AMENDMENT NO. 3 TO MIAMI-DADE COUNTY EMERGENCY ORDER 21-20

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 coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) 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; and

WHEREAS, on March 12, 2020, the County Mayor declared a State of Emergency for all of Miami-Dade County; and

WHEREAS, as Miami-Dade County COVID-19 hospitalizations have stabilized and begun declining, the County will be allowing for certain activities to resume that pose a less significant threat for transmission of the virus; and

WHEREAS, Emergency Order 23-20, as amended by amendment no. 2, provided standards for the safe resumption of summer camps, youth sports, and fitness activities; and

WHEREAS, amendment no. 1 to Emergency Order 21-20 allowed the opening of beaches; and

WHEREAS, amendment no. 2 to Emergency Order 21-20 allowed youth sports and summer camps at parks, and allowed for the opening of dog parks; and

WHEREAS amendment no. 2 to Emergency Order 21-20 also allowed exempted up to 10 members of the same family from social distancing requirements or capacity limits; and

WHEREAS, this amendment:
  • allows for use of gyms, recreation buildings, campgrounds, skate parks, and concessions at parks;
  • clarifies that while dog parks may open, dogs must remain on leashes;
  • allows for sports skills practice and drills at parks, and competitive doubles tennis;
  • allows charter vessels to carry passengers consistent with vessel size; and
  • clarifies that jet ski rentals may accommodate two riders from the same family; and
WHEREAS, the safety and welfare of all the residents of Miami-Dade County is paramount,

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

A. Paragraph 4 of Emergency Order 21-20, as amended, is hereby amended and restated as follows:

4. Effective as 6:00 am, April 29, 2020, all parks and recreational facilities in the incorporated and unincorporated areas of Miami-Dade County may be open, but only under the limited circumstances set forth herein:

  • All parks and recreational facilities may be open only from the hours of 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Within this time period, a park or recreational facility may be open for a shorter time period if prescribed by their normal operating hours or, with respect to parks operated by municipalities, by municipal regulation.
  • Use of parks and recreational facilities shall be for limited active and passive uses by individuals and families, as permitted by this order and following current CDC and State Health Department guidelines. Notwithstanding anything else herein to the contrary, summer camps and youth sports are allowed if conducted in conformance with Emergency Order 23-20, as amended, and the Moving to A New Normal Handbook incorporated into that order.
  • No groups of 10 or more persons shall congregate in parks or recreational facilities. All persons, excepting family, shall observe social distancing, both within groups and with others.
  • Only the following limited active uses are allowed: walking, jogging, hiking, skating, cycling, nature walks on trails, and sports skills practice >>and drills in groups of less than ten<< [[by individuals or between family members]]. Sports skills practice includes, but is not limited to, activities such as shooting a basketball, dribbling a soccer ball, [[solo racquetball]], family members throwing a ball, or similar activities, >>and<< [[except for]] summer camps and youth sports >>,<< if conducted in conformance with Emergency Order 23-20, as amended, and the Moving to A New Normal Handbook incorporated into that order.
  • To ensure that social distancing is maintained and to ensure access to facilities by patrons, parks staff may limit the number of persons using trails, paths, fields, or courts, and may limit the time any person spends on such trail, path, field, or court.
  • Organized or competitive play on courts and fields is prohibited, except singles tennis >>and racquetball<< play may be allowed. >>In addition, competitive doubles play may be allowed in conformance with the Moving To A New Normal Handbook.<<
  • All passive uses of parks are allowed if social distancing is maintained, provided however, that table games, picnics, and parties are prohibited.
  • Park trails and walkways shall be one-way flow only, except where the existing configurations does not allow such flow. Where designated for one-way flow, persons shall only move in the designated direction.
  • Facial coverings shall be worn, except children under the age of 2, persons who have trouble breathing due to a chronic pre-existing condition, or persons engaged in strenuous physical activity.
  • An attendant shall be provided for each restroom. Restrooms shall be cleaned no less than once every two hours with CDC approved products. Restroom use shall be one person or one family at a time.
  • Vehicle parking capacity in parks shall be reduced by no less than 25 percent.
  • Sports field lighting shall remain off.
  • >>Dog parks may be open, provided however, that dogs shall remain leashed in all areas of the park.<<
  • Use of the following amenities is prohibited:
    • [[bike racks]];
    • playgrounds and exercise equipment;
    • [[recreation buildings]], picnic shelters, [[gyms, campgrounds]];
    • [[skate parks]];
    • splashpads; >>and<<
    • mechanical attractions >>.<<[[; and
    • concessions.]]
B. Paragraph 5, as amended, is hereby amended and restated to read as follows:

5. Effective as 6:00 am, April 29, 2020, all marinas. boat launches, docking, fueling, marine supply, and other marina services in the incorporated and unincorporated areas of Miami-Dade County may be open, but only under the limited circumstances:

BOAT RAMP PROTOCOL:
  • Ramps may be open between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily.
  • Facial coverings shall be worn while on shore and until such time as the vessel is fully loaded and has departed the marina.
  • One boat per launch ramp shall be permitted at a time; vessels shall be prepared in advance to launch, such as plug secured, dock lines tied, and safety equipment and provisions already onboard; all passengers shall board the vessel once it is launched.
  • Upon returning to the dock, all passengers shall remain on the vessel until the boat is ready to be loaded onto the trailer; once loaded, all passengers shall return to their vehicles and exit the launch facility immediately.
FISH CLEANING STATIONS:
  • One person per station at a time. Fish cleaning stations shall be cleaned with soap and water or a disinfecting agent between each use.
  • Social distancing shall be practiced.
FISHING PIERS:
  • A minimum of 10 feet between fishermen shall be maintained, with the exception of family members.
  • Persons shall wear facial coverings while fishing.
PUBLIC RESTROOMS/SHIP STORES:
  • Access to public restrooms shall be available. Restrooms shall be cleaned no less than once every two hours using CDC approved products.
  • Those entering ship or bait and tackle stores shall be required to practice social distancing and wear facial coverings.
  • Floor markings shall be used to assist customers in observing social distancing.
CHARTER VESSELS:
  • Captain, crew and patrons shall wear facial coverings and gloves and practice social distancing both on shore and on the vessel.
  • [["Six-Pack" vessels shall have no more than four guests per vessel.]]
  • Vessels shall provide for social distancing, which shall include delineating safe social distancing positions, including, but not limited to, tape or markings for patrons on seats, vessel railings and the deck.
  • All fisherman shall have their own fishing poles and tackle. Equipment rental is prohibited.
  • CDC cleanliness guidelines shall be posted in restrooms/heads; restrooms shall be sanitized and disinfected at least hourly and after each trip, or more frequently as needed; and water and soap, hand sanitizer, or both, shall be provided for patrons.
  • Fish cleaning and bait table stations shall be limited to one person per station at a time. Fish cleaning and bait table stations shall be cleaned with soap and water or a disinfecting agent between each use.
  • If mates are fileting fish a patron caught, only one mate per table.
  • All persons shall practice social distancing and utilize facial coverings and gloves at landside, and including check-in locations.
  • Vessels shall delineate safe social distance positions for those waiting in line to check in or out with tape or other markings.
  • >>Charter vessels shall not exceed capacity limits, inclusive of crew, as applicable based on the size of such charter vessel.<<
ON-WATER ACTIVITY:*
  • Boats shall remain 50 feet apart at all times.
  • Tying up to posts or structures that are condemned or unoccupied in Stiltsville is prohibited.
  • Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.
  • Rafting up or beaching of boats is prohibited.
  • Landings and anchoring at sandbars are prohibited.
  • Capacity of boats:
    • Boats less than 25 feet: 4 adults maximum, plus children 18 and under. Maximum of 8 people on the boat.
    • Boats 25 feet to 36 feet: 6 adults maximum, plus children 18 and under. Maximum of 10 people on the boat.
    • Boats greater than 36 feet: 8 adults maximum, plus children 18 and under. Maximum of 10 people on the boat.
    • No boat shall exceed the maximum persons capacity per “maximum capacity label.”
    • Jet ski rental operations >>may allow for two riders if both riders are from the same household.<< [[shall be single riders only]]. Jet skis shall be sanitized on return with CDC approved products. 
*Limitations on use of vessels on-water shall be enforced as permitted by Florida Law by any law enforcement entity having jurisdiction.

C. The provisions of this order shall serve as minimum standards. Municipalities may impose more stringent standards within their jurisdictions.

D. All other provisions of Emergency Order 21-20, as amended, remain in full force and effect.

E. This Amendment shall be effective as of 12:01, June 8, 2020.

F. 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.