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The Florida Division of Emergency Management maintains information and resources for the state here. Using Florida's COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard, you can track and monitor the state's reported case numbers.
Miami-Dade Pandemic Assistance Program
The Miami-Dade Pandemic Assistance Program has been established to address the short-term economic disruptions on working families in Miami-Dade County by providing hardship assistance. Funding for the program is provided by Miami-Dade County as part of the federal CARES Act relief provided to the state of Florida. You can apply for assistance through United Way of Miami-Dade County or call 305-646-7068.
State and County Orders
If you decide to reopen your business, I encourage you to carefully read the CDC's guidelines for doing so safely. You can find that guidance here.
Effective April 2nd, Governor DeSantis issued an executive "Safer-at-Home" order for the state of Florida, requiring all persons to limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities. On May 18, all of Florida will be in Full Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery. This means that retail, museums and libraries, and gyms and fitness centers can reopen with up to 50% capacity indoors. Elective surgeries are permitted if the healthcare facility has adequate protective equipment and hospital bed surge capacity. Barber shops and salons are also allowed to reopen if they follow public safety protocols. See this guide for more details.
As COVID-19 cases have begun to surge, most major cities in Miami-Dade County now require people to wear masks at all times in public spaces. The cities of Miami, Miami Beach, Coral Gables, Key Biscayne, and Pinecrest require masks in public except when eating, drinking, engaging in outdoor work or exercise with appropriate social distancing in place, or receiving medical or grooming treatment that involves the face or mouth. Children under two years of age and people with certain medical conditions are also exempted.
Businesses that violate emergency measures intended to protect public health are subject penalties. In the City of Miami, businesses that violate measures face mandatory, multi-day closures.
All beaches in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe counties are closed for the Fourth of July holiday weekend, from July 3rd to July 7th.
If you are wondering whether you should reopen your business, check out the decision tools the CDC released to help various locations determine their best course of action:
My offices in Washington, D.C. and Miami have moved to telework and will not be taking any in-person meetings. We will continue to:
- Receive and respond to telephone calls. If you need to speak to a member of our team, you can call our Washington office at 202-225-3931 or our South Florida office at 305-668-2285.
- Provide casework assistance. If you need assistance with a federal agency, we may be able to help. More information can be found here.
- Answer correspondence. The best way to contact our office for assistance is by submitting an email.