VACCINATION SITES SET-UP IN BROWARDTwo vaccination sites for seniors 65 and older opened at two Broward County parks this past Sunday (Jan.3): Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek and Vista View Park in Davie.
A third site will open at Markham Park & Target Range in Sunrise on Tuesday, and a fourth on Friday at Central Broward Park & Broward County Stadium in Lauderhill.
Up to 500 new seniors per day, per site, can be vaccinated at these sites, which are run by Florida Department of Health in Broward (DOH-Broward).
The number of vaccination sites will expand as vaccine supply increases. Vaccination Site Locations A fifth site, the former Holiday Park/War Memorial test collection site in Fort Lauderdale is temporarily closed and will reopen as a vaccination site on Thursday, January 7, 2021.
An appointment is required for all vaccination sites. So far, DOH-Broward has provided 26,465 vaccination appointments to individuals age 65+. All DOH-Broward appointments available are filled at this time. The appointment registration website, BrowardCOVIDVaccine.com, will resume operations as soon as more appointment times are available. Appointments can only be made online.
Once individuals receive their first dose of vaccine, they are given a scheduled time to return for their second dose. It is very important to return for the second dose at the time instructed to do so.
BROWARD CONSOLIDATES EXECUTIVE ORDERS
Here is a copy of the consolidated executive order from Broward County.
BROWARD COUNTY CURFEWStarting on Dec. 25th and extending thru Jan. 4th, an overnight countywide curfew will be in effect throughout Broward County. The curfew is from midnight to 5AM, except for Christmas and New Year's Day, when it will start one hour later at 1AM
COUNTY GRANTS FOR SMALL BUSINESSESThe County Commission is establishing a grant program using CARES Act funds for small businesses and non-profits in Broward County to help mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.
The Broward County CARES Act Small Business and Non-Profit Assistance Grant Program is designed to aid small businesses with 20 employees or less and non-profits with 25 employees or less. The program will be administered through the County’s Office of Economic and Small Business Development, while local partners will provide free technical assistance to applicants.
Twenty-five million in federal CARES Act funding will be allocated to the small business grant and an additional $10 million for non-profits. These funds can be used to reimburse the costs of business interruption related expenditures caused by COVID-19’s required closures and/or operating restrictions. Funds are not a loan, and do not have to be paid back. The County is also assisting some cities with administering their CARES Act funding for small businesses, while other cities will administer their funds directly.
“Broward County Commissioners have always been huge supporters of small businesses. Every business in the County is important to us and we hope this one-time grant award in the amount of either $5,000, $10,000, or $15,000 (these are the tiers of support for non-profit and for profit grants) will provide some help to companies navigating these challenging times. We truly do believe every little bit helps. For the profit businesses, priority will be given to small businesses located in six of the County’s most economically distressed zip codes and to businesses that have not previously received any federal COVID-19 related business assistance funding such as the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL), CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), or the State of Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan,” said Sandy-Michael McDonald, Director of Office of Economic and Small Business Development.
The application period is not open yet. However, businesses can visit the newly created website broward.org/cares to learn more about the Broward County CARES Small Business Grant and the Non-Profit Grant program including eligibility, application process, technical assistance, and much more, including rental assistance.
The deadline to apply is Dec. 2.
Click this link for more info about CARES Act assistance programs.
COUNTY EXTENDS BAR AND RESTAURANT HOURSEffective immediately, on-premise consumption of food and alcohol is extended by one hour, until midnight, for all establishments in Broward County. Emergency Order 20-28 prohibits dine-in service between 12AM and 5AM, and alcohol consumption in open containers or to-go cups remains prohibited in public spaces such as beaches, beach boardwalks, parks, streets, parking lots and other areas identified in the order. Take-out and food delivery are still permitted. Complete details of the new order concerning all establishments serving food or alcohol are contained in Attachment 2. All social distancing and facial covering requirements, restaurant capacity limits and sanitation and safety requirements to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, remain in effect.
Click here to see a copy of Broward County Emergency Order 20-28.
Governor Ron DeSantis has issued an executive order allowing all businesses, including bars, nightclubs and other establishments previously closed by local emergency orders, to reopen. Local jurisdictions retain some rights to impose guidelines and restrictions.
In response to the Governor’s order, Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry issued an emergency order that conforms with the governor's.
"Our community has taken measured steps in our reopening to better promote public health and control our COVID-19 numbers. Because of the Governor’s order I am compelled to expedite the opening of certain establishments,” Broward Cunty Administrator Bertha Henry said.
Mayor Dale V.C. Holness urged all residents to continue to wear masks and maintain social distancing.“With the reopening of all remaining businesses, it is as important as ever to adhere to local Emergency Orders, including wearing facial coverings, practicing social distancing and good personal hygiene (including frequent and thorough handwashing). This is a very important time in the recovery process to understand we must not let down our guard,” he said. "Our community has taken measured steps in our reopening to better promote public health and control our COVID-19 numbers. Because of the Governor’s order I am compelled to expedite the opening of certain establishments.”
Click here to see a copy of the county's latest executive order.
Click here to see a copy of the governor's executive order.
Broward County Restaurant Guidance
Below please find a summary of the two orders.
Governor’s Executive Order 20-244
Broward County Order 20-26
You will find a copy of Executive Order 20-244 and Broward County Order 20-26 with its Attachment 2, which explains the requirements for all establishments serving food or alcohol.
Compliance with Broward County Emergency Orders is important, and your anticipated cooperation is sincerely appreciated. Voluntary compliance from our valued businesses allows us to continue to focus our efforts on providing support to you during this difficult and unusual time.
COUNTY EASES SOME BUSINESS RESTRICTIONS
As the number of COVID-19 cases in Broward continues to decline as a result of the restrictions in place and residents and businesses abiding by those restrictions, County Administrator Bertha Henry issued Emergency Order 20-25, which relaxes some business, athletic event, and function space restrictions.
County Administrator Henry said, "We thank the community for its compliance to Emergency Orders which has reduced the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Broward. As a result of that compliance, we can provide our businesses and residents with more flexibility by relaxing some restrictions. Our goal is to keep the numbers low enough so that schools can safely reopen."
Highlights of Emergency Order 20-25 include:
It is still vitally important that residents and business owners remain vigilant by continuing to follow safety protocols. Facial coverings and social distancing of six feet are still required under current Emergency Orders.
The Emergency Order is effective immediately, however the provision allowing banquet halls and other event spaces to reopen shall be effective on October 2, 2020.
Whenever possible people are urged to avoid the Three C's - Confined and Closed Spaces, Crowded Places, and Close-Contact Settings.
Residents are urged to visit Mybroward.Broward.org or call 311 to anonymously report violations. 311 can also be called for answers to questions contained in Emergency Orders.
Click here to see a copy of the order.
Click here to see the Governor's order.
MAYORS URGE EVERYONE TO WEAR MASKSMayor Chris Vincent joined his fellow northeast Broward mayors in a video urging residents and visitors to wear masks to help stop the spread of Covid 19.Click here to access a website link to the video.
BROWARD EASES COVID 19 BUSINESS RESTRICTIONSAs the number of COVID-19 cases in Broward County slowly begins to decline, the county today issued an emergency order, effective immediately, which modifies some business restrictions. These modifications, however, could be rescinded if the numbers begin to rise again due to non-compliance.Highlights of Emergency Order 20-24 include:- Restaurants can now serve customers on-premises until 11PM, extending closing hours by one hour. Billiard tables and similar games must remain closed.- The sale of off-site (to-go) alcohol by restaurants and food establishments is prohibited between 11PM and 5AM. Take-out and delivery of food is still permitted between 11PM and 5AM.- Open containers of alcohol are prohibited between 11PM and 5AM in all areas open to the general public.- Bars, pubs, breweries, billiard halls and clubs, and cocktail lounges which derive more than 50 percent of gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages must remain closed.As we approach the Labor Day holiday weekend and expect visitors from around the country, it is even more important that residents remain vigilant by staying home when possible, not participating in large parties (social gatherings of more than 10 people), continuing to wash hands frequently, wearing face coverings and practicing social distancing, all of which are mandated under current Emergency Orders.Residents are reminded that while the numbers have started heading downward, they are still not where they need to be and now is not the time to let our guard down. "We are working hard to bring the positivity rate down in Broward County so that schools, businesses and the economy can reopen safely," said County Administrator Bertha Henry, "but we can’t do it alone. Everyone must do their part to help bring the numbers down during this public health, economic and social crisis."Click here to see a copy of the order.
BROWARD ISSUES NEW SOCIAL RESTRICTION GUIDELINESHere are the key aspects of today’s Emergency Order:Curfew – Effective July 17, 2020 at 11PM and until August 3, 2020, all of Broward County is under a curfew from 11PM to 5AM. Exemptions to the curfew include: active duty police, fire rescue, first responders, news media, delivery or transportation drivers, government employees, persons seeking emergency medical care and medical, health care and utility service personnel. Also exempt are individuals traveling to and from their place of employment, returning to their homes after commercial travel, and persons walking their pets within 250 feet of their residence.Private Gatherings – Effective immediately, private gatherings at a residential property, single-family or otherwise, indoors and/or outdoors, are limited to no more than 10 individuals. Persons present at such gatherings shall be individually liable for violations of this Order and subject to civil and criminal penalties. The owner(s) of the residential property are also liable for violations that occur on their property, whether or not they are in residence or on site at the time of the violation. Residents of any private residential property, whether they own or rent, must ensure all persons on their property comply with the guidelines, subject to civil and criminal penalties.Vacation Rentals – Short-term vacation rentals that are not actively managed by on-site owners or on-site management companies with staffing or security on site 24 hours a day to enforce compliance with all the requirements, are not permitted to operate, effective for check-ins commencing on or after July 20, 2020 through August 20, 2020.
Restaurant Operations – Ordering food or beverage from a bar counter is strictly prohibited. Effective immediately, restaurant patrons must order and consume food and drinks at a table, following all other requirements as outlined in previously issued operating guidelines.Gym and Fitness Center Operations – Effective immediately, all persons shall wear a facial covering at all times while using or visiting a gym or fitness center, including while exercising.Signage Requirements – Effective July 20, 2020 at 12:01AM, owners, operators and landlords of commercial property at which any retail, restaurant or food establishment is located must ensure compliance by those establishments with the signage requirements of Emergency Order 20-17, and must also ensure the required signage is conspicuously posted in common areas of the property such as mall entrances, food courts and hallways.
Individuals in our community have a personal responsibility to adhere to the guidelines and do their part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The new Order strongly recommends that any person who tests positive for COVID-19, or who is experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, immediately:
Businesses in our community must adhere to the guidelines governing their operations, and patrons of reopened business are encouraged to report violations, which may result in warnings, citations, fines and/or business closures. Through July 15, County and municipal code and law enforcement teams have issued 57 citations and 768 warnings. Residents are urged to call 311 or visit MyBroward.Broward.org to anonymously report violations.Click here to see a copy of the order.
BROWARD COUNTY UPDATES CORONAVIRUS GUIDELINESBroward County Administrator Bertha Henry issued an emergency order Wednesday clarifying previous Emergency Orders. The Order is effective at 12:01 AM on Friday, July 10, 2020. All businesses that violate local emergency orders will be forced to close for 24 hours after their first citation, with each subsequent citation incurring an additional 72 hours of closure (e.g. 96 hour closure after a second citation, 168 hour closure after a third citation etc.). Restaurants and other food establishments must discontinue the on-premise consumption of food and alcoholic beverages between 10PM until 5AM. Take out, delivery, drive-through or pick up service will still be permitted.To further protect patrons, seating at restaurants and food establishments are limited to six (6) per table unless everyone is from the same household, for which the limit is ten (10) persons. Any food and beverage purchased must be consumed seated at the table.Click here to see a copy of the county’s order.
BROWARD BEACHES CLOSED THIS HOLIDAY WEEKENDBroward County on Wednesday expanded its face mask requirements to require people to wear them outdoors when social distancing by 6 feet isn’t possible.Before today, Broward only required people indoors, and all food workers, to wear masks.The new rule requires anyone outside their home to wear a mask if they can’t separate from others outside their family. People still have to wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth in all indoor public spaces, as do all food workers and servers.No masks are required while eating or drinking, receiving grooming services or while exercising. Children under 2 are also exempt.Click here to see a copy of the county’s order.BROWARD BEACHES CLOSED THIS HOLIDAY WEEKENDAll the beaches in Broward County will be closed over the July 4th weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). The Town’s annual Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks Show are cancelled. Laudedale-By-The-Sea Mayor Chris Vincent joined Broward County Mayor Dale Holness this morning on Anglin’s Pier to announce the closing of the county’s beaches. Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties are also closing their beaches over the July 4th weekend. At Monday’s press conference, Mayor Vincent said the Town’s restaurants and shops remain open, and urged everyone to continue to support them. Mayor Holness urged all Broward County residents and visitors to wear masks in public and stay safe.Click here to see a copy of the county’s order.Click here to see a copy of the county’s press release.
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Mayor Chris Vincent urged residents to continue to support our Town restaurants and shops at Monday’s press conference on Anglin’s Pier.RESTAURANT PENALTIES FOR VIOLATING COUNTY ORDERSBroward County has issued an Emergency Order outlining penalties for restaurants that fail to comply with orders mandating sanitization, social distancing, facial coverings and other requirements that help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The new order is effective Friday, June 26, 2020. Establishments cited for violating any county order will be shut down for at least 24 hours. Repeat violators could be fined to $15,000.Click here to see a copy of the county’s order.Click here to see a copy of the county’s press release about the order.
BROWARD ORDER IMPACTING VACATION RENTALSEffective June 15, short-term vacation rentals are allowed to resume in Broward County.Click here to see a copy of the order.
FLORIDA’S PHASE II ORDERClick here to see a copy of the order.
Broward County issued another executive order on Friday clarifying rules for businesses and relaxing several beach restrictions. Starting today, June 1, residents will be allowed to sunbathe and just hang out on the beach. Umbrellas, canopies, chairs, loungers and coolers are also now allowed.Click here to see a copy of the order.
BROWARD COUNTY’S BEACHES ARE OPENAll beaches in Broward County were allowed to open with restrictions on Tuesday, May 26. County Administrator Bertha Henry issued Emergency Order 20-13 on Friday, May 22, allowing beaches, commercial gyms and fitness centers, hotels and other commercial lodging establishments to open. Beaches can open with limited hours (sunrise to sunset). Surfing, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and body surfing are allowed, as well as walking, running and biking. Beaches are not open for picnicking, sunbathing or sitting. Group or organized sports (such as volleyball), umbrellas, canopies, chairs, loungers and coolers are also not allowed.Click here to see a copy of the County’s latest Emergency Order.
Please see the County’s restrictions for using the beach when it reopens Tuesday:
BROWARD COUNTY’S LATEST EMERGENCY ORDERBroward County issued Emergency Order 20-12 today (May 21) consolidating directives in several previous orders and clarifying both business and resident responsibilities for adhering to social distancing, facial coverings and sanitation requirements issued by the national Centers For Disease Control.Click here to see a copy of the County’s latest Emergency Order.
UPDATED TOWN EMERGENCY DECLARATIONMayor Chris Vincent on May 18th updated the Town’s Emergency Declaration. The order reinforces social distancing guidelines and authorizes the Town to take whatever prudent action is necessary to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the community, subject to ratification at the next Town Commission meeting.Click here to see a copy of the Mayor’s updated Local Emergency Declaration.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT PHASE I Broward County released this list of FAQs about the Phase I Reopening.Click here to see a copy of the county’s list of Frequently Asked Questions.
BROWARD COUNTY EMERGENCY ORDER 20-11 Broward County issued EO20-11 amending EO20-05 and E02010Click here to see a copy of the county’s latest emergency order.
FLORIDA EXECUTIVE ORDER EXTENDING PHASE I Gov. Ron DeSantis issued EO20-123 extending Phase 1 to all Florida counties.Click here to see a copy of the governor’s executive order.
BROWARD COUNTY RE-OPENING ORDERAfter receiving permission from the governor, Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry issued an executive order today allowing restaurants and retail stores to re-open on Monday at 50 percent capacity. The county’s beaches remain closed. The latest order emphasizes that social distancing and mask requirements remain in place. Barber shops, salons and outdoor movie drive-ins are also allowed to re-open under federal guidelines. Condo community rooms, gyms and fitness centers are also allowed to re-open. Groups of 10 or more people are still prohibited.Click here to see a copy of the county’s re-opening order.
GOVERNOR’S LATEST EXECUTIVE ORDERSClick here to see Gov. Ron DeSantis’ order re-opening parts of Florida’s econony.Click here to see Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order extending two previous orders.
BROWARD ALLOWS CONDO POOLS TO RE-OPENBroward County’S executive order allows condo pools to re-open on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. However, social distancing and sanitary guidelines must still be followed. are followed. Marinas, golf courses, tennis courts and piers are also allowed to re-open with restrictions.Condos must restrict capacity to no more than 50 percent. Condos must also ensure that pool chairs, gates, tables and showers are sanitized on a regular basis. To view all the restrictions, please open the link below.Click here to see a copy of the county’s order, which was updated on May 7th.
TOWN TENNIS COURT CORONAVIRUS RULES- Since Town Hall remains closed to the public, no new court keys are available for purchase at this time.- Social distancing requirements still apply and the use of masks or other facial coverings for players not on the court is highly recommended.- No no more than two players per court, and no more than 4 players max can be within the fenced in area, which is for active players only.- Waiting players must wait outside the fenced-in court area at least 6-feet apart.
STATE SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENTS ON RE-OPENINGGov. Ron DeSantis is seeking comments from the public on Re-Open Florida Task Force’s plans to re-start Florida’s economy.Click here to access the public comments portal.Click here to access meeting agendas and presentations made to the task force.Click here to access audio recordings of all previous state task force meetings.
FOOD ASSISTANCEBelow are resources related to Food Assistance Programs, including home delivered meals:Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) in Broward Countyhttps://www.adrcbroward.org/foodassistance.phpTo apply for food assistance, please call 954-745-9779.Feeding South Floridahttps://feedingsouthflorida.org/benefits-emergency-services/To apply for food assistance, fill out the form below:https://form.jotform.com/FeedingSouthFlorida/covid19clientneedsContact Number: 954-518-1818
CORONAVIRUS CASES BY ZIP CODEThe Florida Department of Health’s website lets you see how Coronavirus cases break down by zip code.Click here to access the website.
FLORIDA GOVERNOR EXTENDS VACATION RENTAL SUSPENSIONClick here to see a copy of the governor’s order.
BROWARD ORDER REQUIRES USING FACE MASKS IN STORESClick here to see a copy of Broward County’s order.
BROWARD ORDERS BUSINESSES TO INCREASE SANITARY MEASURES Click here to see a copy of Broward County’s order.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ESSENTIAL BUSINESSESClick here to see a copy of the FAQ sheet.
FLORIDA WAIVES TAXES FOR TITLE I OF CARES ACTClick here to see a copy of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order.
MESSAGE FROM MAYOR CHRIS VINCENTClick here to see a YouTube video from the Mayor
BROWARD COUNTY SHUTS DOWN CONDO AND HOTEL POOLSBroward County today (4-3-20) issued an emergency order shutting down all condominium pools, hot tubs, party rooms, gyms and basketball and tennis courts.Click here to see a copy of the order.
GOVERNOR ISSUES SAFER AT HOME ORDER FOR ALL FLORIDA RESIDENTSFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order Wednesday (4-1-20) telling all Florida residents to stay at home, except when needing to leave for any essential reason, such as buying food and supplies, exercising or caring for a neighbor, friend or loved one. The statewide order takes effect on April 3, 2020.Click here to see a copy of the order.
GOVERNOR EXTENDS BEACH CLOSURE IN BROWARDFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order Tuesday (3-31-20) extending the beach closures in Broward and Palm Beach counties.Click here to see a copy of the order.
COMPLETE LIST OF ALL ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES IN SOUTH FLORIDAThe Sun-Sentinel has compiled a complete list of all essential businesses.Click here to see the Sun-Sentinel article with a complete list of all essential businesses.
GOVERNOR ISSUES TWO MORE EXECUTIVE ORDERSFlorida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued two more executive orders Monday (3-30-20). The first deals with the re-employment of essential retired personnel. The second is a stay-at-home order for Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.
The first order deals with the re-employment of essential personnel, including retired law enforcement and first responders.Click here to see a copy of the governor’s order.The second is a stay-at-home order for Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, similar to the local and county Safer At Home orders already in place.Click here to see a copy of the governor’s order.
BASIC GUIDELINES TO STAY SAFE
YOU ARE ALLOWED TO:
YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO:
STATE SUSPENDS SHORT-TERM VACATION RENTALSGov. Ron DeSantis on Friday issued an executive order suspending short-term vacations in Florida.Click here to see a copy of Gov. DeSantis’ order.
TOWN ISSUES SAFER-AT-HOME ORDERMayor Chris Vincent today (3-27-20) signed an updated Local Declaration of Public Emergency supporting Broward County’s Shelter-In-Place Order.Click here to see a copy of the Town’s updated order.
CITY MANAGERS ASSOCIATION MEDIA RELEASEThe Broward County City Managers Association coordinated a joint response among all Broward municipalities supporting Broward’s Shelter-In-Place Order.Click here to see a copy of the BCCMA’s media release.
TOWN ISSUES GUIDELINES FOR VIRTUAL MeETINGSMayor Chris Vincent today (3-27-30) signed a Local Declaration of Public Emergency Order outlining how the Town will conduct virtual (remote) Commission meetings.Click here to see a copy of the Town’s order regarding virtual meetings.
HOW TO SUBMIT COMMENTS VIA E-MAILTo submit a comment to the Town Commission before or during a virtual meeting, please e-mail email@example.com
Click here to see the public notice for the Town Commisison’s virtual meeting on March 31st.
BROWARD ISSUES SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDERBroward County Thursday (3-26-20) issued a Shelter-In-Place order for all residents. The County urges all residents to stay at home unless they have to conduct essential business or personal errands, including buying food, drugs, driving to work and outdoor exercise. The exceptions are too numerous to list. Please read the order.Click here to see a copy of the order.BSO TICKETING BEACHGOERSNo one likes the fact that our Town beaches are closed, but they are shut down due to the threat of Coronavirus. Lauderdale By The Sea and the Broward Sheriff’s Office are experiencing an increasing number of daily challenges to enforce our beach closure. Therefore, BSO deputies are ticketing all those who ignore the state’s emergency order to close the Town’s beach. These misdemeanor citations would, when issued, require the ticketed individual to appear in Broward County Court; the maximum fine is $500 pursuant to Florida Statutes Chapter 252. We appreciate your cooperation.And please support our restaurants by ordering take-out. There is free take-out parking.Click this link for a list of the Town restaurants offering take-out. PELICAN HOPPERStarting Monday (3-30-20), the Pelican Hopper will only operate on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9AM to 5:30PM. At this time it’s in the best interest of our riders and bus drivers to reduce operations until further notice. The shuttle will run its normal weekday schedule to Sea Ranch Center, the Galt Ocean Mile and Holy Cross Hospital.
GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDER ON VULNERABLE POPULATIONSClick here to see a copy of the order.
NEVER NEVER FLUSH THESE ITEMSHere are some helpful tips to avoid clogging your sewer line.Click here for a link to the City of Fort Lauderdale’s website with some excellent tips.
ANGLIN’S PIER CLOSEDAnglin’s Pier is now closed to the public.
COUNTY EMERGENCY ORDER LISTING ESSENTIAL AND NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES Click here to see the County’s Emergence Order (Updated)
GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDERClick here to read Gov. DeSantis’ Executive Order Concerning Restaurants and Closing Beaches
GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDERClick here to read Gov. DeSantis’ Executive Order Regarding Local Government Meetings
Patience and UnderstandingWe appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as the Town deals with the Coronavirus pandemic affecting our community and the entire world. The Town has had to make some very hard decisions this week, but we believe they were the right ones in terms of protecting the public, visitors and our families and friends.
Broward Health Now Offering Coronavirus Testing
Town Restaurants ClosedDue to the threat of COVID-19, all Lauderdale-By-The-Sea restaurants were required to close indoor and outdoor dining at 10PM on Wednesday, March 18. They are still allowed to stay open for drive-thru takeout and delivery service. A Declaration of Emergency authorizing the closing was signed by the Mayor of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. Click here to see a copy of the declaration.
Town Beaches ClosedTo protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Town of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea is closing its public beach effective Wednesday, March 18th, at 6:00 a.m. In a meeting held this afternoon with the mayors, city and town managers of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Pompano Beach and Deerfield Beach, these cities have agreed to close their public beaches effective Wednesday, March 18th, at 6:00 a.m. In accordance with Florida Governor Rick Desantis’ new orders, the Town also mandates bars and nightclubs to close at 5:00 p.m., and restaurants to practice distance separation by not allowing groups larger than 10 people to gather.
Beaches Closed To All ResidentsThe Town’s public beach is closed to everyone until further notice. Even though the property right in front of your condo building may be private, no one is allowed on the public beach, which starts just east of the sea oats (dunes) or high tide line if there are no dunes in front of your building!
The Town is also closing the playground in Friedt Family Park and the downtown public bathrooms in Anglin’s Square.
The Town asks residents not to drop by Town Hall or other offices unless absolutely necessary. Please call instead if possible.
Town Buildings ClosedTown Hall, Jarvis Hall and the Visitors Center are closed to the public. Essential Town employees are still working. Please call 954-640-4200.
LEVEL OF SERVICE CHANGES FOR DEVELOPMENT SERVICES (Building Department)Click here to see the changes, which are being implemented for everyone’s safety.
Beach Patrols IncreasedLauderdale-By-The-Sea today (March 16) increased patrols on its beaches to monitor the situation with Coronavirus. The Broward Sheriff’s Office and the Volunteer Fire Department on Monday began patrolling the Town’s beaches on all-terrain vehicles to increase our visibility and to discourage large crowds from gathering. BSO is encouraging all residents to call. “If you see something, say something,” Capt. Thomas Palmer said. He asked residents to dial 911 for emergencies. For non-emergencies, dial 954-764 (HELP) 4357. The Town continues to monitor the pandemic and is following the recommendations made by County and State authorities. “Common sense needs to prevail,” Mayor Chris Vincent said. “We will continue to update our residents, businesses and hotels. We will continue to monitor and address changes as we see it.”
Florida Governor’s Order Concerning Bars and RestaurantsTown restaurants are complying with Governor’s Executive Order Regarding Restaurants and Bars
Financial Help For Florida BusinessesGovernor Ron DeSantis has activated the Business Damage Assessment Survey to assess the impact of the Coronavirus on Florida’s local business operations. The survey, managed by DEO, will evaluate businesses affected by Coronavirus and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement appropriate relief programs can begin. Here is a link to the survey. Here is a link to the Florida Disaster Business website.
Reemployment AssistanceGovernor DeSantis has reminded Floridians that if their employment has been negatively impacted because of mitigation efforts to stop the spread of Coronavirus, these Floridians may be eligible to receive Reemployment Assistance.
Small Business Bridge LoansGovernor activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by Coronavirus. The bridge loan program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, provides short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses. Local Declaration of Public EmergencyBecause of increased concern about the spread of the Coronavirus, Mayor Chris Vincent on Friday (March 13) signed a Local Declaration of Public Emergency. All events requiring a special event Town permit were cancelled.
Broward County remains under a Local State of Emergency and its Emergency Operations Center is partially activated (Level 2). Containment actions and preventative measures are critical to stopping the spread of the virus. The County is working with the Supervisor of Elections and the Florida Department of Emergency Management to ensure proper hand sanitizing measures are in place so that residents feel comfortable going to the polls to vote on Tuesday (March 17) in the Presidential Preference Primary and future elections. Early voting will continue at designated polling areas until 6PM Sunday (March 15) as planned. Residents should vote early. The closest early voting sites for Town residents are the Coral Ridge Mall, 3200 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, and the Emma Lou Olson Civic Center, 1801 NE 6th St., Pompano Beach. For more information on early voting, visit the Supervisor of Elections website.
Until further notice, all Lauderdale-By-The-Sea special event permits have been cancelled, including Farmers Market, Friday Night Music and St. Patrick’s Day. Starting Friday, March 13, the Town will cancel all classes and programs at its Community Center in Jarvis Hall until further notice. Also cancelled until further notice are two ongoing programs: Yoga By The Sea in El Prado Park and Dancing By The Sea at the Ocean Plaza in Anglin’s Square.
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Declaration of Public Emergency
Here are links to websites with helpful information about Coronavirus: