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
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, is adding 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.
Countywide Curfew Still in Effect
The 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. countywide curfew remains in effect until further notice. Essential workers including first responders, hospital workers, utility repair service personnel, media and those with religious obligations will be exempted from the curfew. Additionally, the curfew does not apply to those returning directly to their homes from work at essential establishments or going directly to work; making deliveries from essential establishments; and walking their dogs within 250 feet of their residences.
Miami-Dade County Amends Emergency Order on Restaurants, Gyms, Banquet Halls and Short-Term Rentals
Miami-Dade County has issued an amendment to Executive Order 26-20 that includes more stringent restrictions for on-site restaurants, gym use, and short-term rentals, as well as the closing of banquet halls and ballrooms. This amendment goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, July 9, 2020. The new requirements include the following:
- On-site dining at restaurants and cafeterias is limited to outdoor service only between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. each day. Such establishments may operate their kitchens between the hours of 10 p.m. each night and 6 a.m. the next morning only for the purpose of providing delivery, pick-up, room service, or take out services.
- At gyms and fitness centers, masks or facial coverings must be worn when inside.
- Daytime and overnight occupancy for short-term vacation rentals is now set at a maximum of two persons per bedroom plus two additional persons per property not to exceed a maximum of 10 persons. New rental agreements can only be on a monthly basis.
- All banquet halls and ballrooms must close, both those that are stand-alone businesses and those that are operated in any hotels or other establishments.
Please report any violations by calling 305-4-POLICE.
Other Recent Countywide Orders to Address COVID-19 Surge:
- The county requires everyone to wear a facial covering in public spaces - inside and outdoors. Exclusions to the mask policy include children under the age of 2, anyone with respiratory issues and people doing strenuous activities such as jogging. The county expanded its mandatory facial coverings requirements in an effort to help slow the spread of the coronavirus and reduce hospitalizations so there is sufficient care for all patients.
- There is a countywide curfew in place from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily until further notice. Essential workers including first responders, hospital workers, utility repair service personnel and media are exempt from the curfew. Additionally, the curfew does not apply to those returning directly to their homes from work at essential establishments or going directly to work; making deliveries from essential establishments; and walking their dogs within 250 feet of their residences.
- Miami-Dade County is also rolling back the reopening of entertainment facilities, such as movie theaters, arcades, casinos (with the exception of tribal casinos, over which the county does not have jurisdiction), adult entertainment, concert houses, bowling alleys and other establishments that recently had their plans approved by the county.
Miami-Dade County Reopens Certain Retail and Commercial Establishments
Per Miami-Dade County’s Emergency Order 23-20
, certain retail and commercial establishments including office spaces, retail and personal grooming businesses are allowed to reopen with specific conditions as outlined in “The New Normal”
Each business in Surfside must sign a pledge to adhere to the county order and The New Normal guidelines. When frequenting businesses, residents must wear cloth facial coverings as mandated by Miami-Dade County, maintain social distance (at least six feet away from others), and avoid gathering in groups of 10 or more people.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools Announces Opening Plans for August
Miami-Dade County Public Schools announced a plan to reopen schools this fall including smaller class sizes, a mix of in-person, online and hybrid teaching models, and mandatory facial coverings. The plan hinges on conditions in the local community and whether or not Miami-Dade County is in Phase 2 of reopening according to The Plan for Florida’s Recovery.
Surfside Parks and Recreation Facility Openings and Closures
The following programs and/or services have been impacted as a result:
- All Town meetings, committees, recreation activities, summer camp, community events, and after school programs have been either canceled or postponed until further notice
- Operations for the Surf-Bay-Bal community shuttle bus are currently suspended until further notice
The Town’s Public Works Department will continue to pick-up trash, recycling and bulk items as scheduled.
For any additional schedule changes and updates, please check the Town website.
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