Most of Miami-Dade County will reopen, all Broward County cities on Monday, May 18, but no beaches or bars. Here the guidelines for Miami-Dade and Broward for reopening:
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez released a 184-page guide “The New Normal” with guidelines for residents and businesses in dealing with the next phase of re-opening on Monday, May 18. Non essential businesses in Miami-Dade County were ordered to close March 19 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Restaurant protocols for employees and guests
- Restaurants must maintain no more than 50 percent of its capacity for indoor dining with the maintenance of social distancing of 6 feet between parties. Outdoor seating must maintain similar distancing. Indoor and outdoor seating combined cannot exceed 100 percent of the building’s legally permitted occupancy. Bar counters closed to seating.
- A maximum of four people can be seated at one table whether seated indoors or outdoors. Up to six members of the same household can be seated together.
- All restaurants must create visible floor markings for appropriate 6 foot distancing in any waiting areas, whether exterior or interior.
- Hands-free sanitizer must be available at the entrance. Host staff must maintain social distance from the customer on escorting to table
- Customers must be wearing masks at all times unless seated. Guests must wear masks or facial covering that covers mouth and nose as they leave their tables.
- All restaurant employees must wear masks at all time.
- Glove use is for employees involved in direct food preparation. Gloves must be changed at least every 30 minutes or when changing tasks. Hands must be washed between glove changes. Safe glove removal practices. Bussers and food runners must wear gloves.
- Hand cleaning between tables is needed each time servers or staff come into physical contact with guests at tables or with food, drinks, dishware, silverware, napkins or other serving equipment. Hands much be washed before, after and between deliveries to different tables.
- All menus must be disposable and single-use or provided by a QR code that can viewed on a cell phone.
- Only silverware rolled in a napkin or disposable silverware is permitted. No water or wine glasses are allowed as table presets. No condiments or breadbaskets as presets. Hand sanitizing wipes or another form of handwashing method is recommended at each table.
- Restrooms only single-person use.
- Staff and customers capacity requirement is 50 percent of mall/store occupancy.
- Elevator capacity limited to 4 with visual markers for passengers to stand on for social distancing.
- Space out customer queues for fitting rooms and at cashiers with floor markers every six feet.
- Plexiglass sneeze guards at checkout stations.
- Eliminate car valets.
- Create one way circulation paths inside stores.
- Remove public seating areas.
- Customers need to wear face masks or facial coverings at all times.
- Encourage contactless payment.
- Merchandise, particularly clothing, must not be handled or tried on by customers and returned to shelves or display racks before being properly cleaned.
Broward County will begin its reopening on Monday, May 18, with plans that include reopening retail and restaurants with varying degrees of restrictions. All cities in the county are following Broward County’s re-opening guidelines.
The new Emergency Order, which includes restrictions for an allowable return to business operations, also retains important requirements for members of the public to continue to observe CDC-recommended social distancing guidelines, and the wearing of face masks or facial coverings while in public places.
What can open in Broward county and at what capacity?
- Restaurants and food establishments can open for dining at a maximum 50% indoor occupancy, with six-foot distancing and other restrictions. Outdoor seating is allowed with six-foot distancing, but outdoor seating combined with indoor seating cannot exceed 100% of total occupancy limits.
- Retail establishments selling goods other than personal services can open at a maximum 50% indoor occupancy, with other restrictions.
- Businesses that provide personal services by Florida licensed professionals (including barbershops, cosmetology salonsand cosmetology specialty salons) can open with restrictions, provided they are licensed with the State of Florida and comply with requirements pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 20-120.
- Existing licensed drive-in movie theaters can operate at up to 50% capacity, with restrictions.
- Community rooms, fitness centers and gyms located within multi-family housing developments or community associations can operate at their option, with restrictions, including 50% maximum occupancy. Residents only, no guests allowed. Hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms and shower facilities shall remain closed.
- Public pools and private club pools (including municipal pools) can open, with restrictions. The water features at facilities operated by Broward County Parks and Recreation remain closed.
- Museums can open with a maximum 25% capacity, and restrictions