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What You Need to Know Before Traveling to Miami Beach During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

July 30th, 2020 Sagamore News
What You Need to Know Before Traveling to Miami Beach During the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

Dreaming of future vacation plans on a sandy beach? As we patiently await the reopening of Miami Beach following COVID-19 shutdowns, Sagamore Hotel continues to have an eye towards safety and risk mitigation in our beachside paradise. The situation continues to change rapidly, but here is what we know about travel to Miami Beach right now

What are Miami Beach’s COVID-19 Rules and Regulations?

Per Miami-Dade County, face coverings are mandated in public - both indoors and outdoors. Miami Beach’s parks, greenspaces, boardwalks, and beaches are accessible, but masks must be worn unless you are in the water or engaged in strenuous activity (with exceptions applicable to children under two and those with disabilities or medical conditions). A violation of the mask ordinance comes with hefty consequences.

Miami Beach’s State of Emergency Declaration and Emergency Measures also includes an 8 p.m. - 6 a.m. curfew in the South Beach Entertainment District (MXE) along Ocean Drive, Collins, and Washington Avenues, between 5th and 16th Streets. Shops, restaurants, and other food service establishments located within the MXE are required to close by 8 p.m. Unless you are providing an essential service, pedestrian and vehicular movement is also prohibited during the curfew.

What’s Open in Miami Beach?

Parks, greenspaces, beaches, and recreational facilities are open, albeit with reduced hours and mandatory facial coverings required for visitors. The only way to experience Miami Beach’s culinary scene is through take-out, pick-up, or curb-side options (the City of Miami Beach’s free trolley service is suspended, so be sure to make other transportation arrangements). Check out a full list of open eateries, here.

Live entertainment throughout Miami Beach is on hold. In response, the city’s arts community is producing virtual cultural offerings, including online exhibitions and concerts by musicians from around the world. With public cultural facilities like the Art Deco Welcome Center, Bass Museum, and Wolfsonian-FIU closed until further notice, online programming is an excellent alternative for visitors looking to interact with the city from home. Follow along at MBArtsAndCulture.org.

How Can You Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19?

It is crucial to take certain precautions during this evolving situation. We encourage all Miami Beach visitors to do their part in responding to the public health crisis by wearing a mask, adhering to regular 20-second hand washing/sanitizing guidelines, and maintaining social distancing at all times. Visit MiamiBeachFL.gov for the latest travel updates, emergency orders, and reopening information for the city of Miami Beach.

Sagamore Hotel remains open in accordance with the most current guidelines from local government and health authorities. Visit Sagamore Hotel’s Health and Safety Communications page to find our COVID-19 response and hotel updates. Your health and safety is the most important to us and we thank you for your trust and loyalty. When you’re ready to travel, we’ll be here to welcome you.