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Message from the Mayor: Coronavirus Update

Message from the Mayor: COVID-19 Update

A Message from Sunny Isles Beach Mayor, George “Bud” Scholl

(Thursday, March 12, 2020) – The City of Sunny Isles Beach declared a state of emergency on Thursday, March 12 due to the coronavirus. While there are no confirmed cases in Sunny Isles Beach and only one positive case confirmed in Miami-Dade County, we want to move quickly and decisively to mitigate the spread of the virus to the best of our ability. It was also announced at an emergency City Commission Meeting this afternoon that beginning Saturday, March 14, we will be suspending all public gatherings until further notice.

Through the suspension of all special events and non-essential programming, we are encouraging social distancing. Nearly a quarter of the City’s population consists of residents 65 years and older, the same demographic that is most vulnerable to the virus.

The rest of City services are operating normally at this time, and we are taking proactive measures to ensure our facilities are sanitized and clean. In our public facilities, parks and shuttle buses, all touch surfaces such as countertops, door handles, elevator buttons and playground equipment are wiped down and sprayed several times a day. At the Government Center, hand sanitizer stations are available at every point of entry and common area.

The safety and public health of our community is our top priority. As City staff is taking the necessary precautions to keep our facilities and public spaces clean, we encourage you all to take personal responsibility. Remember to wash your hands often, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and stay home and away from public areas if you are feeling ill or have viral symptoms.

Information is changing rapidly, so please closely follow news and guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) and the Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates on our City services at sibfl.net/coronavirus and on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Read the Declaration of Local Emergency