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Wynwood BID COVID-19 Update – 03.16.20

Dear Wynwood BID Community:

For the next 15 days, Americans are urged to limit social gatherings to no more than 10 people, continue their education at home, avoid discretionary travel and avoid bars, restaurants and food courts to combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) according to new Federal guidelines announced today. The City of Miami is expected to implement additional emergency measures 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 Must Close Daily by 11pm
Starting tonight, all non-essential businesses and establishments (including restaurants, bars and clubs) citywide shall be required to close daily by 11:00pm and may resume operations at 5:00am the following day until further notice.  Businesses excluded from this mandate include: 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. Any violation of these emergency measures would subject the individual or business entity to criminal penalties.

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.

Government Public Meetings Canceled
All City of Miami public meetings are canceled until April 1st to prevent unnecessary gatherings and encourage social distancing. Cancelled meetings include all City advisory Boards, Committees, Hearing Boards and City Commission meetings (including Wynwood BID & WDRC) until further notice.

Coronavirus linked to Winter Party Festival
The Winter Party Festival organizers announced that one of its attendees tested positive for COVID-19. It is unclear if the person contracted the virus at the Festival.  The Festival held events at various venues throughout Miami Beach, Wilton Manors and Wynwood. Out of an abundance of caution, health officials and festival organizers are urging any individuals that attended any WPF events to adhere to CDC self-monitoring guidelines.

Election Day Polling Stations
Miami-Dade County election stations will remain open on Tuesday (3/17). The Elections Department is providing hand sanitizer at all Election Day locations.  Additionally, there are bathrooms with soap at every polling place. All Election Day polling locations have/will have disinfectant spray and wipes available to staff.

Ban on Price Gouging
The City has declared that no person shall during a declared state of emergency impose unconscionable prices (price gouging) 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 (price gouging) 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.

SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans
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 of the Neighborhood
The Wynwood BID will continue to raise awareness of the neighborhood, including our renowned street art and businesses, on WynwoodMiami.com and @WynwoodMiami social media channels. 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.

Florida Department of Health (FDOH)
Florida-specific information relating to the Coronavirus:

FDOH has a 24/7 Coronavirus Call Center at 866-779-6121 and via email: COVID-19@flhealth.gov

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC’s website offers a variety of information about Coronavirus cases in the United States and efforts to prevent the spread of the disease, including:

The CDC Coronavirus Call Center is available 24/7 at 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) for urgent issues related to coronavirus.

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