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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

The health and safety of Miami-Dade residents, visitors and travel industry employees is a priority to the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB). We understand the necessary steps required to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic will have a massive impact on the travel and hospitality industry. As Miami-Dade County’s official accredited sales and marketing organization for the promotion of leisure and business travel, we are committed to relaying the most relevant information to our visitors and industry.

In Greater Miami, we take great pride in welcoming visitors from all over the world however in light of the COVID-19 global pandemic and the strong recommendation from the Center of Disease Control (CDC), calling on social distance and refrain from non-essential travel, we ask that visitors reconsider their plans to travel to Miami and the Beaches and do their part to help contribute to slowing the spread of the pandemic. We look forward to the opportunity to welcome guests and visitors to our community soon.

Re-Opening of Greater Miami & The Beaches

Miami-Dade County

On Monday, May 18, 2020, Miami-Dade County began Phase 1 to re-opening the county which includes a measured approach to allowing certain non-essential businesses to open and begin operating under stringent capacity and safety rules. These include businesses in the following categories: retail, restaurants, shopping centers, arts & culture, personal grooming and more. In addition, recreational activities and venues are open but under limited capacity. These include golf courses, parks and boating waterways.

For a complete look at Miami-Dade County’s rules for operations and re-opening plan entitled “Moving To A New Normal”, visit www.miamidade.gov/global/initiatives/coronavirus/openings.page.

Under Phase 1 of the plan, hotels are not yet allowed to re-open to non-essential travelers. If you are deemed an essential traveler visiting the Greater Miami area as a first responder or frontline worker please visit the GMCVB’s Essential Lodging site www.GMCVB.com/Lodging to find a hotel that is open and available to take your reservation. For a complete look at what qualifies as an Essential Lodger please review Miami-Dade County’s Emergency Order for a complete definition.

While Miami-Dade County’s reopening plan is countywide, certain municipalities may choose to adhere to a more stringent timeline. Below is a brief overview of reopening plans for other municipal entities within Miami-Dade County.

City of Miami Beach

The City of Miami Beach will implement its phased re-opening beginning May 20, 2020 allowing certain businesses including retail stores, personal grooming, offices and museums to open subject to the social distancing requirements in Miami-Dade County’s Emergency Order. Miami Beach restaurants and sidewalk cafes may reopen on May 27, 2020 and Ocean Drive will close to vehicular traffic to allow for restaurants to extend their footprint. For a complete look at The City of Miami Beach’s reopening plan and guidelines, visit www.miamibeachfl.gov/reopening.

City of Miami

The City of Miami’s re-opening plan entitled “Stand Up, Miami” includes a phased approach to re-opening parks, retail businesses, personal grooming and office spaces commencing on May 20, 2020. Restaurants in the City of Miami will be allowed to re-open beginning May 27, 2020. For a complete look at The City of Miami’s reopening plan and guidelines, visit https://www.miamigov.com/Government/Reopening-Miami.

Please visit individual city government websites for specific re-opening timelines and guidelines specific to those municipalities. Some include:

Help for the Tourism Industry

The GMCVB is committed to getting the travel & hospitality industry help as quickly as possible. In response to the increasing need from the industry, we recently launched a webpage listing all the resources and charitable opportunities available for the travel and hospitality industry. While the GMCVB has partnered with the United Way Operation Helping Hands for a tourism component to the Miami Pandemic Fund, there are other opportunities available to partners in our community. The Help for Tourism page will provide the travel industry a look at how to secure help or even offer help should you be in the position to do so. 

Miami Eats Program

As many of our hospitality partners in the restaurant community have turned to delivery and takeout services after mandatory closures of dining rooms, the GMCVB is stimulating demand for those services with the recent Miami Eats program. The program is supported by a comprehensive marketing program to include social and digital strategies, advertising and public relations. And the best part? It is completely free for restaurant participants and to the end-user! With more than 400 restaurants part of the Miami Eats program, Miamians are being asked to Order Out and Help Out. 

Travel Information for Visitors

Air Travel

The U.S. government has several travel restrictions in place including suspending most inbound travel from Europe, Asia and some of Latin America. For the most up-to-date information on travel restrictions, please check with the US Department of State.

Miami International Airport remains open and servicing flights. Many carriers have begun cancelling and/or reducing service, therefore, travelers into the Greater Miami area are advised to check with their carrier to check on the status of flights.

Cruise Travel

The US Department of State has introduced new guidelines advising Americans not to travel by cruise ship. As such, major cruise lines have temporarily suspended operations while PortMiami remains operational for cargo business. For your convenience, following are some of Greater Miami's top cruise lines and their updates.

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