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June 14, 2020 8:51 AM

Coronavirus Update: Broward County Expands Phase I Reopening and Safety Signage Requirements

Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry issued Emergency Order 20-17 on June 12, 2020, 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.

Signs must be conspicuously placed throughout these establishments, including at all entry points. Signs must be at least 8 1/2 x 11" and posted in multiple languages (minimum English, Creole and Spanish). The English, Spanish, and Creole versions of the sign can be downloaded from the City's Homepage News Flash.

Important Reminder: As more businesses and amenities reopen throughout Broward County and across South Florida, COVID-19 cases are on the rise. Residents, visitors, and businesses must remember that this is no time to let your guard down. Please remain vigilant and continue to follow these Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to help fight the spread of the coronavirus. Remember to wear a mask or facial covering to protect yourself and others, maintain six feet of social distancing, avoid group gatherings of more than 10 people, and stay at home if you are sick. In addition, wash your hands frequently; use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; avoiding close contact with people who are sick; cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

State Surgeon General Advises Everyone to Wear Masks in Public: State Surgeon General Scott A. Rivkees, M.D. issued a public health advisory June 22, 2020, 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.

Broward County issued Emergency Order 20-15 on Friday, June 5, continuing a customized approach to reopening Broward County that incorporates guidelines and requirements for safe operations for opened businesses, amenities and services, based on local conditions.

Broward County 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, effective Tuesday, May 26.

These re-openings are in addition to those outlined in Emergency Order 20-12 issued May 21. 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 new 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:
◦Restaurants & Food Establishments
◦Retails Stores
◦Personal Services Businesses
◦Community Rooms & Recreational Amenities in Multi-Family Housing Developments
◦Public Community Pools & Private Club Pools

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.

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