Traveling to Miami Beach during COVID-19: Advice to follow
If you are contemplating travel to Miami Beach, you can and should take precautions to stay safe and informed. Traveling to our sunny shore during the COVID-19 pandemic? Here’s some advice to follow.
Know the pandemic plan of the place you are staying
Experts say hotels can be a safe place to stay if they're following CDC guidelines for COVID-19, but it’s important to feel satisfied with the health and sanitation protocols before checking in. Sagamore Hotel remains open in accordance with the most current guidelines from local government and health authorities. Don’t wait until check-in to see how we are implementing social distancing measures. Visit Sagamore Hotel’s Health and Safety Communications page to view our COVID-19 response and hotel updates.
Have a backup plan
With regulations constantly changing, decide in advance where you will go and how you will get there if Miami Beach has sudden closures. Miami’s Metrobus is operating, albeit with adjusted routes and transit services, for essential travelers only and the Miami Beach Trolley has suspended the free service until further notice. Local car services like cabs and Uber are still operating, with riders and drivers required to wear face coverings at all times.
Also, think about what you will do if you get sick while traveling. Be prepared before you leave home by checking your insurance coverage with your carrier, purchasing a short-term health insurance policy if needed, and asking for advice on medical care. Know where the local COVID-19 testing sites and hospitals are in case you fall ill.
Stay safe and sanitize
Sagamore Hotel aims to reduce person-to-person contact in various ways such as implementing social distancing measures and signage in all public and staff-only areas and frequently using EPA-rated hospital-grade disinfectants throughout the hotel. Touchless hand sanitizer stations have been placed in key areas throughout the property and each guest room is equipped with a sealed safety kit containing a face mask, protective gloves, and disinfectant wipes. When you aren’t in the safety of your guest room, always wear a mask, avoid crowds, and keep essential supplies on hand like your own EPA-approved antimicrobial products like Lysol or Clorox and soap. Wipe down surfaces and objects you are likely to touch, including gas pumps, your cell phone, and credit card.
Plan your itinerary in advance to avoid disappointment
Whether you’re traveling for business, pleasure, or have been here all along, now is the time to take advantage of a quieter Miami Beach. Know what’s open and decide whether you want to open the door of that business and walk in. Most restaurants are open for outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery, while bars and nightclubs remain closed under county rules (unless they have a food license). All Miami-Dade beaches and parks are open. Most Miami Beach museums are closed, with the exception of Lincoln Road’s Museum of Illusions, ARTECHOUSE, and the World Erotic Art Museum. Although open businesses are limiting admission, adhering to current mandates, and practicing safety measures, rules can change at any time, so be prepared to go with the flow.
One final tip? Continue to check for updates as advisories and regulations are frequently changing. Visit the CDC Guidance for Travelers here, and stay informed about the latest travel updates, emergency orders, and reopening information for the city of Miami Beach at MiamiBeachFL.gov.
Your health and safety is the most important to Sagamore Hotel and we thank you for your trust and loyalty. When you’re ready to travel, we’ll be here to welcome you. Reserve your spot at The Sagamore for 25% off with our Future Stay Vouchers.