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Masks Mandatory
Broward County Emergency Order 20-20 expands the regulations for facial coverings by requiring that they are worn in all public spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained. The order also requires the mandatory use of facial coverings in residential facilities and common condominium areas, and requires that masks be worn by all persons in any establishment, business or amenity; 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. It also limits hours for restaurants and food establishments. Specifically, no establishment will be permitted to serve alcohol or food for on-site consumption between the hours of Midnight and 5 a.m. Take out, delivery, drive-through, or pick-up are still permitted.

Face Shield Reminder
It is not known if face shields provide any benefit as source control to protect others from the spray of respiratory particles. CDC does not recommend the use of face shields for normal everyday activities or as a substitute for cloth face coverings. Some people may choose to use a face shield when sustained close contact with other people is expected. If face shields are used without a mask, they should wrap around the sides of the wearer’s face and extend to below the chin. Disposable face shields should only be worn for single use. Reusable face shields should be cleaned and disinfected after each use. Plastic face shields for newborns and infants are NOT recommended.

Help Slow the Spread of Coronavirus by Avoiding the ’The C’s’
The Florida Department of Health reminds everyone to protect themselves and others by wearing masks in public and avoiding the Three Cs:

  • 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). Learn additional prevention tips here.

View the Florida Department of Health tracking map for current Coronavirus statistics for Florida and Broward County.

Important Reminder: As more businesses and amenities reopen throughout Broward County and across South Florida, COVID-19 cases are on the rise. Residents, visitors, and businesses must remember that this is no time to let your guard down. Please remain vigilant and continue to follow these Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to help fight the spread of the Coronavirus.

Broward County Emergency Order 20-18: Outlines penalties for establishments that fail to comply with Emergency Orders mandating sanitization, social distancing, facial coverings, and other requirements intended to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Broward County FAQ Guide: Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions Guide for answers to many of the most commonly asked questions related to the phased COVID-19 reopening. The document provides information about what businesses may currently operate, along with details regarding rules, regulations, and requirements that must be followed by employees and customers to protect public health and safety.

All Broward County Emergency Orders can be accessed here, including: Emergency Order 20-17, which requires retail establishments and restaurants to post signage containing information regarding social distancing and facial covering requirements, to further mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Restaurants and food establishments are required to post a sign available in English, Spanish, and Creole, and retail facilities are required to post a sign available in English, Spanish, and Creole. These signs must be at least 8 ½ x 11 in size and printed in color when possible. Signs must be conspicuously posted throughout the establishment and at all entry points. There must be at least one sign in each language throughout the establishment.

CDC Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Businesses -- 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. The CDC also released "Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employees," which offers strategies and recommendations for employers responding to COVID-19, including those seeking to resume normal or phased business operations.

State Surgeon General Advises Everyone to Wear Masks in Public: State Surgeon General Scott A. Rivkees, M.D. issued a public health advisory recommending that all individuals in Florida should wear face coverings in any setting where social distancing is not possible. The advisory encourages individuals to follow CDC guidelines with regard to what types of face coverings are available and should be utilized. In addition, the State Surgeon General recommends that all individuals should refrain from participating in social or recreational gatherings of more than 50 people. For those in crowds smaller than 50, social distancing should be practiced by maintaining a distance of at least six feet from each other and by wearing a face covering.

Coronavirus Testing: The SunSentinel Newspaper provides free online access to its list of drive-thru, walk-up, and in-home coronavirus testing.

Oakland Park Updates

Parks and Recreation/Tennis & Pickleball -- Dillon Tennis Center, Pickleball at Wimberly Fields and Tennis/Pickleball at Royal Palm Park and Greenleaf Park are open. For a list of the new guidelines with modified hours, visit the City’s Parks and Leisure Services page for complete details.

“Keep it Moving” -- Select Oakland Park City parks are open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for passive use only. This includes walking/jogging, biking and personal boat/kayak launch. All other activities are prohibited. Please practice social/physical distancing, wear face masks while in public spaces and help us “Keep it Moving” on our paths. For a list of parks that are open and additional information, please visit our Parks & Leisure Services website.

The Bark Park, playgrounds, pavilions, restrooms, exercise equipment, basketball, volleyball, bocce facilities remain closed.

Library Update -- Curbside pick-up at the Ethel M. Gordon Oakland Park Library is now available. To request materials, you must have an Oakland Park Library card in good standing. Call the Library during staff hours (Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at 954-630-4370 to request materials or send an email to: danielleg@oaklandparkfl.gov. The turnaround time will be 24 hours or the next business day.

  • Once materials are pulled and checked out, staff will call patrons to let them know materials are ready for pick-up.
  • Patrons can knock on the front door or call the Library when they arrive. Please stand 6 feet away from the door and staff will open the door and place materials outside.
  • If an item is not owned by the Library, it will be treated as a patron request and procured through the Library’s usual process.

Sanitation Services -- Bulk, Garbage, and Recycling Collection Services continue to operate on their regular schedules.

Water & Wastewater Services -- Residents and businesses are reminded that disinfecting wipes, although many claim to be “flushable” are generally not, and should not be flushed down the toilet as doing so may result in plumbing problems at home or further down the line. The same applies to tissues, paper towels, and napkins. Please dispose of these items in your garbage.

Properly Dispose of Used Gloves & Face Coverings -- Place in Trash Cart and Never Flush! 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 essential to remember to properly dispose of these items in your trash cart 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 storm drain 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 correctly in your trash cart.

View and download the "Talking Trash" update

More City Facilities Updates:

  • City Hall and all City buildings remain closed to the public until further notice.
  • Due to the closure of City Hall, the City Commission meetings can be accessed remotely. Please view the meeting on City webstream on website, Comcast channel 78 or ATT Channel 99. Public comments (250 words maximum) can be emailed to publiccomments@oaklandparkfl.gov by 6:30 p.m. the day of the meeting. 
  • All City community centers are closed until further notice.
  • All City events and facility rentals are suspended until further notice.

Other city services remain operational, but our staff is on a modified schedule for safety reasons. Activities such as building inspections and code response may be limited. City staff continues working in most offices (other staff remotely) and available by telephone and email. View contact information here.

Many services are available 24/7 online at: http://www.oaklandparkfl.gov/312/Permit-Access including:

  • Schedule an Inspection
  • View Inspection Details
  • View or Print Comments
  • Make payments through EnerGov (permits submitted after Nov. 2019)

Building & Permitting customers are encouraged to call the City’s Building Division at 954-630-4350 or email: building@oaklandparkfl.gov.

During these precautionary measures, residents and businesses are advised and encouraged to utilize the City’s online services and conduct their business remotely whenever possible. Oakland Park’s online services include:

The safety of citizens and employees are always a priority. Here are some important precautions residents can take.

Review the current Federal Social Distancing Guidelines here.

To limit the potential community spread of COVID-19, the City of Oakland Park implemented restrictions for the general health, safety, and welfare of the community. Pursuant to Section 252.38(3) and 252.46, Florida Statutes and pursuant to Article II of the Charter of the City of Oakland Park, with the adoption of Emergency Ordinance 0-2020-006, authorized the City Manager and Mayor to take any necessary action to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of the City of Oakland Park related to the spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus.

This Citywide order places more stringent restrictions on permissible use, social distancing requirements, essential business employee screening, essential business cleaning protocols, and a lowered limit on gatherings of people who are not immediate family members. Read our Frequently Asked Questions to help ensure everyone understands the vital importance of this public health order. The Frequently Asked Questions are available in Spanish.

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Weekly COVID-19 Food Distributions on Thursdays 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 host weekly drive-thru food distributions on Thursdays from 9 a.m. until the food runs out at Mills Pond Park, located at 2201 NW 9 Avenue. 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 with a limit of one box 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 Mills Pond Park, please enter from southbound NW 9 Avenue (Powerline Road). For more details, call Oakland Park’s Coronavirus Call Center at 954-630-4335. For more information about Feeding South Florida, visit www.feedingsouthflorida.org. If you would like to volunteer to assist with Food Distribution Events, please call Oakland Park’s Community Volunteer Corps at 954-630-4502.

City Call Center: Open weekdays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 954-630-4335 should you have any questions concerning city services. Para instrucciones en espanol por favor llama 954-630-4301. Check the City’s website for the most current information.

Broward County Call Center: Assists the Florida Department of Health in Broward County in answering public questions about COVID-19, including conducting over-the-phone pre-screenings to determine eligibility for testing. The COVID-19 Call Center number is 954-357-9500. The COVID-19 call center will accept calls from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week.

Florida Department of Health’s Coronavirus Call Center: Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-866-779-6121 or email COVID-19@flhealth.gov. Individuals concerned that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 can call the Florida Dept. of Health/Broward at 954-412-7300 and their healthcare provider before traveling to any healthcare facility.

BSO/Oakland Park District: Information from residents and businesses is vital to help keep our community safe. Always call 911 in an emergency. However, if you are not in danger and see something suspicious, please call the Broward Sheriff’s Office Non-Emergency phone number: 954-764-4357 (HELP). Your call could stop a crime or even save someone’s life.

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City of Oakland Park Emergency Orders

Reemployment Assistance Application for Services: Print Application in English and Spanish or Creole.
Paper copies of these applications in all three languages available outside of the library’s front doors Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Reemployment Assistance from Florida Department of Economic Opportunity: The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) provides Reemployment Assistance, 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 am – 2:00 pm. 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

Stay informed with city news and updates:

Pharmacies & Grocery Stores:

List of local pharmacies that deliver to Oakland Park addresses

List of local grocery stores that deliver to Oakland Park addresses

More Broward County Updates:

Rental Assistance Available to Residents Impacted by COVID-19: SHIP funding is available to Oakland Park residents who cannot afford rental payments due to job loss from the COVID-19 actions. The Family Success Administration Division received the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) funds through the Broward County Housing Finance and Community Redevelopment Division to provide financial assistance to Broward County residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to help pay rent, homeowners association, utilities and/or related late fees. To apply for SHIP rental assistance offered by the Broward County Family Success Administration Division click here . The Family Success Administration Division is taking calls at:

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

Business Assistance:

Visit the Oakland Park CRA page for the latest business updates. 

Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Coronavirus Guide for Businesses and Employees.

A business assistance page has been established with information updated by Broward County’s Office of Economic and Small Business Development. There are two emergency small business loan programs designed to assist small businesses during during a disaster – the Florida Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program and the SBA Economic Injury Loan Program

The application period for the recently activated Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan program opened March 17, 2020 for companies whose cash flows have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other useful links for local businesses include:

Price Gouging: To report a Coronavirus scam or price gouging, contact Florida’s Price Gouging Hotline by calling 866-966-7226 or going online to MyFloridaLegal.com.

Other helpful resources include:

  1. Broward.org/Coronavirus
  2. Centers for Disease Control
  3. Florida Department of Health
  4. Florida Department of Health Broward
  5. Broward Sheriff’s Office News Release on Scammers
  6. Broward County Public Schools
  7. FPL.com/HELP
  8. South Florida Meals on Wheels
  9. Area Agency on Aging