COVID-19 Resources

Homestead’s New Normal 

Certain businesses in Miami-Dade County and the City of Homestead have been allowed to open with restrictions.  Those categories are listed below along with links to Miami-Dade County’s New Normal Guide.  Please also note that all persons throughout Miami-Dade County, including Homestead, shall wear a mask or other facial covering when in public.  However, masks and other facial coverings are not required in the following circumstances: 

  • At or inside a private residence
  • Inside a private automobile 
  • At or inside any religious institution 
  • Inside a hotel, motel, or commercial lodging establishment guest room, or inside any apartment 
  • Children under the age of two years
  • Persons who cannot wear a mask or facial covering due to an existing medical condition 
  • An individual who is hearing impaired or an individual who is communicating with an individual who is hearing impaired
  • Where federal or state safety or health regulations prohibit the wearing of facial coverings
  • Persons actively engaged in strenuous physical activity, either inside or outdoors
  • Persons swimming or engaged in other activities which may cause the facial covering to become wet
  • While persons are actively eating, drinking, or smoking
  • While a person is receiving services which require access to that person’s nose or mouth.
  1. Restaurants
  2. Personal Grooming, Massage, & Tattoo
  3. Arts & Culture: Movies, Bowling, Live Shows
  4. Manufacturing
  5. Office Spaces
  6. Warehouses

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

  • 100% capacity is permissible if possible to maintain distancing requirements.
  • HVAC systems must run with fans "on" while people are in the establishments and doors and windows must be kept open to maximize the circulation of fresh air
  • Outdoor dining from 6am until 10pm 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 six people (ten if from the same household) are not allowed
  1. Pools
  2. Gyms & Fitness Centers
  3. Youth Activities & Childcare
  4. Hotels

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.

City Facilities Update

Additional Homestead Parks will reopen on Friday, October 16, 2020  as the City of Homestead and all of Miami-Dade County continues to move towards a “new normal” in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  City Officials are also reminding residents that the use of facial coverings while in public is still required.

Effective Friday, October 16, 2020, the following parks will only be open from 7am to 8pm (or sunset) for passive use only such as walking, jogging, biking, or rollerblading.  Sports lighting can operate until 10pm.  The use of facial covering is required at all times and pick-up games and non-organized sports may only take place with the use of facial coverings.  Open space picnics of less than 10 people are allowed with a minimum of 10 feet of social distance between groups.  Homestead Parks & Recreation Staff will be on site to enforce social distancing protocols within the park and prevent any unauthorized uses. 

Blakey Park, 600 SW 14th Avenue, Homestead, FL 33030

  • The track will be open for use in one direction only.
  • The restrooms will be open from 7 AM to 12 PM and 4 PM to 8 PM Sunset on weekdays and 7 AM to 8 PM Sunset on weekends.
  • The playground and fitness equipment will be open during normal park hours.  Facial coverings must be worn and social distancing between people from different households must be maintained.

Audubon Park, South Audubon Drive, Homestead, FL 33035

  • The walking path will be open for walking, jogging, or biking.
  • The tennis court will be open for one on one and double-play, with a one hour time limit for users.
  • The playground will be open during normal park hours.  Facial coverings must be worn and social distancing between people from different households must be maintained.

Mayor Roscoe Warren Municipal Park, 1400 East Palm Drive, Homestead, FL 33035

  • The walking path will be open for use in one direction only.  
  • Dog parks will be open to a maximum of 10 people.
  • The restroom near the dog park will be open from 7 AM to 12 PM and 4 PM to 8 PM Sunset on weekdays and 7 AM to 8 PM sunset on weekends.   
  • The remaining restrooms will be locked.
  • The playground and fitness equipment will be open during normal park hours.  Facial coverings must be worn and social distancing between people from different households must be maintained.
  • The fitness equipment will be open.
  • Parking will be limited.

James Archer Smith Park, 300 NW 12th Street, Homestead, FL 33030

  • The walking path will be open for use in one direction only.  
  • Dog parks will be open to a maximum of 10 people.  
  • The restrooms will be open from 7 AM – 12 PM and 4 PM - 8PM Sunset on weekdays and 7 AM- 8 PM Sunset on weekends.
  • The playground and fitness equipment will be open during normal park hours.  Facial coverings must be worn and social distancing between people from different households must be maintained.

Wittkop Park, 505 NW 9th Street, Homestead, FL 33030

  • The walking path will be open for use in one direction only.  
  • The racquetball court will be open for one on one and double-play, with a one hour time limit for users.
  • The restrooms be open from 7 AM to 12 PM and 4 PM to 8 PM Sunset on weekdays and 7 AM – 8 PM Sunset on weekends.
  • The playground will be open during normal park hours.   Facial coverings must be worn and social distancing between people from different households must be maintained.

Losner Park, 104 N Krome Avenue, Homestead, FL 33030

  • The walking path will be open for use in one direction only.

Homestead Sports Complex, 1061 SE 28th Avenue, Homestead, FL 33035

  • The green “parking lot” fields will be open for walking, jogging, rollerblading, and cycling.
  • Restrooms will be open during organized sports.

Roby George Park and Pool, 201 SW 11th Avenue, Homestead, FL 33030

  • The pool will be open at 50% capacity.
  • Pool Hours shall be from 4:00PM to 7:00PM on weekdays and from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on weekends.
  • The playground will be open during normal park hours.   Facial coverings must be work and social/physical distancing between people from different households must be maintained.

Angelo Mistretta Park, 133 NE 9th Ct, Homestead, FL 33030

  • The playground will be open during normal park hours.   Facial coverings must be work and social/physical distancing between people from different households must be maintained. 

JD Redd Park, 550 N. Homestead Blvd., Homestead, FL 33030

  • The tennis court will be open for one on one and double-play, with a one hour time limit for users.

William F. Bill Dickinson Community Center 1601 N. Krome Avenue, Homestead, FL 33030 

  • The facility will be open only for gym use and members activities Monday thru Friday 6:30AM-8:00PM and on Saturdays from 8:00AM-4:00PM.
  • Facial coverings are required by members at all times. 
  • Capacity is limited; therefore, users must check-in at the front desk in order to be placed on the waiting list.  
  • Use of the gym is limited to one hour daily.  

Ernestine Jackson Seymore Park SW 5th St. and 4th Ave., Homestead, FL 33030

  • The playground will be open during normal park hours. Facial coverings must be worn and social/physical distancing between people from different households must be maintained.

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.

Are there COVID-19 Cases in Homestead?

Yes, there are confirmed cases of Homestead residents diagnosed with COVID-19.   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.