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COVID-19 Updates

Post Date:May 12, 2020 7:30 PM

Mayor Trantalis Announces Opening of COVID-19 Testing Site at Holiday Park Starting April 30
Read the Announcement
Watch the Media Briefing

Mayor Trantalis Issues Declaration Reopening Certain Parks, Boat Ramps, and Amenities Effective April 29
Read the Announcement
pdf Declaration of Emergency Regulations (May 1, 2020)
pdf Declaration of Emergency Regulations (April 28, 2020)
pdf A Plan to Reopen Fort Lauderdale: Phase One

Mayor Trantalis Extends COVID-19 Safety Measures through May 1, 2020
pdf Read the Announcement
pdf Declaration of Emergency Regulations

City of Fort Lauderdale Declarations of Emergency Regulations
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Declaration of Emergency Regulations Extending COVID-19 Safety Measures (April 17, 2020)
pdf Declaration of Emergency Requiring Face Covering (April 10, 2020) 

Broward County Emergency Orders
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Broward County Administrator’s Emergency Order 20-01 Closing Nonessential Businesses
pdf Broward County Administrator’s Emergency Order 20-02 Closures and Social Distancing
pdf Broward County Administrator’s Emergency Order 20-03 Safer at Home Policy
pdf Broward County Administrator’s Emergency Order 20-04 Business Closings
pdf Broward County Administrator’s Emergency Order 20-05 Closing Recreational Amenities
pdf Broward County Administrator’s Emergency Order 20-06 Essential Businesses and Services
pdf Broward County Administrator’s Emergency Order 20-07 Facial Coverings
pdf Broward County Administrator’s Emergency Order 20-08 Limited Reopening of Parks and Amenities

To view additional Broward County Emergency Orders regarding COVID-19, visit https://bit.ly/bcemergencyorders.

Executive Orders Issued by Governor Ron DeSantis
pdf Executive Order 20-69 Local Government Public Meetings
pdf Executive Order 20-70 Broward and Palm Beach County Closures
pdf Executive Order 20-71 Alcohol Sales, Restaurants, and Gyms
pdf Executive Order 20-72 Non-essential Elective Medical Procedures
pdf Executive Order 20-86 Additional Requirements of Individuals Traveling to Florida
pdf Executive Order 20-87 Vacation Rental Closures
pdf Executive Order 20-88 Re-employment of Essential Personnel
pdf Executive Order 20-89 Safer At Home Order for Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe Counties
pdf Executive Order 20-91 Safer At Home Order for State of Florida
pdf Executive Order 20-112 Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery
pdf Report to Governor DeSantis from the Re-Open Florida Task Force

To view additional Executive Orders from the Governor regarding COVID-19, visit www.flgov.com/covid-19.


City Update – Tuesday, May 12, 2020 

Department of Health Information
According to the Florida Department of Health, as of May 12, 2020 at 6:30 p.m., results from tests administered in Broward County indicated 62,101 negative results; 5,973 positive results; 60 inconclusive results; and 22 pending results. To see the latest data from the FDOH, visit bit.ly/2wb29D2. Individuals with questions related to the coronavirus should call the Florida Department of Health’s Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-779-6121 which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week or email [email protected]. Individuals who are concerned that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should call the Florida Department of Health in Broward County at 954-412-7300 and their healthcare provider before traveling to any healthcare facility.

Broward County Targets May 18 to Begin a Phased Reopening
The Broward County Commission held a special workshop today to discuss a countywide phased reopening of businesses and amenities. Tentative plans were discussed for a phased reopening to begin on Monday, May 18 that would include restaurants, retail establishments, personal services businesses, recreational amenities in housing developments, community and club pools, and other professional businesses. The reopening, which would be contingent upon approval from Governor DeSantis, would come with strict operating and safety guidelines for businesses, employees, and customers, along with limitations on capacities and regulations on social distancing. At this point, the reopening would not include bars, large venues, or beaches. Broward County Mayor Dale Holness has a conference call scheduled with municipal mayors on Wednesday, May 13 to further discuss the reopening of beaches.

CDC Offers Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Businesses
As cities and counties prepare to begin to slowly reopen, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released “Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes.” The guidelines offer specific recommendations and best practices for cleaning and disinfection of a wide range of entities, including restaurants, offices, schools, healthcare facilities, childcare programs, faith-based organizations, recreational facilities, transportation companies, and more. To view the CDC recommendations, visit bit.ly/3dEDPJR. The CDC also released “Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employees,” which offers updated strategies and recommendations for employers responding to COVID-19, including those seeking to resume normal or phased business operations. For more details, visit bit.ly/2WKQFj3.

Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association Offers Standards for Hospitality Reopening
The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association in partnership with the National Restaurant Association and the American Hotel and Lodging Association, has developed a set of reopening standards for restaurants and hotels. The standards cover a wide range of areas including food safety, cleaning and sanitizing, employee health and personal hygiene, social distancing, infection prevention, environmental safety, and more. The operating standards are designed to increase safety, restore consumer confidence, and deliver a clean, comfortable, and sanitary experience to guests. To view the recommendations, visit bit.ly/2xVIvfe.

COVID-19 Testing Continues at Holiday Park
Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing continues at Fort Lauderdale’s Holiday Park at 1150 G. Harold Martin Drive. Since its opening, the testing site has served 2,917 people. The Holiday Park testing site is open Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., by appointment only. Testing is available to anyone over the age of 18 with or without COVID-19 symptoms. No doctor referral is needed. Photo ID is required. Appointments may be booked by calling 1-800-209-7919, Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. First responders needing tests may make appointments and use the Sunrise Boulevard entrance to the park with proper identification. Tests are administered by healthcare professionals from AMR. Patients will be contacted when test results are available. Please note: there is currently a delay in receiving test results. The delay is a system-wide challenge and not something that is isolated to the site at Holiday Park. The company the state of Florida has contracted with to communicate test results is currently backlogged, however, it is hiring more staff to handle the heavy caseload. We appreciate everyone’s patience while the situation gets resolved. For more details, visit bit.ly/ftlcovid19testing.

Video of Holiday Park COVID-19 Testing Site Shows What to Expect
The City of Fort Lauderdale has produced a short video to show people who book an appointment for a drive-thru COVID-19 test at the Holiday Park testing site, what to expect during their visit. The video takes a driver through the entire process from arrival and check-in to testing and departure. The City would like to thank the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Department, Florida National Guard, American Medical Response (AMR), and Fort Lauderdale Police Department for their assistance with the project. To watch the video on the City’s YouTube channel, please visit bit.ly/3dhBUL6.

Broward County Offering Mobile and In-Home COVID-19 Testing
Broward County, in partnership with Florida Department of Health in Broward, American Medical Response (AMR) and Century Ambulance Services, is offering mobile at-home COVID-19 testing. Residents eligible for this testing option include homebound elderly or individuals with disabilities who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and cannot leave their homes to access one of the drive-up or walk-up test collection sites. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. – Noon, and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Residents who believe they are eligible for the mobile/in-home testing option should call the Broward County COVID-19 Call Center at 954-357-9500 for a pre-qualifying assessment. The Call Center is open 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. seven days a week.

Weekly Food Distribution – Bring Your Own Box – at Mills Pond Park on May 14
During this week’s drive-thru food distribution event hosted by the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park, and Wilton Manors recipients are once again being asked to arrive with their own empty box or container placed in the trunk of their vehicle so it can be filled with food as they pass through the distribution stations. The free food distribution will take place on Thursday, May 14 from 9 – 11 a.m. at Mills Pond Park, located at 2201 NW 9 Avenue. Produced in partnership with Feeding South Florida, the event provides healthy and nutritious food to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Food is distributed on a first come, first served basis (while supplies last). Recipients must remain in their vehicles and will be instructed to open their trunk when volunteers are ready to load it. To access Mills Pond Park, please enter from southbound NW 9 Avenue. For more details, visit bit.ly/2K8cnrn. For more information about Feeding South Florida, visit www.feedingsouthflorida.org. To make a donation to Feeding South Florida, please visit bit.ly/2WJVl8Y.

Next Virtual Fort Lauderdale City Commission Meeting on May 19
The City of Fort Lauderdale will host a virtual Commission Meeting on Tuesday, May 19 at 6:00 p.m. The public will be able to listen to and view the virtual meeting at www.fortlauderdale.gov/fltv, as well as on Comcast Channel 78 and AT&T U-verse Channel 99. The agenda for the May 19 meeting will be posted in the days leading up to the meeting at bit.ly/ftlccagendas. Members of the public who would like to speak on an agenda item may do so by completing a virtual speaker card form online at bit.ly/virtualspeakercard.

Chamber Zoom at Noon to Focus on Employee Productivity on May 13
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce will host a Zoom at Noon, on Wednesday, May 13 from noon – 1:00 p.m. The event will begin with an update from Chamber President and CEO Dan Lindblade on what to expect during Phase 1 of the reopening period. Following the update, LAN Infotech President Michael Goldstein will share key tools and best practices that businesses can use during and after the COVID-19 pandemic to help employees work remotely while maintaining productivity. For more details and to register, visit bit.ly/3br4cBF.

Learn How to Better Position Your Business at Broward SCORE Webinar on May 13
The Broward SCORE Chapter will host “How to Position Your Business in this Time of Disruption,” a virtual business webinar that will take place on Wednesday, May 13 from 1 – 3 p.m. By attending this virtual seminar, participants will be empowered with ideas to generate brand awareness, leads, and sales by learning to attract, capture, and retain clients online. Now, more than ever, businesses must leverage all the free and low-cost tools that are currently available to help drive revenue. Registration is $15. Reserve your spot by visiting https://conta.cc/3cmKcl2.

State Senator Thurston to Host Virtual Town Hall with Superintendent Runcie May 14
State Senator Perry E. Thurston, Jr. will host a virtual Town Hall meeting with Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie on Thursday, May 14 at 7:15 p.m. via Facebook Live. The virtual Town Hall with Superintendent Runcie will focus on the latest updates regarding distance learning, mental health services, meal distributions, virtual graduation ceremonies, how the District is planning for reopening schools, and more. Participants will be able to ask questions during the Town Hall which will be streamed live on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SenatorPerryThurston. For details, contact Ella Phillips, District Chief Legislative Assistant, at [email protected].

South Florida Churches to Host “HOPE Alive” Services on May 14
Church United, a network of over 150 churches in Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties, is coming together to host, “HOPE Alive,” an evening of remembrance for South Florida residents who have lost their lives to COVID-19. The free event will take place on Thursday, May 14 at 7:00 p.m. and may be viewed by visiting HopeAliveFl.com or CalvaryFTL.org. The pre-recorded services will be led by local pastors from different denominations and traditions, who will share words of hope and encouragement, along with the names and pictures of those who have passed away from COVID-19. To learn more about Church United or their efforts to serve the community during COVID-19, please email Cole Hopper at [email protected] or call 754-900-2112.

Applications for Broward Arts Relief Fund Grants Due May 15
The Broward Cultural Division has launched the Broward Arts Relief Fund, a grant program to provide financial assistance to Broward-based non-profit cultural organizations that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible organizations may apply for one-time grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 to support arts activities that preserve jobs in Broward County’s arts community. The program’s $456,000 in funding comes from sale proceeds from the Florida Arts License Plate Program. Applications are currently available by visiting bit.ly/2yym1B7. Eligibility is limited to Broward-based arts and cultural non-profit organizations that have received general operating support from the Cultural Division during the 2020 fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2019 – Sept. 30, 2020). The application deadline is May 15. For more information or to apply online, visit bit.ly/2yym1B7.

Applications for Fall 2020 Jim Moran Small Business Executive Program Extended to May 15
Created to be a world-class learning experience that accommodates the busy schedule of small business owners, the Jim Moran Small Business Executive Program (SBEP) is ideal for CEOs, entrepreneurs, presidents of small businesses, and immediate successors of businesses. The program focuses on creating strong, innovative leaders who are ready to capitalize on business opportunities, implement best practice management, and turn challenges into a strategic advantages. The program is free to accepted participants, thanks to the generous support of sponsors. The application deadline has been extended through May 15, 2020. To apply, visit fla.st/2ytWfh2.

Apply for Sponsorship Funding from the Convention and Visitor Bureau by May 20
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) has launched the 2020 Supplemental Tourism Place of Interest Sponsorship Program. The program provides sponsorships up to $20,000 to qualifying Broward County tourist attractions, museums and welcome centers. Funds must be used to preserve staff jobs or to support ongoing operational expenses that have been severely impacted by suspension of services as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and to enhance marketing and promotional programs to attract visitors back to Broward County and to the permanent attraction, museum or visitor center. Additional program guidelines and application forms are currently available online at bit.ly/2xQMqKq. Completed applications must be emailed to [email protected] no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 20, 2020.

Stand Up and Be Counted! Complete the 2020 Census!
Attention neighbors! Help us increase our 2020 Census response rate! The current national response rate for the 2020 Census is 58.75%; the state of Florida response rate is 56.4%; but the City of Fort Lauderdale response rate is only 49%. Counting every neighbor in Fort Lauderdale gives us an opportunity to receive our fair share of more than $1.5 trillion in federal funding for infrastructure, schools, housing, roads, healthcare, and public service programs. An accurate census count also provides critical funding for hospitals, disaster recovery, and emergency readiness for pandemics like COVID-19. Please do your part by responding to the 2020 Census today! Fill out and mail back the questionnaire sent to your home; complete the census form online at www.my2020census.gov; or take the census over the phone by calling 1-844-330-2020.

Complete the BCPS Distance Learning and Wellness Survey by May 14
Broward County Public Schools wants to learn more about how distance learning is going and how students and families are feeling during the COVID-19 school closures. Take the Distance Learning and Wellness Survey, through May 14, to help the District improve the learning environment and identify where additional services, resources, and wellness support can be provided to students, staff, parents, and caregivers. To complete the survey, visit bit.ly/2L6vi6f.

CareerSource Broward Offers Webinars for Job Seekers
CareerSource Broward is offering a series of webinars for job seekers. The free online workshops focus on a variety of job-readiness topics including preparing for a successful job interview, telephone interviewing skills, social networking online, resume preparation, job search tips, and more. For more details and a complete schedule of offerings, visit bit.ly/2ziGHNA.

SBA Accepting PPP Loan Applications
The federal government has approved an additional $320 billion for the Payroll Protection Program (PPP). The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has resumed accepting PPP loan applications from approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrowerFor more information about PPP, visit bit.ly/3aUghz5. For Frequently Asked Questions about PPP, visit bit.ly/2WoZ4Zn 

SBA Disaster Loan Virtual Office Hours
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) South Florida District Office will host virtual office hours Wednesday and Friday to answer questions about the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. Participants may call at any time and are welcome to enter and exit at will. For more information about the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance program, visit bit.ly/2ysh78Y.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting at bit.ly/3c6Grjp
202-765-1264; Conference ID – 593 285 024

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 (Spanish)
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting at bit.ly/3c6Grjp
202-765-1264; Conference ID – 331 883 020

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting at bit.ly/3c6Grjp
202-765-1264; Conference ID – 133 615 222

Friday, May 15, 2020
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting at bit.ly/3c6Grjp
202-765-1264; Conference ID – 593 285 024

Friday, May 15, 2020
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting at bit.ly/3c6Grjp
202-765-1264; Conference ID – 133 615 222

Tech Lauderdale and General Assembly Offering Free Workshops Every Friday in May
Tech Lauderdale has joined forces with General Assembly, the global leader in skills-based education! The two organizations will be offering free workshop every Friday in May focusing on many of today’s most in-demand skills – from coding and data marketing to UX design and career development. Whether you are looking for a new job or seeking to diversify your skill set to become more employable, there are a range of learning paths to match your career goals. Check out all of the offerings and register today at bit.ly/3dm0ElA.

LauderBriefs: Updates from the May 5 City Commission Meeting Now Online
In case you missed it, highlights from the virtual Fort Lauderdale City Commission Meeting and the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Board Meeting that took place on Tuesday, May 5 are available online at bit.ly/lauderbriefs. The City Commission meeting video and vote summary may be viewed on the City’s website at bit.ly/ftlccagendas.
McClatchy Publishing to Present Three-Part COVID-19 Series
McClatchy Publishing presents “COVID-19: Bending the Curve,” a three-part livestreamed series of discussions focusing on the latest advancements for combating the novel coronavirus featuring top medical professionals, industry experts, patient advocates and policymakers. The free events will be livestreamed from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. on three consecutive Thursdays – May 28, June 4, and June 11. Topics will include Innovation & Treatment (May 28); The Path to a Vaccine (June 4); and the Impact on Health Care Policy (June 11). Bending the Curve is designed to be a true exchange of ideas, in a civil forum focused on solutions. To register, visit bit.ly/2WH9Wlk.
Chamber Podcast Focuses on Education
Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dan Lindblade had an opportunity to speak with Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie, as part of the Chamber’s Podcast Series for Business. During the podcast, Superintendent Runcie discusses the school district’s work in response to the crisis and covers a variety of other topics including lap top distribution to students, the success of the distance learning initiative, providing meals to families in need, plans for virtual graduation ceremonies, and strategies being considered to secure needed funding during this critical time. To listen to the podcast, visit bit.ly/2YIOkb3.
Visit Lauderdale’s “Future In Focus” Summit Now Online
In case you missed it, “Future In Focus,” the destination recovery summit hosted by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is now available online at bit.ly/3drsY6a. Focusing on recovery and revitalization, the team at Visit Lauderdale shares key insights on current and upcoming initiatives designed to rebuild and revitalize the community and our local tourism economy. After watching the summit, please take a few minutes to complete a brief survey at bit.ly/2xG91ZU. Your valuable feedback will help the CVB refine its extensive recovery plan and ultimately strengthen our area as we enter a new day of travel.
Visit Lauderdale Junior Ambassador Program
Need help keeping the kids focused on learning? The Visit Lauderdale Junior Ambassador free online learning program provides compelling, tourism-themed educational lessons for students in grades 3-5 and 6-8 that are filled with fun ways to learn about math, science, history, geography, the arts and more – all brought to life through locations and experiences available in Greater Fort Lauderdale. Kids that complete all the online subjects become Visit Lauderdale Junior Ambassadors. As Junior Ambassadors, students receive a certificate and Greater Fort Lauderdale-themed postcards to send out as invitations for friends and family to come visit – with them as the expert tour guide! For more details about the program, visit https://bit.ly/3fqX0J7.
FDOH Launches New Mobile COVID-19 App
The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) has launched a new mobile app app, StrongerThanC19, to help Floridians combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Individuals may use the app to complete the StrongerThanC19 community action survey. The app allows users to go back and update their survey answers as symptoms and conditions change, which provides officials with the latest information to help improve the distribution of resources in response to COVID-19. Once the survey is completed, users may sign-up to receive COVID-19 updates from the FDOH. The free StrongerThanC19 app is available to both iOS and Android users and can be downloaded from the Apple or Google app stores. The survey is available in both English and Spanish and responses are anonymous. To access the survey online, visit www.StrongerThanC19.com.
Riverwalk Burger Battle Returns!
It’s time for the 11th annual Riverwalk Burger Battle! During the entire month of May, 16 local restaurants will be competing for bragging rights to become the 2020 Champion. This year’s virtual challenge invites everyone to sample as many mouthwatering burger creations as they can by ordering for pick up, take out, or delivery. Then, select your favorite burger and vote at bit.ly/2WaOCpx. Post your favorite photos to social media with the hashtag #BBXI for a change to win a prize! For details, visit bit.ly/2SFZOIg.
Photos and Video of Flyover by U.S. Navy Blue Angels
The U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels made a special visit to South Florida on May 8 as part of Operation “America Strong,” a nationwide effort to recognize, honor and support the exemplary work of healthcare professionals, first responders, and all those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response. The aerobatic flight demonstration team flew over hospitals in Fort Lauderdale including Holy Cross Hospital, Broward Health Medical Center and Kindred Hospital, before heading west toward Memorial Hospital, south to Miami and Homestead, then back north toward West Palm Beach. To view photos from today’s fly over, visit bit.ly/3fuWJ7L and to see a quick video, visit bit.ly/3bho7Tw.

Birch State Park Reopens
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, located at 3109 East Sunrise Boulevard, has reopened. The park will operate daily from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. The park’s trails are open and restrooms and trash receptacles are available, however, beach access and other park facilities remain closed. Visitors are expected to maintain proper social distancing of at least six feet and limit the size of groups to 10 people. Normal park fees apply. For more information, please visit https://bit.ly/3b5HYVI. 

City Expands Hours for Boat Ramps at Cox’s Landing
The City of Fort Lauderdale has expanded the operating hours for the boat ramps at Cox’s Landing, located at 1784 S.E. 15 Street. The boat ramps are now open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. Boat ramps located at Cooley’s Landing, 450 S.W. 7 Avenue; George English Park, 1101 Bayview Drive; and Riverland Woods Park, 3950 Riverland Road; will continue to operate from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily.

New Map Shows What City Parks and Amenities are Open
The City of Fort Lauderdale has reopened certain parks, marinas, boat ramps, and golf courses to help promote physical and mental health in the community. To help neighbors navigate which parks and amenities are open, the City has created a new, easy-to-use map that can be accessed online at bit.ly/ftlparks. The clickable, interactive map shows the name, address, and location of each park and amenity along with a list of available activities. As a reminder, the parks are open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Passive recreation is permissible including bicycling, boating, running and walking (paths will be marked as one-way), singles-only pickleball and tennis games, and launching of single-rider canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards. Park users are required to follow CDC Guidelines for social distancing and personal hygiene which include using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol; avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; avoiding close contact with people who are sick; maintaining six feet of distance between yourself and others; wearing a facial covering over mouth and nose if social distancing cannot be maintained; and staying home if you are sick. To view the interactive map, visit bit.ly/ftlparks. To view the Mayor’s Declaration of Emergency Regulations, visit bit.ly/3fkZHfc.

City Events Remain Canceled including Great American Beach Party
While progress continues to be made in the fight against COVID-19, Fort Lauderdale reminds everyone that all City events remain canceled until further notice, including the Great American Beach Party and Memorial Day events. By order of the Governor, all public and private beaches in the City of Fort Lauderdale remain closed. In addition, basketball courts, community centers, dog parks, indoor gyms, outdoor fitness equipment, park offices, pavilions, playgrounds, restrooms, splash pads, sports fields, swimming pools within parks, and water fountains remain closed. For the latest updates, visit bit.ly/ftlcovid19. 

City’s Parking Services Office Reopens
The City of Fort Lauderdale’s Parking Services Office, located at 290 NE 3 Avenue, has reopened. The office will operate Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) social distancing guidelines, only two customers will be allowed in the lobby at any one time. Customers must wear facial coverings at all times and stand six feet apart as indicated by markings on the lobby floor. The City encourages neighbors to continue to conduct business virtually by calling 954-828-3700 or emailing [email protected] for assistance. Neighbors may also visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/parking to purchase or renew permits and pay citations.

City Offers Free Traffic Control Support for Distribution Events
The City of Fort Lauderdale is committed to helping our neighbors support one another during the COVID-19 crisis. To assist local community, faith-based, business, neighborhood, and non-profit organizations with food and emergency supply distributions, the City is offering traffic control support, at no charge, to help prevent traffic backups and facilitate a smooth, organized flow of vehicles during the event. Organizations hosting food or supply distribution events in need of traffic control are encouraged to complete a short online form at bit.ly/ftltrafficsupport or contact the 24-hour Neighbor Service Center at 954-828-8000. For more information, contact the Office of Neighbor Support at [email protected].

Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Launches Virtual Recreation Center
Fort Lauderdale understands the power of parks and recreation more than anyone. During this time of social distancing, the Parks and Recreation Department is providing virtual recreation opportunities for you and your families. Our Virtual Recreation Center offers free, fun, and educational activities and resources for all ages. Visit this page often or follow us on our social media channels for a variety of free instructor-led classes, at-home activities, updates, and ideas to keep you and your loved ones healthy, entertained, and informed. For details, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/recreation.

Check Out the City’s COVID-19 Community Resources Webpage
The City of Fort Lauderdale cares about the safety and well-being of its neighbors and is particularly focused on connecting them with resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, the City’s Neighbor Services Division has launched a new COVID-19 Community Resources page to help neighbors navigate this challenging time. The page features easily accessible information on a variety of topics including healthcare, childcare, education, elderly support, food distribution, housing, assistance programs and more. To access the webpage, please visit bit.ly/ftlcovid19commres.

Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB “Eat Local” Campaign
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, restaurants are currently limited to offering delivery and takeout service. To support them and to offer a helpful resource to our community, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau has launched “Eat Local,” a campaign that features a comprehensive list of local restaurants offering takeout, drive-thru, curbside and delivery services that residents and visitors can use while practicing social distancing. To access the listing, which includes details about menus, hours, and more, visit bit.ly/34NtAzQ or check out the @VisitLauderdale social media channels. Restaurants may sign up to be added to the “Eat Local” listing for free at bit.ly/3eu2e6p.

Business and Employee Assistance Programs
The City of Fort Lauderdale is sensitive to the stress and financial impact our businesses and their employees are experiencing as a result of COVID-19. For more information about programs and resources designed to assist businesses, employees, and the general public during this challenging time, please visit bit.ly/2U2qwfw.

Broward Center Offers Online Arts and Education
Stay connected with the Broward Center for the Performing Arts through the organization’s new online series of performing arts classes and content. Selections include 20-minute singing, acting, dance, or improv classes; live chats with special guests and Broadway professionals; sing-alongs with Artist-in-Residence, Tammy Holder; performances by students from the Broward Center’s Spotlights class; and more, all from the comfort of your own home. For more details and a complete schedule of offerings, visit www.browardcenter.org/education/educationathome.

NSU Art Museum Offers Free Virtual Tours and Educational Resources
The NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is bringing the museum to you with the following free virtual tours and educational resources. To learn more, visit nsuartmuseum.org. 

  • Virtual tours of the exhibitions Happy!, which explores the full range of human emotion in contemporary art, and I Paint My Reality: Surrealism in Latin America that offer 360 views of the galleries and art on view. To take a virtual tour, visit bit.ly/34rctnf.
  • In the Artist’s Studio consists of virtual studio visits featuring artists in the museum’s current exhibitions including Emilio Martinez, José Bedia, and Demi. Visit with the artists at bit.ly/2RvGrkR.
  • Video Channel features talks by artists, curators and historians along with features on museum events like the recent Rob Pruitt Flea Market in which local artists were invited to participate in this socially engaging art activation. Check out the video channel at bit.ly/2RvGrkR. 

Remember to Wear Facial Coverings
As a reminder, both the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Declaration of Emergency Regulations (dated May 1, 2020) and the Broward County Emergency Order 20-08 require face coverings to be worn by any and all persons, including employees, while present within the interior of any and all essential services and businesses, as defined by the Governor’s Executive Order 20-91. Members of the public are required to wear facial coverings when obtaining essential services. Facial coverings are also required to be worn be worn by individuals making deliveries or providing delivery services, and any worker involved in the preparation of food is required to wear a facial covering unless doing so would pose a hazard or health issue. A face covering is defined as a covering over the nose and mouth that may include a face mask, homemade mask, or other cloth covering, such as a scarf, bandana or handkerchief. 

Please Dispose of Used Gloves and Face Coverings Properly
As more and more people wear gloves and face coverings in public to protect themselves and help slow the spread of COVID-19, it is important to remember to properly dispose of these items after use. Gloves and face coverings should never be left on the ground, on sidewalks, in streets, or in parking lots. These items may be contaminated and could potentially pose a risk to workers who have to pick them up. In addition, used masks and gloves are not biodegradable or recyclable. Those discarded on streets and sidewalks can easily make their way into our stormdrain system, potentially causing drainage problems and polluting our oceans and waterways. Please be respectful of others, particularly during this challenging time, and dispose of these items properly. To view CDC guidelines on how to protect yourself and others, visit bit.ly/3acut6g.

COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program Closed
Due to an overwhelming response, applications are no longer being accepted for the City’s COVID-19 rental assistance program.  More than 550 applications were received for the program which will offer rental assistance to qualified residents of Fort Lauderdale who experienced job loss due to COVID-19 and meet program eligibility requirements. Under the program, eligible residents will receive up to three months of assistance not to exceed a maximum dollar value of $5,000 in total benefits; contingent upon funding availability. The City of Fort Lauderdale Housing and Community Development Division will contact the qualified residents who will be receiving assistance.

Governor DeSantis Announces Plans to Reopen Florida
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced “The Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery.” The plan, put together by the Governor’s Re-Open Florida Task Force, outlines a road map for re-opening the state that focuses on guiding principles including Public Health and Safety; Protection of the Vulnerable; Health Care System Readiness; Economic Recovery; Protection of Civil Liberties and Maintaining Individual Rights; Public Confidence; and Partnership with Local Communities. Phase One of the plan begins on Monday, May 4, 2020, but does not include Miami-Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach counties. To view the plan, visit bit.ly/3c831Ig.

U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) Offering Business Assistance
The U.S. Conference of Mayors Small Business and Entrepreneurship Task Force is pleased to announce that individual business assistance is now available at no cost to small business owners. Small business owners impacted by the economic consequences of the pandemic can call 855-876-5561 to receive one-on-one help. Owners will be connected with experts who can assist them in developing strategies for their businesses, including personnel management, operations, and liquidity. Additionally, specialists will help owners navigate funding options at the federal, state, and local levels. For more details, visit bit.ly/2Vhvqoo.

Report Price Gouging to 1-866-966-7226
During the COVID-19 outbreak, neighbors are reminded to be on the lookout for scams and guard against price gouging. For a list of items covered under the state’s price gouging laws during the COVID-19 state of emergency, visit bit.ly/2wAxiA4. Individuals who have experienced price gouging or scams related to COVID-19 can report them by calling Florida’s Price Gouging Hotline toll-free at 1-866-9-NO-SCAM (1-866-966-7226). Complaints may also be submitted online at www.myfloridalegal.com. Violators of the price gouging law are subject to civil penalties of $1,000 per violation and up to a total of $25,000 for multiple violations committed in a single 24-hour period. For more information on price gouging, visit bit.ly/2K2pWsi.

Florida Poison Control Hotline 1-800-222-1222
Florida Poison Control offers immediate assistance through a nationwide, toll-free hotline, 1-800-222-1222, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Calls are answered by specially trained physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, toxicology fellows, and board-certified toxicologists who have immediate access to the latest, in-depth poison assessment and prevention techniques. The Poison Control Centers remind everyone, particularly children, that while many household cleaning products may look good enough to eat or taste, they should never be consumed. In case of exposure to cleaning products or disinfectants, call the Poison Control Hotline at 1-800-222-1222. For more information, visit floridapoisoncontrol.org. 

SOBEWFF® & FIU Chaplin School Hospitality Industry Relief
The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (SOBEWFF®) has launched the SOBEWFF® & FIU Chaplin School Hospitality Industry Relief Fund to provide immediate financial support to independently owned and operated restaurants and bars impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. Grants will be provided to independently owned and operated restaurants and bars that have had to temporarily cease operations, lay off employees, or whose businesses have been severely diminished due to locally mandated closure orders. For details and to apply, visit bit.ly/2XYx01i.

Broward County Reopens Selected Parks and Facilities
Broward County has reopened golf courses, boat ramps, marinas, pools in multifamily developments, and a limited number of parks. All of the openings come with specific restrictions including limited hours, usage guidelines, maintaining social distancing, and other regulations to limit interaction. Broward County’s beaches and non-essential businesses will remain closed. For more details, visit www.broward.org.

Broward County Extends Event Cancellations Through May 15
Broward County has extended the cancellation of all events at parks, libraries and other County facilities through May 15. The County is also reminding everyone that all passengers on Broward County Transit (BCT) are required to wear a facial covering, in accordance with Broward County’s Emergency Order 20-07. For more information and updates, visit www.broward.org/coronavirus.

Broward Schools Offers New Social and Emotional Learning Resources
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is partnering with Rethink Ed, a comprehensive K-12 online platform that provides opportunities for students, teachers, administrators and parents, to access on-demand videos and resources to assist with managing mental health and wellness. The resources are being provided to address the heightened levels of fear, anxiety and stress that have emerged in students and parents as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. BCPS educators and students can access Rethink Ed resources from their Clever launchpad at sso.browardschools.com by clicking on the Rethink Ed tile in the Request Center to find the app. The resources can be directly accessed by parents and students at bit.ly/3bUSGzi.

211 Broward Checking on Elderly Through Senior Touchline
211 Broward is a free, confidential helpline available 24 hours a day, seven days a week that provides trained specialists who are available to speak directly with callers, assess current circumstances, de-escalate crisis situations, and provide valuable linkage to available community resources. Through a grant from the Jim Moran Foundation, the agency continues to operate the Senior Touchline program, a service that enables 211 Broward representatives to place calls to senior citizens to check on them during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you know of a senior, 60 years of age or older and living alone that would like a daily reassurance call, please contact Rafael Vazquez at 954-640-5800. 

White House Unveils Plan to Reopen the Country
President Trump has unveiled Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts. The steps are designed to help guide state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives. The plan focuses on a phased approach to reopening the country once criteria is met that includes: seeing a decrease in symptoms and reported COVID-19 cases over a sustained 14-day period; confirming that hospitals are no longer operating in crisis care mode; and having a robust testing system in place. The plan offers state and local officials the flexibility to take local circumstances into consideration when applying the criteria (e.g., metropolitan areas that have suffered severe COVID outbreaks, rural and suburban areas where outbreaks have not occurred or have been mild). In addition, Governors are encouraged to work on a regional basis to satisfy the criteria and progress through the phases of the reopening plan. For details, visit www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica.

Applications for Fall 2020 Jim Moran Small Business Executive Program Extended to May 15
Created to be a world-class learning experience that accommodates the busy schedule of small business owners, the Jim Moran Small Business Executive Program (SBEP) is ideal for CEOs, entrepreneurs, presidents of small businesses, and immediate successors of businesses. The program focuses on creating strong, innovative leaders who are ready to capitalize on business opportunities, implement best practice management, and turn challenges into a strategic advantages. The program is free to accepted participants, thanks to the generous support of sponsors. The application deadline has been extended through May 15, 2020.  To apply, visit fla.st/2ytWfh2.

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Launches “Keep Florida Growing” Website
With restaurants and foodservice businesses closed due to COVID-19, agricultural producers across the country have struggled to sell perishable products like fruits and vegetables. Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) are working to support farmers, ranchers, producers, and consumers during this difficult time. The FDACS has launched the Keep Florida Growing website and the Florida Farm To You Commodities List to connect potential buyers with farmers and producers of Florida-grown commodities like fresh produce, seafood, poultry, and more. Buyers, food banks, and consumers can directly connect with growers selling these products using contact information on the list. To view the Keep Florida Growing website, visit bit.ly/3bcosI1. To view the Florida Farm To You Commodities List, visit bit.ly/34FddFn.

FAQ on Reemployment Assistance from Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has produced a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document focusing on Reemployment Assistance. The FAQ, which can be accessed by visiting bit.ly/2xuVuo2, covers an array of topics including reemployment eligibility requirements, CARES Act eligibility requirements, submission requirements, processes and procedures, benefits, and examples of numerous situations that may be applicable to people requesting benefits. The DEO’s Connect claims system is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at connect.myflorida.com and the DEO’s contact center hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 7:30 am – 6:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Contact phone numbers are as follows:

Customer Service Hotline:                                                      1-800-204-2418
Main Department:                                                                   1-850-245-7105
Fraud Hotline:                                                                         1-800-342-9909
Language Barrier/Computer Assistance:                                1-800-681-8102

Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Free Assistance for Nonprofits and Businesses
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance is sharing a resource to assist local businesses and nonprofits. The South Florida Emergency Response Program, powered by Axis South Florida and nationally-recognized business accelerator gener8tor, offers free assistance to businesses and nonprofits in Broward and Miami-Dade counties affected by COVID-19. The program feature daily webinars in English and Spanish designed to identify, understand, and help small businesses secure resources to withstand the current crisis. One-on-one meetings are also available. For more information or to sign up visit, www.gflalliance.org  or www.axishelps.org/generator.

Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council Resources
The Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council (FSMSDC) has assembled an important and timely list of resources and information to help businesses handle the challenges associated with COVID-19. The organization’s website includes quick links to loans, assistance with loan packaging, technical assistance, webinars, advice on business continuity and strategies for managing remote workforces. For more information, visit fsmsdc.org/covid19.

Dr. Jerome Adams Face MaskU.S. Surgeon General Shows How to Make Your Own Face Covering
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public areas where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) and especially where significant community-based transmission of the coronavirus is occurring. In support of this recommendation, Dr. Jerome Adams, the U.S. Surgeon General, has produced a video showing simple steps to making your own face covering. To view the video, visit bit.ly/2y8FE2u. In addition to the video, the CDC offers simple step-by-step instructions for making sewn or non-sewn homemade face coverings at bit.ly/39X2OFZ.

SAMHSA Offers Free Information on Mental and Behavioral Health During COVID-19
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. The organization offers free information, materials, and resources focusing on better mental and behavioral health, as well as ways that individuals and families can cope with the stress and challenges of COVID-19 (see links to flyers below). SAMHSA has also established a Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide immediate crisis counseling and support to people dealing with mental or emotional issues related to the coronavirus pandemic. For more information, visit www.samhsa.gov. 

pdf Coping with Stress during Infectious Disease Outbreaks
pdf Talking with Children about Infectious Disease Outbreaks
pdf How to Cope with Sheltering in Place
pdf Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health

Help Prevent Sanitary Sewer Overflows
Neighbors can do their part to help prevent sewer overflows. Never flush the following items down the toilet: tampons and other feminine hygiene products; baby wipes, wet wipes and cleaning pads; dental floss; swabs and cotton balls; diapers; paper towels and tissues; hair; cigarette butts; condoms; and kitty litter. When flushed down the toilet, these items bind together and may cause sewage backups in homes, manhole overflows, and failures at sewage pumping stations. In addition, never pour cooking oils down the drain. Instead, pour the oils into old cans, milk containers or other packages and dispose of them in the black garbage cart. To report a sewer overflow, please contact the City’s 24-Hour Neighbor Call Center at 954-828-8000 or online at www.fortlauderdale.gov/lauderserv.

Sun Trolley and Riverwalk Water Trolley Service Updates
The Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association (TMA) has introduced service changes to the Sun Trolley and Riverwalk Water Trolley to ensure the safety of drivers and riders and help slow the community spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The following route-specific updates are in effect:

  • The Downtown Link remains in operation using a single vehicle.
  • The Beach Link remains in operation using a single vehicle. Fares on the Beach Link will continue to be temporarily suspended.
  • The Las Olas Link remains in operation using a single vehicle and the service schedule will be offered from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fares on the Las Olas Link continue to be temporarily suspended.
  • The Riverwalk Water Trolley is temporarily suspended until further notice.
  • The Seabreeze Tram remains suspended until further notice.
  • The Neighborhood and NW Community Links’ schedules remain unchanged.

Social distancing precautions will remain in effect. Stacked seating is implemented by blocking off every other seat, vehicle capacity is limited to nine passengers, riders are encouraged to board through the rear door when possible, and all Sun Trolley drivers are having their temperatures checked daily. In addition, all passengers are required to wear a cloth face covering, in accordance with Broward County’s Emergency Order 20-07. Riders without a cloth face covering will not be allowed on the Sun Trolley. For more details, visit bit.ly/STServiceChangesApril13 or call 954-TROLLEY (954-876-5539).

Guidelines for Construction Sites
Based on relevant Emergency Orders that have been issued as well as guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the City of Fort Lauderdale will be following the guidelines below with regard to construction sites and workers:

All construction upon or within uninhabited, unoccupied, or vacated structures prior to final Certificate of Occupancy (CO) is permitted, however, construction inside or within inhabited or occupied structures after final CO has been issued is not permitted, unless such work is specifically for repair or maintenance on or within a residence or is located within an essential business, or alterations are being made to provide accessibility pursuant to Florida Building Code Accessibility requirements.

In addition, the following procedures will be in place:

  • New Construction – Permits that have already been issued for new construction, and are currently in progress, will be allowed to continue through completion of the project to CO.
  • Maintenance or Repair of an Occupied Residence or Essential Building – Repairs and maintenance will be permitted to proceed to preserve minimum safe housing and occupancy or to improve accessibility.
  • Non-Essential Alterations or Remodeling – Non-essential alterations or remodeling will not be permitted. Permit applications for non-essential alterations or remodeling to existing structures will be accepted and fully reviewed with comments for corrections provided. However, the issuance of the permit to such work will be withheld until such time as the current declarations and/or additional or revised declarations are terminated, and COVID19 protocols are lifted.

Work that does not fall within the three categories listed above will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine the appropriate course of action. For more details, visit bit.ly/2UXoKN9  

CDC Issues New Return to Work Guidelines for Essential Employees
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising that critical infrastructure workers may now be permitted to return to work following potential exposure to COVID-19, provided they remain asymptomatic and additional precautions are implemented to protect them and the community. Critical Infrastructure workers who have had an exposure but remain asymptomatic should adhere to the following practices prior to and during their work shift:

  • Pre-Screen: Employers should measure the employee’s temperature and assess symptoms prior to them starting work. Ideally, temperature checks should happen before the individual enters the facility.
  • Regular Monitoring: As long as the employee doesn’t have a temperature or symptoms, they should self-monitor under the supervision of their employer’s occupational health program.
  • Wear a Mask: The employee should wear a face mask at all times while in the workplace for 14 days after the last exposure. Employers can issue facemasks or can approve employees’ supplied cloth face coverings in the event of shortages.
  • Social Distance: The employee should maintain 6 feet and practice social distancing as work duties permit in the workplace.
  • Disinfect and Clean Workspaces: Clean and disinfect all areas such as offices, bathrooms, common areas, and shared electronic equipment routinely.

For more details regarding the CDC’s return to work guidelines, visit bit.ly/3aZyL1J.

Complete the Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Community Action Survey
The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has launched a community action survey called StrongerThanC-19. The survey is designed to aid Florida as the state continues to fight the spread of COVID-19. Information obtained in the survey will be used to help the DOH improve the distribution of resources to support healthcare and other initiatives across the state. Florida residents are encouraged to complete the StrongerThanC-19 community action survey, which can be accessed at www.StrongerThanC19.com. The survey is free and responses are anonymous.

Fact Sheets on CARES Act Business Assistance Programs
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and the Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development have made fact sheets available outlining information and eligibility guidelines for business assistance programs from the state of Florida, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and through the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The fact sheets can be accessed by visiting bit.ly/2JSprRn.

New Operating Hours for Broward County Coronavirus Call Center
The Broward County COVID-19 Hotline, 954-357-9500, has new operating hours. The hotline is now available 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., seven days a week. The County’s COVID-19 Call Center assists the public with answers to questions about the virus. In addition to providing information, call takers also conduct over-the-phone pre-screening for testing eligibility before referring callers to the Department of Health for testing. In addition to the Broward County COVID-19 Hotline, the Florida Department of Health offers a 24/7 Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-779-6121. Please note the Broward County COVID-19 Call Center will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 12.

Governor’s Office Issues FAQ on Stay at Home Order
The Office of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has issued a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to help clarify Executive Order 20-91 which requires everyone in Florida to stay at home and limit their movement outside the home to personal interactions to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities. The FAQ also includes a link to a list of essential services and essential activities that can also be accessed by visiting the homepage of www.floridadisaster.org.

Chamber Resource Guide for Small Businesses
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce has produced a COVID-19 Guide for Businesses and Employees that includes information about state and federal business loans and economic assistance programs, including the new Paycheck Protection Plan that is part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act, which was recently passed by Congress. The guide also includes information on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and how it affects organizations. To access the guide, visit bit.ly/gflccguide.

Complimentary Parking on Las Olas Boulevard
The City of Fort Lauderdale is offering 30 minutes of complimentary on-street parking along Las Olas Boulevard for take-out and delivery at local businesses. The free parking is available daily from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The City encourages everyone to take advantage of the complimentary parking and thanks everyone for supporting our local businesses!

City Parking Garages, Surface Lots, and Select On-Street Parking Areas on Fort Lauderdale Beach Closed
In an effort to protect our neighbors and visitors, limit public gatherings throughout the Fort Lauderdale Barrier Island, and help slow the spread of the coronavirus, the following municipal parking garages, surface lots, and on-street parking areas are closed until further notice: Las Olas Garage at 200 E. Las Olas Circle; Las Olas Intracoastal Lot (E Lot) at S. Birch Road and Las Olas Circle; D.C. Alexander Park Lot at SE 5 Street and A1A; Fort Lauderdale Beach Park Lot at 700 Seabreeze Boulevard; Vista Park Lot at 2880 N. Atlantic Boulevard; Loggerhead Park Lot at 2700 N. Atlantic Boulevard; the Sebastian Street Lot at 3031 Sebastian Street; on-street parking on SE 5 Street between Seabreeze Boulevard and A1A; and on-street parking on A1A between Sunrise Boulevard and NE 18 Street. For more details and to view a map of the locations, visit bit.ly/3bzd3l6. Neighbors with questions may contact the City’s 24-hour Customer Service Center at 954-828-8000 or email Parking Customer Service at [email protected].

Reminder All Public and Private Beaches Closed in Fort Lauderdale and Broward County
All beaches in the City of Fort Lauderdale and Broward County are closed. This applies to both public and private beaches. The City closed its public beaches on March 15. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-70 on March 20, which closed all public and private beaches throughout Broward County and Palm Beach County.


City of Fort Lauderdale Emergency Regulations

The following City emergency regulations are currently in effect in the City of Fort Lauderdale and shall remain in effect until further notice. The measures have been implemented for the protection of our neighbors, visitors, businesses and employees to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the healthcare system is not overwhelmed. The City will continue to assess the situation and make changes as necessary.

SECTION 1 – Safer-at-Home  Regulations
A. The Governor’s Executive Order 20-91 orders that all persons in Florida limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their homes to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities. In accordance with Executive Order 20-91, each resident of the City of Fort Lauderdale is hereby ordered to stay at home and within the entirety of their owned or rented property. Residents may make use of all exterior portions of their homes such as patios, porches, yards, and driveways, and may leave their place of residence and travel to another place for purposes of obtaining or providing essential services or conduct essential activities.

B. The City of Fort Lauderdale hereby adopts the list of essential services and activities established by the Governor pursuant to Executive Order 20-91, including as may be amended or supplemented thereafter. All services and  commercial establishments that are not deemed essential pursuant to Executive Order 20-91, as amended or supplemented, are ordered closed.

C. In accordance with Broward County Emergency Order 20-06, nothing in this Declaration prohibits nonessential services solely to the extent necessary to perform Minimum Basic Operations, provided such entities and services practice, and ensure persons interacting with and within such entities and services practice, social distancing and all other measures as advised by the CDC, including keeping six (6) feet between persons and limiting group size to less than ten (10) people. Minimum Basic Operations means the minimum activities necessary to maintain the value of inventory, preserve plant and equipment condition, ensure security, process payroll, and employee benefits, and facilitate  employees  working remotely.

D. All essential services and businesses, as well as all persons engaged in essential activities, shall adhere to all social distancing guidelines and all other measures advised by the CDC, including keeping six (6) feet between persons and limiting group size to less than ten (10) people.

E. This Declaration does not limit religious services at any location, but all persons performing or attending religious services shall fully comply with all measures advised by the CDC including limiting group sizes to no more than ten (10) people and practicing social distancing of at least six (6) feet between persons.

F. This Declaration shall apply to entities and services based upon their  regular course of services as of March 27, 2020 . Any change to an entity’s scope of services after March 27, 2020 shall not modify the characterization of the entity as essential or non-essential.

G. All businesses providing essential services are required to:

  1. Deny entry to any persons without a facial covering in accordance with the City Declaration of Emergency  Regulations (Face Coverings), dated April 10, 2020, and Broward County Emergency Order 20-07;
  2. Provide alcohol-based hand sanitizers for use by customers and employees;
  3. Provide disinfecting wipes at points of entrance, cash registers, and/or other appropriate locations for customers to disinfect carts, shopping  baskets, and point of sale terminals; or, alternatively, designate staff responsible for disinfecting carts, and shopping baskets after each customer use; and
  4. Implement procedures for custodial or janitorial staff to sanitize frequent touchpoints through the day, including point of sale terminals at registers, conveyor belts, door handles, door plates, shelves, and other appropriate locations.

SECTION 2 – Public Meetings and Events
A. The following events, activities, and meetings are cancelled and suspended:

  1. All City events, including but not limited to, events approved pursuant to Chapter 15, Article V, Code of Ordinances of the City of Fort Lauderdale.
  2. All City recreation.al programs and facilities, facility rentals, and organized sports leagues are cancelled and suspended. However, Parks and Recreation will continue to provide online educational experiences.
  3. All Special Magistrate, Code Enforcement, Board of Adjustment, Nuisance Abatement Board hearings, and Community Court are cancelled and suspended.
  4. All homeowner association and civic association meetings  conducted  or held on City property are cancelled and suspended.

B. Meetings of the Planning & Zoning Board, advisory boards, committees, and working groups may be scheduled and conducted on a limited basis to the extent such advisory board, quasi-judicial board, committee, or working group’s advice, consent, or decision is necessary and required for the function of the City Commission

  1. Pursuant to Executive Order No. 20-69, the requirements of an in-person quorum and for a meeting to occur at  a public place, are suspended . However, any meetings held by any and all advisory boards, quasi-judicial boards, committees, or working groups pursuant to this Section must strictly adhere to any and all other requirements under the Florida Constitution and Florida’s “Government in the Sunshine Laws, including Chapter 286, Florida Statutes .
  2. Any meetings held by any and all advisory boards, quasi-judicial boards, committees, or working groups pursuant to this Section must utilize communications media technology, such as telephonic and video conferencing , as provided in Sec. 120.54(5)(b)(2), Florida Statutes, subject to the approval of the City Clerk, City’s Information Technology Director, and City Attorney.

SECTION 3 – Beaches and Public Parks
A. In accordance  with  Governor  Desantis’  Executive  Order 20-70, and  Executive Order 20-90, and Broward County Emergency Order 20-08, all public and private beaches remain closed.

B. Basketball courts, community centers, dog parks, indoor gyms, outdoor fitness equipment, park offices, pavilions, playgrounds, restrooms, splash pads, sports fields, swimming pools within parks, and water fountains remain closed.

C. The following City of Fort Lauderdale parks are open to public access for the limited purposes stated, and subject to the limitations set forth in this Section, from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. All other parks remain closed.

  1. Bass Park tennis courts;
  2. Bayview Park tennis courts;
  3. Benneson Park tennis courts;
  4. Bill Keith Preserve nature trail, and canoe and kayak launch;
  5. Carter Park tennis courts, track, and walking path;
  6. Dr. Elizabeth Hays Civic Park walking path;
  7. George English Park tennis courts, boat ramps, and walking paths;
  8. Hardy Park tennis courts and walking paths;
  9. Holiday Park pickle-ball courts, tennis courts, and walking path;
  10. Hortt Park tennis courts and walking path;
  11. Lewis Landing Park canoe and kayak launching;
  12. Mangurian Park walking path;
  13. Osswald Park driving range and golf course;
  14. Riverland Park walking path;
  15. Riverland Woods Park boat ramps;
  16. Riverside Park tennis courts and walking path;
  17. Riverwalk Linear Park walking path;
  18. Sailboat Bend Preserve nature trail;
  19. Shirley Small Community Park tennis courts and walking path;
  20. Snyder Park bike trail, disc golf, and nature trails; and
  21. Warfield Park walking path.

D. City of Fort Lauderdale parks opened by this Declaration shall be used only for passive use, such as walking, hiking, biking, jogging, personal boat launching, mountain biking, disc golf, and fishing , as applicable and otherwise permitted in such parks. Passive use does not include any use that requires use of park buildings or park equipment.

E. The following guidelines shall apply to all City of Fort Lauderdale parks:

  1. No groups of more than ten (10) people shall congregate in any area of any park within the City of Fort Lauderdale , and a minimum of fifty (50) feet shall be maintained between all groups of up to 10 people.
  2. Use of tennis courts, pickle ball courts, and racquetball courts shall be limited to a maximum of two people on the court at any one time (i.e. singles play only), and disc golf courses limited to singles play.
  3. Users of walking  and nature paths will  be required to travel only  in one direction .
  4. Vehicle parking capacity in parks will be regulated, as necessary , to adhere to CDC social distancing guidelines .
  5. All CDC guidelines regarding social distancing must be observed at all times by all persons using any park in the City of Fort Lauderdale.
  6. Facial coverings  must be worn at all times to the extent  required by the City’s Declaration of Emergency Regulations (Face Coverings) , dated April 10, 2020 , including but not limited to, if they are within a six-foot distance of another person.

F. The City reserves the right to close or open certain parks or limited park amenities as deemed appropriate and as circumstances warrant without the need to modify this Declaration.

SECTION 4 – Boating and Marine Activities
A. Boating and marine activities, including recreational and commercial boating activities, may resume on a limited basis in the City of Fort Lauderdale pursuant and with strict adherence to the requirements and limitations set forth in Broward County Emergency Order 20-08 (attached).

B. Boat ramps will operate and be open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm daily.

SECTION 5 – Pool Decks, Pools, and Hot Tubs
A. In accordance with Broward County Emergency Orders 20-05 and 20-08, pool decks, pools, and hot tubs, whether of a commercial or non-commercial nature shall remain closed for all purposes except as permitted in Broward County Emergency Order 20-08.

B. The limited use of pool  decks, pools, and hot tubs is contingent upon strict compliance with, and adherence to, the requirements and limitations set forth in Broward County Emergency Order 20-08.

SECTION 6 – Golf Courses
All municipal and privately-run golf courses in the City of Fort Lauderdale may reopen on a limited basis with strict compliance with, and adherence to, the requirements and limitations set forth in Broward County Emergency Order 20-08.

SECTION 7 – Applicability, Enforcement, Severability
A. This Declaration supersedes the City’s Declaration of Emergency  Regulations, dated March 17, 2020, City’s Declaration of Emergency “Safer at Home” Regulations, dated March 27, 2020, and City’s Declaration of Emergency Regulations, dated April 17, 2020

B. This Declaration is supplemental to the City’s Declaration of Emergency Regulations (Face Coverings), dated April 10, 2020, Broward County’s Emergency Orders 20-05, 20-06, 20-07, and 20-08, and the Governor’s Executive Orders.

C. The regulations set forth in this Declaration do not apply to Broward County, the Broward County School Board, the North Broward Hospital District, the State of Florida, and the Federal Government.

D. Any violation of any rule or regulation issued and set forth herein shall be punishable as provided in Florida Statute, Section 252.50, and Sections 1-6, 16-1, and/or 18-1, Code of Ordinances, City of Fort Lauderdale.

E. This Emergency Declaration is effective as of 12:01 am April 29, 2020 and shall remain in full force up until terminated or superseded by subsequent Declaration.


Department of Health Information

According to the Florida Department of Health, as of May 12, 2020 at 6:30 p.m., results from tests administered in Broward County indicated 62,101 negative results; 5,973 positive results; 60 inconclusive results; and 22 pending results. To see the latest data from the FDOH, visit bit.ly/2wb29D2.
Individuals with questions related to the coronavirus should call the Florida Department of Health’s Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-779-6121 which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week or email [email protected]. Individuals who are concerned that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should call the Florida Department of Health in Broward County at 954-412-7300 and their healthcare provider before traveling to any healthcare facility.

State of Florida Opens Two Walk-Thru COVID-19 Testing Sites in Broward County
The state of Florida has opened its first two walk-thru testing sites, both of which are located in Broward County. The sites are open at the Urban League, located at 560 N.W. 27 Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, and Mitchell Moore Park, located at 901 N.W. 10 Street in Pompano Beach. Each site will administer 200 tests a day. Individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can walk up to the sites to receive a test or can set up an appointment to be tested. The Urban League testing site will be open Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the Mitchell Moore Park site will be open 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. every day except Thursday. Appointments may be made by calling (954) 412-7300.

Broward Health Offers Free Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing at Two Locations
Broward Health offers free COVID-19 drive-thru testing at two locations: Central Broward Regional Park and Broward County Stadium, located at 2700 N.W. 11 Place in Lauderhill, and Festival Marketplace, located at 2900 W. Sample Road in Pompano Beach. Testing is by appointment only and walkups are not allowed. The testing sites are open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In order to be tested, individuals must be prescreened and meet testing guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Florida Department of Health, be pre-qualified with a prescription, and be pre-registered with an appointment by calling Broward Health at 954-320-5730. For more details, visit bit.ly/2Vz8Pni.

Testing Sites Operating at C.B. Smith Park and Cleveland Clinic Krupa Center
Memorial Healthcare is operating a drive-thru testing site at C.B. Smith Park, located at 900 N. Flamingo Road in Pembroke Pines. Testing at this facility is available to South Florida residents 18 years and older who are symptomatic, and first responders and healthcare workers who are symptomatic or asymptomatic (showing no symptoms of COVID-19). Individuals must pre-register by calling 954-276-4680, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. For more details, visit  bit.ly/2KgTHpy. The Cleveland Clinic operates a drive-thru testing site at its Krupa Center, located at 3250 Meridian Parkway in Weston. Testing takes place Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To book an appointment, call 954-659-5951. Callers will be screened by a nurse who will determine whether they meet testing criteria. For details, visit https://cle.clinic/39fUBfT.


City Operations

For the health and safety of our employees and neighbors, all non-essential City operations have been suspended until further notice, except for the following:

  • Public Safety and Emergency Services
  • Public Works/Sanitation Services
  • Building Department Inspection Services
  • Essential support services including Payroll, Finance, and Fleet
  • City owned and operated cemeteries

Public Boat Ramps are Closed
The following City boat ramps are closed:

  • George English Park, 1101 Bayview Drive, (parking lot and boat ramp)
  • Riverland Woods Park, 3950 Riverland Road, (parking lot and boat ramp)
  • Cooley’s Landing, 450 S.W. 7th Avenue, (boat ramp) – Live aboard residents and vessel owners docked at Cooley’s Landing will be allowed to continue to access to their vessels as needed.

The Cox’s Landing/15th Street Boat Ramp, located at 1784 SE 15th Street, will be staffed by the Fort Lauderdale Police Department Marine Unit from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily for boat removals and exemptions outlined in the Broward County Emergency Order 20-02 including licensed commercial fishing operators, emergency maintenance or repairs, and operations conducted by state and federal agencies. For questions, please visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/coronavirus contact the City’s 24-hour Customer Service Center at 954-828-8000.  

Department of Sustainable Development

General Operations
The Department of Sustainable Development (DSD) building at 700 NW 19 Avenue is CLOSED to the public, however, the department is providing services to the public under reduced operations. The preferable form of communication is email; however, the call center is open at 954-828-6520.  Please be aware that response times may be reduced during this period of modified operations.

The City’s online platform, Lauderbuild, is available 24/7 at the following link: https://aca3.accela.com/FTL/Default.aspx

Lauderbuild provides access to permit searches, online payments, application submittal, license renewal, and more.

Permit Plan Application Submittal
Drop boxes have been installed outside the front door of the DSD building at 700 NW 19th Avenue. Applicants may pick up permit plan application forms as well as instructions for how to submit plans in the appropriate drop boxes. Intake staff will pick up submitted applications throughout the day for processing. Individuals are required to provide their name, email and phone number on the application so that staff can communicate as needed to complete the intake process. All payments should be made using the Lauderbuild online platform. Payments are required to be made prior to the City issuing a permit. Individuals may pick up applications for corrections by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please call 954-828-6520.

Scheduling of Inspections
Permit inspections are available to be scheduled either through the DSD Call Center at 954-828-6520 or through Lauderbuild. Please be aware that inspections are prioritized to ensure medical facilities are inspected first along with life safety. All other inspections are then performed on a first-come first-served basis. Any sites to be inspected should have all non-essential staff removed from the inspection area so that City staff can maintain social distancing.

Lien Searches
Lien Searches are open and may be requested by contacting the DSD Call Center at 954-828-6520.

Code Enforcement
Code enforcement is open; however, activity is primarily in the field and with social distancing in place.

Urban Design and Planning (UDP)
Urban Design and Planning (UDP) is open, however, to maintain social distancing UDP staff is working remotely. Please contact planning staff via email by visiting https://bit.ly/2QVrqbR. 

Zoning & Landscape
Zoning is currently operating at reduced capacity; however, plan reviews are moving forward. Landscape has inspectors in the field and plans reviews are moving forward.

Engineering
Engineering is currently operating at reduced capacity; however, plan reviews and inspections are moving forward.  Revocable licenses are being processed.

Additional City Services 

Online City Services
Neighbors are encouraged to utilize Fort Lauderdale’s online services to conduct business. Please visit the Lauderserv page on the City’s website at www.fortlauderdale.gov/lauderserv for information about a variety of online services including utility billing, parking and transportation, code compliance, building permits, human resources, and more.

City Sanitation, Yard Waste, Recycling and Bulk Trash Services
All City sanitation collection services, including residential trash collection, yard waste, recycling, and bulk trash, will continue to operate on their regular collection schedules.

Water and Wastewater Services
Water and wastewater services are not affected by the coronavirus outbreak. These essential services will continue without interruption. During this challenging situation, as people are spending more time at home, please help us prevent sanitary sewer overflows.

 

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