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WHEREAS, section 252.38(3)(a), Florida Statutes, gives political subdivisions the authority to declare and enact a State of Local Emergency for a period of up to seven 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, on March 12, 2020, the County Mayor declared a State of Emergency for all of Miami-Dade County; and

WHEREAS, COVID-19/novel Coronavirus poses a health risk to Miami-Dade County residents, particularly elderly residents and those who are immunosuppressed or otherwise have high-risk medical conditions; and

WHEREAS, minimization of social contact is necessary to avoid risk of COVID-19 infection for the residents of the County; and

WHEREAS, the County previously issued Emergency Order closing various public and private athletic facilities; and

WHEREAS, various professional sports associations and leagues may be able to safely utilize their facilities, pursuant to testing and social distancing guidelines such leagues may promulgate,

THEREFORE, as County Mayor of Miami-Dade County, I hereby order:

  1.       All pools, hot tubs, fitness centers, and gymnasiums, whether of a commercial or non-commercial nature, are closed for all purposes.  Other common use amenities may be open to the extent use of such amenities is consistent with Emergency Order 21-20.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, this order does not apply to any pool, hot tub, tennis court, basketball court, fitness center, gymnasium or other amenity located: (a) on a single family residential lot, or, (b) at any townhouse, duplex, or villa,  and which is for the exclusive recreational or leisure use of the inhabitants of such individual dwelling unit. >> Nothing contained herein shall preclude the use of facilities owned or leased by a professional sports franchise, solely by employees of such franchise for training purposes; however, prior to and as a precondition of engaging in such training, the franchise shall submit to and have approved by the County a plan addressing the franchise’s approach to mitigating COVID-19 risk at the facility through social distancing, periodic testing, or both.<<
  2. This order supersedes Emergency Orders 03-20, 06-20, and 09-20 to the extent inconsistent herewith.   
  1. This order shall be effective as of 6:00 p.m. on May 8, 2020.
  1. This order shall expire upon the expiration of the existing Miami-Dade County State of Local Emergency, except that if such State of Local Emergency is extended, this order shall also be deemed to extend for the duration of such extension. This order may be cancelled earlier by action of the County Mayor.
  1. This order shall be provided to all appropriate media consistent with the requirements of section 8B-7(2)(n) of the Code of Miami-Dade County.