 years of age or older; and (c) healthcare personnel with direct contact with COVID-19 patients. Hospital providers in receipt of the vaccine are authorized to distribute to those they deem at risk of exposure.
Facilitating Public Inoculation - For the Elderly
For community inoculation, the city’s priority is to vaccinate seniors. Plans are being developed to first provide doses to elder residents who live in affordable housing and who wish to be vaccinated. The City of Miami Beach Office of Housing and Community Services and Transportation and Mobility Department have worked together to support Mount Sinai's efforts and will be providing free transportation for these residents to and from the inoculation site at MSMC. This will be accomplished using low-floor buses.
V-Safe After Vaccination Checker
V-Safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination. V-Safe will remind you to get your second COVID-19 vaccine dose if you need one. Click here to learn more.
Arts and Culture have the power to connect, to heal and to build communities. While Miami Beach Cultural Institutions have temporarily closed their doors to fight the spread of COVID-19, our arts community remains committed to inspire knowledge, creativity, and ideas.
As part of Miami Beach Virtual Culture, we are bringing our residents and visitors a selection of the city’s vast cultural offerings, including virtual art-making activities, master theatre workshops, concerts by musicians from around the world, art salon programs, and online exhibitions.
The City of Miami Beach is committed to standing with our community and supporting those impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Your generosity will help people provide services like food, shelter and more to those in need. One hundred percent of your donation will provide relief to those left vulnerable by the pandemic.