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Reopening Beaches

Effective immediately, anyone in Miami-Dade County who is not following New Normal rules faces a civil offense, punishable with a $100 fine. Businesses, where violations occur, will face a $500 civil fine.

Beaches in Miami-Dade County have reopened as of Wednesday, June 10, 2020.

The reopening of the beach is a coordinated effort among all coastal cities in Miami-Dade County. Enforcement is a shared responsibility of the County, coastal municipalities, condominiums, and hotels. We urge everyone to follow the guidelines in place by the County to ensure the success of the reopening. 

There will be strict enforcement of all new rules. Please read complete rules and guidelines for beaches in the Miami-Dade County New Normal Guide. 

Facial Coverings Required in Public

Miami-Dade County Amendment 2 to Emergency Order 20-20 requiring all persons throughout the County to wear a mask or other facial covering when in public remains in effect.

Facial coverings shall not be required:

  • at or inside a private residence or automobile
  • at or inside any religious institution, without limitation
  • inside a hotel, motel, or commercial lodging establishment guest room, or inside any apartment
  • of children under the age of two years
  • of persons who cannot wear a mask or facial covering due to an existing medical condition
  • of an individual who is hearing impaired or an individual who is communicating with an individual who is hearing impaired
  • where federal or state safety or health regulations prohibit the wearing of facial coverings
  • of persons actively engaged in strenuous physical activity outdoors if social and physical distancing can be guaranteed or participating in organized sports as defined by Emergency Order 29-20, as amended; facial coverings must be put on by athletes and other individuals standing on the sidelines of sports competitions;
  • of persons swimming or engaged in other activities which may cause the facial covering to become wet
  • while persons are actively eating, drinking, or smoking
  • while a person is receiving services which require access to that person’s nose or mouth
  • if a person is (1) stationary, (2) outdoors, and (3) a fixed physical barrier, marker, or obstruction exists to ensure a separation of not less than 10 feet between the stationary individual and all other persons.

Beach Hours 

The beach will be open 7 days a week from 7 am – 8 pm. Lifeguards are on duty from 9 am – 6 pm. 

Miami-Dade County’s guidelines for the beach are extensive and can be found in the Miami-Dade County New Normal Guide. Below are some of the key guidelines for beachgoers:

Beach Rules 

  • No groups of more than 10 people will be permitted  
  • Facial coverings must be worn at all times when in public
    • Facial coverings are not required for: 
      • Children under 2 years old, following CDC guidelines 
      • Persons who have trouble breathing due to a chronic pre-existing condition; persons who are not able to remove face coverings without assistance or on their own 
      • Persons involved in strenuous activity 
      • While in the ocean  
    • Facial coverings must be worn in restrooms and when at concessions 
    • Facial coverings that are wet are ineffective (beachgoers should bring an additional clean and dry face covering to replace a face covering that becomes wet or dirty) 
    • Social distancing is not required for family members who reside together, up to a maximum of 10 people 
    • Beachfront restrooms 
      • Access to restrooms is limited to maintain 6 feet of separation between individuals 
      • Restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected every 2 to 3 hours  

Activities Allowed 

Beach activities that are permitted, with facial covering or six feet of distance between people of different households include: 

  • Walking 
  • Swimming 
  • Sunbathing 
  • Sitting, and eating among families of the same household 

Activities Not Permitted 

  • No groups larger than 10 persons can congregate 
  • No shared equipment among people from different households 
  • No canopies/tents 
  • No organized or group activities involving groups of 2 or more 
  • No special events, including group picnics 
  • No dogs or pets on the beach 
  • No fishing on the beach 

Newport Fishing Pier 

The Newport Fishing Pier has also reopened as of Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Daily hours are from 7 am – 8 pm, with residents given preference. Fishing is allowed, but a distance of 10 feet must be maintained between yourself and others unless you are from the same household. Facial coverings are required while fishing. Only one person per cleaning station. 

 Contact Information 

For more information, please email info@sibfl.net.