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Coronavirus Impact: Miami Beach Issues ‘Safer At Home’ Emergency Order

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The city of Miami Beach has issued a “Safer at Home” emergency order, which calls on residents to limit all activities outside of their homes during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Stay at home unless you’re going to exercise or to go to some of those essential services, like food, or your pharmacy,” Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber told CBS4 on Monday.

The emergency order will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24.

“All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a residence are prohibited, except to engage in essential activities,” the city’s statement read, in part.

READ: Miami Beach “Safer At Home” Emergency Order

The city is still allowing the following:

  • Essential Retail (groceries; medical care; restaurants – pick up, take out or delivery; banking)
  • Religious Activities (subject to social distancing)
  • Personal Support Activities (caring for family or friends)
  • Essential Work (to and from businesses permitted to remain open)

Over the last few weeks, Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber has taken several steps to limit gatherings.

The city had already ordered all bars, lounges, and entertainment venues close to prevent the spread of the disease.

Miami Beach has also ordered all hotels to check out guests by 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 23.

In addition to the closures, a citywide curfew is going into effect at midnight. The nightly curfew goes from 12:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. until further notice.

Early Monday evening, the mayor of Bay Harbor Islands issued a “Safer at Home” order, which was also adopted by Bal Harbour Village and Surfside.

“Strongly urging all of our residents to stay at home. As we know, public health officials from the state and federal government have made crystal clear that the only way to defeat this COVID-19 crisis is to stay at home,” Bal Harbour Mayor Gabriel Groisman said in a video.

READ: Bay Harbor Islands “Safer At Home” Emergency Order

Dania Beach officials sent a safer-at-home memo to most city staff.

“For our city staff, we did do a Shelter-In, Safer-at-Home memo. Basically that went out that mandates all of our city staff stay at home,” Mayor Lori Lewellen said.

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