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The City of Melbourne continues to work closely with officials at Brevard County and the Florida Department of Health to monitor the spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 and formulate a coordinated local response. 

The most current information about City of Melbourne operations, event cancellations and postponements, and other changes will be posted to this webpage.

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COVID-19 Call Center: (866) 779-6121 or email
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Phase 2

July 1, 2020, Update:

The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation has amended the emergency order issued on June 26, 2020, regarding the suspension of on-premises consumption of alcohol at bars and pubs to allow any establishment licensed to sell food to also sell alcohol. For details, please see Amended Emergency Order 2020-09

Phase 2 Highlights:

  • People are encouraged to limit gatherings to 50 or fewer, up from 10 or fewer under Phase
  • Restaurants can allow seating at the bar.
  • Bars can open with 50% capacity inside and must be seated for service; outdoor can operate at full capacity. However, on-site alcohol consumption at bars was suspended by the DBPR on June 26.
  • Retail can open at full capacity.
  • Gyms can operate at full capacity.
  • Entertainment businesses, such as movie theaters and bowling alleys, can operate at 50% capacity.
  • Personal service businesses, such as tattoo parlors and tanning salons, can operate following health department guidelines.

For more information about Phase 2, see:

Information about Phase 1:

Specific inquiries may be directed to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR):

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City Adopts Temporary Outdoor Seating Policy to Help Local Restaurants

Post Date:05/01/2020 4:23 PM

On April 29, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the Safe, Smart, Step-By-Step Plan to Reopen Florida. Phase 1 of the plan will begin on Monday, May 4, and will allow the re-opening of restaurants and retail establishments at 25% capacity. Restaurants may also offer outdoor seating with 6' of space between tables.

To help Melbourne’s restaurants take full advantage of this plan, the City of Melbourne has adopted a temporary policy to allow restaurants to expand a portion of their seating outdoors for on-site food consumption.

This temporary allowance includes the ability to place outdoor seating within parking or landscape areas and within the City’s right-of-way, subject to City approval. This would include the ability to locate seating in accordance with the Zoning Code while maintaining adequate distance for ADA compliance; access to businesses; and any social distance requirements in effect. In addition, the City will waive the $30 application review fee, the $100 sidewalk-use base fee, and the $25 per-seat fee. This allowance will only be good through the Declared State of Emergency.

How to Apply for Temporary Outdoor Seating

The City requires an application permit for this temporary outdoor seating along with a scaled drawing that shows all dimensions and spacing related to the seating areas, accessibility and clearance requirements, and the number of tables and chairs that will be used outside. Please refer to the Temporary Outdoor Seating Application for placement details.

Brochure Available

This information about Temporary Outdoor Seating is also available in a brochure that you can download and print.


If you have any questions regarding this application or the permit process, please contact the Community Development Department at 321-608-7500 or via e-mail at

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