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Coronavirus Updates

Post Date:April 08, 2020 7:30 PM

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Mayor Dean Trantalis Issues Emergency Safer At Home Regulations
pdf Read the Declaration of Emergency and Safer At Home Regulations
pdf Read the Press Release Announcing the Safer At Home Regulations
▶️ View a video update from Mayor Dean J. Trantalis on COVID-19

City of Fort Lauderdale Emergency Regulations
pdf Read the Current Declaration of Emergency Regulations
pdf Read the Mayor's Update (03/17/2020) | ▶️ View Video of the Announcement (03/17/2020)

Broward County Emergency Orders
pdf
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 20-05 Closing Recreational Amenities

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

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


City Update - Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Mayor Trantalis to Host Telephone Town Hall Meeting on April 13
Mayor Dean J. Trantalis will host a live Telephone Town Hall Meeting on Monday, April 13 from 7-8 p.m. focusing on business and the economy as Fort Lauderdale navigates through the COVID-19 crisis. In addition to Mayor Trantalis, participants on the call will include Dan Lindblade, President and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce; Bob Swindell, President and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance; and Mason Jackson, President and CEO of CareerSource Broward. Neighbors are encouraged to join the call to hear the latest information on business and employee assistance programs, reemployment assistance, access to emergency and disaster loans, and other resources available to assist with economic recovery. Residents with listed phone numbers will receive a call prior to the start of the meeting with instructions on how to join the conversation. Neighbors may also dial toll-free 855-840-6970 to participate or listen in. For more details, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov

COVID-19 Rental Assistance Applications Available Online
The City of Fort Lauderdale’s Housing and Community Development office will offer rental assistance to eligible residents of Fort Lauderdale who experienced job loss due to COVID 19. Funding is limited and assistance will be provided on a first-ready, first-served basis. Under the program, a lease agreement must already be in place, rental assistance will be paid directly to the landlord, and rents should be reasonable and meet fair market rent rates. Eligible residents will receive up to three months of assistance not to exceed a maximum of $5,000 in total benefits. Assistance is contingent upon available funding. Applications are currently available online at bit.ly/39ULt0k

Broward Health Opens New Testing Center
Broward Health has opened a new mobile testing facility at Central Broward Regional Park and Broward County Stadium, located at 2700 NW 11 Place in Lauderhill. The testing site is open daily, 9 a.m. – 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 (CDC) and Florida Department of Health (FDOH), 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/2yOiPl3

Businesses Encouraged to Complete City’s COVID-19 Impact Survey
To understand the degree of impact businesses are experiencing and how to better support them, the City of Fort Lauderdale has developed a COVID-19 Business Impact Survey. Owners or authorized designees of businesses located within the City’s boundaries are encouraged to complete and submit the survey by the end of day Friday, April 17, 2020. The information gathered will help the City of Fort Lauderdale develop strategies to speed recovery and assist local businesses, where it can, during this difficult and challenging time. To complete the survey, please visit bit.ly/2U2qwfw

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. 

Complete the Census!
It has never been easier to respond to the Census on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail—all without having to meet a census taker. It’s something everyone can do while practicing social distancing at home to make a difference today, tomorrow and the next 10 years. Counting every neighbor helps determine how much of the $1.5 trillion in federal funding the city, county, and state receive for schools, roads, infrastructure, and public services and programs. An accurate census count also provides funding for hospitals and health centers, disaster recovery, vital health services, and emergency readiness for pandemics like COVID-19. Help Fort Lauderdale get its fair share of the funding. Complete your census at my2020census.gov or call 1-844-330-2020 (English).

Free Webinar to Help Navigate Business Resources on April 9
The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development will host “How to Navigate Business Resources.” The free webinar will take place Thursday, April 9 at 10 a.m. and will be livestreamed at www.facebook.com/BrowardCountyOESBD and on Vimeo at vimeo.com/404673176. The webinar will focus on business resources, how to navigate assistance programs, and what to expect during the process. Guests will include Althea Harris from the U.S. Small Business Administration and Sandra Marin from the Florida Small Business Development Council (SBDC). For details, visit bit.ly/2yJasqF

National Development Council Free Webinar on Business Assistance on April 9
The National Development Council will host a free webinar to help small businesses connect with federal assistance during the COVID-19 Crisis. The free event will take place on Thursday, April 9 from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. and will focus on Revolving Loan Funds and Small Business Recovery Programs. Topics will include understanding the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) vs. the Economic Disaster Injury Loan (EDIL) and will look at resources such as establishing Revolving Loan Funds (RFLs) to support local businesses while they’re waiting to connect with federal assistance. To register, visit bit.ly/2xSTtSw

Chamber to Host Virtual Chat on Marketing on April 10
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce's Branding & Marketing Council will host a free virtual chat focused on marketing strategies during the COVID-19 crisis. The free event will take place on Friday, April 10 at noon. Panelists from the marketing industry will answer questions and provide insights on what you can do to remain engaged with customers. Participants must pre-register at bit.ly/2JRCClC. Questions may be submitted in advance at bit.ly/3e8UciP. For more information, visit www.ftlchamber.com

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

CareerSource Providing Reemployment Assistance
CareerSource Broward is committed to addressing the immediate economic needs of both individuals and businesses impacted by COVID-19. The organization has paper Reemployment (Unemployment) Assistance applications available that can be downloaded and printed from its website at bit.ly/2yOjhQh. CareerSource is offering a variety of remote services to assist employers and job seekers with application procedures, virtual recruitment, and virtual job searches. For additional information and details, visit bit.ly/2yOjhQh

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. For the latest updates from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, please visit bit.ly/2JgQSUI

SBA Offers Disaster Loan Virtual Office Hours
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) South Florida District Office will host virtual office hours Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. The service is limited to 250 callers at one time. Participants may call at any time and are welcome to enter and exit at will. Callers will be muted upon entry and will be taken in the order they are received. To connect via phone, call: 202-765-1264; Conference ID – 162817288. To connect via Skype use the following link: meet.lync.com/sba123/aaharris/0S1GVCJ7.  

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

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. 

Department of Health Information
According to the Florida Department of Health, as of April 8, 2020 at 7 p.m., results from tests administered in Broward County indicated 17,406 negative results; 2,365 positive results; 19 inconclusive results; and 54 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 COVID-19@flhealth.gov. 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. 

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.

LauderBriefs: Updates from the April 7 City Commission Meeting

In case you missed it, highlights from the virtual Fort Lauderdale City Commission Meeting on Tuesday, April 7 at 6 p.m. are now available on the City’s website at bit.ly/lauderbriefs. The video and vote summary will be available this week at bit.ly/April7agenda.

Next Virtual City Commission Meeting on April 21
The City of Fort Lauderdale will host a virtual Commission Meeting on Tuesday, April 21 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. Members of the public who would like to sign up to speak on an agenda item may do so by completing a virtual speaker card form and submitting it to the City Clerk’s Office. To access the virtual speaker card form, please visit bit.ly/virtualspeakercard. If you have any questions, please send an email to vcmsupport@fortlauderdale.gov along with your name and contact phone number and a staff member will reach out to assist you. 

Chamber of Commerce Podcast Features Mayor Trantalis
Dan Lindblade, President and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, recently interviewed Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis as part of the Chamber’s Podcast Series for Business. Mayor Trantalis spoke about Fort Lauderdale’s response to the coronavirus and how the City in partnership with the Chamber and other local, state, and federal agencies and organizations is connecting businesses with resources and assistance programs during this challenging time. To listen to the podcast, visit bit.ly/3bZudZg

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

Dr. Jerome Adams Face Mask

U.S. Surgeon General Shows How to Make Your Own Face Covering
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing cloth face masks 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/cdconmasks or click on the image at left.

Robert Runcie BCPS

A Message from Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie
Superintendent Robert Runcie provided an update following the completion of Broward County Public Schools’ first week of distance learning. The superintendent stated that 82,000 laptops were distributed which enabled 220,000 students to participate in remote online learning taught by more than 15,000 teachers. In addition, the school district continued its food distribution program, delivering over 85,000 meals to students and their families from 47 sites. With the coronavirus continuing to spread, the superintendent expects more challenging conditions to emerge in the coming weeks and, as a result, he stated that it is reasonable to expect that distance learning will continue throughout the remainder of the current school year. To view Superintendent Runcie’s message, visit bit.ly/2RbAjy4 or click on the image at left.

Broward County Emergency Order Closes Pools, Party Rooms and other Recreational Amenities
Broward County has issued Emergency Order 20-05, closing all commercial and non-commercial recreational amenities including pools, pool decks, party rooms, hot tubs, golf courses, tennis courts, basketball courts, fitness centers, gymnasiums, and community rooms. The order includes condominium pools and amenities but does not include pools at single-family homes. Specific exceptions to the order include recreational amenities that are: (a) required for the conduct of an essential service, as defined by the Governor’s Executive Order 20-91, as amended; or (b) located on a single family residential lot, a single townhouse unit, or any part of a duplex lot, so long as the recreational amenity is utilized only by the inhabitants of that lot or unit. To read the complete order, visit https://bit.ly/347sFtE.

Fort Lauderdale Sun Trolley Service Updates
In an effort to ensure the continued safety of drivers and riders, the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association (TMA) has introduced several temporary service changes to the Fort Lauderdale Sun Trolley. As of April 1, the TMA has instituted alternate seating on all vehicles by blocking off every other seat to facilitate social distancing. Additionally, riders are encouraged to board through the rear door, vehicle capacity is limited to nine passengers, and all Sun Trolley drivers are having their temperatures checked daily. The following route-specific updates are also in effect:

  • The Beach Link is operating using two vehicles and fares are temporarily suspended.
  • The Las Olas Link is operating using one vehicle and fares are temporarily suspended.
  • The Seabreeze Tram remains suspended until further notice.For more information, visit  

For more information, visit bit.ly/COVID-19TransitUpdate.

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 parkingservices@fortlauderdale.gov.

Coronavirus Guidelines for America Officially Extended to April 30
President Donald Trump today officially extended the federal guidelines for social distancing through April 30, 2020. Titled "30 Days to Slow the Spread," the recommendations urge Americans to practice social distancing, avoid unnecessary travel, work from home, stay away from nursing homes and limit social gatherings to 10 people. Older people and those with preexisting conditions are advised to stay home and away from other people. To view the guidelines, visit bit.ly/2QhQMjC

Governor Issues Statewide Stay At Home Order
Governor Ron DeSantis has issued Executive Order 20-91 requiring everyone in Florida to stay at home in an effort to fight the spread of the coronavirus. The order directs senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical conditions to remain at home to limit their exposure to COVID-19. It requires all people in Florida to limit their movement outside the home to personal interactions to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities. Essential businesses include, but are not limited to, grocery stores, healthcare facilities, gas stations, banks, laundromats, pet supply stores, and funeral homes. Essential activities include religious services; walking, biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, running, or swimming; caring for pets; and caring for or assisting loved ones and friends. The order states that a social gathering in a public space is not considered an essential activity and that groups larger than 10 people are not permitted to congregate in any public space. The Governor’s order will remain in place through April 30. To view the entire order, visit bit.ly/2xJMv1P.

Mayor Trantalis Issues Emergency Safer at Home Order
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean J. Trantalis has issued an Emergency Declaration requiring residents of the City of Fort Lauderdale to stay at home in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The declaration was done in partnership with cities throughout Broward County, all of which came together to take unprecedented action to protect the people of our communities. This mandatory order is critical because we are at a tipping point in the fight against this deadly and contagious virus. Under the Emergency Declaration, travel in the City of Fort Lauderdale is restricted to visiting essential businesses only, including but not limited to, grocery stores, pharmacies, healthcare providers, gas stations, and childcare facilities. Residents and visitors may also support restaurants offering drive-thru, delivery, and take-out services. Exercise and outdoor activities continue to be permitted as long as they comply with the limits on the size of gatherings and the social distancing regulations defined in the Emergency Declaration. To read the full Emergency Declaration visit  https://bit.ly/2Jlm5WR

Governor DeSantis Suspends Vacation Rental Operations for 14 Days
Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-87 requiring all parties engaged in rental of vacation rental properties to suspend vacation rental operations for a 14-day period from March 27 through April 10. Vacation rentals are prohibited from making new reservations or bookings and shall not accept new guests for check­ in for the duration of the order. View the full Executive Order at: pdf Executive Order 20-87 Vacation Rental Closures.

Reminder All City Parks and Recreational Facilities Remain Closed
Neighbors and visitors are reminded that all City parks, including recreational facilities, are closed. All City recreational programs, facility rentals, and organized sports leagues are postponed until further notice.

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 will remain in effect through April 16, 2020 unless otherwise noted. State regulations enacted by Governor DeSantis are subject to the conditions set forth in the applicable Executive Orders. 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. 

  • Declaration of Emergency and Safer at Home Regulations
    An Emergency Declaration is in effect that requires residents of the City of Fort Lauderdale to stay at home in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Under the Emergency Declaration, travel in the City of Fort Lauderdale is restricted to visiting essential businesses only, including but not limited to, grocery stores, pharmacies, healthcare providers, gas stations, and childcare facilities. Residents and visitors may also support restaurants offering drive-thru, delivery, and take-out services. Exercise and outdoor activities continue to be permitted as long as they comply with the limits on the size of gatherings and the social distancing regulations defined in the Emergency Declaration. To read the full Emergency Declaration visit  https://bit.ly/2Jlm5WR
  • Public Gatherings
    -All public gatherings of any type, whether organized or otherwise, of greater than 10 persons are prohibited. Exemptions include grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores, banks, credit unions, financial institutions, hardware stores, auto supply stores, hospitals, healthcare and medical facilities, pharmacies, drug stores, medical supply companies, as well as land or facilities owned and managed by Broward County, the Broward County School Board, the North Broward Hospital District, the State of Florida, and the Federal Government.
  • Beaches
    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.
  • Business Closures
    -All bars, nightclubs, taverns, pubs, cocktail lounges, breweries, dance halls, movie theaters, halls for hire, auditoriums, bowling alleys, video arcades, and other like entertainment facilities and businesses, including but not limited to those contained within a hotel or other enclosed facility or structure, shall close.

-All gyms, fitness centers, fitness studios, dance studios, and gymnasiums shall close. This regulation shall not apply to gymnasiums, fitness centers, and fitness studios which: (a) are amenities of hotels or office buildings and which have a capacity of 10 persons or less; and (b) are an amenity of residential buildings.

**Please note: As part of Executive Order 20-71, Governor DeSantis has ordered all vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises to suspend the sale of alcoholic beverages by the drink or in sealed containers for consumption on the premises. Such vendors, however, may continue to sell alcoholic beverages in sealed containers for consumption off-premises.

**Please note: Broward County issued Emergency Order 20-01, closing nonessential businesses. The Emergency Order defines in detail which retail and commercial businesses are considered essential and directed to remain open. They include, but are not limited to, healthcare providers and equipment suppliers, doctor’s offices and urgent care centers, mental health professionals, home health care service providers, grocery stores and pharmacies, businesses that provide food, shelter, social services and other necessities for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, banks, gas stations and media.

  • Restaurants, Food and Alcohol Sales
    -All restaurants, cafeterias, and other food service establishments are mandated to cease all on-premises service. However, such establishments may continue to operate their kitchens for drive-thru, delivery, take-out, and exterior pick-up food services. 

**Please note: As part of Executive Order 20-71, Governor DeSantis lifted the restriction that prohibits restaurants from selling package sales of alcohol for delivery, take-out or consumption off-premises. Alcohol sales to go with food that is picked-up or delivered will be permitted and I.D. will be required for orders that include alcohol.

**Please note: As part of Executive Order 20-71, Governor DeSantis has ordered all vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises to suspend the sale of alcoholic beverages by the drink or in sealed containers for consumption on the premises. Such vendors, however, may continue to sell alcoholic beverages in sealed containers for consumption off-premises. 

  • Parks and Recreational Facilities
    -All City parks, including recreational facilities, are closed.
    -All City recreational programs, facility rentals, and organized sports leagues are postponed. 
  • Public Meetings
    -All meetings of the City Commission, City boards, including all advisory and statutory boards, City committees and City working groups are postponed;

**Please note: As part of Executive Order 20-69, Governor DeSantis waived state requirements for local governments to have in-person quorums for public meetings. His order also allows local governments to conduct meetings using communications technology including telephonic and video conferencing. As a result, the next Fort Lauderdale City Commission is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, April 7 at 6 p.m. The meeting is expected to take place using audio/video conferencing software. Additional information about the meeting, including details about public participation, will be made available once confirmed.

-All Special Magistrate, Code Enforcement, Board of Adjustment, Nuisance Abatement Board hearings, and Community Court are postponed;

-All homeowner association and civic association meetings conducted or held on City property are postponed;


Department of Health Information

According to the Florida Department of Health, as of April 8, 2020 at 7 p.m., results from tests administered in Broward County indicated 17,406 negative results; 2,365 positive results; 19 inconclusive results; and 54 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 COVID-19@flhealth.gov. 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.

Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Sites

  • Cleveland Clinic
    The Cleveland Clinic has opened a drive-through testing site at its Krupa Center, located at 3250 Meridian Parkway in Weston. Testing will occur Monday-Friday, between 8 a.m. and 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.
  • Memorial Healthcare
    Memorial Healthcare opened a drive thru testing site at C.B. Smith Park, located at 900 N. Flamingo Road in Pembroke Pines. A telephone pre-registration process has been established to reduce wait time. People will be able to complete the crucial criteria screening and provide demographical information ahead of time, which is required in order to get tested at the park. Individuals should call 954-276-4680 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. seven days a week. For more details, visit https://bit.ly/39ewNZC 
  • Broward Health Opens New Testing Center
    Broward Health has opened a new mobile testing facility at Central Broward Regional Park and Broward County Stadium, located at 2700 NW 11 Place in Lauderhill. The testing site is open daily, 9 a.m. – 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 (CDC) and Florida Department of Health (FDOH), 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/2yOiPl3

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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Customer Service
Neighbors may contact the City’s 24-Hour Customer Service Center by calling 954-828-8000 or by using the LauderServ app or visiting www.fortlauderdale.gov/lauderserv

Parking Customer Service
The Parking Customer Service Office will be closed until further notice and phone calls will be routed to the City’s general customer service number. Parking permits for the month of March will be extended and valid until April permits become available for sale; permit sales will resume once the parking customer service office reopens. Parking citation payments and account modifications may be made at www.fortlauderdale.gov/parking. If you have any questions, please email Parking Customer Service at parkingservices@fortlauderdale.gov

Utility Billing
Utility billing staff will be available by phone at 954-828-5150 during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Neighbors can call utility billing to ask questions, open a new utility account, or make a payment. Utility billing payments may also be made online at www.fortlauderdale.gov/utilitybilling and at the drive-thru kiosk on the east side of City Hall, which is located at 100 North Andrews Avenue.


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 https://bit.ly/2U2qwfw.

The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) is also sharing information about resources that become available from the federal, state, or county government at www.broward.org/econdev.

For the latest updates from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, visit their website.


Fort Lauderdale Police Department's Statement on COVID-19

The Fort Lauderdale Police Department is taking necessary precautions for the safety and well-being of the community, including neighbors, visitors, and first responders. 

pdf Read FLPD’s Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19) - updated 03/24/20

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The Fort Lauderdale Police Department reminds everyone to be aware of potential COVID-19 scams by phone, email or in person. Currently, the CDC, Florida Department of Health and other public health officials, and law enforcement are NOT going door to door selling COVID-19 test kits. If someone offers to sell you a kit, either in person or by phone, please call 954-764-HELP to report it!

 


Broward County

For the latest information from Broward County, visit www.broward.org/coronavirus.

Broward County Public Schools
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) will continue to provide regular updates on operational, academic, and other issues of concern related to the closing of schools due to the coronavirus pandemic. The following documents (updated 03-18-2020) are specific to the impact on student academics:

Broward County Public Schools has also announced that Comcast has launched program enhancements to help students access the internet during the coronavirus crisis by offering two months of internet free. For information about the offer, please visit bit.ly/2TUp9zd. To learn more about Internet Essentials, please visit www.internetessentials.com or call toll-free 1-855-846-8376. For the latest information from Broward County Public Schools, please visit www.browardschools.com/coronavirus

Port Everglades
Port Everglades is open and operating at normal levels. Cargo and fuel are being delivered on their regular schedule. For additional information, visit www.broward.org/port

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is open. FLL passengers are encouraged to check with their airline for the latest travel and flight advisories. For additional information, visit www.broward.org/airport.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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President Donald J. Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued the following Coronavirus Guidelines For America. pdf

30 DAYS TO SLOW THE SPREAD
Listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.

  • If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
  • If your children are sick, keep them at home. Do not send them to school. Contact your medical provider.
  • If someone in your household has tested positive for the coronavirus, keep the entire household at home. Do not go to work. Do not go to school. Contact your medical provider.
  • If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.
  • If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.
  • Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible.
  • If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule. You and your employers should follow CDC guidance to protect your health at work.

DO YOUR PART TO SLOW THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS

  • Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
  • Avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts – use drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options.
  • Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.
  • Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
  • Practice good hygiene:
    • Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.
    • Avoid touching your face.
    • Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
    • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

 Additional Resources from the CDC:

This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available, in addition to updated guidance. For the latest information about the coronavirus from the CDC, please visit www.coronavirus.gov


World Health Organization (WHO)

The WHO is continuously monitoring and responding to the coronavirus outbreak. The WHO provides daily updated situation reports. To read them, visit www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports. For the latest information from the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the coronavirus, visit www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019.


General Information

How Does Coronavirus Spread?
Coronavirus can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract Coronavirus by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

Symptoms of Coronavirus
Symptoms of Coronavirus may appear within two to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Prevention
The CDC recommends taking everyday preventive actions, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then throw the tissue in the trash immediately.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • If you have fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, please seek medical attention.

Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask:

  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Should I be tested for Coronavirus?
If you are concerned that you have been exposed to the coronavirus, please call the Florida Department of Health in Broward County at 954-412-7300 and your healthcare provider before traveling to any healthcare facility. 

For More Information
The Florida Department of Health has established a dedicated Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-779-6121 that is available 24 hours a day seven days a week, as well as a dedicated email address at COVID-19@flhealth.gov which the public can use for questions or clarifications on issues related to the Coronavirus. 

For additional information regarding the coronavirus, please visit www.floridahealth.gov or www.cdc.gov.


Travel Information

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel. Many countries are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice. Airlines have cancelled many international flights and several cruise operators have suspended operations or cancelled trips. If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may be severely disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite timeframe. Learn more at travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-4-health-advisory-issue.html.

Additional information from the Department of State about travel as it relates to COVID-19 is available at travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information.html.

For the latest travel information, alerts, and warnings from the CDC, please visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

Anyone who experiences symptoms of respiratory illness, such as a fever, cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after travel from China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan or any other destination under a CDC travel advisory should call ahead to their health care provider and contact the Florida Department of Health in Broward County at 954-412-7300 before visiting any healthcare facility. In addition, any individual who has had close contact with someone showing these symptoms who has recently traveled from any of these areas or who has been in contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 should follow the same procedures. Their health care professional will work with the Florida Department of Health in Broward County to determine if the person should be tested for COVID-19.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE)
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) and Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) remain open.

FLL passengers are encouraged to check with their airline for the latest travel and flight advisories. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is monitoring passengers arriving into the facility and looking for anyone displaying coronavirus symptoms. If displaying, they may detain/isolate the passenger(s) and will contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to handle. They will also look at a passenger’s travel history but if they are not displaying, they are not detained.

Port Everglades
Port Everglades is open and operating at normal levels. Cargo and fuel are being delivered on their regular schedule. For additional information, visit www.broward.org/port

The CDC recommends that travelers defer all cruise travel worldwide. Additional information is available at wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/warning/coronavirus-cruise-ship.


For additional information regarding the coronavirus, please visit:

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Ways to Stay in Touch

The City of Fort Lauderdale offers numerous ways for neighbors to receive important information and updates: 


Previous Updates from the City of Fort Lauderdale

03-17-2020
03-16-2020
03-15-2020
03-14-2020
03-13-2020
03-11-2020 Cancelation of St. Patrick's Parade and Festival
03-11-2020
03-07-2020
03-06-2020
02-28-2020