What is the City Doing?
City of Homestead Staff is continuing to monitor the developing situation surrounding COVID-19 and has implemented deep cleans and sanitization protocols at all City Facilities in the interest of protecting residents and employees. Staff is in contact with Miami-Dade County, the State of Florida, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other agencies following the latest guidance.
In addition, the following limitations on events and programming will be in effect in the interest of public safety:
- As of March 27, 2020 a curfew will be in effect from 10pm to 5am to help the City and Police Department better protect residents and property. No one may be outside during curfew hours without a valid purpose such as getting access to medication or health services; providing police, fire, or other governmental services; providing assistance per the request of police, fire, or other government personnel; going to or from work; or going to or from providing assistance to an individual with a disability or medical need or who is vulnerable to COVID-19. The curfew does not prohibit walking dogs or other pets.
- All City Facilities, except the Police Department, are closed to the public. This includes all City Parks, 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.
- All City Parks are currently closed.
- All events hosted at City facilities have been canceled or postponed until further notice.
- The Homestead National Parks Trolley service has been suspended until further notice.
- The Seminole Theatre has suspended all events and performances through April 30, 2020.
- The City will be following the guidance of Miami Dade County Public Schools on their extracurricular and sports policy. As such, the Police Athletic League (PAL) Gym and Roby George Park Pool are closed and all youth sports leagues and PAL afterschool programming have been suspended.
- As of 9:00pm Thursday, March 19, 2020 all non-essential businesses have been ordered to close. Pharmacies, gas stations, and grocery stores will operate as normal. Restaurant kitchens may remain open for takeout and delivery only. Click here to view the Miami-Dade County Emergency Order with a full list of essential and non-essential businesses. View the amended order with additional information here. An additional order instructing hotels not to accept new reservations for "non-essential lodgers" was also issued. Click here to read it. As of April 4, 2020, Adult Daycare Centers have also been ordered to close by Order of Miami-Dade County. You can view the order here.
- Beginning Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the City of Homestead will launch a special Senior Service of its free Trolley on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6am to 10am. The new service is designed to provide access to Publix and Sedano’s special Senior Hours during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and help protect this vulnerable population. Trolley routes can be found at www.cityofhomestead.com/trolley and the regular trolley will continue to operate as normal.
City services like sanitation, water, and electric will not be disrupted. Pharmacies, gas stations, and grocery stores will operate as normal so there is no need to hoard supplies.
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.
Are there COVID-19 Cases in Homestead?
Yes, there are confirmed cases of Homestead residents diagnosed with COVID-19. The number changes daily and is reported by the Florida Division of Emergency Management. You can find the latest report here.
What Should Residents be Doing?
You can follow everyday preventive measure recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention like:
- 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.
Additional information regarding the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, can be found at www.miamidade.gov/coronavirus and www.cdc.gov/coronavirus. Click here for resources for the deaf and hard of hearing.