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Phase 1 reopening rundown for Miami-Dade, Broward counties

Hialeah, Miami, Miami Beach, Miami Gardens open retail Wednesday, three of those cities re-open restaurants Wednesday, May 27

South Florida business owners prepare to reopen Monday
South Florida business owners prepare to reopen Monday

Hialeah, Miami, Miami Beach and part of Miami Gardens reopened Wednesday. Nail and hair salons, along with barbershops, in all of the cities except Miami Gardens also reopened Wednesday with restrictions following Miami-Dade County’s New Normal Guidelines.

Retail stores in the four cities are now reopened with a 50-percent capacity and many of the major malls are open, too, but not all stores inside the malls are open.

On Wednesday, the city of Miami officially lifted its nightly curfew and shelter-in-place orders, which were implemented in late March to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Miami. Effective immediately, the nightly 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew is no longer in effect. The city’s general shelter-in-place order has ended. Residents are required to continue wearing facial coverings and practice social distancing. This includes in public spaces such as retail stores, offices, salons/barbershops and parks.

Miami Gardens does not yet have a date for when personal grooming businesses may reopen. Its retailers, such as clothing stores, furniture stores, shoe stores and other retail outlets, opened their Phase 1 on Wednesday. Other businesses that provide services such as financial services, insurance, cleaning services and other personal care services were also told they could open their doors to customers.

There are some cities that are not opening with the rest of Miami-Dade County. (WPLG)

Hialeah, Miami, Miami Beach, Miami Gardens


Hialeah opened non-essential businesses such as retail Wednesday, May 20 and will reopen restaurants with new guidelines on Wednesday, May 27.

» Latest coronavirus and reopening updates for Hialeah. Click here.


Miami opened non-essential businesses such as retail Wednesday, May 20 (Phase 1A) and will reopen restaurants with new guidelines on Wednesday, May 27 (Phase 1B).

With the reopening of some businesses, including retail stores, barbershops and hair and nail salons, the Miami Parking Authority is offering one hour of free street parking per day as part of its “Welcome Back, Miami” campaign. For more information, www.paybyphone.com or www.miamiparking.com.

Miami residents may also obtain a discounted parking rate when they use PayByPhone. Residents can confirm their eligibility by visiting www.miamiparking.com/pbpdiscount or by calling the Customer Service department at (305) 373-6789 ext. 202.

Bayfront Park and Maurice A. Ferre Park reopen Wednesday with some rules in place.

» Click here for Reopening Miami plan.

See City of Miami Retail Business Re-Opening guidelines

Miami Beach

Miami Beach reopened retail Wednesday, May 20 (Phase 1A) and will reopen restaurants with guidelines on Wednesday, May 27 (Phase 1B).

Lincoln Road retail will open Wednesday, May 20, and its restaurants, Wednesday, May 27, in accordance with the Miami Beach Phase 1 schedule.

» Click here for Reopening Miami Beach Plan.

See City of Miami Beach’s Business Resource Toolbox, also Restaurant guidelines.

Miami Gardens

The city of Miami Gardens’ businesses defined as Merchant Wholesale and Merchant Retail re-opened with operational conditions on Wednesday, May 20.

» City’s reopening updates, guidelines.

Broward County all worked cooperatively and opened retail and restaurants, plus barbershops, hair and nail salons, with restrictions, on Monday, May 18.

Bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, theaters and beaches are not part of the Phase 1 reopening.

Both Miami-Dade and Broward county officials said they will work as a region when deciding and announcing a reopen date and restrictions for beaches. No date has been set yet.

Reopening Miami-Dade and Broward counties on Monday, May 18 (WPLG)

Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez released a 184-page guide “The New Normal” with guidelines for residents and businesses in dealing with the next phase of re-opening on Monday, May 18. Non essential businesses in Miami-Dade County were ordered to close March 19 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Restaurant protocols for employees and guests

  • Restaurants must maintain no more than 50 percent of its capacity for indoor dining with the maintenance of social distancing of 6 feet between parties. Outdoor seating must maintain similar distancing. Indoor and outdoor seating combined cannot exceed 100 percent of the building’s legally permitted occupancy. Bar counters closed to seating.
  • A maximum of four people can be seated at one table whether seated indoors or outdoors. Up to six members of the same household can be seated together.
  • All restaurants must create visible floor markings for appropriate 6 foot distancing in any waiting areas, whether exterior or interior.
  • Hands-free sanitizer must be available at the entrance. Host staff must maintain social distance from the customer on escorting to table
  • Customers must be wearing masks at all times unless seated. Guests must wear masks or facial covering that covers mouth and nose as they leave their tables.
  • All restaurant employees must wear masks at all time.
  • Glove use is for employees involved in direct food preparation. Gloves must be changed at least every 30 minutes or when changing tasks. Hands must be washed between glove changes. Safe glove removal practices. Bussers and food runners must wear gloves.
  • Hand cleaning between tables is needed each time servers or staff come into physical contact with guests at tables or with food, drinks, dishware, silverware, napkins or other serving equipment. Hands much be washed before, after and between deliveries to different tables.
  • All menus must be disposable and single-use or provided by a QR code that can viewed on a cell phone.
  • Only silverware rolled in a napkin or disposable silverware is permitted. No water or wine glasses are allowed as table presets. No condiments or breadbaskets as presets. Hand sanitizing wipes or another form of handwashing method is recommended at each table.
  • Restrooms only single-person use.

Retail requirements

  • Staff and customers capacity requirement is 50 percent of mall/store occupancy.
  • Elevator capacity limited to 4 with visual markers for passengers to stand on for social distancing.
  • Space out customer queues for fitting rooms and at cashiers with floor markers every six feet.
  • Plexiglass sneeze guards at checkout stations.
  • Eliminate car valets.
  • Create one way circulation paths inside stores.
  • Remove public seating areas.
  • Customers need to wear face masks or facial coverings at all times.
  • Encourage contactless payment.
  • Merchandise, particularly clothing, must not be handled or tried on by customers and returned to shelves or display racks before being properly cleaned.

Malls and Shopping

Facial coverings are required in malls.

Dadeland Mall reopens Monday, May 18. Hours daily are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday noon to 6 p.m.

Dolphin Mall is open with limited stores and restaurants. A list of opening stores can be viewed here.

Miami Design District reopened Wednesday, May 20. Pick up a mask at any info desk.

Lincoln Road retail reopened its retail stores Wednesday, May 20 and its restaurants, Wednesday, May 27, in accordance with the Miami Beach Phase 1 schedule.

Aventura Mall reopened on Thursday, May 21. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. They will have protocols in place.

Goodwill South Florida reopened 20 of its stores, Monday, May 18, with three additional including outlet stores on Wednesday, May 20, and all stores should be open by Friday, May 22. Sanitation and safety measures are in place. Senior hours are 9 to 10 a.m., all public shopping, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A list of the stores reopening in Miami-Dade County at www.goodwillsouthflorida.org.

More information about requirements and restrictions for Miami-Dade County’s post coronavirus plans are detailed in Moving To A New Normal, a guide for the residents, business and commercial establishment owners and people who operate other facilities throughout Miami-Dade County.

(The New Normal: A Guide For Residents and Commercial Establishments below)

Miami-Dade County has adopted a color-coded guide. The Phase that the New Normal enters into Monday, May 18, will be Yellow. Miami-Dade began reopening parks and open spaces on April 29 (orange)

On Monday, May 18th, Miami-Dade County opens the next phase of its reopening. It will be using the Yellow phase. (WPLG)

Broward County

Broward County has been reopened since Monday, May 18. Its retail and restaurants are welcoming customers with varying degrees of restrictions. All cities in the county are following Broward County’s re-opening guidelines.

The new Emergency Order, which includes restrictions for an allowable return to business operations, also retains important requirements for members of the public to continue to observe CDC-recommended social distancing guidelines, and the wearing of face masks or facial coverings while in public places.

» Broward County proceeds with reopening. See info here.

» Have questions about what’s open in Broward County’ during Phase 1 and what are guidelines? Check the FAQs

» Law enforcement and code enforcement officers are authorized to enforce the requirements of the Emergency Order. Residents should report violations by calling the Broward County Call Center at (311) or (954) 831-4000.

What can open in Broward county and at what capacity?

  • Restaurants and food establishments can open for dining at a maximum 50% indoor occupancy, with six-foot distancing and other restrictions. Outdoor seating is allowed with six-foot distancing, but outdoor seating combined with indoor seating cannot exceed 100% of total occupancy limits.
  • Retail establishments selling goods other than personal services can open at a maximum 50% indoor occupancy, with other restrictions.
  • Businesses that provide personal services by Florida licensed professionals (including barbershops, cosmetology salons and cosmetology specialty salons) can open with restrictions, provided they are licensed with the State of Florida and comply with requirements pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 20-120.
  • Existing licensed drive-in movie theaters can operate at up to 50% capacity, with restrictions.
  • Community rooms, fitness centers and gyms located within multi-family housing developments or community associations can operate at their option, with restrictions, including 50% maximum occupancy. Residents only, no guests allowed. Hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms and shower facilities shall remain closed.
  • Public pools and private club pools (including municipal pools) can open, with restrictions. The water features at facilities operated by Broward County Parks and Recreation remain closed.
  • Museums can open with a maximum 25% capacity, and restrictions


Walk-up/Drive-up Service at select Broward County libraries. This service lets customers pick up reserved library materials in a safe manner while Broward County Libraries remain closed to the public. Customers may resume reserving books, DVDs and other library materials using BCL’s online catalog or by calling their local library. You must have a Broward County Library card to reserve library materials. Not all libraries are open: See the list here.

Malls and Shopping

Facial coverings are required in malls.

Sawgrass Mills is op;en. Masks will be offered to customers. Simon Property Group, who owns Sawgrass, released its list of protocols. And safety messaging shoppers will see around the mall.

The Galleria Mall is open. The mall will be open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. See what retailers will be open.

The Westfield Broward mall announced it will re-open starting Friday, May 22 with modified hours, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Gulfstream Park Village is open, however, the casino will not open. Some of its retail and dining establishments will begin reopening.

Goodwill South Florida reopened 20 of its stores on Monday, May 18, with three additional including outlet stores on Wednesday, May 20, and all stores should be open by Friday, May 22. Sanitation and safety measures are in place. Senior hours are 9 to 10 a.m., all public shopping, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A list of the stores reopening in Broward county at www.goodwillsouthflorida.org.

About the Author:

Michelle F. Solomon is the podcast producer/reporter/host of Local 10's original, true crime podcast The Florida Files and a digital journalist for Local 10.com.