Here Are All Of South Florida's Stay-At-Home Restrictions And Public Safety Orders
Updated May 12 at 2:45 p.m.
Over the course of this week, local governments across South Florida have issued a variety of stay-at-home restrictions. Here, we’re compiling these orders as they appear.
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UPDATE: The order was lifted in Florida as of May 4 except for Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Palm Beach County was included in the lifting of the order as of May 11.
As of April 3, all of Florida is under a stay-at-home order, where you can leave your home only for essential services. Here is the state's information sheet on frequently asked questions about the order.
Lt. Gov. Jeannette Nunez explained the order — and why it took so long — on the April 2 edition of Sundial.
To read details as to what each county or municipality considers “essential activities,” click the links where available. Some local governments have delineated enforcement efforts -- such as fines or arrests -- but it’s unclear how enforcement will play out as the coronavirus pandemic has prompted authorities to release some nonviolent offenders from custody.
For a roundup of all the restrictions popping up across the country, see the New York Times.
New Yorkers traveling into Florida are instructed to self-isolate for 14 days, including those who have arrived in Florida within the past 14 days. Violators could face second-degree misdemeanor charges and up to 60 days in prison or a $500 fine.
Gov. DeSantis announced on Friday that anyone traveling to Florida from Louisiana needs to immediately self-isolate for a period of 14 days. The restrictions are an extension of the order that applies to New Yorkers.
The governor also said he has authorized the use of checkpoints on major highways in north Florida to enforce the order, though he didn’t specify details. Louisiana does not not share a border with Florida.
Mayor Carlos Gimenez issued a stay at home order, but hasn’t announced an enforcement strategy. The order says residents and visitors are "urged to remain in their homes," and bans public gatherings of 10 people or more.
The action is clear that other municipalities in Miami-Dade County can implement stronger restrictions if they want to. Some cities have mirrored similar language, strongly urging residents to remain at home, rather than outright ordering them to do so, like Miami and Miami Beach have done.
City of Miami
Officials ordered residents to stay at home this week. The only exceptions are for shopping, exercising or traveling to and from work. The city also implemented a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew, which went into effect on Thursday.
The City of Miami Beach has ordered residents “to remain in their homes,” with a few notable exceptions for local businesses. Residents can still walk, run and bike outside, so long as they maintain a space of at least 6-feet between each other. Read more info here.
The city has implemented a mandatory curfew of midnight to 5:00 a.m.
On March 28, the city revised its curfew to allow restaurants to keep operating their kitchens after midnight, for delivery only.
A new order to wear masks on Miami Beach takes effect on Tuesday, April 7. The City of Miami Beach is mandating that employees and customers of grocery stores, restaurants and pharmacies wear a covering over their mouths and noses at all times inside those buildings.
They're also strongly encouraged to do the same inside other businesses that are open. The order does not apply to outdoor activities.
The city declared a state of emergency and issued a Safer at Home order strongly urging residents to stay at home except for to complete essential activities.
Effective March 27, 2020, Mayor Raúl Valdés-Fauli has issued a curfew order between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. until further notice. More info here.
A curfew is in effect between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Police are out to proactively enforce the curfew, according to the city.
Gatherings of more than five people are banned, and residents are encouraged to report anyone breaking that rule. Residents are otherwise “urged” to stay inside.
Sunny Isles Beach
Residents have been ordered -- not urged -- to remain at home. Exceptions exist for people who are engaging in “essential” activities.
A curfew order is in effect between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., starting on Friday, March 27.
The key was the first municipality in Miami-Dade to issue a curfew, between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. The city has also implemented a non-resident travel ban, meaning that no non-residents can travel into the village on the key.
A police checkpoint enforcing the non-resident travel ban caused serious traffic problems, so police have scaled it back. Now, instead of an outright checkpoint there are signs indicating the policy, and instead a “police presence” is enforcing the restriction.
The city has issued a statement “strongly” urging residents to stay home.
Doral has a stay at home order currently in effect. Mayor J.C. Bermudez said in a video statement: “I want to be clear: This order will be enforced by the Doral Police Department.”
A few exceptions for certain jobs and activities apply. More info can be found here.
Residents are “strongly recommended” to stay at home.
A mandatory curfew is in effect, between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5 a.m. The only exceptions are for emergencies.
Safer At Home policy issued Thursday afternoon that "strongly urged" people to stay inside, except for participating in essential activities. That includes going to the grocery store, a pharmacy, and your job if you work at an "essential" business. The policy, which similar to Miami-Dade County's, is an order in name only. It also further clarifies what can count as an "essential" business that's allowed to stay open.
Individual municipalities within Broward County have supplemented the county's order.
Coconut Creek has a curfew 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., with exceptions.
Cooper City residents are ordered to remain in their homes.
Residents are ordered to stay at home, with exceptions.
Hallandale Beach has a curfew 11p.m. to 5.am. until further notice. Only essential travel is permitted during these hours. The city also echoes Broward County's Safer at Home policy, encouraging all residents to stay home.
A Safer at Home order effective Saturday, March 28 at 12:01 a.m. orders residents to stay at home save for essential activities. Violators subject to notices to appear, or arrest if city law enforcement deems necessary.
Town of Lauderdale-By-The Sea
A Safer at Home order effective Saturday, March 28 at 12:01 a.m. orders residents to stay home and within the entirety of their owned or rented property, with exceptions to do essential errands. The order may be enforced by the Broward Sheriff's Office through notices to appear or arrest.
Residents are ordered to stay home, with exceptions. The order can be enforced by local law enforcement through notices to appear or arrest if deemed necessary.
Residents are ordered to stay home and within the entirety of their owned or rented property, with exceptions to do essential errands. Violators subject to notices to appear, or arrest if city law enforcement deems necessary.
Residents are under an order to shelter in place, with exceptions.
Residents are ordered to stay home, with exceptions. The order "may" be enforced by city law enforcement, though the order does not specify by what means.
Under a Safer At Home Order, all residents are ordered to shelter in place, with exceptions.
Residents are under an order to stay home, with exceptions for essential errands or emergencies. City law enforcement may issue notices to appear or arrest violators if deemed necessary.
Residents are under a Safer At Home Order, with violators subject to $1,000 fine for a first offense and up to 60 days behind bars.
Each resident is ordered to stay home and within the entirety of their owned or rented property, with exceptions to do essential errands. The order may be enforced by local law enforcement or code enforcement officials through issuing code violations, notices to appear, or arrest. It is in effect until further notice.
PALM BEACH COUNTY
Town of Palm Beach
The town has a curfew in place from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., to allow businesses time to sanitize their facilities and to give employees and customers time to safely get home.
The Florida Keys are closed to visitors, with checkpoints at the county line on U.S. 1 and Card Sound Road. Anyone arriving by air, from anywhere, is required to be screened and to self-isolate for two weeks.
Parks, beaches and recreational facilities were re-opened on April 27 — but not playgrounds or water features. Residents are required to observe social distancing.
As of midnight April 7, all customers and employees in any business where 10 or more people congregate must wear a covering over their mouth and nose while inside. The order does not apply to any outdoor activity, except deliveries.