Mayor's Message

Mayor Daniella Levine CavaSince taking office in November, my top priority has been to protect both lives and livelihoods as we continue to navigate this pandemic together. My first act as Mayor was to appoint Miami-Dade's first Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Peter Paige of Jackson Health System, to help guide a pandemic response grounded in data and science. And we have continued to prioritize common-sense measures and policies that protect residents, businesses, and visitors alike while moving our economy forward safely.

The updated guidelines in this guidebook – developed in close collaboration with the Chief Medical Officer and guided by other medical and industry experts – are based on the latest data about the spread and impacts of coronavirus. As we pass the one-year mark of this crisis, our scientific understanding of the virus has evolved, and it's important that our protocols reflect the most current science and available information. We have worked hard to provide new specific recommendations for visitors to parks and open spaces and recommendations for business opening, including reviewing detailed protocols for a handful of specific business categories.

The fundamentals in a sound COVID response have not changed, and that's why it's essential that we continue taking key actions we know are effective in fighting the spread: wearing masks, maintaining social distance, and sanitizing frequently. It's thanks to the steps we have taken together that we have already made great progress, with our positivity rate steadily trending in the right direction. As vaccination ramps up with expanded supply and eligibility, it's critical that we stay vigilant and remain consistent in following these public health guidelines to get us safely through the final chapter of the pandemic.

This guidebook is designed to be a useful tool for you, our residents, and we continue to revise and adapt based on new input, data, and questions from the community. I encourage you to read the complete guidebook, and to reach out to my team with any feedback or ideas by emailing [email protected].

Through all the enormous challenges of the past year, our community has pulled together like never before to protect one another. I know that our best days are ahead and that we will rebuild from this crisis as a more united, more resilient Miami-Dade. Thank you to each and every one of our residents for the critical role you play in getting us over the finish line and helping get back to normal. Please continue to stay safe – and get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Daniella Levine Cava