In an effort to keep you informed we will provide updates regarding the Town of Cutler Bay's operations during the Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19) pandemic in this designated webpage and will send updates as needed. For the most up-to-date information regarding the disease, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health's websites.
Be sure to visit our dedicated page for businesses and our list of testing sites.
County and Town Updates (last update 05/19/2020):
- Cutler Ridge Park and Lakes by the Bay Park will Reopen May 20, with Restrictions: The Town Manager has issued Amendment 1 of the Town's Emergency Order 20-04, authorizing for Cutler Ridge Park and Lakes by the Bay Park to Reopen, with restrictions on Wednesday, May 20. The parks will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Read the full order here and click here to view an infographic that highlights the restrictions.
- Town of Cutler Bay Emergency Order 20-05: This emergency order permits the expansion of outdoor dining subject to the requirements of the provisions, exhibits, and diagrams set forth in Miami-Dade County Emergency Order 23-20 Exhibit B.
- Miami-Dade County's New Normal Handbook: On May 18, some non-essential businesses in Miami-Dade County (including the Town of Cutler Bay) may reopen with certain required safety restrictions in place. Click here to view the complete handbook with guides that must be followed in each specific industry.
- Some Businesses in Miami-Dade and Broward County May Begin Reopening May 18:In a joint press conference with Miami-Dade and Broward County Mayors, Governor Ron DeSantis announced today that both counties will enter phase I of reopening this Monday, May 18. Many businesses will be able to open their doors to customers this Monday, however, beaches, spas, gyms, movie theaters, bars, nightclubs and a few others must continue to remain closed for now. Watch the press conference here and read the Governor's Executive Order here.
- Reopening Guidelines Draft Published, Waiting Governor's Approval: Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez held a virtual press conference this afternoon to answer questions regarding the draft guidelines for businesses set to reopen on the target date of May 18th. Watch the press conference here and Click here to read a draft of the guidelines, which must still be approved by Governor DeSantis.
- May 18 "Target Date" for some businesses to begin reopening: In a virtual press conference on Friday, May 8, County Mayor Gimenez discussed the "target date" to reopen select businesses on May 18. This is NOT a confirmed date—the County is currently looking at which businesses will be able to open by then, along with other safety measures that must be implemented in order to safely do so. Click here to watch the press conference.
- All Public Libraries Offer Outdoor Services: Miami‑Dade County residents may now borrow books, DVDs and other materials during the library's closure through pre‑ordered pickup outside all 50 Miami‑Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) locations beginning Monday, May 4th. The libraries will continue to distribute state Reemployment Assistance applications and Florida Department of Children and Families applications for food, medical and temporary cash assistance. Effective immediately, the new operating schedule for all libraries is Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. ‑ 6 p.m.Read their press release here.
- Florida will begin slow reopening - Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Excluded: On April 29, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida will start lifting stay-at-home orders starting Monday, May 4, with restaurants and shops being allowed to reopen with limited capacity. The order, however, does not apply to Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, where the pandemic has hit hardest. Read full Miami Herald article here.
- County Parks, Marinas and Golf Courses Open with Restrictions, Town Parks Remain Closed until further notice: Effective Wednesday, April 29. Click here to read more about it.
- County Parks and Feeding South Florida Host Weekly Food Distribution Events: Miami-Dade Parks continues its partnership with Feeding South Florida to host weekly food distribution events. All events begin at 9 a.m.
- County and UM Hold a Virtual Press Conference to Update about COVID-19 Study: Click here to watch the virtual Town Hall Meeting.
- County Holds a Virtual Town Hall to Gain Resident Feedback Regarding Reopening of Parks, Waterways and Open Spaces: Click here to watch the virtual Town Hall Meeting.
- MDPCS to Remain Closed Until End of School Year: Distance learning will continue, however. Watch Superintendent Carvalho announce it on his Facebook Page.
- MDCPS Meal Distribution Schedule Change: Starting next week, April 20, the Meal Distributions at Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS), will only distribute meals on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (multiple meals will be distributed to students each of those days to ensure they have enough food for the entire week). MDCPS has continuously been providing grab-and-go meals for students, distributing more than 1.2 million meals since school closures began March 16. Click here view the complete list of the 50 meal distribution sites.
Town of Cutler Bay Emergency Order 20-03: The Town’s next Regular Council Meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm, which will be a Virtual Council Meeting. Through the Town Clerk’s Office, residents will be provided instructions on how to access the public meeting either via telephone, video conference, or other communications media technology utilized by the Town. Read the Order here.
- Town of Cutler Bay Emergency Order 20-02: In order to bridge the gap between Ordinance 20-03 (extending the Moratorium to April 17, 2020) and the upcoming virtual Regular Council Meeting scheduled for April 22, the Town Manager has issued Emergency Order No. 20-02 (Zoning in progress). Read the Order here.
- Miami-Dade County Orders Facial Coverings: Miami-Dade County has ordered the use of facial coverings for persons working in or visiting grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, construction sites, public transit vehicles, vehicles for hire, and locations where social distancing measures are not possible. This Order supersedes the Town of Cutler Bay’s order regarding facial coverings and went into effect, April 9, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Read the order here.
- Watch this Message from Mayor Meerbott Regarding Face Coverings
- April 15 Regular Town Council Meeting Moved to April 22 at 7 p.m. and will be held virtually: Details will be announced on our website soon.
- Town Mandates Use of Face Coverings in Restaurants, Grocery Stores, Pharmacies and During Deliveries: Town Manager Rafael Casals has issued an emergency order for restaurant, grocery store and pharmacy employees and customers to wear a form of face covering while inside the facility. The order applies to those providing delivery service as well. The order is effective April 10, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Read complete order here.
- County Mayor Gimenez Signs New Order: Miami-Dade County Hospitals must report on a daily basis by 10:15 a.m. and 7:15 p.m., specific information stated in this order to the County. Read the order here.
- CDC and County Recommend Use of Face Covering: On Friday, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez signed an emergency order encouraging anyone who leaves their home to wear a face covering. Residents are being requested to not purchase N95 masks, as those are critical supplies for health care workers and first responders. Watch this easy hack from the CDC on how to make your own face mask with every day household items.
- Town's Building Department: Limited Payment Options: Beginning Monday, April 6, our Building Department will only accept payment for any building-related transactions via checks or money orders.
- Miami-Dade County Mayor Gimenez Signs New Emergency Order: Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has signed a new Order that states for essential commercial and retail establishments that provide unpackaged food for consumption to limit capacity and monitor entrances and exits in areas where food is sold. It also orders closing of salad bars, self-serve food stations (except pre-packaged grab and go items) and encourages sanitary practices for employees and customers. Read the order here.
- Schools to Remain Closed Until May 1: Read the press release issued by Miami-Dade County Public Schools here.
- Miami-Dade County Mayor Gimenez Orders Adult Day Cares to Close: The Order states that Adult Day Cares within the unincorporated and incorporated areas of the County must close by 11:59 p.m. on Friday April 3. Read the Order here.
- FL DOH Confirms Two COVID-19 Cases in Cutler Bay: The Florida Department of Health has confirmed two COVID-19 Cases in Cutler Bay. View the report here.
- Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has signed a two new Orders:
- Suspension of County Building Department: All laws, statutes, codes and regulations relating to County employees performing building code functions are suspended, including, but not limited to, the review of plans, issuance of permits, performance of inspections and issuance of certificates of occupancy and completion and temporary certificates of occupancy, and all activities related thereto. Read the order here.
- Private Buildings Gyms, Pools Must Close: All condominums, apartments and other buildings must close their pools and gyms and other amenities including those that serve less than 10 people. The order is not yet available on Miami-Dade's website, but watch Mayor Gimenez announcing it here.
- County Mayor Gimenez Signs New Emergency Order: Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has signed a new Order that states all essential businesses currently open use reasonable efforts to ensure customers and employees maintain appropriate social distancing. Read the order here.
- County Mayor Gimenez' Safer at Home Protocols: Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has signed a new Order that states the totality of Emergency Orders issued by Miami-Dade County, as may be amended or issued from time to time, shall be referred to as the SAFER AT HOME protocols. All residents and visitors are urged to remain in their homes other than to engage in essential activities, as allowed through previous Emergency Orders. Read the order here.
- Mayor Gimenez Signs New Emergency Order and Amendment: Today, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez signed a new emergency order and amendment for Emergency Order 09-20, as listed below:
- Mayor Meerbott Sends County Mayor Gimenez Letter Encouraging Shelter in Place Emergency Order: Read the full letter here.
- New Emergency Order Prohibits Groups of 10 or More in Public: Today, Miami-Dade County Mayor Gimenez signed a new order that prohibits groups of 10 or more people congregating in public streets, sidewalks and alleyways. Read the complete order.
- Miami-Dade Public Transit is Now Free During Covid-19 Pandemic: As of March 22, Miami-Dade Transit suspended fares for all services, including transit and parking at Metrorail stations. Additionally, auto-reloads for monthly pass holders have been suspended and riders are asked to board through the rear entrance when riding Metrobus.
- County Mayor Signs New Emergency Orders and Amendments: Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez signed two new emergency orders and two amendments on 03/21/20:
- Emergency Order 08-20: Rafting is prohibited
- Emergency Order 09-20: Hotels, motels, short-term vacation rentals and other commercial lodging establishments shall not accept new reservations for persons other than essential lodgers.
- Amendment 2 to Order 06-20: all marinas and boat launches, docking, fueling, marine supply, and other marina services in the incorporated and unincorporated areas of Miami-Dade County must close
- Amendment 2 to Order 07-20: The sale of alcoholic beverages is authorized. Firearm and ammunition supply stores can stay open following the restrictions of Emergency Order 03-20. Businesses providing services to any local, state or federal government, including municipalities, pursuant to a government contract, can remain open.
- Non-Essential Retail and Commercial Establishments Must Close: Effective 9 p.m. March 19. Read Emergency Order.
- Mayor Gimenez Signs Two New Emergency Orders: Prohibiting groups of more than 10 people in County Parks and Beaches, and prohibit the use of commercial mopeds and scooters
- Miami-Dade County Public Library System Closes: In response to coronavirus (COVID-19), the Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) will close all its library locations to the public effective Wednesday, March 18 until further notice.
- Closures Ordered for Restaurants and more: Effective 11 p.m. on March 17, Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez has ordered all food service establishments, bars and clubs in Miami-Dade County to close their doors to on-premises service. Restaurant kitchens may remain open for takeout and delivery. In addition, movie theaters, gymnasiums, fitness studios, bowling alleys, concert houses, playhouses and arcades must also close. The order does not apply to grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, and convenience stores, except those that provide alcohol and/or food service with seating for more than eight people.Read the signed ordinance here.
- Pool and Building Closures: The Pool Facility and the Recreation Building at Cutler Ridge Park will close effective, Tuesday, March 17
- Park facility rentals and reservations have been cancelled through May 10. All deposits will be refunded and no further reservations will be processed until further notice
- After School Program and MDCPS Closed: The After School Program at Cutler Ridge Park has been suspended effective 03/16/2020, following Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) decision, and will remain closed until further notice
- Athletic Leagues Suspended: In accordance with the CDC recommendations to postpone all large gatherings of 50 or more for 8 weeks, all Athletic Leagues at our Parks (Cutler Ridge Soccer Club, Perrine Baseball and Softball Association) will suspend their programs until May 10
- Watch Mayor Meerbott's Message regarding COVID-19 here
- Town Declares State of Emergency: effective Friday, March 13. Read declaration here.
- County Public Schools Close: Miami-Dade County Public Schools have announced schools will be closed until further notice, effective Monday, March 16. Our After School Program at Cutler Ridge Park will also be closed, effective March 16, until further notice.
- South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center Closed: Wntil further notice, Read their statement
- State of Emergency Declared in Miami-Dade County
Emergency Governmental Orders
During the state of emergency declared for the State of Florida and Miami-Dade County, several orders have been signed to protect the safety of our communities. Click the links below to access all the signed orders.
Meetings and Events
The status of Town meetings and events will be updated on our Town Calendar accordingly, here is a list of cancelled/postponed events so far. Please note all Active Adults activities have been suspended until further notice.
Hotlines and Call Centers
- Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center: 1 (866) 779-6121 or email your questions to COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
- Miami-Dade State Attorney Price Gouging Hotline: (305) 547-3300
- Miami-Dade County Public Schools Hotline: (305) 995-3000
What You Should Know About COVID-19
Useful Tips and Services:
- Baptist Health South Florida's Free Virtual Urgent Care Screening: In response to COVID-19, Baptist is offering free virtual care as a first line of defense to screen COVID-19. Use code CARE19
- Meal Distribution at M-DCPS: Miami-Dade County Public Schools have been providing grab-and-go meals for students at various Student Meal Distribution Sites all over the County. Meals are distributed on Tuesdays and Fridays from 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Click here to view a list of the sites.
- Free Meals for Seniors and Children: Miami-Dade County is offering free meal delivery to qualifying seniors as well as free meals for children 18 and younger
Town Hall Hours and Services
Town Hall Offices Limited Services Listed Below Beginning Monday, 03/23/20. To find a specific email address click here to see the staff directory.
- Community Development Office is closed to the public but WILL take scheduled appointments that will be seen between 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday to Friday. To schedule an appointment with the Community Development Office call (786) 573-5535 Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.
- Building Division will continue to be available by phone (305) 234-4262 and email Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. *Please note as of April 6, the only accepted payment form will be check or money orders.
- Inspections may continue to be scheduled by calling (786) 573-5515 between 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday or by emailing email@example.com.
- Our Front Desk (Suite 105) is closed to the public but will continue to be available by phone (305) 234-4262 and email from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday
- Parks Office (suite 225) is closed, but staff will continue to be available by phone (786-573-5502) and by email Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Police (sis closed, but may be reached by calling their office at (305) 234-4262 for general inquiries on Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For a non-emergency police request call 305-4-POLICE (305-476-5423) or for emergencies call 9-1-1.
- All other departments (Public Works, Office of the Town Manager, Office of the Town Clerk) staff will continue to be available by phone (305-234-4262) and by email Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.