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WHEREAS, Section 252.38(3)(a), Florida Statutes, gives authority to political subdivisions to declare and enact a State of Local Emergency for a period of up to seven (7) days, thereby waiving the procedures and formalities otherwise required of the political subdivision by law; and

WHEREAS, on March 1, 2020, the Governor of Florida issued Executive Order Number 20-51 directing the State Health Officer and Surgeon General to declare a Public Health Emergency due to the discovery of COVID-19/novel Coronavirus in Florida; and

WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, the Governor of Florida issued Executive Order Number 20-52, declaring a State of Emergency for the state of Florida related to COVID-19/novel Coronavirus; and

WHEREAS, because COVID-19/novel Coronavirus posed a public health, safety and welfare risk to Miami-Dade County residents, on March 12, 2020, I declared a local state of emergency to respond to the threat posed by the Covid-19/Novel Coronavirus, and to provide for emergency measures to respond to the threat of Covid-19/novel Coronavirus remain; and

WHEREAS, as of March 18, 2020, there are more than 300 cases of Covid-19/novel Coronavirus in Florida, including over 70 in Miami-Dade County; and

WHEREAS, responding to the threat posed by COVID-19/novel Coronavirus continues to require extraordinary and immediate actions by Miami-Dade County in order to protect the public health, safety, and welfare; and

WHEREAS, section 252.38(3)(a), Florida Statutes and Chapter 8B of the Code of Miami-Dade County authorize the Mayor to extend the Local State of Emergency.  

THEREFORE, as County Mayor of Miami-Dade County, I hereby extend the Declaration of a State of Local Emergency for an additional period commencing on March 19, 2020, that will continue in effect for seven (7) days if not cancelled before that period of time. This Local State of Emergency includes all of Miami-Dade County.  Concurrent with this Declaration, I renew all existing Miami-Dade County Emergency Orders.