South Middle River Civic Association

😷 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.


637187460244030000.jpg


COVID-19 Updates

City Update - Monday, July 27, 2020 

Department of Health Information

According to the Florida Department of Health, as of July 27, 2020, results from approximately 370,307 tests administered in Broward County indicated 319,015 negative results; 50,784 positive results; and 508 inconclusive results. To see the latest data from the FDOH, visit bit.ly/2wb29D2.

 

Free Drive-Thru COVID-19 Self-Swab Testing at Holiday Park

Free drive-thru COVID-19 self-swab testing is available at Fort Lauderdale’s Holiday Park, located at U.S. 1 and N.E. 8 Street (just south of Sunrise Boulevard). The site is open Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and offers free COVID-19 testing to anyone age 5 or older with or without COVID-19 symptoms. No doctor referral needed. Proper ID is required with name, date of birth, address, and photo. To reduce wait times, please register for an appointment online at https://florida.curativeinc.com/welcome. Overseen by healthcare professionals from AMR, the testing procedure for the oral self-swab test requires individuals to swab the inside of their mouth for approximately 20 seconds. The swab sample is then placed in a vial, sealed, and sent to a lab for analysis. Results are delivered to patients via email or text message. Patients who do not receive results after 72 hours, may contact Curative Inc. via email at support@curativeinc.com. For more details, visit bit.ly/ftlcovid19testing.

 

Free Walk-Up COVID-19 Testing at Lincoln Park

Free walk-up COVID-19 testing is available at Fort Lauderdale’s Lincoln Park, located at 600 N.W. 19 Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. The Lincoln Park testing site is open Tuesday - Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Administered by the Florida Department of Health, the site offers free walk-up testing to anyone with or without COVID-19 symptoms. There are no age or identification requirements and no doctor referral is needed. For more details and to view a video of the Lincoln Park testing site, visit bit.ly/ftlcovid19testing.

 

Additional COVID-19 Testing Sites Now Open in Broward County

The Florida Division of Emergency Management has opened three federally funded COVID-19 testing sites in Broward County. The free drive-thru testing sites are located at Dillard High School, 2501 NW 11th Street in Fort Lauderdale; Blanche Ely High School, 1201 NW 6th Avenue, in Pompano Beach; and MacArthur High School, 6501 Hollywood Boulevard, in Hollywood. The sites are operating from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily through Sunday, August 2 at 6 p.m. The sites offer free testing for individuals 5 years of age and older, regardless of symptoms. To schedule an appointment, please visit www.DoINeedACovid19Test.com. Individuals will be provided with information on how to receive results once they are tested. For a complete list of state supported testing sites, visit https://bit.ly/3fYDnbe.

 

School Board to Continue Discussing Reopening Plans at Special Meeting on July 28

The Broward County School Board will host a special workshop to continue discussing reopening plans for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, including what the plans for e-Learning will look like when schools reopen on August 19. The virtual meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 28 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The public may listen to and view a live stream of the meeting on the Broward County Public Schools website at bit.ly/2YOKrRU. Questions and comments are welcome and may be submitted by visiting bit.ly/3hLUY6n. To view the agenda and supporting documentation for the special meeting, please visit bit.ly/39eTP4e.

 

Last Day for Broward Schools Summer Meals Distribution is Tuesday July 28

As the School District prepares for the beginning of the new school year, the Broward Schools Summer Meals Distribution will conclude on Tuesday, July 28. The District’s meal distribution services resume on the first day of school (August 19, 2020). More details regarding the school year distribution program will be provided as soon as possible. Families that need to apply for the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program should visit www.myschoolapps.com. Families that continue to face food insecurity as a result of the coronavirus, may visit www.Together4Broward.org. This online resource, created in partnership with Broward County, provides a list of organizations throughout the county assisting with food giveaways and nutritional support.

 

CareerSource Broward Presents “Surviving A Layoff” Webinar July 29 and August 4

CareerSource Broward presents “Surviving A Layoff,” a free webinar that will take place on Wednesday, July 29 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (register at https://bit.ly/3hwxUsk) and on Tuesday, August 4 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (register at https://bit.ly/32RExRW). The presentation is designed to provide participants with information about free resources available during these challenging transitional times. Topics will include: remote job placement assistance and virtual tools; information about scholarships up to $12,000 for education and in-demand career training; virtual job fairs, job search and interviewing tips for job seekers; online professional career development workshops; and more. For more details, visit www.careersourcebroward.com.

 

Weekly Food Distribution at Mills Pond Park on July 30

The next drive-thru food distribution event hosted by the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park, and Wilton Manors will take place on Thursday, July 30 beginning at 9 a.m. at Mills Pond Park, located at 2201 NW 9 Avenue. Produced in partnership with Feeding South Florida, the event provides healthy and nutritious food to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Food is distributed on a first come, first served basis (while supplies last). Recipients must remain in their vehicles and will be instructed to open their trunk when volunteers are ready to load it. To access Mills Pond Park, please enter from southbound NW 9 Avenue. For more details, visit bit.ly/2K8cnrn. For more information about Feeding South Florida, visit www.feedingsouthflorida.org. To make a donation to Feeding South Florida, please visit bit.ly/2WJVl8Y.

 

MPO to Host Webinar on Climate Change and Resiliency on July 30

The Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has launched on a new, interactive webinar series, “Speak UP Broward Online Events,” to connect with the public during times of social distancing. The free events bring together transportation professionals once a month for an hour-long conversation on a variety of different topics. The next webinar will take place on Thursday, July 30 from 2 - 3 p.m. via Facebook Live with a panel discussion on climate change and resiliency. For more details and to register for the webinar, visit https://bit.ly/2VUxYd3.

 

Application Deadline EXTENDED to July 31 for Emergency Relief from CRA

The City of Fort Lauderdale Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has extended the deadline to July 31 for businesses to apply for funding under its Emergency Business Investment Program, an initiative designed to provide relief for businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides forgivable financing to eligible small businesses located in Fort Lauderdale’s Northwest/Progresso/Flagler Heights Community Redevelopment Area (NPFCRA) as well as the Central City CRA. Also, eligible businesses in low and moderate income areas of the City may apply to receive up to $10,000 in forgivable loans that may be used toward rent or mortgage payments, employee payroll, or utilities. Applications for the Emergency Business Investment Program are currently available online at https://bit.ly/30C8nXY. The City has allocated $1.34 million to fund the emergency relief program. Applicants must meet program criteria in order to be eligible to receive a forgivable loan. The loans will be zero-interest for 24 months. The loans may be forgiven, if all conditions are met, otherwise they must be repaid at the end of that term. For more information, call 954-828-4617 or visit https://bit.ly/2OM2OR0.

 

Urban Land Institute (ULI) to Host Recovery Webinar on August 4

The ULI Southeast Florida/Caribbean will host "The Key to Recovery: How Can South Florida Cities Thrive After COVID-19," a webinar that will take place on Tuesday, August 4 from 2 - 3 p.m. via Zoom. The event will feature guest speaker Richard Florida, Co-Founder and Senior Editor of The Atlantic City Lab, who will lead a keynote conversation focused on a recovery playbook for our region as we consider the next phase of the coronavirus crisis and beyond. For details and registration information, visit https://bit.ly/3fZFT0V.

 

Important Deadlines from the Supervisor of Elections Office

The Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office reminds everyone about the following important deadlines related to the August 18 Primary Election and the November 3 General Election:

  • August 8 - Last day to request a mail-in ballot for the Primary Election on August 18
  • October 5 - Last day to register to vote in the General Election on November 3
  • October 24 - Last day to request a mail-in ballot for the General Election on November 3

For more information, visit the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office website at www.browardsoe.org.

 

Travelers Entering The Bahamas Must Undergo 14-Day Quarantine

The U.S. Embassy in Nassau is providing regular updates to U.S. citizens on travel procedures and health protocols for traveling to and within The Bahamas. The most recent Emergency Orders from the Office of the Prime Minister of The Bahamas dated July 22, 2020 include a requirement that all travelers entering The Bahamas via commercial air (regardless of country of origin, including the United States) must undergo a 14-day quarantine in a government facility upon arrival, at their own expense, to be followed by an RT PCR COVID-19 molecular test at the end of the quarantine period. This does not apply to private flights, charter flights, pleasure craft, or yachts (from any country). However, visitors entering via private or charter vessels must still follow the other mandatory entry requirements for entering The Bahamas, to include the COVID-19 testing and Travel Health Visa Application procedures. Travelers should monitor bahamas.com/tourism-reopening, the website for the Office of the Prime Minister of The Bahamas at opm.gov.bs, and travel vendors (air carriers and hotels) before and during anticipated travel. For more information, visit bit.ly/309md5f.

 

Multi-Chamber Event to Focus on Business Growth in Changing Times on August 12

The Chambers of Commerce from Greater Fort Lauderdale, Greater North Miami, Coconut Grove, and Miami Beach will present “Real Talk: How to Grow Your Business in Changing Times,” a free Zoom meeting that will take place on Wednesday, August 12 from noon - 1:30 p.m. The event will feature Leadership Expert, Master Coach and frequent Forbes contributor, Lisa Marie Platske, who will teach participants how to overcome obstacles, build solid professional relationships, think outside-of-the-box, and thrive professionally (while others just survive) during times of uncertainty, crisis, and change. For details and to register, visit https://bit.ly/39z9FXV.

 

Chamber to Host Virtual Nonprofit Partnership Forum on August 12

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce will host “Navigating Sponsorships and Events During a Pandemic,” a free webinar that will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, August 12 from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. with optional networking from 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Join Moderator Dawn Read, Event Director at Winterfest, Inc., as she leads a candid conversation on planning for events and gathering sponsorships during the COVID-19 crisis with panelists including Suzanne Neve, President & CEO, Florida Festival & Events Association; Gregg Snowden, Vice President/Account Director, Global Team Blue; and Ben Wesley, External Affairs Manager, Broward County, FPL. For details and to register, visit https://bit.ly/3g6Mqqu.

 

SFBC Presents Webinar on Business Impact of School Reopenings on August 18

The South Florida Business Council (SFBC) will host "The Business Impact of K-12 School Reopening Plans," a free webinar that will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, August 18 from noon - 1:00 p.m. The event will focus on how the process of reopening schools in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic will affect employees and their families and what challenges businesses should expect during this process. Featured speakers include Dr. Donald Fennoy II, Superintendent, Palm Beach County Public Schools; Dr. Robert Runcie, Superintendent, Broward County Public Schools; and Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools. For details and to register, visit https://bit.ly/3g6IwOm.

 

Frequently Asked Questions on Masks and Emergency Orders

Broward County has issued two Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) documents regarding regulations included in Emergency Orders 20-21 and 20-22, including but not limited to, the daily curfew, social events, commercial and residential gatherings, dining hours, signage, facial coverings and more. To view the FAQ related to Emergency Orders 20-21 and 20-22, please visit https://bit.ly/3eY3OfQ. To view the FAQ about facial coverings, please visit https://bit.ly/3g04Hp9.

 

COVID-19 Consumer Survey on Reopening for Greater Fort Lauderdale

In partnership with the International Downtown Association (IDA), the Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is encouraging Greater Fort Lauderdale residents and employees to participate in a short survey about reopenings by sharing your priorities concerning safety and economic issues. The survey has 15 questions and takes about five minutes to complete. Responses received can help inform local officials during the phased reopening process and will be benchmarked against responses from other cities in the U.S. and Canada. To complete the survey, please visit https://bit.ly/2OPZ417.

Connect with the U.S. Small Business Administration South Florida District
The SBA South Florida District Office will host virtual hours to provide the latest information and answer questions related to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Participants may call at any time and are welcome to enter and exit at will.

Monday – Friday (July 27 - 31)
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting at bit.ly/3c6Grjp
202-765-1264; Conference ID – 999 187 230

Monday – Friday (July 27 - 31)
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting at bit.ly/3c6Grjp
202-765-1264; Conference ID – 191 652 154

Help Us Raise the Count by Completing the 2020 Census Today!
Attention Neighbors! Help the City of Fort Lauderdale be accurately counted in the 2020 Census. Currently, Fort Lauderdale’s response rate is 52.4%, which is more than 10 percentage points behind the current national response rate of 62.6%, and more than 7 percentage points under the current state of Florida response rate of 59.7%. 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.

Fort Lauderdale Closes Summer Camps
The City of Fort Lauderdale has closed its Parks and Recreation summer camps. The camps have been closed in an abundance of caution to protect the health and safety of campers and staff in response to rising COVID-19 cases throughout South Florida. Parks and Recreation staff will contact individuals who are registered for the final two weeks of camp with information about refunds. Fort Lauderdale Parks will continue to remain open during normal operating hours for limited outdoor activities, and will continue to require users to follow CDC guidelines for health and safety. The City’s Virtual Recreation Center will continue to offer a variety of free, fun, and educational activities and resources for the entire family, including instructor-led virtual classes in art, cooking, fitness, line dancing, acrylic painting, yoga, Zumba, and more. To learn more, visit https://bit.ly/ftlvirtrec.

Countywide Curfew in Effect 11 p.m. - 5 a.m., July 17 - August 1
Emergency Order 20-22 has been issued by Broward County. The order imposes a countywide curfew from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. daily from July 17 through August 1 at 5 a.m. Exemptions to the curfew include: active duty police, fire rescue, first responders, news media, delivery or transportation drivers, government employees, persons seeking emergency medical care, and medical, health care and utility service personnel. In addition, people traveling to and from their place of employment, those returning home after commercial travel, and individuals walking their pets within 250 feet of their residence are exempt from the curfew. To read Emergency Order 20-22, visit https://bit.ly/bceo20-22.

Private Gatherings Restricted to 10 People
Effective immediately, under Broward County Emergency Order 20-22, private gatherings that take place at residential properties, whether indoors or outdoors, are limited to no more than 10 people. Individuals who are present at gatherings of more than 10 people are subject to civil and criminal penalties. Owners of properties where violations take place are also liable regardless of whether they are present when the violations occur. In addition, residents of residential properties, whether they own or rent, must ensure that all individuals on their property comply with all applicable emergency orders and guidelines or be subject to civil and criminal penalties. To read Emergency Order 20-22, visit https://bit.ly/bceo20-22

Restaurants Prohibited from Serving Food and Alcohol On-Site 10 p.m. - 5 a.m.

Broward County has increased COVID-19 restrictions on operating hours for restaurants and food establishments. Emergency Order 20-21 prohibits restaurants and food establishments from serving food or alcohol for on-site consumption (both indoor and outdoor) between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Restaurants and food establishments will be permitted to continue to operate take out, delivery, drive-thru, and pickup services during these hours. Seating at restaurants and food establishments is restricted to six (6) people per table. If patrons are from the same household, the limit is ten (10) people per table. Any food and beverage purchased must be consumed seated at a table. To read Emergency Order 20-21, visit bit.ly/2O9GSis.

 

Additional Restrictions in Place for Restaurants, Gyms, and Fitness Centers

Effective immediately, under Broward County Emergency Order 20-22, ordering food and/or beverages from a bar counter is strictly prohibited. Restaurant patrons must order and consume food and drinks at a table, and establishments must continue to follow all other applicable operating requirements as defined in Emergency Order 20-22 and previous orders. In addition, effective immediately, individuals using or visiting a gym or fitness center shall wear a facial covering at all times, including while exercising, except while in a pre-swim shower or swimming pool. To read Emergency Order 20-22, visit https://bit.ly/bceo20-22.

 

Facial Coverings and Signage Requirements

Under Broward County Emergency Order 20-22, effective on Monday, July 20, establishments are prohibited from serving or transacting business with customers who are not complying with the facial covering requirements contained in Emergency Order 20-21. In addition, owners, operators and landlords of commercial property where retail, restaurants, or food establishments are located must ensure those establishments comply with the signage requirements contained in Emergency Order 20-17, including displaying information about proper social distancing and facial covering requirements, and ensuring that the required signage is conspicuously posted in common areas of the property such as mall entrances, food courts and hallways. 

Masks Mandatory in Broward County; Violators Risk Fines

Broward County Emergency Order 20-21 clarifies that facial coverings are required to be worn in public and private spaces, including at all establishments where social distancing cannot be maintained. The order also requires the mandatory use of facial coverings in residential facilities and condominium common areas (including reception areas, hallways, lobbies, and elevators), and requires that masks be worn by all persons in any establishment other than amenities regardless of social distancing; all people working in any establishment allowed to operate; all individuals who are obtaining any good or service from any establishment; and all workers in any establishment involved in preparing, handling or serving food. Any individual or establishment that violates the facial covering requirements is subject to a criminal and/or civil infraction, with fines up to $500 per violation for a criminal misdemeanor, $1,000 per day per violation for a civil citation, or up to $15,000 per violation for a known violation that is irreparable or irreversible. To read Emergency Order 20-21, visit bit.ly/2O9GSis.

Vacation Rentals Must Be Actively Managed

Under Broward County Emergency Order 20-22, short-term vacation rentals are not allowed to operate unless they are being actively managed by on-site owners or on-site management companies with staffing or security on site 24 hours a day to enforce compliance with all applicable requirements. This requirement will take effect for check-ins starting on or after July 20, 2020 through August 20, 2020. Exceptions include vacation rentals that are rented by individuals conducting military, emergency, governmental, health, or infrastructure response to the COVID- 19 pandemic, or people primarily engaged in non-vacation commercial activities. To read Emergency Order 20-22, visit https://bit.ly/bceo20-22.

Broward County Tightens COVID-19 Restrictions and Penalties
Broward County has issued Emergency Order 20-21, which tightens COVID-19 restrictions and increases penalties for violators. Any business that violates a local emergency order related to COVID-19 including but not limited to, requirements for operating procedures, capacity and seating, facial coverings, social distancing, spacing of tables and chairs, prohibiting gathering at bars and counters, limiting the size of parties, and proper cleaning and sanitizing procedures, will be forced to immediately close for 24 hours after their first citation. An additional 72 hours of closure will be added for each subsequent citation (e.g., 96-hour closure after a second citation, 168-hour closure after a third citation, etc.). In addition, any repeat violation is subject to a fine up to $15,000. Residents are urged to report business violations online at Mybroward.Broward.org or by calling 311 or the City of Fort Lauderdale 24-hour Customer Service Center at 954-828-8000. To read Emergency Order 20-21, visit bit.ly/2O9GSis.

City’s Code Enforcement Team Citing Businesses for COVID-19 Violations

The City of Fort Lauderdale’s Code Enforcement Team continues to conduct inspections of restaurants and businesses to ensure COVID-19 regulations are being followed, particularly as they relate to requirements for operating procedures, indoor and outdoor seating capacity, facial coverings, social distancing, spacing/placement of tables and chairs, prohibiting congregating at bars and counters, limiting the size of parties, and proper hygiene and cleaning procedures. The City will continue to issue citations and fines and close down restaurants and businesses that are not in compliance. The City of Fort Lauderdale encourages the public to report COVID-19 violations to 311 or the City’s 24-hour Customer Service Center at 954-828-8000.

 

Online Dashboard Tracking COVID-19 Violations

An online dashboard is tracking Broward County complaints about businesses not following proper COVID-19 regulations related to operating capacity, social distancing, facial covering and other reopening requirements contained in local emergency orders. The GIS-based website displays details about business complaints received, including: name and location of the business being reported; number and type of warning or citation issued; and complaint outcome (i.e., warning issued, citation issued, complaint resolved, pending inspection, etc.). To access the dashboard and view updates for cities in Broward County, visit http://arcg.is/1riWfH.

Find Local COVID-19 Statistics on Broward County Dashboard

To help residents understand the magnitude of the pandemic locally, Broward County is posting a daily statistical dashboard of COVID-19 indicators. The data includes statistics on number of positive cases, positivity rates, hospitalizations, hospital capacities, and deaths. To view the dashboard, visit https://bit.ly/2CncuPv.

 

Don’t Let Your Guard Down

With COVID-19 cases are on the rise, the City of Fort Lauderdale reminds residents, visitors, and businesses that this is no time to let your guard down. Please remain vigilant and continue to follow local emergency orders and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to help fight the spread of the coronavirus. Individuals testing positive for COVID-19, or who are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, should:

  • self-isolate to the greatest extent possible and avoid contact with other people
  • avoid visiting establishments and amenities except when medically necessary
  • avoid use of common areas such as shared kitchens, laundry rooms or recreational facilities, especially in shared housing or multi-housing developments

In addition, remember to wear a mask or facial covering to protect yourself and others, maintain six feet of social distancing, avoid group gatherings of more than 10 people, and stay at home if you are sick. In addition, wash your hands frequently; use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; avoid close contact with people who are sick; cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. For more information about steps you can take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, visit bit.ly/3acut6g.

 

FLIFF Drive-In Cinema at Pier 66 Presents Hairspray Sing Along on July 31

On Friday, July 31 at 8:30 p.m., the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) Drive-In Cinema at Pier 66 will present a screening of the sing along version of Hairspray, a 2007 musical romantic comedy that tells the story of teenager Tracy Turnblad, who teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show. A 40-foot screen will be set up in the open green space located at the corner of SE 17 Street and Harbour Inlet Drive across from the hotel. Admission is $30 per vehicle and tickets must be purchased in advance at FLIFF.com. Entry into the parking area will begin at 7 p.m. with all vehicles positioned in place by 8:15 p.m. Popcorn and beverages will be available for purchase on-site. Anyone exiting their vehicle must wear a facial covering. The series is sponsored by Ed Morse Automotive Group; hosted by Pier 66; presented by FLIFF and Twilight Features; and co-sponsored by Riverwalk; Film, Music, Fashion & Create; and the Broward Cultural Division. For details, visit FLIFF.com.

 

Two Lanes of Las Olas Boulevard to Close This Weekend

As part of the City’s Temporary Outdoor Business Expansion initiative, the outside lanes in each direction of Las Olas Boulevard between SE 6 Avenue and SE 11 Avenue will be closed from Friday, July 31 at 7 a.m. through Monday, August 3 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.

 

NE 33 Street Closed Nightly to Expand Outdoor Space

As part of the City’s Temporary Outdoor Business Expansion initiative, NE 33 Street between A1A and NE 33 Avenue will be closed nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 7 a.m. (including on-street parking spaces). 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 more details about the City’s Temporary Outdoor Business Expansion initiative, visit bit.ly/ftltobeadvisory.

 

Parking Services Has Gone Virtual

The City of Fort Lauderdale’s Parking Services Office, located at 290 NE 3 Avenue, is closed to the public until further notice to help stop the spread of COVID-19. In recent weeks, staff members at the office have tested positive and/or are quarantining after potential exposure to individuals that have tested positive. City employees from the Parking Services Office remain committed to serving residents and visitors online and over the phone. Customer service staff is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 954-828-3700 or via email at parkingservices@fortlauderdale.gov to provide more information and answer parking and transportation-related questions. All parking permits for lots and locations throughout the City are now available for purchase and renewal on the City’s website at www.fortlauderdale.gov/parking. Citations may also be paid online. Residents and visitors are reminded that contactless parking options are available in the City, including the free PayByPhone app that may be downloaded to mobile devices from the Apple App Store or Google Play (learn more below).

Adjustments to New Parking Rates for Residents and Visitors
City of Fort Lauderdale parking lots, garages, and on-street spaces now have standard parking rates based on their location within one of three zones throughout Fort Lauderdale. Zone 1 is located east of the Intracoastal Waterway and south of Oakland Park Boulevard. Rates are $1.50 per hour for residents and $4.00 per hour for non-residents. Zone 2 is located east of I-95, west of the Intracoastal Waterway, south of NE 11 Street, and north of SW 7 Street. Rates are $1.50 per hour for residents and $3.00 for non-residents. Zone 3 is located in any area outside of Zones 1 and 2. Rates are $1.00 per hour for resident and $2.00 per hour for non-residents. The following adjustments have been made to provide residents and visitors with enhanced service:

  • The minimum amount of time that can be purchased has been reduced from 60 minutes to 15 minutes in Zones 1 and 3 and to 20 minutes in Zone 2 to help reduce costs for residents and visitors who are parking for short periods of time.
  • A new $10 COVID all-day flat rate has been established that allows patrons to park from the time of purchase until midnight for a total cost of $10. This all-day rate provides residents with a 35 percent discount from the previous rate structure for eight hours, and visitors with close to a 70 percent discount from the current non­resident rate structure for an eight-hour stay.
  • The application process for the discounted resident rate has been modified to streamline operations and expedite approvals so that customers may begin receiving the discounted parking rate as quickly as possible.
  • The Transportation and Mobility Department is promoting its permit programs which offer residents monthly parking rates ranging from $35 to $50 throughout the City, and can provide significant savings over the standard hourly rates.

A map of the new parking zones and applicable rates may be viewed by visiting the City’s website at www.fortlauderdale.gov/parking. City of Fort Lauderdale residents are encouraged to visit bit.ly/ftlresidentrate to apply for a special resident rate when using PayByPhone to pay for parking sessions throughout the City.

 

Contactless Parking Options in Fort Lauderdale

The City of Fort Lauderdale Department of Transportation and Mobility reminds neighbors that contactless parking options are available in the City. The free “PayByPhone” app may be downloaded to mobile devices from the Apple App Store or Google Play. Once installed, drivers simply need to enter the zone number listed on signs posted in the lot, garage, or on-street space where they are parked; pay for a parking session; and go. As an added benefit, residents are eligible for a special rate when using PayByPhone. To learn more and to apply, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/parking. Transportation and Mobility customer service staff is available to provide more information and answer questions about contactless parking options Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., at 954-828-3700 or parkingservices@fortlauderdale.gov. 

Hurricane Season is Underway – Be Prepared

The 2020 Hurricane Season is officially underway. Over the next six months, please pay close attention to weather developments in our area as experts are predicting a very busy season with as many as 16 to 18 named storms. This season will be particularly challenging given the continued presence of COVID-19. Please make sure to review your family emergency plan and assemble a hurricane supply kit so you are well-prepared should a storm impact our area. To sign up to receive emergency alerts from the City, please visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/alertftl. For hurricane preparation guidance, please visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/hurricane.

 

Take the Riverwalk Ice Cream Challenge Through July 31

July is National Ice Cream Month! What better time to help Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale name the best tasting ice cream in the 954! Now through July 31, taste as many mouthwatering creations as you can from 14 participating shops, including many of your favorite Fort Lauderdale locations like Hoffman’s, Kilwins, Boathouse, Cold Stone Creamery, Le Marche, The Sweet Spot, Yo Mama’s Ice Cream, Top Round, and Schakolad Chocolate Factory. Then, select your favorite ice cream and cast your vote at bit.ly/rwftlicecream. Plus, snap a photo, post it to social media, tag @RiverwalkFtl and you could win a weekly prize! For more details, visit bit.ly/rwftlicecream.

 

Paycheck Protection Program Accepting Applications Through August 8

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) resumed accepting applications on July 6 in response to the Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act. The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020.  More than 4.8 million small business owners have already received more than $520 billion in potentially forgivable loans through the program. At the time of the program's extension, more than $130 billion in allocated funds remained unused. For more information about the Paycheck Protection Program including how to apply, visit bit.ly/3aUghz5

City’s BEAMs Business Academy Seminars Support Business Growth

The City of Fort Lauderdale’s award-winning BEAMs Business Academy presents a series of free business seminars on four consecutive Thursdays in August (8/6, 8/13, 8/20, 8/27). All of the webinars will begin at 2 p.m. via Zoom and will focus on core elements to help business owners build a strong foundation for growth and success. Following is a summary of each seminar

 

Thursday, August 6

Design Your Profits - Model Your Business and Forecast Your Income

Get a clear picture of how your business works or will work by building a financial model. Determine how much capital your business will need and how much money you should make with a simple financial forecast.

 

Thursday, August 13

How to Excel in Sales - Start Your Dollars Flowing

Learn how to develop a steady stream of new customers and maximize sales from existing clients to keep your business growing.

 

Thursday, August 20

Marketing Tools - How to Reach Your Customers & Get Their Attention

Learn effective ways to get your message in front of customers.

 

Thursday, August 27

BIZ Talk: Dreams to Reality - an Entrepreneur's Perspective

Hear advice from a round table of entrepreneurs who have made the journey and are operating businesses.

Participants who attend all four sessions will receive a BEAMs graduation certificate from the City of Fort Lauderdale. Attendance will be recorded at the end of each session. For more details and to register, visit https://bit.ly/32g0da0.

City Commission on Summer Recess until August 18

The Fort Lauderdale City Commission will be on summer recess until August 18. The next virtual meeting of the Fort Lauderdale City Commission is scheduled for Tuesday, August 18 at 6 p.m. The public will be able to listen to and view the virtual meeting on FLTVYouTube, Zoom, Comcast Channel 78, and AT&T U-verse Channel 99. The meeting agenda will be posted prior to the meeting at bit.ly/ftlccagendas. To learn more about virtual City Commission meetings, including how to sign up to speak, visit fortlauderdale.gov/vcmeetings.

 

Broward County and Broward County Schools Launch Together4Broward.org
Broward County and Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) have launched Together4Broward.org, a webpage that offers access to community resources. Together4Broward.org has as its first priority supporting access to nutritional foods. The website highlights dozens of locations across Broward County offering healthy meals, including food banks, 49 BCPS schools – serving “grab and go” meals once a week for children 18 years and younger and the adults who accompany them – as well as churches and local government agencies that provide a range of support services. This community resource is a collaborative effort by a coalition of independent agencies and community supporters working together to ensure families have access to crucial services during the unprecedented health crisis and economic downturn. For details, visit Together4Broward.org.

Avoid the Three Cs to Help Slow the Spread

The City of Fort Lauderdale and the Florida Department of Health remind everyone to protect themselves and others by avoiding the Three Cs: Closed Spaces, Crowded Places, and Close-Contact Settings and by wearing a mask in public: 

  • Closed Spaces. Avoid closed spaces with poor ventilation that could allow contagious droplets to linger in the air.
  • Crowded Places. Avoid crowded places with many people nearby; the greater the number of individuals in an area, the greater the chances of COVID-19 spreading from person-to-person.
  • Close-Contact Settings. Avoid close-range conversations and stay at least six-feet from others. 

In addition to avoiding the three Cs and wearing facial coverings in all public spaces, individuals should continue to practice social distancing by staying at least six-feet away from others; stay home when sick or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms; clean and disinfect countertops and frequently used surfaces often; and wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol). For additional prevention tips, visit www.floridahealthcovid19.gov/prevention.

 

FDA Warns Consumers of Risk of Methanol Contamination in Certain Hand Sanitizers

FDA is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested. Consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol and are experiencing symptoms should seek immediate treatment for potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning. Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death. Although all persons using these products on their hands are at risk for methanol poisoning, young children who accidently ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most at risk. FDA recommends consumers stop using these hand sanitizers and dispose of them immediately in appropriate hazardous waste containers. Do not flush or pour these products down the drain. FDA encourages health care professionals, consumers and patients to report adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of hand sanitizers to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program. Complete and submit the report online or download and complete the form, then submit it via fax at 1-800-FDA-0178. For more details, including a list of recalled hand sanitizers, visit bit.ly/2W0XvRN.

 

Beachscapes Exhibit at History Fort Lauderdale Through September 27

History Fort Lauderdale is proud to present “The Art of Tim Forman: Beachscapes,” an exhibit featuring masterful interpretations of Florida beach life and inspirational ocean views created by acclaimed Fort Lauderdale landscape artist and paintbrush historian Tim Forman. The exhibit will be on display from July 5 through September 27 at the New River Inn, located at 231 Southwest Second Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. The awe inspiring works portray the splendor and simplicity of the natural world, while instilling a sense of serenity during these uncertain times. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $7 for students. For more information, visit www.historyfortlauderdale.org.

 

NSU Art Museum Launches Online Collection with Access to Over 2,000 Works

The NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale has launched the first phase of its new online collection catalogue that offers unprecedented access to over 2,000 of the 7,500 objects in its permanent collection. Now accessible on the NSU Art Museum website, nsuartmuseum.org, the online collection is part of the Museum’s efforts to enhance its digital resources and make them widely available to the public, scholars and students. The NSU Art Museum is known for its significant collection of Latin American art, contemporary art with an emphasis on women, Black and Latinx artists, and African art that spans the 19th to the 21st-century, as well as works by American artist William Glackens, Danish artists who resisted German occupation during World War II and the international CoBrA group of artists that emerged in the war’s wake. The online site features a searchable database of a wide variety of media, along with curator notes, exhibition histories and bibliographic information. For more information, visit www.nsuartmuseum.org.

 

Visit Lauderdale Encourages Businesses to Take the Safe + Clean Pledge

In support of Broward County’s hospitality industry and business community, Visit Lauderdale has launched the Safe + Clean pledge. Taking the pledge will enable tourism-related businesses in Broward County to let their guests see that Safe + Clean protocols have been adopted. Businesses that take the pledge commit to following CDC Cleaning Protocols; wearing masks; providing hand sanitizer; practicing social distancing; training staff how to be Safe + Clean; and working toward contactless payment. To learn more and take the pledge, visit sunny.org/pledge. Businesses completing the pledge will receive a poster to proudly display their commitment to offering guests a Safe + Clean experience. For more details, visit sunny.org/pledge.

 

U.S. Cruises Canceled Through September 14

The cruise industry is canceling U.S. cruises though September 14 due to COVID-19. Cruise lines affected include: Carnival Corporation brands Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn, Costa and Cunard; Royal Caribbean’s Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises; Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania and Regent Seven Seas; MSC Cruises; Disney Cruise Line; Crystal Cruises; Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line and Virgin Voyages. For information on CDC Cruise Ship Guidance, visit bit.ly/3dm6h2x.

 

Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Launches New Campaign

In an effort to help stimulate the local economy amid COVID-19, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, in partnership with Six Pillars Broward, has launched a playful marketing campaign to encourage supports of Broward County to buy local. The campaign amusingly invites consumers to identify as “SOBs,” which stand for Supporters of Broward, and do their part to support local businesses. Elements of the campaign will include colorful signage, ads, and merchandise to remind folks to eat, drink, and shop locally (like an SOB!) but to also wear a mask, social distance, follow proper hygiene and protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For more details, visit www.ProudSOB.com.

 

Fit Fort Lauderdale Goes Virtual

The Parks and Recreation Department is striving to make Fort Lauderdale the healthiest city in the nation! To get there, Parks and Recreation has expanded its Virtual Recreation Center to include Fit Fort Lauderdale classes. Fit Fort Lauderdale is now virtual with FREE live classes on Sundays from 1 - 2 p.m. Don’t miss the upcoming class on August 2, “Cardio Drum Fitness.” For details and to register, visit bit.ly/ftlvirtrec.

 

City’s Virtual Recreation Center Expands Offerings

In addition to fitness classes, Fort Lauderdale’s Virtual Recreation Center offers a variety of free, fun, and educational activities and resources for the entire family. The Virtual Recreation Center offers instructor-led virtual classes in art, cooking, line dancing, acrylic painting, yoga, Zumba, and more! To view the current weekly schedule, visit https://bit.ly/2T3Pjib. To sign up for a class, visit bit.ly/ftlvrec.

 

Visit Lauderdale Launches “LauderDeals”

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau has launched LauderDeals, a destination-wide special savings program for visitors and residents. The campaign features special discounts on hotels, dining, activities, amenities, and more! In addition, the program includes deals and special offers for Florida residents, along with first responders and members of the military. Check out all of the savings as you plan your “Staycation” at bit.ly/3cxW4zP.

 

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 the CDC website at bit.ly/2AbifhF or the EPA website at bit.ly/3chW7Q0.

 

CVB’s Future In Focus II Now Online

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau recently hosted “Future in Focus II,” the second edition of its online destination recovery summit. The virtual event provided participants with details on the CVB’s recovery marketing plan designed to revitalize Greater Fort Lauderdale and the local tourism industry. In case you missed it, the tourism recovery summit may be viewed online at  www.sunny.org/partners. In addition, the slide presentation from the summit may be viewed by visiting  bit.ly/2UigPt7.  

 

What’s Open in Fort Lauderdale
The following businesses and amenities have reopened: beaches; bowling alleys, arcades, and indoor entertainment facilities; commercial gyms and fitness centers; dance, yoga, and martial arts studios; hotels, motels, and commercial lodging establishments; restaurants and food establishments; retail stores; personal services (hair and nail salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, etc.); recreational amenities in housing developments; community pools and private club pools; museums; movie theaters (outdoor only); city parks, dog parks, pools, and boat ramps; youth activities, summer camps, and sports leagues; vacation rentals; and other professional services. Reopenings come with strict operating, cleaning, health, and safety guidelines; limitations on occupancy; and regulations on social distancing. For more details, visit bit.ly/ftlreopen.

 

City’s Dogs Parks are Open!
The City of Fort Lauderdale’s dog parks have reopened.  The City operates Bark Park (the park dogs ask for by name), located at Snyder Park at 3299 S.W. 4 Avenue, and Holiday Park Dog Park, located in Holiday Park at 1150 G. Harold Martin Drive. In addition, swimming for dogs is available at Snyder Park’s East Lake and at Canine Beach (by permit only), located at approximately 1269 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard. Dog walking is permitted (by permit only) daily from 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. on the west side of A1A from Sunrise Boulevard south to the intersection of A1A and Seabreeze Boulevard. Dog walking is available on the west side of A1A north of Sunrise Boulevard 24 hours a day, with no permit required. Dog walking is free and permitted daily along downtown’s Riverwalk. For details about dog friendly places in Fort Lauderdale visit bit.ly/ftldogs. To download a free Dog Park Guide, visit bit.ly/3gzJfYU.

 

City’s Department of Sustainable Development (DSD) Building is Open
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.

 

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.

 

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. 

 

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.

 

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. 

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. 

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 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. 

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

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.

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

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 

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).

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.

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. 

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.


Department of Health Information

According to the Florida Department of Health, as of July 27, 2020, results from approximately 370,307 tests administered in Broward County indicated 319,015 negative results; 50,784 positive results; and 508 inconclusive 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 Moves Walk-Up COVID-19 Testing Site to Fort Lauderdale’s Lincoln Park

The state of Florida has relocated one of its free COVID-19 walk-up testing sites in Broward County. The site, which was formerly located at the Urban League, is now operating at Lincoln Park, located at 600 N.W. 19 Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. Free walk-up testing is available at the site to those with or without COVID-19 symptoms. There are no age or identification requirements and no doctor referral is needed. The Lincoln Park walk-thru COVID-19 testing site is open Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is equipped to administer up to 250 tests per day.  Appointments are not required, but are preferred, and may be scheduled by calling (954) 412-7300.

Walk-Thru COVID-19 Testing Site in Pompano Beach
The state of Florida is operating a free walk-thru testing site at Mitchell Moore Park, located at 901 N.W. 10 Street in Pompano Beach. Individuals with or without COVID-19 symptoms may walk up to the site to receive a test or can set up an appointment to be tested. The Mitchell Moore Park site is 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

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

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

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 Summer Meals Distribution on Tuesdays

The Broward County Public Schools Summer Meals program is underway at 49 school sites throughout the District. Grab-and-go meal service is open from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, providing children 18 years and younger, and adults who accompany them, meals for the entire week. Adults may receive meals for children who are not present by providing identification for the children. Adults wishing to receive meals must be present. Meals may be obtained by walking up or driving up to the designated location on campus. The Summer Meals program is made possible with the help of community partners including Feeding South Florida, Health Foundation of Broward, The Hunger Coalition, United Way of Broward, Miami Dolphins and The Jim Moran Foundation. For more details and a complete list of distribution locations, visit bit.ly/3cBZK3I.

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)

  • 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.

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

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

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


Travel Information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


For additional information regarding the coronavirus, please visit:

   a


Ways to Stay in Touch

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

Posted by SMRCA Website on 03/26/2020
Last updated on 07/28/2020
Membership
Membership in this website is private. Request membership access.
Logo_w158
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311