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Important Message

Miami-Dade Business Guidelines are being updated to reflect Executive Order 20-244 issued by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis regarding statewide business opening rules. Read the Miami-Dade County Mayor's Amendment No. 1 to Emergency Order 30-20 for details.


Phase 1 of allowing the reopening of certain businesses began on May 18, 2020. If a particular commercial establishment supports multiple business lines, only those permitted to operate may be opened in any particular phase. Points in bold MUST be followed; other recommendations are strongly suggested. While designated businesses are permitted to open, they are not required to open.

As you prepare to reopen your establishment, please use the Manufacturing General Checklist as a guide. All guidelines are categorized by workforce protection measures, employee protection measures, non-employee (or customer) protection measures, business process adaptations, employer-led public health interventions and industry-wide safeguards.

For the most up to date changes, see the latest Emergency Orders and Amendments.

Send a question or a suggestion about the New Normal Guide to [email protected].

Workforce Protection

  • Create a single point of access for employees, and if necessary, a separate single point of access for visitors
  • Establish sign-in stations or check points restricting access to employee workstations / production areas
  • Ensure controlled measures to minimize visitor/contractor access to facility when entering property (escorted, PPE requirements)
  • Consider two-step inventory model:
    • Designated space for warehousing new inbound inventory, quarantined for 24 hours
    • Move inventory after 24 hours into "safe for use" warehousing space for use by facility

Employee Protection

  • Procure increased amounts of soap, hand sanitizer, cleaning materials and equipment
  • Install of additional hand sanitization and soaps in toilets and common areas
  • Post promotional signage around hand washing and other best healthy hygiene practices
  • Either eliminate timeclocks, sanitize timeclocks after each employee use, or use electronic solutions to avoid touch points
  • Apply copper tape onto high-touch surfaces that can’t be avoided
  • Create operating "pods" (~two employees per pod) in a production line, divided by physical barriers
  • Air-gap connected workspaces, if possible, with a "clean room" to allow employees to sanitize

Non-Employee Protection

Place signs outside and inside the elevators to limit number of people within elevator (one person per at a time or at 50 percent capacity); offer preferential treatment to vulnerable groups (e.g., elderly, persons with disabilities, pregnant women).

Business Process Adaptations

  • Divided critical function teams with groups alternating work in-office or using satellite sites
  • Digitize shift handovers and group discussions within facility
  • Reduce seating in breakroom / common areas to ensure minimum six feet of physical distance
  • Designate quarantine rooms for potentially infected individuals and deep-clean after each use
  • Mark common areas with physical markers to reinforce compliance with measures (e.g., six feet of separation in queues)
  • Upgrade/install ventilation per OSHA guidance
  • Flush plumbing to eliminate stagnant water and monitor water systems in the facility

Employer-Led Public Health Interventions

  • Train all personnel in new operating protocols and modifications to existing codes of conduct to deal with COVID-19 issues
  • Design work group shifts to ensure easier tracking and tracing
  • Evaluate the need for testing program for high risk employees (e.g., frequent contact with customers or suppliers)

Industry-Wide Safeguards

  • Acknowledge in writing the review and understanding of relevant industry association and union organizations guidelines, including capability checklists and reference to WHO, DOH and CDC guidelines
  • Establish protocol to immediately disclose infection to state DOH and institute procedure to safeguard store (e.g., deep cleaning)

Mayor's Emergency Orders

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