Important updates and extensions in Miami-Dade County, Florida:

Closures of Non-Essential Retail and Commercial Businesses

Yesterday, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez ordered closures of the County’s non-essential retail and commercial businesses, beginning on March 19, 2020, at 9:00 pm. Among the businesses that can remain open are healthcare providers, stores that sell food and household products, and banks. Here’s the latest on Emergency Order 7-20:

  • Amendment No. 1 to Miami-Dade County Emergency Order 07-20 (closure of all non-essential retail and commercial establishments)
    March 19
    Amended and restated to clarify language related to new and used automobile dealerships; university, college, or technical college residence halls; private and municipal marinas and boat launches, docking, fueling, marine supply, and other marina services; hotels, motels, other commercial lodging establishments, and temporary vacation rentals; veterinarians and pet boarding facilities; and mortuaries, funeral homes, and cemeteries.
  • Amendment No. 1 to Miami-Dade County Emergency Order 06-20 (closure of all parks, beaches, and recreation facilities)
    March 19
    Amended to state that this order shall not apply to marinas and boat launches, docking, fueling, marine supply, and other marina services. Miami-Dade County-owned and operated marinas and boat ramps shall remain open from 7 a.m. to sunset.
  • Emergency Order 7-20
    March 19
    Effective 9 p.m. March 19, all non-essential retail and commercial establishments are ordered closed.

According to The Florida Bar, Chief Justice Charles Canady plans to release new emergency orders over the next days to further extend legal deadlines and to make other changes to court rules necessary to meet the crisis. All emergency orders previously issued will be extended for at least another three weeks.

Update on Florida Courts E-filing Portal :

The Florida Courts E-Filing Portal is open and available to anyone who needs to file documents, and the Portal Help Desk remains available during regularly scheduled business hours. The Portal will be down for routine maintenance on March 21.

Follow updates from Florida’s clerks of court on changes caused by the pandemic through its coronavirus information page.

IRS Defers Tax Payments and Filing to July 15th:

On March 17, 2020, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that individual taxpayers who owe up to a million dollars in federal taxes can defer paying until July 15, while corporations can defer up to $10 million. The deadline for filing has also been extended to July 15th. Check out the latest on Tax laws and changes caused by the pandemic at Marini & Associates, PA.

Miami-Dade Courts closed until March 27, 2020

Starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, all court facilities will be closed to the public, except for access required for emergency or mission critical court matters. The Honorable Bertila Soto, Chief Judge of the Miami-Dade Courts, issued an Administrative Order on Monday implementing the courts’ Continuity of Operations Plans and closing all court facilities to the public. Learn more.

Extensions on CLE Reporting Deadlines:

The deadlines for Florida Bar members scheduled to report their three-year cycle CLE reporting in February, March, April, and May, have been extended to August 31, 2020.

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