Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the Town of Surfside remains committed to staying on top of the most up-to-date information and navigating the “New Normal” in order to help residents make informed decisions. The Town will continue to provide regular updates as new information emerges.
Town Commission Declares State of Emergency
The Town Commission declared a State of Emergency in Surfside on March 12, 2020 to help Town leaders and emergency managers expedite their response to the Coronavirus COVID-19. This declaration is simply a way for the Town to access support from the federal government that is only available under the State of Emergency and to pursue additional emergency orders if needed.
Town of Surfside Emergency Orders Pertaining to COVID-19
Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 1 - Hotels, Motels, Short-Term Rentals
Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 2 - Adopting Use of Communications Media Technology for Public Meetings Amid Coronavirus
Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 3 - Safer at Home
Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 4
- Mandatory Isolation of Individuals Traveling to Surfside
Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 5 - Construction Sites
Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 6
- Facial Coverings
Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 7 - Walking Path and Hard-pack Area
Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 8 - Reopening of Retail and Commercial Establishments
Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 9 - Beach Furniture
Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 10 - Virtual Quasi-Judicial Hearing Procedures
Town of Surfside Emergency Measures No. 11 - Short Term and Vacation Rentals
Town of Surfside Emergency Measure No. 12 - Rescinding Emergency Measure Update #9 "Beach Furniture"
View Coronavirus Case Dashboard in Real-Time
You can view the number of cases in real-time via the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard. To view the dashboard, visit here.
Surfside’s COVID-19 Task Force Releases Resource Map
At the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Town formed a COVID-19 task force to keep residents and Town staff safe and informed, and to ensure the most vulnerable communities were not left behind. View the task force’s Resource Map, which includes information on mental health support, business relief, food distribution and more.
FPL Provides Customer Support, Financial Relief During COVID-19
If you’re experiencing hardship due to the pandemic, FPL is offering payment extension and waiving late fees to help residents manage past-due FPL balances. To learn more, review flyer in English or the flyer in Spanish.
Miami-Dade Sets Up Help Line for Residents Who Need Temporary Hotel Rooms to Isolate
Miami-Dade County, in partnership with the State of Florida, added 400 rooms to its hotel isolation program in an effort to protect multigenerational families from the spread of COVID-19. Throughout the pandemic, the county has been providing hotel rooms to healthcare workers, first responders, homeless individuals, among others, who need to isolate for short periods. The new help line expands the program to residents — with or without symptoms— needing to isolate from family members while they wait for test results, as well as those who have been exposed to someone who tested positive. The number to call is 305-614-1716 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily.
Miami-Dade County Updates Emergency Orders and New Normal Guide as the State Enters Phase 3 of the State of Florida Recovery COVID-19 Plan
Miami-Dade County is complying with Florida State Executive Order 20-244
under the statewide opening rules set forth by Governor Ron DeSantis, while keeping in place elements of the County's orders that protect the residents of Miami-Dade County during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please review the County's revised New Normal Guidebook
for the updated rules as they pertain to particular businesses. All businesses, including essential businesses such as grocery stores, pharmacies and construction companies, must continue to comply with the County safety rules as outlined in the updated Guide to help to continue to prevent the spread of the virus.
Miami-Dade County Emergency Order 30-20
Effective September 26, 2020, and in conformance with the Governor of Florida's Executive Order Number 20-244, this order rescinds County Emergency Orders 01-20; 16-20, as amended; and 28-20, as amended; and authorizes every retail and commercial establishment and any other establishment or facility in the County to open provided that each such establishment complies with specific capacity, social distancing and other requirements, including the applicable activity-specific requirements in the New Normal Handbook, as amended; the facial covering requirements in Emergency Order 20-20, as amended; and the entry of County or municipal personnel onto the establishment's property for the sole purpose of inspection for compliance with this order.
Specific to restaurants and other food service establishments, this order permits a minimum occupancy of 50 percent, without limitation, and states that these establishments shall be allowed to operate at up to 100 percent capacity if the restaurant: (1) ensures six feet of distance between tables; (2) ensures that no more than six persons (or ten persons if in the same household) sit at a table; and (3) ensures that persons not actively eating or drinking are wearing masks. In summary:
MASKS & DISTANCING
At minimum, all businesses should ensure masks are worn by employees and the public at all times, and that work areas and showrooms are set up to promote physical distancing of at least six feet.
RESTAURANTS, BARS & CLUBS
In keeping with the Governor's Order, the 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 ten 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.
CURFEW & FINES
Miami-Dade County will continue its 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. countywide curfew for the time being in an effort to curtail late-night activities that facilitate the spread of the virus. Violators will be cited with a second-degree criminal misdemeanor that sets a maximum $500 fine and/or 180 days in jail. Per the Governor's Order suspending all fines and penalties applied to individuals for violating the County's COVID-19 public health orders, Miami-Dade County will continue to issue civil citations for individuals not wearing masks and will process fines and penalties as permitted.
Miami-Dade County Amendment No. 2 to Emergency Order 29-20
Effective October 1, 2020, this order amends Emergency Order 29-20 to allow for team competitions in all sports and to clarify that that facial coverings will be required in parks and other outdoor spaces with certain exemptions. The order states that facial coverings shall not be required while actively engaging in an organized sport, playing tennis, or while swimming or otherwise in a pool, ocean, or other body of water. For purposes of this exemption, organized sport means a sport such as soccer, baseball, basketball, softball, boxing, and other recognized sport that is part of an established athletic league or part of an organized program (municipal or otherwise). The facial covering exemption for organized sports includes training and practice sessions and matches, but prior to commencing and immediately upon concluding a training or practice session or a match, individuals must wear facial coverings. Individuals who are exercising in their personal capacity and not training as part of an organized sport (i.e., participating in a regular fitness class, using gym equipment as part of a workout, including with a personal trainer or coach, or playing a sport for leisure, excepting tennis) do not fall within the definition of "organized sport" and are not exempted from using facial coverings. All persons, except for members of the same household, shall observe social and physical distancing, both within groups and with others. Bleachers shall not be open to spectators where sports team formal competitions and league play is permitted. The order also allows the opening of playgrounds and other mechanical equipment, so long as all high-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected daily at least daily with CDC-approved cleaners, and facial coverings must be worn and social/physical distancing between people from different households must be maintained.
Town of Surfside to Reopen Water Tot Lot, Hawthorne Tot Lot and 96th Street Park
Under the County’s newly updated Emergency Order 29-20, Miami-Dade County has lifted certain restrictions on parks and recreation facilities as long as patrons continue to follow social distancing measures and wear facial coverings per the New Normal guidelines. Therefore, the Town of Surfside will reopen the following facilities for residents’ enjoyment starting this Friday and next Monday:
- Water Tot Lot at Community Center: Opens Friday, October 2 from 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily (by reservation only and for Surfside residents only)
- Hawthorne Tot Lot: Opens Friday, October 2 from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily
- 96th Street Park: Opens Monday, October 5 from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. daily
*The Surfside Parks and Recreation Department will disinfect playground equipment on a daily basis per Miami-Dade County’s Emergency Order. Prior to visiting a parks facility in Surfside, please visit the Town website to review guidelines. Guidelines will also be posted at each facility.
The following parks and recreation facilities are also open:
Miami-Dade County Public Schools Offers Grab-and-Go Meals to Students in Need
Miami-Dade County Public Schools offers free Grab-and-Go Meals to students and families of students, as needed, at multiple locations throughout the county. You must show your child’s school ID. Check out this map to find a location near you.
For the district's reopening plan and more information, visit http://reopening.dadeschools.net
Construction Allowed in Limited Capacity in Surfside
The Town of Surfside is allowing construction in a limited capacity, subject to compliance with restrictions as outlined in the Code of Care and Conduct Pledge Agreement. Every owner and contractor for a construction site is required to sign the pledge agreement prior to commencement of any work and will be expected to proceed with care to protect both Surfside residents and construction workers while mitigating the spread of coronavirus.
Town Hall Accessible to Residents
Surfside's Town Hall building is publicly accessible to visitors and staff, as long as CDC health and safety guidelines are followed. For the public’s continued health and safety, the Town strongly encourages residents to call for matters that can be handled over the phone.
To contact Town Hall, call 305-861-4863 and dial “0” during business hours, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. For concerns outside those hours, please contact the police non-emergency number at 305-861-4862. If you are a senior or at additional risk because of an underlying health condition, please contact the police non-emergency number for support.
CDC Travel Advisory
Non-essential travel is strongly discouraged to further combat the spread of the virus. For the latest travel advisories, visit CDC travel advisory