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What's Open in the City of Fort Lauderdale

Post Date:June 12, 2020 8:00 PM

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City of Fort Lauderdale Phase 1 Reopening

-City of Fort Lauderdale Declaration of Emergency Regulations (May 16, 2020) pdf
-City of Fort Lauderdale Amended Declaration of Emergency Regulations (May 28, 2020) pdf

Broward County Emergency Orders
-Broward County Administrator's Emergency Order 20-10 Phase 1 Reopening pdf
-Broward County Administrator's Emergency Order 20-12 Additional Businesses Permitted to Operate pdf
-Broward County Administrator's Emergency Order 20-13 Expansion of Phase 1 Reopening pdf
-Broward County Administrator's Emergency Order 20-14 Expansion of Phase 1 Reopening pdf
-Broward County Administrator's Emergency Order 20-15 Expansion of Phase 1 Reopening pdf

To view additional Broward County Emergency Orders regarding COVID-19, visit

Executive Orders Issued by Governor Ron DeSantis
To view Executive Orders from the Governor regarding COVID-19, visit

Summary of What's Open
Following is a summary of businesses and amenities that are currently allowed to operate in the City of Fort Lauderdale and Broward County with restrictions.

Businesses and amenities are required to adhere to strict operating, cleaning, health, and safety guidelines, limitations on occupancy and hours of operation, and regulations on social distancing. 

Youth Activities, Summer Camps, Sports Leagues
-Comply with CDC Guidelines for Considerations for Youth and Summer Camps
-Follow Broward County's General Requirements for All Establishments
-Temperature checks required for all employees prior to starting work
-Any employee with a temperature above 100.1 degrees Fahrenheit should return home
-Maintain visitor logs and attendance records of campers to facilitate contact tracing if necessary
-Facial coverings must be worn by all staff, participants, and parents except when engaged in strenuous activities
-Additional guidelines at:

Bowling Alley's Arcades and Indoor Entertainment Facilities
-Create, implement, and enforce safety and sanitation plans
-Operate at no greater than 50% maximum capacity
-All persons in the establishment must comply with facial covering requirements
-No groups larger than ten (10) persons
-Deep cleaned at least once every 24 hours
-Additional guidelines at:

Movie Theaters (June 15)
-Operate at no greater than 50% maximum capacity
-Social distancing requirements must be followed
-Restrooms must not exceed 50% capacity and shall be staffed by dedicated sanitation personnel at all times when open
-Staff shall use PPEs including, but not limited to, gloves and masks at all times
-Additional hand sanitizing stations shall be provided
-Additional guidelines at:

Vacation Rentals (June 15)
-Adhere to requirements in the Broward County Short-Term Vacation Rental Reopening Plan
-Avoid reservations from COVID-19 hot spots identified by the Governor for the next 30 - 45 days
-Maintain records of guests and staff movement for a minimum of 90 days
-All Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) sanitation guidelines must be followed
-Maintain social distancing and clean frequently used areas often
-Additional guidelines at: 

-Open from sunrise to sunset
-Ocean activities allowed include: swimming, surfing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and body surfing
-Land-based activities include: walking, running, biking, and surf fishing (in permitted areas)
-Picnicking, sunbathing, sitting or lying on the beach is permitted
-Use of umbrellas, canopies, chairs, loungers, and coolers is permitted
-Group gatherings are limited to 10 people
-Facial coverings must be worn when social distancing of 6 feet between persons (other than members of the same household or group) cannot be maintained
-Group and organized sports remain prohibited including, but not limited to, volleyball, soccer and football
-Additional guidelines at:

Commercial Gyms and Fitness Centers
-Limited to 50 percent operating capacity
-Employees are required to wear face masks and have health checks before they start work each day
-Patrons are required to have their temperature checked upon entry and will be denied access if they have a fever.
-Equipment must be sanitized after each use.
-Showers must be closed except for use before entering a pool.
-Hand sanitizer must be provided at all entrances, and all patrons and employees must sanitize upon entrance.
-Additional guidelines at

Hotels, Motels and Commercial Lodging Establishments
-Staff is required to wear facial coverings and gloves for all customer-facing activities.
-Guests must wear facial coverings in all common areas.
-Ballrooms and other special function spaces will remain closed.
-Establishments must impose capacity limits for common areas to adhere to the 6 feet social distancing requirements.
-Establishments must maintain extensive records of guest registration and employee work assignments for the purposes of contact tracing.
-Proprietors are encouraged to post on their website, blog or social media the steps they are taking to keep their guests safe.
-Additional guidelines at

Real Estate Businesses
Residential and commercial real estate services are allowed to operate including in-person showings, inspections, and closings, provided they operate in accordance with CDC guidelines on social distancing and facial coverings. 

Interior Construction
The City of Fort Lauderdale Building Department is resuming the permitting process for interior construction projects in occupied dwellings. As part of this process, contractors will be required to comply with all applicable CDC Guidelines, including avoiding and minimizing contact with building occupants, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing. 

Houses of Worship
Religious organizations continue to be strongly urged to follow CDC Guidelines, including the use of facial coverings, and to limit their gatherings to groups of no more than ten (10) people. However, there are no restrictions on religious services under the current orders. 

Restaurants and Food Establishments
-Maximum 50% indoor seating capacity
-Combined indoor and outdoor seating cannot exceed 100% of total capacity
-Arrange tables to maintain six-foot distancing requirements
-Parties should not exceed 10 people
-Bar counters remain closed
-Additional guidelines at

Retail Stores
-Maximum 50% indoor occupancy capacity
-Maintain social distancing requirements
-Establish one-way aisles and traffic patterns
-Prohibit or limit use of changing rooms and ensure proper sanitation
-Prohibit the use of reusable bags
-Additional guidelines at

Personal Services (hair and nail salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, etc.)
-Services provided by appointment only
-Allow 15 minutes between appointments to disinfect and sanitize areas
-Arrange workstations to maintain six-foot distancing requirements
-Encourage customers to wait for appointments outside
-Additional guidelines at

Recreational Amenities in Housing Developments
-Maximum 50% occupancy
-Use limited to residents of the housing development
-Arrange tables/equipment to maintain six-foot distancing requirements
-Hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, and showers remain closed
-Additional guidelines at

Community Pools and Private Club Pools (see below for City Pools)
-Maximum 50% occupancy
-No groups larger than 10 people
-Arrange seating/tables to maintain six-foot distancing requirements
-Hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, and indoor showers remain closed
-Additional guidelines at

-Maximum 50% capacity
-Encourage advance mobile ticketing and touchless payment
-Prohibit use of interactive functions or exhibits
-Comply with social distancing requirements
-Additional guidelines at

City Parks, Pools, and Boat Ramps
-Open 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily for limited passive activities
-Tennis and pickleball limited to singles play only
-City pools limited to lap swimming only (one person per lane)
-Boat ramps at City parks open 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily
-Boat ramps in other City locations open 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily
-Maintain social distancing and hygiene guidelines
-Additional guidelines at 

Other Professional Services
-Essential businesses may continue to operate
-Teleworking is encouraged
-Maintain social distancing
-Comply with CDC health and safety guidelines
-Additional guidelines at

Violations of an Emergency Order are subject to fines up  to $500, imprisonment up to 60 days, or both. Suspected violations may be reported to 311 or to the City’s 24-hour Neighbor Service Center at 954-828-8000.

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