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Wynwood BID COVID-19 Update – 03.15.20

Dear Wynwood BID Community:

The City of Miami remains under a State of Emergency and has implemented additional emergency measures today to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the City. Please take a moment to review the following key updates and important advisories:

Non-Essential Businesses to Close Nightly by 11pm
All non-essential businesses and establishments within the City of Miami shall be required to CLOSE no later than 11:00pm daily commencing on March 16, 2020 (including weeknights and weekends) and may resume operations at 5:00am the following day. The term “non-essential businesses” shall exclude the following: pharmacies, grocery stores, convenience stores, private offices, banks, hotels, hospitals, medical service providers, medical supply stores, hardware stores, gasoline service stations and automotive supply/repair centers.

Limitation of Occupancy Load to 50%
No businesses or establishments of any kind in the City shall be permitted to operate, and shall immediately cease all business activities and operations, if, at any time, the total occupancy load of any business or establishment meets or exceeds fifty percent (50%) of the business’ or establishment’s authorized total occupancy load. Notwithstanding the above, no businesses or establishments of any kind with an occupancy load of five-hundred (500) or more shall be permitted to operate, if, at any time, the total occupancy load of any such business or establishment meets or exceeds two-hundred and fifty (250) persons.

Ban on Unconscionable Pricing (Price Gouging)
The City has also declared a ban on price gouging stating that no person shall during a declared state of emergency impose unconscionable prices for any essential commodity necessary for consumption and/or use as a direct result of the emergency. Additionally, no person shall during a declared state of local emergency impose unconscionable prices for the rental or lease of any dwelling unit or storage facility.

Florida Business Damage Survey
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced the activation of the Business Damage Assessment survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local business operations. The survey, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement appropriate relief programs can begin. The Business Damage Assessment Survey can be taken online here.

Results from this survey will be shared with state agencies and local partners. Surveys submitted by small businesses can be used to access the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan, made available for COVID-19 through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be working directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. Find more information on the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans at SBA.gov/Disaster.

Marketing Support for Neighborhood
The Wynwood BID will continue to actively promote the neighborhood, including businesses that remain open for business, on WynwoodMiami.com and @WynwoodMiami social media channels.  Please keep us posted should you have any specific programming or announcements that we should keep under consideration.  The Wynwood BID and Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) will collaborate on a comprehensive business plan to recover and regain market share and economic activity once this public health crisis has been mitigated.

Current Guidelines for Businesses
Wynwood businesses, property owners, and residents are strongly urged to take necessary precautions to prevent the spread of illness by increasing and emphasizing sanitation procedures in their spaces per guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). To maintain a healthy environment, encourage your employees and customers to:

  • Practice Good Hygiene: Stop handshaking; clean hands at the door; schedule regular hand washing reminders by email; disinfect surfaces like doorknobs, tables, desks and handrails; and increase ventilation by opening windows.
  • Handle food carefully: Limit food sharing; strengthen health screening for kitchen staff and their close contacts; ensure kitchen staff and their close contacts practice strict hygiene.
  • Avoid crowding: Use booking and scheduling to stagger customer flow; limit attendance at all social gathering venues, including bars and restaurants, to less than 50% of your maximum occupancy; and stagger seating at restaurants to every other table.
  • Meetings and Travel: Use videoconferencing for meetings when possible, consider adjusting or postponing large meetings or gatherings, and assess the risks of business travel.
  • The Florida Department of Health operates a 24/7 dedicated coronavirus (COVID-19) call center: 866-779-6121. You can also email COVID-19@flhealth.gov

The Wynwood BID will continue to keep you updated on any substantive changes in policy or actions that may further impact our community. In the meantime, we are available via phone at 786-615-8828 and email at info@wynwoodbid.com should you have any questions.

Please stay safe and healthy,

Wynwood Business Improvement District