Tuesday, March 17, 2020:
Together, we are experiencing a global public health crisis that is unprecedented in our lifetime. This is a time for our community to come together to preserve and protect not only our health, but also our way of life. As you take measures at home to protect yourselves and your families from the spread of COVID-19, I want to personally assure you that the City of Coral Gables is responding to this situation as it develops.
As you may be aware, I declared a State of Emergency last Thursday, March 12, 2020. This declaration enables us to take the steps necessary to safeguard our people, public spaces, and facilities. We are deep cleaning our public buildings and trolleys using medical grade solutions and hospital protocols and standards. In support of our efforts, we ask residents to be prudent, stay informed, and practice common sense precautions such as frequent and proper handwashing and social distancing.
While some City facilities are closed and special events and gatherings are suspended, rest assured our government remains operational. We continue to provide you with the essential services you depend upon, like permitting, garbage collection, and public safety services. Local businesses are also adapting to these changing circumstances by following the County’s mandates in an effort to reduce close social contact. We are working cooperatively with restaurants, retailers, and establishments you know and love to make sure they have access to information and support, while complying with the County’s directives.
In closing, I understand the anxiety that this present reality may cause many of you, but together we can overcome this challenge and come out stronger than before. As the days go on, I urge you to be kind and considerate to your neighbors, and to remember the most vulnerable in our society while keeping yourself safe. For more up-to-date information regarding the City’s response to COVID-19, visit our website at www.Coralgables.com/Emergency.
Mayor Raúl Valdés-Fauli