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😷 COVID-19 Information

 

Information relating to the COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly changing. Please use the following links to find the latest information from these sources:

City of Fort Lauderdale: Coronavirus Updates 

Broward County: COVID-19

FloridaHEALTH: COVID-19

CDC: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Live FL Dashboard Map

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

 

Please also read the latest information from our Mayor Dean Trantalis and Commissioner Steven Glassman:

Newsletters from Mayor Dean Trantalis

Newsletters from Commissioner Steven Glassman

 


Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park, and Wilton Manors Team Up with Feeding South Florida to Host Weekly Drive-Thru Food Distributions

THURSDAYS, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, AT MILLS POND PARK

Due to the ongoing need in our local community for essential groceries, the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park, and Wilton Manors will host weekly drive-thru food distributions on Thursday mornings from 9 - 11 a.m. at Mills Pond Park, located at 2201 NW 9 AvenueRecipients are 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.

Produced in partnership with Feeding South Florida, the free events are intended to provide healthy and nutritious food to those who are most in need due to job loss, income loss, or the inability to cover their monthly expenses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Food will be distributed on a first come, first served basis to the first 1,000 vehicles with a limit of one container of food per vehicle (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 the event, enter Mills Pond Park from southbound NW 9 Avenue.


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COVID-19 Updates

Post Date:May 22, 2020 7:00 PM

 

Beaches, Gyms, Hotels, and More to Open on May 26

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, beaches; commercial gyms and fitness centers, including dance, martial arts, yoga, spinning and personal training studios; and hotels, motels and commercial lodging establishments may reopen in Broward County. Businesses and amenities will be required to adhere to strict operating, cleaning, health, and safety guidelines, limitations on occupancy and hours of operation, and regulations on social distancing. Read Emergency Order 20-13: 

Mayor Trantalis Issues Declaration for City of Fort Lauderdale Phase 1 Reopening Starting May 18
 Declaration of Emergency Regulations (May 16, 2020) 

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
 Declaration of Emergency Regulations (May 1, 2020)
 Declaration of Emergency Regulations (April 28, 2020)
 A Plan to Reopen Fort Lauderdale: Phase One

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

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

Broward County Emergency Orders
 Broward County Administrator's Emergency Order 20-01 Closing Nonessential Businesses
 Broward County Administrator's Emergency Order 20-02 Closures and Social Distancing
 Broward County Administrator's Emergency Order 20-03 Safer at Home Policy
 Broward County Administrator's Emergency Order 20-04 Business Closings
 Broward County Administrator's Emergency Order 20-05 Closing Recreational Amenities
 Broward County Administrator's Emergency Order 20-06 Essential Businesses and Services
 Broward County Administrator's Emergency Order 20-07 Facial Coverings
 Broward County Administrator's Emergency Order 20-08 Limited Reopening of Parks and Amenities
 Broward County Administrator's Emergency Order 20-09 Extending Beach Closures
 Broward County Administrator's Emergency Order 20-10 Phase 1 Reopening
 Broward County Administrator's Emergency Order 20-11 Clarification of Phase 1 Reopening
 Broward County Administrator's Emergency Order 20-12 Additional Businesses Permitted to Operate
 Broward County Administrator's Emergency Order 20-13 Expansion of Phase 1 Reopening

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

Executive Orders Issued by Governor Ron DeSantis
 Executive Order 20-69 Local Government Public Meetings
 Executive Order 20-70 Broward and Palm Beach County Closures
 Executive Order 20-71 Alcohol Sales, Restaurants, and Gyms
 Executive Order 20-72 Non-essential Elective Medical Procedures
 Executive Order 20-86 Additional Requirements of Individuals Traveling to Florida
 Executive Order 20-87 Vacation Rental Closures
 Executive Order 20-88 Re-employment of Essential Personnel
 Executive Order 20-89 Safer At Home Order for Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe Counties
 Executive Order 20-91 Safer At Home Order for State of Florida
 Executive Order 20-112 Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida's Recovery
 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 - Friday, May 22, 2020 

Department of Health Information
According to the Florida Department of Health, as of May 21, 2020 at 6:30 p.m., results from tests administered in Broward County indicated 83,235 negative results; 6,580 positive results; 46 inconclusive results; and 21 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. 

Beaches, Gyms, Hotels, and More to Open on May 26

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, beaches; commercial gyms and fitness centers, including dance, martial arts, yoga, spinning and personal training studios; and hotels, motels and commercial lodging establishments may reopen in Broward County. Businesses and amenities will be required to adhere to strict operating, cleaning, health, and safety guidelines, limitations on occupancy and hours of operation, and regulations on social distancing. Following are highlights of Emergency Order 20-13:

-Beach hours are limited to sunrise to sunset. Ocean activities such as surfing, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and body surfing are allowed; also walking, running and biking.

-Activities including picnicking, sunbathing, sitting or lying on the beach are not yet allowed. Group or organized sports (such as volleyball), umbrellas, canopies, chairs, loungers and coolers are also not yet allowed, and no group gatherings of more than 10 people. Beachgoers must maintain social distancing (six feet of separation), except between members of the same household or groups.

-Commercial gyms and fitness centers, including but not limited to dance, martial arts, yoga, spinning and personal training studios may reopen, with adherence to the guidelines in Emergency Order 20-13. This includes pools in those facilities, with restrictions.

-Hotels, motels and commercial lodging establishments may reopen with adherence to guidelines in Emergency Order 20-13. 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 remain closed. Proprietors are encouraged to post on their website, blog or social media the steps they are taking to keep their guests safe.

-Vacation rentals are open, but only for essential lodgers, as authorized by the Governor’s Executive Order 20-87.

To read the complete Emergency Order, visit bit.ly/2VjX714.

 

City to Resume Processing Permits for Interior Construction of Occupied Structures

The City of Fort Lauderdale Sustainable Development Department will begin allowing interior construction within occupied structures. Permits will be processed and issued subject to the execution and strict adherence to a Request for Release of Permit/Continuation of Construction Form. As part of the process, contractors will be required to certify their compliance with all applicable CDC Guidelines, including avoiding and minimizing contact with building occupants, wearing face coverings, and maintaining social distancing. Contractors will also be required to adhere to any individual building management requirements and protocols. If contractors are found to violate these requirements, the work may be suspended by the City until the conditions are resolved.

 

Residential and Commercial Real Estate Services to Resume Operating

The City of Fort Lauderdale is allowing residential and commercial real estate services to resume operations. The decision comes based on a newly released and updated Advisory Memorandum from the Department of Homeland Security on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response, as well as Broward County’s Emergency Order 20-12.

 

Northbound Lane of A1A to Remain Closed through May 25

The eastern northbound lane of A1A from Las Olas Boulevard north to Sunrise Boulevard will remain closed through Monday, May 25 to facilitate social distancing between pedestrians using the sidewalk in this area. Southbound traffic on A1A and Seabreeze Boulevard is not affected. Pedestrians should be extra cautious and motorists should travel slowly through the area, expect delays, and seek alternate routes. While the Las Olas Garage is open, surface lots and on-street parking areas on Fort Lauderdale Beach remain closed. For more information, visit bit.ly/2ThYnA5.

 

City to Expand Outdoor Space with Nightly Closing of NE 33 Street

As businesses begin to reopen, the City of Fort Lauderdale is launching the Temporary Outdoor Business Expansion initiative. The program involves temporarily closing portions of roads in key areas to facilitate social distancing for pedestrians and business patrons and to expand access to outdoor spaces for seating, dining, and other business activities. Beginning Friday, May 22, NE 33 Street between A1A and NE 33 Avenue will be closed nightly from 4:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. This full closure includes the on-street parking spaces on NE 33 Street. Pedestrians should exercise caution and motorists should travel slowly through the area and follow posted detour signs. On-street parking is available on NE 33 Street west of NE 33 Avenue and on other surrounding streets. Additional parking options include the Beach Community Center located at 3351 NE 33rd Avenue and the Bridgeside Place Garage located at 3020 NE 32 Avenue. For details, visit bit.ly/ftltobeadvisory.

 

Two Lanes of Las Olas Boulevard to Temporarily Close on Weekends

As part of the City’s Temporary Outdoor Business Expansion initiative, the north curb parking lane and the south curb parking lane on Las Olas Boulevard between SE 6 Avenue and SE 11 Avenue will be closed beginning Saturday, May 23 at 7 a.m. through Tuesday, May 26 at 7 a.m. Moving forward, the same temporary closure will take place on weekends, beginning on Friday at 7 a.m. and continuing through Monday at 7 a.m. Pedestrians should exercise caution and motorists should travel slowly through the area. On-street parking is available on Las Olas Boulevard west of SE 6 Avenue and east of SE 11 Avenue as well as on surrounding streets. Additional parking is available in the City parking lot located at SE 8 Avenue and SE 2 Court. For details, visit bit.ly/ftltobeadvisory.

 

City’s Department of Sustainable Development (DSD) Building Reopens!

The City of Fort Lauderdale’s Department of Sustainable Development building, located at 700 N.W. 19 Avenue, has reopened. Customers are allowed to conduct business in the building Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., provided they adhere to strict guidelines that have been put in place to protect health and safety and ensure proper social distancing. A check-in process has been established in the DSD parking that requires customers to remain in their vehicles and provide staff with their name and phone number. Each customer receives a call when it is their turn to enter the building. Prior to entering, customers are required to have their temperature taken, clean their hands, have any paperwork disinfected, and be wearing a facial covering. Signage inside the lobby prompts customers to follow a designated one-way counter-clockwise direction. Customers proceed to a designated permit services technician for permitting assistance, and those awaiting service are positioned a minimum of six feet apart from each other. Customers with questions may contact the DSD call center at 954-828-6520.

 

COVID-19 Testing Continues at Holiday Park – New Number to Call for Results

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 5,053 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. Patients who do not receive a call after five business days, should contact CDR Maguire, Inc. at 850-583-2419 or email covid19results@cdrmhealth.com. 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.

City Events Remain Canceled including Beach Party, Memorial Day Ceremonies, and Starlight Musicals
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, Memorial Day ceremonies, and the Bank of America Starlight Musicals. For the latest updates, visit bit.ly/ftlcovid19

LauderBriefs: Updates from the May 19 City Commission Meeting Now Online
In case you missed it, highlights from the virtual Fort Lauderdale City Commission Meeting that took place on Tuesday, May 19 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

City Commission COVID-19 Virtual Workshop on May 27
The City Commission will host a virtual workshop on Wednesday, May 27 at 3:00 p.m. to receive an update on the latest information regarding COVID-19 and discuss ongoing plans to continue the phased reopening of the City. The workshop agenda will be posted in advance of the meeting on the City’s website at bit.ly/ftlccagendas. The public will be able to listen to and view the virtual workshop at www.fortlauderdale.gov/fltv, as well as on Comcast Channel 78 and AT&T U-verse Channel 99. 

Next Virtual City Commission Meeting on June 2
The next virtual City Commission Meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 2 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 June 2 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

City Surpasses 50% Census Response Rate! Keep Completing the 2020 Census!

The City of Fort Lauderdale has surpassed the 50% response rate for the 2020 Census. We congratulate all our neighbors who have already completed the census, and we encourage those who have not do so to complete the census as soon as possible so our City can be accurately counted. Fort Lauderdale is still nearly 10 percentage points behind the current national response rate of 59.9%, and more than 7 percentage points under the current state of Florida response rate of 57.4%. Counting every neighbor in our City 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 respond to the 2020 Census today! Fill out and mail back the questionnaire sent to your home; complete the census form online www.my2020census.gov; or take the census over the phone by calling 1-844-330-2020.

FLIFF Drive-in Movies on May 23 and 24 at Searstown
The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF), Twilight Features, the MASS District, and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, are teaming up to present a new drive-in movie event that will take place in downtown Fort Lauderdale during Memorial Day weekend.  The FLIFF Drive-In Cinema will be located in the parking lot at 895 NE 5 Avenue adjacent to Searstown. Moviegoers will be treated to screenings of “Pulp Fiction” on Saturday, May 23, and “Teen Wolf” on Sunday, May 24, beginning at 8:15 p.m. each evening. Admission is $20 per vehicle and tickets must be purchased in advance at FLIFF.com. Entry into the parking lot will begin at 7 p.m. each night with all vehicles positioned in place by 8:15 p.m. Popcorn and beverages will be available for purchase and food trucks will be stationed nearby. Anyone exiting their vehicle must wear a facial covering. For details, visit FLIFF.com

Virtual Car Seat Safety Check on May 23
Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is partnering with Safe Kids Broward to host a free car seat safety check on Zoom on Saturday, May 23, 2020 from 10-11 a.m. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will share basic information about car seat safety, demonstrate how to properly install a car seat, and provide updates about car seat recalls. Visit www.jdch.eventbrite.com to register as a participant. For questions or concerns, contact lbravo@mhs.net or call 954-276-1236. 

“ArtServe Live” Delivers Array of Virtual Offerings

During the COVID-19 outbreak, ArtServe Fort Lauderdale continues to serve the community by fostering artistic growth through a wide range of virtual artistic and cultural offerings. The organization’s newest resource, “ArtServe Live,” delivers diverse online content including in-depth interviews with local artists, live musical performances, and meaningful panel discussions focusing on the issues that artists and arts organizations are facing now -- and will continue to face in the future. To view the current lineup of upcoming broadcasts, visit bit.ly/2AOgTK4.

Riverwalk Burger Battle Continues Through May!
The 11th Annual Riverwalk Burger Battle rages on! Through the end of this month, 16 local restaurants are 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

Chamber Chat to Focus on Branding and Marketing on May 27
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber's Greater West Broward Business and Branding and Marketing Council has organized a forum where industry experts will share insights and answer questions on how their organizations are navigating today's business environment amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists will represent healthcare, university education, nonprofit, web-based marketing and professional development. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 27 from noon - 1:00 p.m. via Zoom.  To register in advance, visit bit.ly/2Tp6Phj

Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB to Host Future In Focus II on June 4
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau will host the next edition of its online destination recovery summit on Thursday, June 4 at 10 a.m. Future in Focus II will provide participants with details on the CVB’s recovery marketing plan, designed to revitalize Greater Fort Lauderdale and the local tourism industry. No registration is required for the summit. The CVB will provide a link and information about how to join the summit in the coming weeks. In case you missed the CVB’s first summit, featuring the general overview and strategy, it may be viewed at gflrecovery.com

Complete the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance COVID-19 Survey
As local businesses begin gearing up to reopen their doors, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance wants to help ensure companies are prepared to get back to business. The Alliance encourages business owners to complete a short nine-question survey so it can gain a more complete understanding of the impact the COVID-19 crisis has had on the business community and identify key areas where it can focus potential recovery efforts. To complete the nine-question survey, visit bit.ly/362f7Rj. 

City Opens More Parks, Pools and Amenities

The City of Fort Lauderdale has reopened most parks, marinas, boat ramps, and golf courses to help promote physical and mental health in the community. The following amenities are generally open: batting cages, bicycling, boating, canoes (single rider), kayaks (single rider), swimming pools (lap swim only), paddleboards (single rider), pickleball (singles only), restrooms, running, tennis (singles only), and walking. Activities that remain closed include athletic leagues, basketball courts, community centers, dog parks, indoor gyms, outdoor fitness equipment, park offices, pavilions, playgrounds, recreation programs, special events, splash pads, sports fields, and drinking fountains. Neighbors are encouraged to use the interactive map at bit.ly/ftlparks for a complete list of parks and amenities that are open. Park users are required to follow CDC guidelines for social distancing and personal hygiene including using hand sanitizer; avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth; avoiding close contact with people who are sick; maintaining six-foot distancing requirements; wearing a facial covering if social distancing cannot be maintained; and staying home if ill. For details, visit bit.ly/ftlparks. For a list of reopened parks, visit bit.ly/3bXR6Nf. For a list of pools offering lap swim, visit bit.ly/2ZmR8el.

 

Broward Schools Cancels Summer Camps

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) has announced changes to the District’s summer programs, based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), public health experts, and federal, state and local governments regarding safety measures during the coronavirus pandemic. The District will not host any activities during the summer in school buildings. This includes municipal summer camps, daycare services, Before and After School Child Care, and all other activities previously scheduled or anticipated. District staff is working closely with providers to coordinate these programs using distance learning, whenever possible. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/3g4EEO4.

 

Chamber Offers Reopening Guidance for Businesses

To help local businesses that are beginning to reopen, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce has created a Return to Work Checklist that businesses can access at bit.ly/2WybWgY. The Chamber has also developed a comprehensive reopening guide that can be accessed by visiting bit.ly/2y2rGPN. The guide offers businesses recommendations for safely reopening, protecting customers, and safeguarding public health.

 

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.

 

CDC Encourages Businesses to Flush Plumbing Systems

As businesses begin to reopen, the CDC encourages them to flush their plumbing. Because many businesses have been closed during the COVID-19 State of Emergency, water has not been used and has remained in meter-to-building pipes for several weeks. The CDC and regulatory agencies advise that stagnant or standing water may cause conditions that increase the risk for the growth and spread of Legionella and other biofilm-associated bacteria. This advisory includes hot and cold-water systems, cooling towers, hot tubs, pools, spas, water heaters as well as decorative fountains. Following the Centers’ for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines may greatly reduce chances for Legionella and other opportunistic waterborne microbes from developing within plumbing systems and devices. Businesses owners with questions regarding the CDC recommendations regarding water systems may call the Florida Department of Health at 305-324-2400. To review the CDC Guidelines for reopening buildings after a prolonged shutdown, visit bit.ly/2AbifhF.

 

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.

 

Select Broward County Libraries Offering Walk-Up/Drive-Up Service

Broward County Libraries is offering walk-up/drive-up service at a limited number of libraries. The new service will allow customers to pick up reserved library materials in a safe manner while Broward County Libraries remain closed to the public. Customers may resume reserving books, DVDs and other library materials using BCL’s online catalog or by calling their local library. Library staff will be unable to provide customers with any materials that have not been reserved ahead of time. A Broward County Library card is required to reserve library materials. For more information, visit bit.ly/2Z9VOE6.

 

City’s Virtual Recreation Center Offers Yoga, Line Dancing, Zumba and More!

Fort Lauderdale’s Virtual Recreation Center offers free, fun, and educational activities and resources for the entire family. The Virtual Recreation Center offers instructor-led virtual classes in yoga, line dancing, Zumba, and more! To view the current weekly schedule, visit bit.ly/2T3Pjib. To sign up for a class, visit bit.ly/2WsRPAD.

 

South Side Cultural Arts Center’s “A Call for Healing Through Art!”

We are all affected by COVID-19 and are sharing similar experiences, feelings, and emotions. The City of Fort Lauderdale’s South Side Cultural Arts Center encourages everyone to inspire each other through artistic creations and heal together through art. The center is currently accepting artwork for an online exhibit called “Healing Through Art.” Submissions may be made in various forms including visual arts, photography, poetry, and more. All entries will be posted on the City of Fort Lauderdale’s website. This exhibit will be open until further notice. All submissions must be family-friendly. Please email your submission southside@fortlauderdale.gov in .jpg or .pdf file format only. For more information please call 954-828-6250 or email southside@fortlauderdale.gov.

 

Historic Stranahan House Continues to Livestream Museum Programs During Closure

During temporary closure due to COVID-19, the Historic Stranahan House Museum in Fort Lauderdale will continue to share stories and engage the community by livestreaming free family-friendly programs via Facebook every weekday at 11 a.m. Those who tune in will enjoy complimentary story times, virtual tours of the museum and history show and tells. The program will continue to stream as long as the museum is closed. All program topics are subject to change. Participants do not need an account and can access the content at www.facebook.com/StranahanHouse. For more information, visit www.stranahanhouse.org or contact info@stranahanhouse.org.

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. 

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

Chamber Offers Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce is monitoring actions being taken in Washington, D.C. that will have an effect on businesses, which have been approved for a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan. Under the current rules, recipients of the federal assistance must spend the money within eight weeks, meaning business owners who received the earliest loans must spend the funds by May 29. Congress is currently working with the Treasury to extend the amount of time that businesses have to spend PPP funds. Business owners should be aware that if at least 75 percent of the money goes toward maintaining payroll (i.e., salary, health insurance, leave and severance pay) the federal government will forgive it. If you received a PPP loan, you should be working with your lender to apply for forgiveness. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has created a guide that can help you get started on understanding how the forgiveness process works. To view the Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness, visit bit.ly/2A11Hck. To access a forgiveness application, visit bit.ly/2XfyD8E.

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.

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

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.

 

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.

 

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 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. 

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 parkingservices@fortlauderdale.gov 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 NeighborSupport@fortlauderdale.gov. 

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

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 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

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

U.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. 

 Coping with Stress during Infectious Disease Outbreaks
 Talking with Children about Infectious Disease Outbreaks
 How to Cope with Sheltering in Place
 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

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. 

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 21, 2020 at 6:30 p.m., results from tests administered in Broward County indicated 83,235 negative results; 6,580 positive results; 46 inconclusive results; and 21 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.

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. 

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. 

Lien Searches
Lien Searches are open and may be requested by contacting the Finance Department at 954-828-5155 or liens@fortlauderdale.gov.

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.

 

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. 

 Read FLPD’s Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19) - updated 04/17/20

Beware of COVID-19 Scams!

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

Broward County Public Schools Update
The Broward County Public Schools reminds parents and students about the following resources that are available to assist with distance learning. For more information, visit www.browardschools.com/coronavirus 

Broward Schools Launches Distance Learning Technical Support Line
With the recent announcement that distance learning will remain in place through the remainder of the current academic school year, Broward County Public Schools has launched a Distance Learning Technical Support Line. The help line is available to answer questions and provide students and parents with technical assistance on computer devices, academic platforms, and programs such as Canvas, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Office, and others. To contact the Distance Learning Technical Support Line, call 754-321-0569 Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional updates, 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)

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

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.


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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: 


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