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Wynwood BID COVID-19 Update – 03.17.20

Dear Wynwood BID Community:

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has issued an executive order today mandating the closure of all alcohol service establishments statewide that do not serve food, including bars, nightclubs and lounges effective today at 5:00pm for thirty (30) days. The City of Miami issued an order today mandating all entertainment establishments and non-essential businesses closed to patrons until further notice, in light of the COVID-19 coronavirus and increased cases of community transmission in South Florida. This new order aims to eliminate unnecessary person-to-person contact in public settings and was issued as an amendment to the City’s recent COVID-19 emergency declaration.  

The following types of entertainment businesses within the City of Miami will be closed, effective today, March 17, 2020 at 11:59pm until further notice:

  • All Dine-in Restaurants
  • All entertainment venues including movie theaters, live performance venues, bowling alleys and arcades
  • All gyms and fitness centers

The new order includes important exceptions, notably that restaurants may provide takeout, delivery and/or drive-thru service at any hour on a 24-hour basis. Bars that serve food may continue to do so for takeout only. Proprietors must establish social distancing measures for patrons waiting in line. The following institutions and businesses are not affected by the entertainment establishment closure order: grocery stores; food banks; pharmacies; and commissaries, cafeterias and restaurants located entirely within hospitals, nursing homes or similar facilities.  

Limitation of Occupancy Load to 50%
The City’s limitation of occupancy load to fifty percent (50%) of the business’ or establishment’s authorized total occupancy load remains in full effect today. 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.

Support for Wynwood F&B Operators
The BID will be actively promoting Wynwood food and beverage operators via WynwoodMiami.com and @WynwoodMiami social media channels that remain open for take-out and/or delivery services. Please keep us posted as to your operating hours, delivery providers (Uber Eats, DoorDash, etc) and any other announcements we should keep under consideration. We will continue to raise awareness of the neighborhood, including showcasing our renowned street art, so that the public can find peace and inspiration via our channels.

Small Business Emergency Bridge Loans
The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business owners located in all Florida counties statewide that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19. Applications will be accepted by qualified for-profit, privately held small businesses that maintain a place of business in the state of Florida with 2 to 100 employees. All qualified applicants must have been established prior to March 9, 2020 and suffered economic injury as a result of the designated disaster. Up to $50,000 per eligible small business for 1 year term.

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