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Wynwood BID COVID-19 Update – 03.26.20

Dear Wynwood BID Community:

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

City Enacts 10pm Curfew
The City of Miami has ordered a nightly curfew from 10pm to 5am effective tomorrow, Friday, March 27th in order to help halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. All residents must remain indoors during the curfew notwithstanding several exceptions such as travel to/from essential workplaces, medical emergencies, dog walking (within 250 feet of home) and food delivery services. Additionally, emergency utility repairs and provision of essential state, county and city emergency services and hospital services are permitted. Police will have the ability to stop, question and arrest anyone out in public during this time period.

Shelter in Place
The City’s shelter in place order remains in place. All non-essential travel within the City of Miami, including by automobile, public transit, motorcycle, etc., is prohibited until further notice, with the following exceptions: (i) travel within the City to seek goods and services from essential retail establishments such as grocery stores and pharmacies; (ii) travel within the City to perform work in support of essential activities and establishments; and (iii) travel within the City to deliver essential services to homes, such as repair, landscaping and pool services. When outdoors exercising, residents must practice social distancing measures at all times.

Miami Pandemic Response Fund
United Way of Miami-Dade and the Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald have launched the Miami Pandemic Response Fund. This fund will support struggling families with emergency needs including rent/mortgage assistance, food, medication and utilities as well as issue micro-grants to small businesses. Health Foundation of South Florida, The Miami Foundation and Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau have joined United Way in providing seed funding of $350,000 to address the short-term impacts on vulnerable families and small businesses as well as build long-term economic resilience in Miami-Dade. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the pandemic outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis.

Miami Restaurant Employee Relief Fund
F+B Hospitality Brokerage has teamed up with several notable Miami-area chefs, including Brad Kilgore of Kilgore Culinary and Zak Stern of Zak the Baker, to establish the Miami Restaurant Employee Relief Fund providing grants to full-time restaurant workers in Miami-Dade County who have been impacted by the COVID-19 closures and are dependent on hourly wages and/or gratuity to cover basic living expenses and provide for their families.

Hospitality Industry Relief Fund
The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF) has launched the SOBEWFF & FIU Chaplin School Hospitality Industry Relief Fund to provide immediate financial support to independently owned and operated restaurants and bars impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. Grants will be provided to independently owned and operated restaurants and bars that have had to temporarily cease operations, lay off employees, or whose businesses have been severely diminished due to locally mandated closure orders.

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