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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.

Included in the Governor’s Phase 3 reopening are the reopening of bars, night clubs and other businesses. 

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 Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry. Anyone who receives a citation is entitled to an appeal, if they believe the citation has been issued in error.

On-premise consumption of food and alcohol is extended by one hour, until midnight, for all establishments in Broward County. Emergency Order 20-28 prohibits dine-in service between 12 AM and 5 AM, and alcohol consumption in open containers or to-go cups remains prohibited in public spaces such as beaches, beach boardwalks, parks, streets, parking lots and other areas identified in the order. Take-out and food delivery are still permitted. 

Complete details of the new Emergency Order concerning all establishments serving food or alcohol are contained in Attachment 2.

Broward County previously issued Emergency Order 20-26 and Emergency Order 20-25 along with numerous attachments that help explain how businesses and residents should move forward during Florida's Phase 3 reopening. To access Broward County's emergency orders and attachments, visit here.

Social distancing and facial covering requirements, restaurant capacity limits and sanitation and safety 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 new 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 Monday – Wednesday and Friday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The testing site will be closed on Thursdays and Sundays. Testing will be available to anyone with or without COVID-19 symptoms. There are no age requirements and no doctor referral is needed. Appointments are not required. Patients will receive test results via text messaging. 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.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Face Shields: It is not known if face shields provide any benefit as source control to protect others from the spray of respiratory particles. The CDC does not recommend the use of face shields for normal everyday activities or as a substitute for cloth face coverings. 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.

Track the Virus: View the Florida Department of Health tracking map for current Coronavirus statistics for Florida and Broward County. To learn more about coronavirus testing in Broward County, click here.

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. 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.

Oakland Park Updates
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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: 

  • Business Tax Receipts
  • City Commission Agendas
  • City Commission Meeting Web Streaming
  • Code Enforcement
  • Permit Access
  • Public Records Search
  • Request Tracker
  • Utility Bill Payments (no transaction fees for online credit/debit card payments)

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.

Public Notice - Stage III (1)

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.

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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 and the new school year. Parents and guardians may visit browardschools.com/parentuniversity to view webinars on what to expect for the new school year.

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 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.

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.

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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:

If you have been impacted by COVID-19 you may be eligible for assistance! Click Here.

Mortgage & Utility Bill Assistance: Homeowners affected by COVID may apply for up to 10 months assistance to pay delinquent mortgage payments, association dues and/or utility bills. Eligible homeowners must have a current homestead exemption on homesteaded residences in eligible Broward cities, with household income at or below 140% of the Area Median Income, and have been impacted by COVID. The application, eligibility guidelines and application instructions are located here

Due to State expenditure deadlines, complete applications must be received no later than Monday, December 7, 2020. Assistance is on a first come, first qualified, first served basis, until available funds are expended.

Rental Assistance: If you have received an eviction or past due notice from your landlord, and your maximum household income is below the amount for your household size, you may be eligible for assistance. 

Oakland Park residents are eligible to receive funds through the County’s Family Success Administration Division.

To apply, please call any one of the following four numbers and provide your contact information. A representative from the Broward County Family Success Administration will contact you by telephone and/or e-mail in the order that your information is received. This program is subject to the availability of funds. 

  • 954-357-5001 
  • 954-357-5340 
  • 954-357-5000 
  • 954-357-5650 

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 only.

  • You can follow local updates (Dept. of Health, Broward Schools, Airport, Port Everglades, Broward Transit, etc.) here.
  • 2-1-1 Broward can help you find food, housing, health care, senior services, child care, legal aid and much more. Visit their Special Needs Connections, Senior Touchline, and Teenspace websites or click here to see a complete list of services and to learn more. Seniors can also call the Area Agency on Aging of Broward’s Elder Helpline at 954-745-9779 for assistance.
  • Broward County’s Vulnerable Population Registry is a program that allows people who would be at risk following an emergency to register in advance so that emergency workers may plan a better response. Call 954-831-4000 to register.

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