While Miami-Dade County issued an order restricting hotel stays to curb the spread of COVID-19, more than 100 hotels remain open to accept Essential Lodgers (i.e. first responders, healthcare workers, patients’ families, among others). To support hotels that are open and help people who meet the “Essential Lodger” requirements find them, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) has created the Hotels for Essential Lodgers Program, which provides an online, up-to-date list of hotels that are keeping their doors open. This is just one initiative of the GMCVB to help the hospitality industry during this critical time.

Additional help is being offered through the GMCVB Miami Eats program (to promote new delivery and/or take-out menus to support local Miami restaurants), and The Miami Pandemic Response Fund, a $500,000 fund to support struggling families of hospitality industry workers with emergency needs (including food, supplies, utilities, rent/mortgage assistance and microgrants).