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Wynwood BID COVID-19 Update – 03.18.20

Dear Wynwood BID Community:

Please take a moment to review the following key updates and important precautions:

Businesses Remain Closed
All alcohol service establishments, including bars, nightclubs and lounges; dine-in restaurants; entertainment venues including movie theaters, live performance venues, bowling alleys and arcades; and gymnasiums and fitness centers are closed to the public until further notice. Restaurants may continue to provide takeout, delivery and/or drive-thru service 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 establishments are exempt: grocery stores, food banks, pharmacies, and commissaries, cafeterias and restaurants located entirely within hospitals, nursing homes or similar facilities. Any violation of any emergency measures may subject the individual or business entity to criminal penalties pursuant to Florida state statutes.

Federal Relief Package
The Senate approved a relief package Wednesday to provide sick leave, unemployment benefits, free coronavirus testing, and food and medical aid to people impacted by the pandemic, sending it to President Trump, who is expected to sign it.  The proposed program to increase loans to small businesses would allow any employer with 500 employees or fewer to receive loans equaling six weeks of their payroll up to $1,540 per employee under the condition that companies must keep paying their employees for eight weeks after receiving the loan. Details will be shared once finalized and available.

Ban on Commercial Mopeds & Scooters
Miami-Dade County issued an executive order today prohibiting the use of all common-use mopeds, scooters and micro-mobility devices. This order goes into effect today (3/18) at 6:00pm. This emergency order also includes motorized bicycles and other devices available at public docking stations for private use by reservation through online applications, websites or software for point-to-point trips. This order does not prohibit the use of any moped, motorized scooter, motorized bicycle, regular bicycle or other micro-mobility device that is individually owned and used. This order also prohibits individuals from allowing any common use of their individual micro-ability devices on any public road or sidewalk within Miami-Dade County. This will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 on frequently touched surfaces.

Public Libraries Closed
The Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) will close all its library locations to the public effective Wednesday, March 18 until further notice. MDPLS wants to remind its customers that although its physical locations will be closed, its online library is always open and accessible from anywhere through www.mdpls.org. Numerous digital options are available to patrons for free with their library card, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital magazines, movies, music, online learning, tutoring and more. Those who don’t have a library card can apply for an eCard online at ecard.mdpls.org. This electronic card will give them immediate access to the MDPLS online library and other services. 

Water & Sewer Systems
The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) is asking for help to protect the wastewater system as people are cleaning and disinfecting more frequently with bleach wipes and substituting toilet paper with baby wipes and other items due to store shortages. WASD is imploring all to throw these items away in the trash and not flush them down the toilet to avoid significant clogs that could lead to sewage spills, pump system failures and treatment plant issues.

Police Security in Wynwood
The Wynwood BID is working closely with the Miami Police Department and Wynwood NET Commander Dan Kerr to increase surveillance throughout the district in an effort to deter any crimes that might occur as a result of closed businesses and/or decreased foot traffic.

Neighborhood Sanitation
The Wynwood BID Clean Street Team and City of Miami Department of Solid Waste continue to work to ensure our neighborhood remains as clean as possible—sweeping and removing trash from sidewalks and public areas on a daily basis—while adhering to guidelines on social distancing and maintaining proper hygiene.

Support for Wynwood F&B
The BID is actively promoting Wynwood food and beverage operators that remain open for take-out and/or delivery services via WynwoodMiami.com and @WynwoodMiami social media channels. Local media outlets and reporters are being provided this information to support their ongoing coverage. We will continue to raise awareness of the neighborhood, including our renowned street art, so that the public can support our local businesses and find peace and inspiration via our channels. 

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. Up to $50,000 loans per eligible small business are being offered. The application period is currently open and closes May 8, 2020. Applications will be accepted from 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.

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