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CITY OPERATING UNDER STATE of EMERGENCY

The Broward County Call Center is 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

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

Executive Orders Issued by Governor Ron DeSantis

To view additional Executive Orders from the Governor regarding COVID-19, visit www.flgov.com/covid-19.

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, it is now necessary for the City of Oakland Park to implement 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, the City Commission meeting for April 1, 2020 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. April 1, 2020. 
  • All City community centers are closed until further notice.
  • All City events and facility rentals are suspended until further notice.

Parks and Recreation:

  • All City Parks are closed until further notice effective 12:01 a.m. Friday, March 27, 2020 to ensure compliance with Broward County 20-03 “Safer at Home" that calls for residents to restrict public outings to essential activity. If you do not need to leave, please, for your safety and the safety of others, remain at home. 
  • The Bark Park, City Boat Ramp, 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.
  • Bulk Trash Reminder: There is NO Bulk Trash Collection on the 5th week of the month -- March 30 - April 3

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.

Water & Wastewater Services -- reminds residents 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.

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 lobby hours and services listed below. The city will continue to review and process existing building permits and inspections, but customers should expect 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. City Advisory Board meetings remain suspended at this time.

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:

Business Assistance:

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

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.

Through May 8, small business owners with two to 100 employees can apply for the short-term interest-free loans of up to $50,000. Up to $50 million has been allocated for the program. Businesses with questions about the program can email: disaster@FloridaSBDC.org or call (866) 737-7232. The DEO is surveying Florida businesses that have been impacted by the Coronavirus at: www.FloridaDisaster.biz

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