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According to Florida Health, demand for the COVID-19 vaccine is far in excess of the supply the state has received so far. It is anticipated that additional supplies will be coming soon. Florida has many sites that are providing COVID-19 vaccines, but supplies are limited. Click the links below for more information. 

 Important ways to slow the spread of COVID-19

Broward County Issued an amended Comprehensive Emergency Order on April 19, 2021. Read the Comprehensive Emergency Oder. 

Establishments licensed to serve food may operate with an indoor occupancy of up to 100% of the maximum indoor occupancy if the Establishment: (a) maintains 6 feet of distance between occupied tables at all times; (b) limits parties to no more than 6 people at a table at any one time (or no more than 10 people, if all those people are part of the same family or reside in the same household); and (c) ensures that people wear facial coverings at all times except when actively eating or drinking. Distancing requirements and table occupancy requirements do not apply to the extent they would preclude the Establishment from operating at an occupancy of at least 50% of their maximum indoor capacity, but Social Distancing should be maintained to the maximum extent possible.

Establishments that are not licensed to serve food must operate with an indoor occupancy of no more than 50% of the Establishment’s indoor capacity.

Outdoor open-air events and activities are not subject to the 10-person gathering limit so long as the attendees consistently practice Social Distancing or the event is an Organized Sports event operated in accordance with Chapter 29 (Non-Professional Organized Sporting Events with Spectators).

Social distancing and facial covering requirements  to prevent the spread of COVID-19 remain in effect.

COVID-19 Testing Site Open 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 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The site is closed Thursday and Sundays.  There are no age requirements and no doctor referral is needed. Appointments are not required. For more information, contact the Florida Department of Health in Broward County at 954-412-7300. To learn more about coronavirus testing in Broward County, click here.

The City of Oakland Park continues to work closely with Broward County, the Florida Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Governor's office and the Florida Department of Emergency Management to help residents, visitors and employees weather the pandemic.


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.

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

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.

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.

City employees continue to staff all offices and remain available by telephone and email. Residents and businesses are advised and encouraged to utilize the City’s online services and conduct their business remotely whenever possible. Many services are available 24/7 online: 

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

  • Schedule an Inspection
  • View Inspection Details
  • View or Print Comments
  • Make payments through EnerGov

Library Services -- Curbside pick-up at the Ethel M. Gordon Oakland Park Library is available. To request materials, you need an Oakland Park Library card in good standing. Call the Library (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays) at 954-630-4370 to request materials or email DanielleG@oaklandparkfl.gov. The turnaround time is 24 hours or the next business day.

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

  • Disinfecting wipes are not “flushable” (as sometimes advertised) and should not be flushed down the toilet. This also applies to tissues, napkins, paper towels, gloves, and masks. Please dispose of these items in your trash.

For more information or any questions regarding city services, please call Oakland Park’s Coronavirus Call Center at 954-630-4335 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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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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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.

Home Delivered Meals for Residents Age 60 and Older: The Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) offers a free Home Delivered Meal program for residents age 60 or older. Please contact the Aging & Disability Resource Center Helpline at 954-745-9779 for assistance in applying for Home Delivered Meals or email meals@adrcbroward.org. If you email, please provide, your name, address and phone number and an ADRC Information and Referral professional will call you back. Once qualified, you will receive meals delivered to your home each week for through the ADRC Emergency Meals Program. This is a temporary meal program to help people through COVID-19. Meals are provided by local restaurants and caterers and there is a choice of a variety of meals such as Puree, Kosher, gluten-free, and other specialty meals.

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.

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Grab-and-Go Meals: Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) reminds parents that grab-and-go meals will be available for students at elementary, middle, and high school locations throughout the District and breakfast will also be available to all BCPS students at no charge. Meals will be available on Thursday, August 20, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and from 3 - 5 p.m. The weeks following, meals will be distributed on Tuesdays and Thursdays, at the same times, 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. View for complete details about grab-and-go meals and how to apply for free or reduced-price meals. Please visit browardschools.com/schoolreopening for information and guidance on eLearning. Parents and guardians may visit browardschools.com/parentuniversity to view available webinars.

BCPS Identifies Child Care On-Site Service Providers within High School Zones: Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) partners with numerous organizations to continue to support and share resources for students and families. The District has created a map and list, broken down by BCPS high school zones, for private On-Site Child Care Service Providers and locations. Families should contact the Child Care Service Providers directly, as they are not affiliated or endorsed by BCPS. All service providers are fee-based, but financial assistance may be available. Please check with the individual providers. The distribution of these services does not imply recommendation or endorsement by Broward County Public Schools. View more details and to access the map and list.

City Call Center: Open weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 954-630-4200 should you have any questions concerning city services. Para instrucciones en espanol por favor llama 954-630-4301.

Think you have been exposed to COVID-19?
Call the Broward County Call Center: 954-357-9500 - Open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 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.
View a list of coronavirus testing sites in Broward County

Florida Department of Health’s Coronavirus Call Center: 1-866-779-6121 Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or email: COVID-19@flhealth.gov

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.

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:

Electric Bill Assistance: Low-income families struggling to pay their electric bill may be eligible for financial assistance through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Eligibility is based on income and household size. The Broward County LIHEAP Program is for Broward County residents.

Emergency Assistance and Case Management Services Available: 

Broward County Family Success Administration Division provides emergency assistance and case management services. Four programs are available to help prevent residents of Broward County from experiencing homelessness, evictions, foreclosures, loss of electric and water services and assist with tuition, financial management, employment, transportation, nutrition and childcare. Visit Broward.org/FamilySuccess for more information on these programs. 

Business Assistance:

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

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 www.CARESActRLF.org. For more information, please contact Jeff Tart, Senior Loan Officer, at 954-924-3653 or jtart@sfrpc.com

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