EMERGENCY ORDER AND SUPPLEMENT TO
DECLARED STATE OF EMERGENCY
WHEREAS, on March 12, 2020 the City Manager declared a Local Emergency as a result of COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, on March 19, 2020 the City Manager extended the declared state of Local Emergency for an additional seven (7) days; and
WHEREAS, on March 26, 2020 the City Manager again extended the declared state of Local Emergency for an additional seven (7) days; and
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade County Mayor Gimenez, in Emergency Order No. 09-20 dated March 21, 2020, which is hereby adopted and incorporated herein by reference, ordered that hotels and motels and other commercial lodging establishments in Miami-Dade County not to accept any new reservations other than from Essential Lodgers, as that term is defined therein and below; and
WHEREAS, this Emergency Order is necessary because of the propensity of the COVID-19 virus to imperil the lives and well-being of individuals both due to the possible person-to-person transmission and the virus’ proclivity to attach to surfaces for a prolonged period of time rendering those surfaces damaged and unusable, thereby physically causing property damage; and
WHEREAS, in order to ensure that hotels, motels, short-term rentals and other commercial lodging establishments comply with the mandate to close and to not accept any new reservations except for Essential Lodgers; and
WHEREAS, in Emergency Order 10-20 dated March 24, 2020, which is hereby adopted and incorporated by reference, Miami-Dade Mayor Gimenez urged people to stay at home other than to engage in essential activities; and
WHEREAS, due to the continued spread of COVID-19, it has become necessary to require people to remain at home other than to engage in essential activities.
NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY DECLARED AND ORDERED AS FOLLOWS:
- To aid the availability of hotel rooms for (1) healthcare professionals, (2) first responders, (3) National Guard members, (4) law enforcement personnel, (5) state or federal government employees, (6) airline crewmembers, (7) patients, (8) patients’ families, (9) journalists, (10) others responding to COVID-19, (11) displaced residents or visitors, (12) persons unable to return to their homes due to COVID-19 impacts on travel, (13) persons who must vacate their homes due to exigent circumstances, such as fire or flood, (14) persons utilizing hotel rooms as transitional living arrangements, (15) persons sheltering in hotels due to domestic violence, (16) hotel employees, service providers, and contractors, or (17) individuals who, for any reason, are temporarily unable to reside in their home (collectively, “Essential Lodgers”), the following restrictions shall apply to all commercial lodging establishments within the jurisdictional limits of the City of Sunny Isles Beach:
(a) Hotels, motels, and other commercial lodging establishments shall not accept new reservations for persons other than Essential Lodgers.
(b) Hotels, motels, and other commercial lodging establishments may accept reservations for new Essential Lodgers.
(c) Commencing March 26, 2020, hotels, motels, short-term vacation rentals, and other commercial lodging establishments shall not (i) accept any occupants, regardless of when reservations were made, or (ii) extend existing reservations, for persons other than Essential Lodgers.
- Individuals are hereby ORDERED to remain at home other than to engage in essential activities, which include, without limitation, travel to or from essential retail and commercial businesses as defined in Miami-Dade Emergency Order 07-20. Individuals outside their homes shall not gather in groups of 10 or more individuals on any public street, alley, public way, sidewalk, or government facility open to the public in the City of Sunny Isles Beach.
- The provisions of this Emergency Order shall be effective immediately and shall expire upon the expiration of the Declared State of Local Emergency, except that if the Declared State of Local Emergency is extended, this Emergency Order shall also be deemed to extend for the duration of such extension.
- This Emergency Order may be cancelled earlier by the City Manager.