Parks Are Reopening in Miami: What to Expect

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By: Mathew Ratner

There are more than 500 parks and outdoor recreation spaces in Miami and most of them are open for exercise, sports, play or just for fun. However, there are some COVID-19 safety restrictions all visitors must follow. These restrictions are based on guidelines from the Florida Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You can reference the official park order and all of the detailed guidelines here: AMENDMENT NO. 1 TO MIAMI-DADE COUNTY EMERGENCY ORDER 30-20.

Please note: According to Miami-Dade County officials, visitors should follow CDC recommendations if they are stricter than the rules listed below.

What’s Allowed

Miami’s parks are open for most leisure activities including walking, jogging, biking, swimming, playing on playgrounds, boating and kayaking, golfing and other sporting activities or simply enjoying the serene nature. Each park may enact more strict guidelines, so make sure to always call ahead for amenity availability and hours.

Facial Coverings

Before you head out to a park, make sure you have your mask. Facial coverings are required at all times except for while engaging in a water sport or playing tennis. Anyone under the age of two or with a pre-existing health condition that makes wearing a mask unsafe does not have to wear a mask.

  • Facial coverings must be worn in all Miami parks and recreation areas
  • Facial coverings do not need to be worn while swimming or playing tennis

Social Distancing

There’s plenty of space to spread out. Practice social distancing even while outside and follow guidelines on trail flow. Paths and trails may be set up to only flow in one direction. Keep an eye out for arrows or other directional markings while you explore.

  • Visitors must stay at least six feet apart from anyone who is not part of their household

Non-Organized Sports

Join in Miami’s culture of pick-up games. With a few safety precautions, you can play your favorite sports.

Organized Sports

Play ball! Organized sports are allowed with some modifications. Whenever you’re not actively playing, make sure to wear a mask or other facial covering. This includes if you’re waiting on the sidelines.

  • Facial coverings must be worn while playing or practicing non-organized or pickup sports
  • Balls can be shared among players, but other sports equipment cannot be shared by individuals who don’t live together
  • Bleachers are closed to spectators

Outdoor Exercise

Keep up with your fitness goals at Miami’s parks. You can enjoy the beautiful outdoors while getting your steps in, just make sure to follow the below guidelines.

  • Outdoor exercise is allowed
  • Facial coverings must be worn while exercising, whether by yourself or as part of a training session
  • Some parks and outdoor recreation spaces may limit the number of people or amount of time allowed on a trail
  • Some trails may be turned into one-way-only trails

Biking

Biking is a great way to see more in a single trip. Check with individual parks to see if bikes and other personal transportation methods (such as scooters and mopeds) are allowed. For parks that do allow biking, continue to practice social distancing and facial covering guidelines.

  • Mopeds, motorized scooters and regular and motorized bikes are allowed

Boating and Watersports

Many of Miami’s parks provide the chance to get out on the water. Large gatherings and parties, even on sandbars or other outdoor areas, are not allowed. Pack a mask with your sunscreen and follow the guidelines below.

  • Boating is allowed
  • All boaters must maintain social distancing while on land at boating areas and marinas
  • Gatherings of 10 or more people in boating areas and marinas are not allowed
  • Limits may be placed on boat capacities. Contact the marina ahead of your visit for updated capacity rules.
  • Tour boats can operate at 50% capacity
  • Jet Ski rentals are allowed for single riders only
  • Rafting up or beaching boats and anchoring at sandbars are not allowed

Fishing

Cast your line and reel in a big one. You can fish with a few modifications.

  • Fishing is allowed
  • Facial coverings must be worn while fishing on land
  • Individuals fishing on land or on a pier must stay at least 10 feet apart from one another
  • Only one person at a time is allowed at fish cleaning stations
  • Everyone must bring their own fishing equipment, as rentals are not currently allowed

Golf

You can tee up and play a round as long as you practice these safety precautions. Equipment rentals may not be available right now however equipment purchases can still be made at pro shops. Golf facilities can provide food and beverage services but call ahead to verify what is currently offered. And like anywhere in South Florida, bring plenty of water. Golf courses cannot have any water stations.

  • Public and private golf courses are open
  • Facial coverings must be worn while not actively playing
  • All golfers must maintain social distancing
  • Up to four people from the same household can ride in the same cart
  • All sand containers, scorecards, pencils, tees, towels, coolers or other shared materials are removed from golf carts
  • Scorecard, pencil and tees shall only be issued to individuals when requested and will be discarded after their initial use

Parties

Celebrations are more intimate affairs right now. Parties are prohibited in Miami’s parks however you can gather with your household to enjoy some time outdoors.

  • Facial coverings must be worn in all indoor and outdoor spaces
  • Parties are prohibited
  • Table games are not allowed

Playgrounds

Enjoy some quality family time at a playground. Playgrounds are allowed to be open provided the park is cleaning the playground regularly. Social distancing and facial coverings are required while playing on the playground, however children two years old and under do not have to wear a mask. Find out if a park’s playground is open ahead of your visit by contacting the park directly.

  • Playgrounds and other mechanical equipment are open and cleaned regularly with CDC-approved cleaners

Restrooms and Indoor Spaces

Many parks have closed their indoor spaces for safety. Park restrooms can be open but are limited to one person or household at a time. It’s best to contact a park ahead of your visit to find out about their indoor spaces and restrooms.

  • Public restrooms are open
  • Restrooms will be monitored by attendants and cleaned with CDC-approved products every two hours
  • No groups are allowed in restrooms, unless they only contain members of the same household.
  • Indoor spaces (like gyms and recreational areas) cannot exceed 50% capacity

Food and Drink Concessions

When hunger hits, you can grab a meal at any park concessions that are open. Parks may choose to close their concessions or limit hours, so contact the park ahead of time for specific concession information.

  • Concessions and food trucks are allowed in parks and marina parking lots

Parking

Parking lots at parks may be limited to keep parks less crowded. Luckily, Miami has plenty of parks to visit. Arrive early and if a parking lot is full, consider adventuring to another one of Miami’s 500+ parks.

  • Where enforceable, parking lots must be no more than 75% full

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