COVID-19 Resources

Homestead’s New Normal 

Beginning Monday, June 8, 2020, additional businesses that were closed due to COVID-19 will be allowed to reopen with restrictions on capacity and requirements for social distancing and enhanced sanitation that will help to reduce the spread of COVID-19 while allowing Homestead’s economy to rebound.  In addition to the businesses already permitted to open, gyms, fitness centers, summer camps, youth activities, & massage studios will be able to open.  Additionally, movie theaters, entertainment venues, and bowling alleys will be permitted to open if they have submitted an operating plan to and received approval from Miami-Dade County.  These plans can be emailed to Jennifer Moon (jennifer.moon@miamidade.gov).  Bars and nightclubs must still remain closed.

The following City of Homestead parks are open for limited use: Blakey Park, Audubon Park, Mayor Roscoe Warren Municipal Park, James Archer Smith Park, JD Redd Park, and Homestead Sports Complex.  These City parks are open from 7am to 8pm for passive use such as walking, jogging, biking, or rollerblading; open space picnics with groups of 10 or less; singles and doubles tennis; and recreational passing and catching in open areas.

The City of Homestead’s Roby George Park Pool, located at 201 SW 11th Avenue, Homestead, FL 33030, is open Monday through Friday 2pm – 6pm and 10am – 6pm on weekends.  Capacity is limited to 50 people at a time in 45 minute sessions.  For example, visitors would be able to use the pool from 2pm until 2:45pm and the next session would begin at 3pm.  This system allows for Parks & Recreation Staff to thoroughly clean all high-touch surfaces once per hour and ensures fairness and crowd control in light of ongoing COVID-19 social distancing restrictions.  Visitors will be permitted to re-enter consecutive sessions if there is enough space available.

The William F. Dickinson Community Center Gym is open Monday through Friday 6:30am – 10:30am and 3:00pm – 7:00pm.  The Gym will also be open 8am – 12pm on Saturdays.  Capacity of the cardio and weight rooms will be limited to 5 persons each and patrons must adhere to a 1 hour time limit.  If the gym is currently full, patrons will be asked to wait outside until they receive a call back from a member of the Community Center Staff.

All other City Facilities, except the Police Department, remain closed to the public.  This includes City Hall, Development Services, and the Solid Waste Drop Site.   City Business such as permit applications and bill payments can be conducted online or over the phone.  Visit City Departments online or call 305-224-4400 for more information.  In addition, all City events and events at the Seminole Theatre have been postponed until further notice.

Detailed information on businesses allowed to open and requirements for opening can be found in Miami-Dade County’s guide on reopening.  Simplified information for certain business types can be found below.

  1. Restaurants
  2. Personal Grooming, Massage, & Tattoo
  3. Arts & Culture
  4. Manufacturing
  5. Office Spaces
  6. Warehouses
  7. Hotels

The following information is excerpted from Miami-Dade County’s detailed guide on reopening.  Please read the full guide here.

  • 50% indoor capacity based on Miami-Dade County Fire Occupancy Load
  • Outdoor dining with social distancing
  • Enhanced hygiene such as handwashing and hand sanitizer stations and cleaning of high-touch surfaces
  • Social distance of six feet between parties
  • Use of facial coverings is required
  • Parties larger than four people, or six people if they are from the same household, are not allowed
  • Opening of bars or nightclubs is not allowed
  • Self-service dining is not allowed
  1. Pools
  2. Gyms & Fitness Centers
  3. Summer Camps & Youth Activities
  4. Entertainment Venues (Includes Movie Theaters, Bowling Alleys, & Playhouses)

The following information is excerpted from Miami-Dade County’s detailed guide on reopening.  Please read the full guide here.

  • Place hand sanitizing and/or disinfectant wipe stations around the pool deck and in public restrooms
  • Establish one-way flow in and out of the pool deck
  • Place markings for social distancing and remove chairs and lounge chairs to achieve appropriate spacing between guests.

Are there COVID-19 Cases in Homestead?

Yes, there are confirmed cases of Homestead residents diagnosed with COVID-19.  However, the number of new cases being reported daily has decreased.  The Florida Division of Emergency Management releases information on new cases for all of Florida broken down by City and County each day.  You can find the latest report here.

What Should Residents be Doing?

While certain businesses have been permitted to open, residents should still be staying home if possible.  Additional everyday preventive measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include:

  • Staying home when you are sick. 
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throwing it in the trash.
  • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.  If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.
  • Routinely cleaning frequently touched surfaces and objects like doorknobs.

If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19 should call the Florida Department of Health at 305-324-2400.  Price gouging can be reported to the State Attorney’s hotline: 305-547-3300.

Emergency Orders

Subsequent to the State of Emergency issued on March 17, 2020, the City has issued several Emergency Orders.  You can view the full text of each order here.