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Broward County Re-opening Orders

County Administrator Bertha Henry issued Emergency Order 20-13 on Friday, May 22, which extends Phase 1 reopening guidelines to beaches, commercial gyms and fitness centers, hotels and other commercial lodging, with restrictions.

These re-openings are in addition to those outlined in Emergency Order 20-12. Because COVID-19, however, remains a serious threat to public safety, the social distancing, facial covering and sanitation requirements remain in place for businesses that reopen, and the individuals who patronize them.

Highlights of the Broward County order include:

  • All beaches can open with limited hours (sunrise to sunset). Ocean activities such as surfing, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and body surfing are allowed; also walking, running and biking.
  • Like other communities across the country, Broward beaches are not yet opening for picnicking, sunbathing, sitting or lying on the beach. Group or organized sports (such as volleyball), umbrellas, canopies, chairs, loungers and coolers are also not yet allowed, and no group gatherings of more than 10 people. Beachgoers must maintain social distancing (six feet of separation), except between members of the same household or groups.
  • Commercial gyms and fitness centers, including but not limited to dance, martial arts, yoga, spinning and personal training studios can open, with adherence to the guidelines. This includes pools in those facilities, with restrictions.
  • Hotels, motels and commercial lodging establishments can open with adherence to guidelines. Staff is required to wear facial coverings and gloves for all customer-facing activities. Guests must wear facial coverings in all common areas. Ballrooms and other special function spaces remain closed. Proprietors are encouraged to post on their website, blog or social media the steps they are taking to keep their guests safe.
  • Pari-mutuel facilities (as defined by Florida Statutes Section 550.002(23), are to remain closed, except for when the establishment is being utilized for a use expressly permitted under a Broward County Emergency Order, or by a professional sports team to conduct or host a training, competition, event or game in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order 20-123.
  • Vacation rentals are open, but only for essential lodgers, as authorized by the Governor’s Executive Order 20-87.

All businesses are still strongly encouraged to perform remote operations whenever possible, and allow employees to utilize telework or other remote working methods that permit social distancing. 

Governor Ron DeSantis approved a phased reopening plan for Broward County businesses and amenities beginning Monday, May 18. The plan allows for the partial reopening of:

In order to reopen, businesses will need to adhere to strict operating, cleaning, and safety guidelines for employees and customers, along with limitations on capacities and regulations on social distancing.

Read the Broward County News Release: County Takes Steps to Further Reopen 

View complete Broward County Emergency Order 20-10 and other Broward Emergency Orders here.

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce has created a Return to Work Checklist that businesses can access and follow as they get ready to reopen. The Chamber has also developed a comprehensive reopening guide that can be accessed here. The guide offers businesses recommendations for safely reopening and gaining consumers’ trust.

CDC Offers Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Businesses -- As Broward County and Oakland Park 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. 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.

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.

Oakland Park Phase II Parks Re-opening: Tennis/Pickleball

Dillon Tennis Center, Pickleball at Wimberly Fields and Tennis/Pickleball at Royal Palm Park and Greenleaf Park are open. All tennis courts opened onMay 18th.  Pickleball at Wimberly Fields will resume regular playing days on May 20th.  A list of the new guidelines with modified hours.

Oakland Park Phase 1 Parks Re-opening – “Keep it Moving”
As of Thursday April 30th, select Oakland Park City parks will be 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 other information, please visit our Parks & Leisure Services page.

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

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 will host weekly drive-thru food distributions on Thursdays from 9 - 11 a.m. 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 container of food per vehicle (while supplies last). Recipients 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. 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

Broward County Call Center:
Assisting 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 AM to 8 PM, 7 days a week

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/Broward at 954-412-7300 and their healthcare provider before traveling to any healthcare facility.

Testing Sites: View an updated list of Coronavirus testing sites in Broward County

More City Updates:

View the City’s Coronavirus Presentation from the April 15, 2020 City Commission Meeting

Water & Wastewater Services Updates:

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 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 important 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 properly in your trash cart.

View and download the "Talking Trash" update and share with your family, friends, and neighbors.

View CDC guidelines on how to protect yourself and others.

City of Oakland Park Emergency Orders

View answers to some Frequently Asked Questions to help ensure everyone understands the vital importance of this "Safer at Home" Order. The Frequently Asked Questions are also available in Spanish.

Broward County Emergency Orders: click here

Executive Orders Issued by Governor Ron DeSantis: click here

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

City of Oakland Park Safer at Home Order -- As of March 27, 2020, the City of Oakland Park is aware of confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its jurisdictional boundaries. To limit the potential community spread of COVID-19, the City of Oakland Park has 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 stronger 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.

City Facilities Updates:

  • City Hall and all City buildings are closed to the public until further notice.
  • Due to the closure of City Hall,  City Commission meetings can be accessed remotely. Please view meetings via  city webstream on website , Comcast(Xfinity) Channel 78,  or ATT Channel 99. Public comments (max 250 words) 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.

Parks and Recreation:

  • The Bark Park, playgrounds, pavilions, restrooms, exercise equipment, basketball, tennis, volleyball, bocce and pickle ball courts are closed.

Sanitation Services:

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

The City’s Call Center is open weekdays from 8 AM to 8 PM 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.

Other city services remain operational, but 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.

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.

The City of Oakland Park’s Building Services Office is operating on normally scheduled hours with modified services listed below. The city will continue to review and process existing building permits and inspections, but customers may experience delays with any new applications being submitted to the city. 

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:

Stay informed with city news and updates:

City Commission meetings: Can be viewed online

Pharmacies & Grocery Stores:

List of local pharmacies that deliver to Oakland Park addresses

List of local grocery stores that deliver to Oakland Park addresses

The Sun-Sentinel Newspaper has posted: What you need to know about living through the coronavirus crisis in South Florida

Should I be tested for Coronavirus?

If you are concerned that you have been exposed to 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.

What are the symptoms and signs of COVID-19?

Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

We urge people take necessary precautions, particularly if they are in a high-risk demographic, such as the elderly, or those with a compromised immune system. Everyone should follow standard recommendations to prevent infection spread.

Broward County Updates:

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:

For additional information and guidance regarding COVID-19 in Florida, please visit the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 webpage at: http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/index.html

The COVID-19 Call Center 1 (888) 779-6121 is available 24/7 to answer your questions.Questions may also be emailed to COVID-19@flhealth.gov. View the Department of Health tracking map to stay informed. 

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