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Adherence to Emergency Orders Has Reduced Spread of VirusContinued Vigilance will Promote Sustainable Recovery
County officials, including Mayor Dale V.C. Holness and County Administrator Bertha Henry. thank residents and businesses for their months-long collaboration in compliance with restrictions that have successfully reduced the number of deaths from COVID-19, lowered the number of new cases, decreased positivity rates among most age groups and lowered hospitalizations. They also share a message of caution and concern.
Residents are urged to maintain their vigilance, even as the County embraces Phase 3 of reopening, as mandated by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-244, issued on September 25.
Included in the Governor’s Phase 3 reopening are the reopening of bars, night clubs and other businesses that until September 25 were closed under Broward’s Emergency Orders.
While the Governor’s Order temporarily suspends collection of individual fines for violations of Emergency Orders, including the wearing of facial coverings in public, it did not suspend the County’s ability to issue citations for these and other violations.
“Compliance enforcement has proven to be a key factor in containing the spread of COVID-19. Resident participation in reporting non-compliant businesses has been critical to our success, and we ask the community to continue to support that effort. We will continue to issue citations to businesses and individuals as our local Emergency Orders require, and it is our intent to collect the fines once the State’s Declaration of Emergency expires,” said Henry. Anyone who receives a citation is entitled to an appeal, if they believe the citation has been issued in error.
Meanwhile, Broward County continues to proactively plan for next steps in dealing with this unprecedented pandemic. The County issued a Emergency Order 20-27, effective October 2 at 12:01 AM, which clarifies requirements for establishments that serve food and/or alcohol. Read more here.
To help limit the spread of COVID-19, the City of Oakland Park implemented precautions for the community’s general health, safety, and welfare.
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 email@example.com to:
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:
For a list of parks that are open and additional information, please visit our Parks & Leisure Services website.
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 8 p.m.
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.