Statement from Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez regarding state entering Phase 3 of COVID-19 recovery plan

On Friday, September 25, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-244 that puts all of Florida into Phase 3 of the COVID-19 recovery plan.

Here’s what we know so far on what this means for Miami-Dade County:

1.The state will be in Phase 3 and all state restrictions related to COVID-19 are lifted. However, this does not preclude the County from having its own rules, as approved by the state.
2. All businesses may reopen, but the County can still impose guidelines and protocols.
3. All restaurants, regardless of the size of their interior spaces, will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity.
4. Civil citations issued for violation of the mandatory mask order are suspended.

My staff and I are consulting with the County Attorney’s Office regarding the enforcement of the mask mandate at businesses. We want to ensure compliance with the state order, while also continuing to act in the best interests of our community.


A Message From Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce President Alfred Sanchez:
“The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce is continuously monitoring the developments in the announcement of Gov. DeSantis' Phase 3 opening. As we continue to  move our economy forward, it's important that we continue to follow CDC guidelines of wearing masks and physical distancing.We will continue to provide our members updates regarding the County's COVID-19 recovery plan as they are made available."

Watch Gov. DeSantis' press conference here

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