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Posted on: August 6, 2020

Coronavirus Updates: Broward County Mandatory Face Mask Requirements

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Broward County Emergency Order 20-23 Clarifies Requirements of Previous Orders 

The number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and positivity rates continue to rise in Broward County. On July 29, 2020, Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry issued Emergency Order 20-23, which clarifies requirements of previous active Emergency Orders.

Effective immediately, Emergency Order 20-23 states:

  • Residents are not required to wear facial coverings in their homes, nor are they liable for any facial covering violations made by guests. All facial covering requirements from previous Orders remain in full effect.
  • Vacation Rentals Must Be Actively Managed and Provide Contact Information: Emergency Order 20-23, clarifies that short-term vacation rentals are not allowed to operate unless they are being actively managed by on-site owners or on-site management companies with staffing or security personnel on site 24 hours a day to enforce compliance with all applicable requirements. In addition, the owner/manager must provide the physical address of the vacation rental, the contact email address for the owner/manager, and the contact name and telephone number for the 24/7 staffing or security personnel to reopening@broward.org. This requirement will take effect for check-ins starting on or after July 20, 2020 through August 20, 2020. Exceptions include vacation rentals that are rented by individuals conducting military, emergency, governmental, health, or infrastructure response to the COVID- 19 pandemic, or people primarily engaged in non-vacation commercial activities.
  • Outdoor, open air events are not permissible unless a reopening or operating plan is submitted to Reopening@Broward.org and approved by the County Administrator.
  • The requirements for properly placed signage now apply to all establishments. The requirement is no longer limited to restaurants and retail establishments. 8.5" x 11” signs must be placed conspicuously throughout all establishments, printed in color whenever possible, and posted in English, Creole, and Spanish languages at all main entry points. Click here to download the approved printable signage from the County.
  • Although schools are excluded from the definition of "establishments," they are strongly encouraged to follow all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. Extracurricular and non-academic activities, such as youth activities and summer camps, must comply with Attachment 16 of County Emergency Order 20-21.
  • Environmental activities permitted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission to operate beyond sunrise to sunset, such as sea turtle nesting programs, are exempt from the guidelines for beaches outlined in Attachment 15 of County Emergency Order 20-21.

Click here to read Emergency Order 20-23 in its entirety.

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. 

Broward County Tightens COVID-19 Restrictions and Penalties
Broward County Emergency Order 20-21 tightens COVID-19 restrictions and increases penalties for violators. Any business that violates a local emergency order related to COVID-19 including but not limited to, requirements for operating procedures, capacity and seating, facial coverings, social distancing, spacing of tables and chairs, prohibiting gathering at bars and counters, limiting the size of parties, and proper cleaning and sanitizing procedures, will be forced to immediately close for 24 hours after their first citation. An additional 72 hours of closure will be added for each subsequent citation (e.g., 96-hour closure after a second citation, 168-hour closure after a third citation, etc.). In addition, any repeat violation is subject to a fine up to $15,000. Residents are urged to report business violations online at Mybroward.Broward.org or by calling 311.

Masks Mandatory in Broward County
Broward County Emergency Order 20-21 clarifies that facial coverings are required to be worn in public and private spaces, including at all establishments where social distancing cannot be maintained. The order also requires the mandatory use of facial coverings in residential facilities and condominium common areas (including reception areas, hallways, lobbies, and elevators), and requires that masks be worn by all persons in any establishment other than amenities regardless of social distancing; all people working in any establishment allowed to operate; all individuals who are obtaining any good or service from any establishment; and all workers in any establishment involved in preparing, handling or serving food. Any individual or establishment that violates the facial covering requirements is subject to a criminal and/or civil infraction, with fines up to $500 per violation for a criminal misdemeanor, $1,000 per day per violation for a civil citation, or up to $15,000 per violation for a known violation that is irreparable or irreversible. Read Emergency Order 20-21 in its entirety here.

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.

Additional COVID-19 Testing Sites Now Open in Broward County -- The Florida Division of Emergency Management has opened three federally funded COVID-19 testing sites in Broward County. The free drive-thru testing sites are located at Dillard High School, 2501 NW 11th Street in Fort Lauderdale; Blanche Ely High School, 1201 NW 6th Avenue, in Pompano Beach; and MacArthur High School, 6501 Hollywood Boulevard, in Hollywood. The sites are operating from 8 AM - 6 PM daily through Sunday, August 2 at 6 PM The sites offer free testing for individuals 5 years of age and older, regardless of symptoms. To schedule an appointment, visit www.DoINeedACovid19Test.com. Individuals will be provided with information on how to receive results once they are tested. For a complete list of state supported testing sites, visit here. 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.


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.

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. Restaurants and food establishments are required to post a sign available in English, Spanish, and Creole, and retail facilities are required to post a sign available in English, Spanish, and Creole. 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


Parks and Recreation/Tennis & Pickleball -- Dillon Tennis Center, Pickleball at Wimberly Fields and Tennis/Pickleball at Royal Palm Park and Greenleaf Park are open. For a list of the new guidelines with modified hours, visit the City’s Parks and Leisure Services page for complete details.

“Keep it Moving” -- Select Oakland Park City parks are 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 additional information, please visit our Parks & Leisure Services website.

The Bark Park, playgrounds, pavilions, restrooms, exercise equipment, basketball, volleyball, bocce facilities remain closed.

Library Update -- Curbside pick-up at the Ethel M. Gordon Oakland Park Library is now available. To request materials, you must have an Oakland Park Library card in good standing. Call the Library during staff hours (Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at 954-630-4370 to request materials or send an email to: danielleg@oaklandparkfl.gov. The turnaround time will be 24 hours or the next business day.

  • Once materials are pulled and checked out, staff will call patrons to let them know materials are ready for pick-up.
  • Patrons can knock on the front door or call the Library when they arrive. Please stand 6 feet away from the door and staff will open the door and place materials outside.
  • If an item is not owned by the Library, it will be treated as a patron request and procured through the Library’s usual process.

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

Water & Wastewater Services -- 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 of 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 essential 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 correctly in your trash cart.

View and download the "Talking Trash" update

More City Facilities Updates:

  • City Hall and all City buildings remain closed to the public until further notice.
  • Due to the closure of City Hall, the City Commission meetings 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. 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.

Other city services remain operational, but our 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.

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:

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.

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 Schools Summer Meals Distribution on Tuesdays: The Broward County Public Schools Summer Meals Program is underway at 49 school sites throughout the District -- including Rickards Middle School. Grab-and-go meal service is open from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, providing children 18 years and younger, and adults who accompany them, meals for the entire week. Adults may receive meals for children who are not present by providing identification for the children. Adults wishing to receive meals must be present. Meals may be obtained by walking up or driving up to the designated location on campus. The Summer Meals program is made possible with the help of community partners including Feeding South Florida, Health Foundation of Broward, The Hunger Coalition, United Way of Broward, Miami Dolphins and The Jim Moran Foundation. For more details and a complete list of distribution locations, visit here.

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 City 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 offers 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

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:

Rental Assistance Available to Residents Impacted by COVID-19: State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) Funds are available for low- and moderate-income families affected by COVID-19. Oakland Park residents are eligible to receive funds through the County’s Family Success Administration Division. See Eligibility Requirements

To apply for SHIP rental assistance offered by the Broward County Family Success Administration Division click here. The Family Success Administration Division is taking calls at:
  • Northwest Family Success Center: (954) 357-5000 / Coral Springs
  • North Family Success Center:  (954) 357-5340 / Pompano
  • South Regional Family Success Center: (954) 357-5650 / Carver Ranches
  • Central Family Success Center:  (954) 357-5001 / Fort Lauderdale 

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.

Broward Schools to Open on August 19 with E-Learning -- The Broward County School Board hosted a special virtual workshop on July 22 to discuss reopening plans for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. During the meeting, Superintendent Robert Runcie announced that the school year, which is scheduled to start on August 19, would begin with e-learning to ensure the health and safety of students, teachers, and staff. He recommended that parents and students be given the option of selecting a morning or evening schedule of classes. The superintendent stated that the only way the district will be able to open school buildings in the future is when the community has lowered the number of COVID-19 cases and the infection rate has dropped. Parents and students are encouraged to check the Broward County Public Schools website at www.browardschools.com for updates.

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.

Paycheck Protection Program Accepting Applications Through August 8: The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) resumed accepting applications on July 6 in response to the Paycheck Protection Program Extension Act. The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020. More than 4.8 million small business owners have already received more than $520 billion in potentially forgivable loans through the program. At the time of the program’s extension, more than $130 billion in allocated funds remained unused. For more information about the Paycheck Protection Program including how to apply, visit here.

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

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