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.

  • Indoor dining at a maximum of 50 percent capacity
  • 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 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. 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

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 3pm – 7pm 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 3pm until 3:45pm and the next session would begin at 4pm.  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.

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.