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😷 COVID-19 Information


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

City of Fort Lauderdale: Coronavirus Updates 

Broward County: COVID-19


CDC: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Live FL Dashboard Map


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


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.


COVID-19 Updates

Executive Orders

Mayor Trantalis Issues New Declaration of Emergency Regulations for Phase 3 Reopening
pdf Read the Mayor's Declaration of Emergency Regulations (September 30, 2020)
pdf Read the Emergency Declaration - State of Emergency Phase 3 Reopening (September 30, 2020) 

Executive Orders Issued by Governor Ron DeSantis

To view Executive Orders from the Governor regarding COVID-19, visit

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

City Update

Mayor Dean J. Trantalis issued an Emergency Declaration to clarify the rules and regulations for businesses and individuals in the City of Fort Lauderdale during the phase 3 reopening of the economy. 

The Emergency Declaration takes effect immediately and will remain in effect until terminated or superseded by subsequent order. Highlights of the declaration include, but are not limited to the following: 

Restaurants and Food Establishments

  • Restaurants, including any establishment with a food service license, may operate up to 100 percent (100%) of its total capacity.
  • Notwithstanding the permitted operational capacity, all restaurants, including any establishment with a food service license:
    • Shall maintain a 6-foot distance for all tables and chairs, whether indoor or outdoor, between parties;
    • Shall maintain a 6-foot distance between patrons not of the same household while standing or waiting in line.
    • Shall require all employees and patrons to wear facial coverings at all times, except while eating or drinking;
    • May permit ordering andseating at bar counters, provided that a 6-foot distance is maintained between patrons not of the same household at all times;
    • Shall close all on-premises areas to patrons between the hours of 12:00 a.m. to 5 a.m.;
    • Shall comply with all sanitary requirements of Broward County Emergency Order 20-26, Attachment 2(B), which are not inconsistent or in conflict with this Declaration. 

Bars, Pubs, Nightclubs, Cocktail Lounges,   Breweries, and Like Establishments

  • Bars, pubs, nightclubs, cocktail lounges, breweries, cigar bars, adult entertainment establishments, and any other establishment licensed to sell alcohol, may operate up to 50 percent (50%) of its indoor capacity, and 100 percent (100%) of its outdoor capacity.
  • Notwithstanding the permitted operational capacity in Section A, all such establishments:
    • Shall maintain a 6-foot distance for all tables and chairs, whether indoor or outdoor, between parties;
    • Shall maintain a 6-foot distance between patrons not of the same household while standing or waiting in line
    • Shall require all employees and patrons to wear facial coverings at all times, except while eating or drinking;
    • May permit ordering and seating at bar counters, provided that a 6-foot distance is maintained between patrons not of the same household at all times;
    • Shall close all on-premises areas to patrons, and cease all sale of alcohol for off-site consumption, between the hours of 12:00 am to 5 am
    • Shall comply with all sanitary requirements of Broward County Emergency Order 20-26, Attachment 2(B), which are not inconsistent or in conflict with this Declaration. 

Facial Coverings Mandated

  • All facial covering requirements, including any applicable exceptions, of Broward County Emergency Order 20-21, Section 3, as amended by Section 4 of Emergency Order 20-25, remain in full force and effect and are incorporated herein.
  • All businesses and establishments are responsible for ensuring all employees and patrons of the business or establishment comply with the facial covering requirements of EO 20-21, as amended, and of this Declaration.
  • The failure of any business or establishment to comply with any of thefacial covering requirements for businesses and establishments as set forth in EO 20- 21, as amended and as set forth herein, is subject to enforcement as a civil violation, including the imposition of fines against the offending business or establishments. 

Public Meetings

  • Unless Executive Order 20-69 regarding Local Government Public Meetings is further extended by Governor DeSantis beyond October 1, 2020, all meetings of the City Commission, as well as meetings of the Planning & Zoning Board, Board of Adjustment, and all other advisory boards and committees, will require an in­person quorum.

To read the entire Emergency Declaration, visit

Florida Enters Phase 3 of COVID-19 Reopening

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has moved the state into the third and final phase of the COVID-19 reopening plan. The Governor’s Executive Order 20-244 allows all businesses, including bars, nightclubs and other establishments previously closed by local emergency orders, to reopen. It also suspends COVID-19-related fines and penalties for individuals. Broward County has issued Emergency Order 20-26 and Emergency Order 20-25 along with numerous attachments that help explain how businesses and residents should move forward during the Phase 3 reopening. To access Broward County's emergency orders and attachments, visit

Department of Health Information
To see the latest data from the FDOH, visit or

Avoid the Three Cs
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 facial covering 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

Voter Registration Deadline Approaching
The Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office reminds everyone about the following important deadlines related to the November 3 General Election: October 5 is the last day to register to vote in the General Election on November 3; October 24 is the last day to request a mail-in ballot for the General Election on November 3. Early Voting for the November 3 General Election will take place from October 19 - November 1 from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. daily. For a list of early voting locations, visit Voting on Election Day, November 3, will take place from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit the Supervisor of Elections Office website at

Weekly Food Distribution at Mills Pond Park on October 8
The next drive-thru food distribution event hosted by the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park, and Wilton Manors will take place on Thursday, October 8 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 For more information about Feeding South Florida, visit To make a donation to Feeding South Florida, please visit

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Grab and Go Meals
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) reminds parents that grab-and-go meals are available for students at elementary, middle, and high school locations throughout the District and breakfast is also available to all BCPS students at no charge. Meals will be distributed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and from 3 - 5 p.m., in bundles that include multiple days-worth of meals. The afternoon hours were added to provide greater convenience for parents assisting their students with eLearning during the morning hours. For complete details about grab-and-go meals and how to apply for free or reduced-price meals, visit

CareerSource Broward Offers Webinars for Job Seekers
CareerSource Broward offers a variety of webinars for job seekers. The free online workshops focus on a wide range of job-readiness topics including: Job Search Methods That Work, Networking: the Power of People, Video Interview Skills, Résumé Preparation, Soft Skills: Getting and Keeping the Job, Interview Coaching and Practice Session, Telephone Interview Skills, Social Networking Online, and more. For more details and a complete schedule of offerings, visit

Find Local COVID-19 Statistics on Broward County Dashboard
To help residents understand the impact 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

Wear Facial Coverings at Polling Locations
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Broward County reminds residents who choose to vote at public polling locations, either during early voting or on November 3, to wear a facial covering. Broward County’s Emergency Orders require residents to wear a facial covering when in public. There is no exemption in the Emergency Order for Election Day. Therefore, residents are reminded that they need to wear a mask at the polling locations, or vote by mail, which does not require a mask, unless the voter is dropping off their ballot in person at a post office or early voting location. All 22 early voting locations have official ballot drop boxes that residents are able to use for their vote-by-mail ballots, without personal contact, and without having to stand in lines of people waiting to vote in person. For details, visit

Stay Vigilant During Hurricane Season
Neighbors are reminded to stay alert, remain vigilant, and continue to pay close attention to weather developments in our area as we are now in the most active part of hurricane season. Please make sure you have emergency plans in place and supplies ready as weather forecasts can change quickly. For the latest weather updates, visit the National Hurricane Center website at For hurricane preparation tips, visit the City's website at To sign up to receive emergency alerts from the City, please visit

Fit Fort Lauderdale Goes Virtual
Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department continues to strive 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 upcoming classes that include Line Dance with Tommy and Kathy (October 4). For details and to register, visit

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 To sign up for a class, visit

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show Set for October 28 - November 1
The Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF), owners of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), along with show producer, Informa U.S. Boat Shows, are pleased to announce that the 61st annual FLIBS will go on with support from government officials in both Broward County and the City of Fort Lauderdale. The five-day outdoor boat show will take place from Oct. 28 – Nov. 1 with Informa Markets’ comprehensive AllSecure health and safety standards in place designed to create an exceptional visitor experience that prioritizes the safety of all attendees, exhibitors, crew members, and staff. For more details, visit

SFRPC Offering Small Business Loans Through CARES Act
The South Florida Regional Planning Council (SFRPC) has secured more than $5.3 million in funding to help struggling businesses as a result of COVID-19. The small business Revolving Loan Fund CARES Act program is available to eligible businesses including small businesses, sole-proprietors, and 501(c)(3) organizations located within Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade or Monroe Counties. Loan amounts range from $25,000 - $500,000 with fixed interest rates from 3% to 4% and financing for up to 10 years. Funding from the program may be combined with other programs including the Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), or the State of Florida Bridge Loan Program. Personal guaranties and collateral are required. The Revolving Loan Fund CARES Act program is not a grant or forgivable loan. Interested businesses may apply at For more information, please contact Jeff Tart, Senior Loan Officer, at 954-924-3653 or

Facial Coverings and Signage Requirements
Under Broward County Emergency Order 20-22, 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.

Signage Requirements for All Establishments
Broward County Emergency Order 20-23, clarifies that all establishments that conduct in-person transactions with the public, other than parks and beaches, must comply with 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 for easy visibility within the establishment. To read Emergency Order 20-23, visit To read Emergency Order 20-17, visit

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

Resources to Assist with Reopenings


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 The Chamber has also developed a comprehensive reopening guide that can be accessed by visiting 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 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
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
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 or the EPA website at



COVID-19 Testing Sites

COVID-19 Testing Site at Mills Pond Park
The Florida Department of Health is operating a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at Fort Lauderdale’s Mills Pond Park, located at 2201 NW 9 Avenue. The site offers free drive-thru testing Monday – Wednesday and Friday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The testing site is closed on Thursdays and Sundays. Testing is available to anyone with or without COVID-19 symptoms. There are no age requirements and no doctor referral is needed. Appointments are not required. Patients will receive test results via text messaging. For more information, contact the Florida Department of Health in Broward County at 954-412-7300 or visit

COVID-19 Testing at Holiday Park
Fort Lauderdale’s Holiday Park offers free drive-thru rapid COVID-19 antigen testing with same day results, as well as free drive-thru oral self-swab testing. Located at U.S. 1 and N.E. 8 Street (just south of Sunrise Boulevard), rapid COVID-19 testing is offered Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. to individuals of any age with COVID-19 symptoms or individuals ages 5 to 17 or 65 and over without COVID-19 symptoms. Appointments and photo ID are required. To schedule an appointment, visit Most results are delivered via text or email within a two-hour timeframe. Free drive-thru COVID-19 oral self-swab testing is available, Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., to anyone age 5 or older with or without COVID-19 symptoms. No doctor referral needed. Proper photo ID is required. To schedule an appointment, visit Patients who do not receive test results after 72 hours, may contact Curative, Inc. via email at For details, visit

For a list of COVID-19 Testing site in Broward County, visit:
For a list of State-supported testing sites in Florida, by County, visit:


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: 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.  

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 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

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

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 and at the walk-up 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

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

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!

COVID-19 Resources

For additional information regarding Coronavirus, visit the following websites:

National COVID-19 website:

Florida Department of Health:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Broward County:

World Health Organization (WHO):

Florida League of Cities:

Johns Hopkins University CSSE: Johns Hopkins CSSE

City of Fort Lauderdale COVID-19 Community Resources page 

Ways to Stay in Touch

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

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