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Reopening Businesses

Effective immediately, and in conformance with the Governor of Florida’s Executive Order Number 20-244, Miami-Dade County Emergency Order 30-20 authorizes every retail and commercial establishment and any other establishment or facility in the County to open provided that each such establishment complies with the following:

  1. Specific capacity, social distancing and other requirements, including the applicable activity-specific requirements in the Moving To A New Normal Handbook, as amended
  2. The facial covering requirements in Emergency Order 20-20, as amended
  3. The entry of County or municipal personnel onto the establishment’s property for the sole purpose of inspection for compliance with this order

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.

Businesses Reopening

Any business or facility that plans to reopen per Miami-Dade County Order 30-20 should thoroughly review the requirements set forth by the County in the Moving To A New Normal Guide. Businesses may wish to enforce more stringent guidelines or procedures. Leaseholders should contact their landlords for guidance to meet compliance with the New Normal guidelines.

Please note that each industry may have additional guidelines and protocols which can be found in the New Normal Guide.

Effective October 16, 2020, Miami-Dade County issued Amendment 1 to Emergency Order 30-20 clarifying that restaurants and other businesses are subject to the requirements of the countywide curfew.

New regulations for restaurants, bars and clubs

With Executive Order 20-244 issued by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis regarding statewide business opening rules, and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez’s Emergency Order 30-20 signed on Saturday, Sept. 26, new guidelines have been set for restaurants, clubs and bars.

Miami-Dade County’s 50 percent capacity limits for restaurants will remain in place as a minimum, with the expansion of more than 50 percent capacity allowed for restaurants and other venues that can accommodate more tables while also keeping a six-foot separation between tables.

Restaurants can reach 100 percent capacity by including outdoor table service where practicable. The maximum seating per table indoors or outside continues – no more than six people per table or up to 10 from the same household.

For restaurants and bars that do not have sufficient floor space for tables to reach the 50 percent capacity minimum, they will be allowed to set tables closer together to reach the 50 percent minimum.

Bars with only counter service will be allowed to reach 50 percent capacity with seating that is separated at the bar as far as possible between parties being served to reach a minimum of 50 percent capacity.

Clubs that include dancing must require that masks be worn on the dance floor. Eating and drinking will be allowed only at tables.

Persons not actively eating or drinking are required to wear facial coverings.

Restaurants and other food service establishments with seating for more than eight people shall close for on-premises dining between the start of the curfew as determined in Emergency Order 27-20 and 6:00 am the next morning. Notwithstanding the foregoing, such establishments may operate their kitchens for the purpose of providing delivery services, pick-up or take out services. Employees, janitorial personnel, contractors and delivery personnel shall be allowed access to such establishments at all times. All other businesses and establishments, except for those exempted from the curfew, shall abide by the curfew.

Violations

In the event that an establishment is not in compliance with New Normal Guidelines, the establishment shall immediately close until it has addressed its compliance issue(s). Before reopening, the owner or authorized agent of the establishment must comply with all of the following conditions:

  • Review this Emergency Order 30-20, and take all necessary measures to come into compliance with the requirements of this order and the New Normal Guide;
  • Execute the Attestation of Compliance demonstrating that the review has been completed and the required measures have been taken, and
  • Submit the executed attestation by email to covid19businessviolations@mdpd.com or send by mail to Special Patrol Bureau/Incident Management Team, 1501 NW 79th Avenue, Doral, FL 33126)
    and the City of Sunny Isles Beach (email code@sibfl.net or send by mail to the City of Sunny Isles Beach, Attn: Code Compliance, 18070 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160)

Countywide Curfew Remains in Effect

Miami-Dade County Amendment 3 to Emergency Order 27-20 issuing a countywide curfew from 12 am each night through 6 am the next morning remains in effect.

During the period of such curfew, no person shall make use of any street or sidewalk for any purpose, except police, fire rescue, first responder, medical, health care, media, and utility repair service personnel. In addition, the curfew shall not apply to persons:

a. Working at essential establishments listed in attached exhibit A;
b. Returning directly to their homes from work at essential establishments or going directly to work at essential establishments from their homes;
c. Making deliveries from essential establishments;
d. Walking their dogs within 250 feet of their residences; and
e. Traveling to and from any sporting event sponsored by the NCAA, Major League Baseball, or the National Football League, or any other national professional sports league or organization.
f. Traveling to or from any religious service.

Facial Coverings Required in Public

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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.

Construction

The City of Sunny Isles Beach rescinded Emergency Order 03-20which limits construction in multi-family residential buildings to essential activities only. Construction will be permitted, subject to any restrictions by the condo board. This order will go in to effect Monday, June 1. 

The City of Sunny Isles Beach remains under City Emergency Order 04-20, requiring general contractors of open/new construction sites in progress to strictly adhere to CDC guidelines, City requirements, and the Joint Construction Industry Commitment: Pledge to Reduce the Spread of Novel Coronavirus on South Florida’s construction sites.

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