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City of Fort Lauderdale Update on Coronavirus

Following is an update from the City of Fort Lauderdale on the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Labor Day Message from Mayor Dean J. Trantalis

As our community prepares to celebrate Labor Day, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean J. Trantalis and the City Commission extend their appreciation and gratitude to the thousands of essential and courageous workers who are battling on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in the medical and healthcare fields, law enforcement, fire and emergency medical service, public works and utilities, education and childcare, retail, technology and transportation, and many other vital industries. We thank you for your sacrifice, commitment, and dedication to ensuring that the core functions of our economy and City continue to operate as our community moves closer to returning to normal. To read the Mayor's full Labor Day message, visit undefined.

 

Department of Health Information

According to the Florida Department of Health, as of September 4, 2020, from approximately 71,115 daily COVID-19 tests conducted statewide, there were 4,946 positive results and 66,169 negative results for a positive rate of 6.95%. There were also 100 reported deaths. In Broward County, from approximately 6,102 daily tests conducted, there were 262 positive results and 5,840 negative results for a positive rate of 4.29%. In total, results from 517,824 tests administered in Broward County indicated 444,068 negative results; 72,880 positive results; and 876 inconclusive results. To see the latest data from the FDOH, visit bit.ly/2wb29D2.

Check Caller ID to Avoid Contact Tracing Scams

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) encourages everyone to avoid scams by checking caller ID for phone numbers from official COVID-19 contact tracers. The FDOH is asking Floridians to answer calls from the following three phone numbers: (833) 917-2880, (833) 443-5364 and (850) 583-2419. The Department’s team of contact tracers will discuss potential exposure to COVID-19 with you. For more details, visit floridahealthcovid19.gov/prevention.

COVID-19 Plasma Donors Needed

According to the Broward County Medical Reserve Corps (BCMRC), there is a critical shortage of plasma in our community. If you tested positive for COVID-19, a small amount of your blood could save the life of someone suffering from the coronavirus right now. Donating plasma is safe and easy. Individuals interested in donating may visit bit.ly/2E1q1fT to register. Thank you for being a hero!

COVID-19 Testing Site at Mills Pond Park

The Florida Department of Health is operating a 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 is closed on Thursdays and Sundays. Testing is 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 or visit bit.ly/ftlcovid19testing.

COVID-19 Testing at Holiday Park

Fort Lauderdale’s Holiday Park offers free drive-thru rapid COVID-19 antigen testing with same day results. Located at U.S. 1 and N.E. 8 Street (just south of Sunrise Boulevard), the Holiday Park testing site is open Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Rapid testing is available to individuals of any age with COVID-19 symptoms or individuals ages 5 to 17 or 65 and over without COVID-19 symptoms. Appointments and photo ID are required. To schedule an appointment, visit www.tourhealth.com and use the Gov2Go app or Gov2Go web platform. The site uses an on-premises lab to analyze tests with most results delivered via text or email within a two-hour timeframe. In addition to rapid testing, free drive-thru COVID-19 oral self-swab testing continues to be available at the Holiday Park site, Tuesday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. to anyone age 5 or older with or without COVID-19 symptoms. No doctor referral needed. Proper photo ID is required. To schedule an appointment for an oral self-swab COVID-19 test, visit florida.curativeinc.com/welcome. Patients who do not receive test results after 72 hours, may contact Curative, Inc. via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Since its opening, more than 46,000 COVID-19 tests have been conducted at the Holiday Park site.

Register for Supervised E-Learning at City Parks

Registration is open for the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Supervised E-Learning program. The program offers a safe, remote learning environment for children in grades 1-5. The fall session will run Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. from September 8 through December 18. Registration is open at any of the participating parks including: Carter Park, 1450 W. Sunrise Boulevard, (954) 828-5411; Croissant Park, 245 W. Park Drive, (954) 828-6154; Osswald Park, 2220 N.W. 21 Avenue, (954) 828-6455; and Warfield Park, 1000 N. Andrews Avenue, (954) 828-6120. Registration for the full session is $500 and includes breakfast, lunch, and snack, along with enrichment activities. Sibling discounts and Youth Enrichment Scholarships (Y.E.S.) are available. Space is limited so register early! For more details, visit bit.ly/ftlelearn.

Deadline to Apply for Broward County Rental Assistance is September 6

Broward County has allocated $25 million in federal CARES funding for a program to help residents pay portions of unpaid rent for the months of April, May, June, July and August 2020. Funds are not a loan, and do not have to be paid back. To be eligible for assistance the applicant must be a Broward County resident; the applicant or someone in their household must have experienced a documented loss or reduction in income related to COVID-19 and, due to the loss of income, were unable to pay their rent; the applicant’s landlord must agree to participate. Complete eligibility requirements are available at Broward.org/CARES. Applications are being accepted now through Sunday, September 6, 2020, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Applications may be submitted online only, at Broward.org/CARES. A computer is not necessary, and the application can be completed on a smartphone or tablet. No in-person applications will be accepted. For more details, visit Broward.org/CARES.

Work Search Requirements for Unemployment Benefits Suspended Until Dec. 5

Governor Ron DeSantis in cooperation with the State of Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has extended the suspension of work search requirements for individuals to qualify for unemployment benefits. The work search requirements are being extended for an additional 90 days until December 5, 2020. Under normal circumstances, individual applying for unemployment would typically be required to report a minimum of five new job searches per week to continue to receive benefits. For details, visit www.floridajobs.org.

CDC Issues National Moratorium on Evictions

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a temporary national moratorium on most evictions for nonpayment of rent to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Citing the historic threat to public health posed by coronavirus, the CDC declared that an eviction moratorium would help ensure people are able to practice social distancing and comply with stay-at-home orders. The moratorium begins on September 4 and remains in effect until December 31. For an overview of the moratorium, visit undefined. To find out if you qualify to be covered under the order, visit undefined. To view the complete order issued by the CDC, visit undefined.

City to Resume Exterior Code Enforcement on September 8

In response to COVID-19, the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Community Enhancement and Compliance Division modified its enforcement program to exclusively address life safety violations and violations of the City and County’s emergency declarations related to COVID-19. During that time, the Division suspended all daily fines for special magistrate cases and stopped interior property inspections. Beginning Tuesday, September 8, the Community Enhancement and Compliance Division will be restarting code enforcement for all exterior property maintenance violations. To view a list and descriptions of the 10 most common code violations, visit undefined. To report a code violation, contact the Community Enhancement and Compliance Division by calling 954-828-5207 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Weekly Food Distribution at Mills Pond Park on September 10

The next drive-thru food distribution event hosted by the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park, and Wilton Manors will take place on Thursday, September 10 beginning at 9 a.m. at Mills Pond Park, located at 2201 NW 9 Avenue. Produced in partnership with Feeding South Florida, the event provides healthy and nutritious food to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Food is distributed on a first come, first served basis (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. For more details, visit bit.ly/2K8cnrn. For more information about Feeding South Florida, visit www.feedingsouthflorida.org. To make a donation to Feeding South Florida, please visit bit.ly/2WJVl8Y.

Lauderbriefs from First Budget Hearing and City Commission Meetings Now Online

In case you missed them, highlights from the City of Fort Lauderdale’s First Budget Hearing, which took place on September 3, are now posted online at bit.ly/lauderbriefs. In addition, the Fort Lauderdale City Commission Joint Workshop with the Citizens’ Police Review Board, the City Commission Conference Meeting, Community Redevelopment Board Meeting, and City Commission Regular Meeting, all of which took place on Tuesday, September 1, are available online at bit.ly/lauderbriefs. The videos for the Budget Hearing and Commission Meetings are available at youtube.com/cityoffortlauderdale and the vote summaries are available at bit.ly/ftlccagendas.

Second Budget Hearing on September 14

The City of Fort Lauderdale’s Second Virtual Budget Hearing will take place on Monday, September 14 at 5:01 p.m. The public can listen to and view the meeting on FLTVYouTube, Zoom, Comcast Channel 78, and AT&T U-verse Channel 99. The agenda will be posted in the days leading up to the meeting at bit.ly/ftlccagendas. To learn more about virtual City Commission meetings, including how to view agendas and sign up to speak, visit fortlauderdale.gov/vcmeetings.

Next Virtual City Commission Meetings on September 15

The next virtual City Commission Meetings are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, September 15. The public will be able to listen to and view the virtual meetings on FLTVYouTube, Zoom, Comcast Channel 78, and AT&T U-verse Channel 99. The agendas will be posted in the days leading up to the meetings at bit.ly/ftlccagendas. To learn more about virtual City Commission meetings, including how to sign up to speak, visit fortlauderdale.gov/vcmeetings.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Census Ends September 30! Take Action Now!

Attention Neighbors! The U.S. Census Bureau is ending all counting efforts for the 2020 census on September 30, a month earlier than previously announced. That means we all need to work together to take action today! Please help the City of Fort Lauderdale be accurately counted in the 2020 Census. Currently, Fort Lauderdale’s response rate is 54.4%, which is more than 10 percentage points behind the current national response rate of 65.3%, and more than 7 percentage points under the current state of Florida response rate of 61.9%. Counting every neighbor in our City gives us an opportunity to receive our fair share of more than $1.5 trillion in federal funding for infrastructure, schools, housing, roads, healthcare, and public service programs. An accurate census count also provides critical funding for hospitals, disaster recovery, and emergency readiness for pandemics like COVID-19. Please respond to the 2020 Census today! Fill out and mail back the questionnaire sent to your home; complete the census form online www.my2020census.gov; or take the census over the phone by calling 1-844-330-2020.

 

Census Workers Visiting Households in Broward County

The U.S. Census Bureau is conducting door-to-door canvassing in Broward County to count residents who have not yet responded to the 2020 Census questionnaire. Neighbors should be aware that they may be visited by a Census worker in the coming weeks if they have not already responded to the Census. The best way to avoid a visit by a Census worker is to complete the Census online. Visit my2020census.gov to complete the Census today. If you have questions about a census taker's identity, please contact the Atlanta Regional Census Center at 1-470-889-6800. Remember, a census taker will not ask for social security numbers, bank information, credit card information or other personal information. If you suspect fraud, please call 1-800-923-8282 to speak with a Census Bureau representative or call 911 if you feel the person that visits your home is not a Census Bureau worker.

September is Broward Attractions and Museums Month

Broward Attractions and Museums Month (#BAMM) runs through September 30. Visitors just need to mention “BAMM” or inquire about the offer, to purchase one regular price admission and get a second admission of equal or lesser value for free at these 12 participating museums and attractions: Art and Culture Center/Hollywood; Bonnet House Museums & Gardens; Butterfly World; Flamingo Gardens; History Fort Lauderdale; International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum; Jungle Queen Riverboats (Noon and 2:30 p.m. 90-minute cruises only); NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale; Old Davie School Historical Museum; Sawgrass Recreation Park; Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts; Xtreme Action Park (XD Dark Ride Theater only). In addition, Stonewall National Museum & Archives and the World AIDS Museum are offering free admission. Participating organizations may have additional restrictions or blackout dates that apply, as well as additional discounted offers available. Visitors should check each attraction’s website or call for details and hours of operation before visiting. For details, visit the BAMM page on Facebook at undefined.

FLIFF’s Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale Reopens

The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) has reopened Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale. Current screenings include the films Tesla and Out Stealing Horses. For showtimes and tickets, visit www.fliff.com. Savor Cinema is adhering to strict operating guidelines to protect public health and safety that include, but are not limited to, restricting attendance to 30% of capacity, blocking off seats and rows to maintain social distancing, and requiring mandatory facial coverings. Infrared thermometers will take the temperature of each audience member and staffer before entering the building, touchless hand sanitizing stations have been installed in both lobbies, plexi-shields have been erected at both the concession and box office areas, and electrostatic sprayers will be used for frequent sanitizing of all areas. For more details, visit www.fliff.com.

Choose954 Community Bike Ride On “9.5.4. Day” on September 5

Choose954, a social movement aimed at cultivating culture and community in Broward County will launch the inaugural "9.5.4. Day" on Saturday, September 5 at 4 p.m. by hosting the Choose954 Community Bike Ride. The ride will depart from Society Las Olas, located at 301 S.W. 1 Avenue, and will feature three different routes for riders of all levels. The event will adhere to COVID-19 protocols including requiring all riders to wear masks and maintain proper social distancing. Bike helmets are encouraged for all riders and required by law for those under 16 in Florida. For details, visit undefined.

Riverwalk Race Now Through September 7

Start a new exercise routine or enhance the one you already have and help raise needed funds for Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale. Sign up for the “Riverwalk Race” in one of 4 categories - walk/run, bicycle, paddleboard/kayak and treadmill - and encourage your friends and family to donate toward your efforts. Once you sign up, you can race at your own pace from any location, compete in various weekly challenges along the way, and have a chance to win unique prizes from event sponsors. For more details, visit undefined.

Chamber to Host Virtual Nonprofit Business Seminar on September 9

The Nonprofit Council of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce will host a virtual Nonprofit Business Seminar on Wednesday, September 9 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. The free event will allow participants to hear key insights from several industry experts, before breaking into networking sessions. The virtual seminar format will be similar to the format followed for previous in-person Nonprofit Business Breakfasts at the Chamber building. For more information and to register, visit undefined.

Broward County to Spray for Mosquitos Through September 14

The Broward County Mosquito Control Section will conduct truck spraying to reduce the mosquito larvae population. The mosquito being targeted is Aedes aegypti, a known disease carrying mosquito. Preventative truck mosquito spraying will take place from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., weather permitting, now through September 14 in areas of Broward County and the City of Fort Lauderdale. To see a map of the area that will be sprayed, visit undefined. The larvicide being used is VectoBac WDG. It is not harmful to humans, pets, bees, aquatic habitats or environmentally sensitive areas. The active ingredient is Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti, strain AM6552), a naturally occurring, biodegradable bacterial mosquito larvicide. It is certified by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) and is registered for use by the US Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, VectoBac WDG has been reviewed by the World Health Organization and is listed as a recommended formulation for control of mosquito larvae. For more details, visit undefined.

Virtual Public Workshop on NE 56 Street Project Available Through Sept. 15

The Broward County Highway Construction and Engineering Division is conducting a Virtual Public Information Workshop regarding proposed surtax funded sidewalk, ADA improvements, roadway, and drainage improvements along NE 56th Street from NE 18 Avenue to NE 22 Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. The workshop is available for the public to attend virtually, at their convenience, through Sept. 15 by visiting undefined where you can review project information and provide comments. The $1.5 million project is expected to start in early 2021 and be completed by late 2021. For comments, questions, or concerns please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Virtual Roundtable: How to Thrive During Challenging Times on September 17

SCORE South Florida will present, “From Surviving to Thriving During Challenging Times,” a virtual roundtable that will take place on Thursday, September 17 at 11 a.m. via Zoom. The free workshop will focus on adaptations and innovations that have worked to strengthen the way small businesses are managed during the COVID-19 crisis. Owners of small businesses will share strategies and leadership styles that have worked, key areas they have had to manage effectively, and challenges and innovations. For details, visit undefined.

Chamber’s “Saluting Excellence in Business and Beyond” Event Set for October 1

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce will host “Saluting Excellence in Business and Beyond,” a virtual celebration of outstanding individuals and businesses that will take place on Thursday, October 1, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. This year’s honorees include Downtowner of the Year: Jim Ellis Founder, Ellis Diversified, Inc.; Hall of Fame Honoree: Feeding South Florida; and Broward Business of the Year: Urban League of Broward County. The event is $25 for Chamber members and $35 for non-members. For more details and to register, visit undefined.

Prepare for King Tides

Unusually high tides, called “King Tides” will occur now through December. Anticipated dates for King Tides are as follows: September 16 - 22; October 14 - 21; November 13 - 18; and December 13 – 15. These tides have historically caused flooding in low lying areas of our community. The City uses stormwater fees to invest in long-term strategies to adapt to King Tides. We also take proactive action to prepare for the high tides and we encourage our neighbors to do the same. Please review flood safety tips, evaluate your property’s readiness, and review your flood insurance policy. Avoid driving on flooded streets. Be aware of the timing of the high tides and how they may affect your travel plans. Note that tides may intensify mid-month during a new moon. If you experience flooding on your street, make sure storm drains are not blocked and remove waste carts as soon as possible once emptied, or wait until your next scheduled collection day to put them out. For more information about steps the City is taking to prepare for King Tides and tips on what neighbors can do to be ready, visit undefined.

Stay Vigilant During Hurricane Season

Neighbors are reminded to stay alert and remain vigilant as the hurricane season continues. Recently, meteorologists at Colorado State University and at NOAA revised their outlooks and are now calling for an extremely active 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season, with as many as 19-25 named storms, 12 hurricanes, and three to six major hurricanes. To that end, please continue to pay close attention to weather developments in our area. Make sure you have an emergency plan in place and a hurricane supply kit ready so you are well-prepared as we enter the most active portion of hurricane season. To sign up to receive emergency alerts from the City, please visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/alertftl. For hurricane preparation tips, please visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/hurricane.

Broward County Emergency Order 20-24 in Effect

Broward County Emergency Order 20-24 allows restaurants to serve customers on-premises until 11 p.m. Billiard tables and similar games must remain closed. The order prohibits the sale of alcohol for off-site consumption (i.e., alcohol to-go) by restaurants and food establishments from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Take-out and delivery of food is still permitted between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. The order prohibits the consumption of alcohol between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. in areas open to the general public, including but not limited to, “beaches, beach boardwalks, and other pedestrian areas, parks, streets, highways, sidewalks, parking lots and parking areas, and any public area that is immediately adjacent to an establishment where alcoholic beverages are sold or dispensed.” In addition, bars, pubs, breweries, billiard halls and clubs, and cocktail lounges which derive more than 50% of gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages must remain closed. For more details, visit undefined.

Department of Health Issues Mosquito-Borne Illnesses Alert

The Florida Department of Health in Broward County (DOH-Broward) has issued a mosquito-borne illness alert for Broward County. Human case(s) of West Nile virus have been confirmed and there is a heightened concern that additional residents will become ill. DOH-Broward and Broward County Mosquito Control Division continue surveillance and prevention efforts. West Nile virus (WNV) is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the continental United States. It is most commonly spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There are no vaccines to prevent or medications to treat WNV in people. DOH-Broward reminds residents and visitors to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and to take basic precautions to help limit exposure, including: draining standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying; covering skin with clothing or repellent; and covering doors and windows with screens to keep mosquitoes out of your house. For more information, visit DOH’s website at undefined.

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Grab and Go Meals

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) reminds parents that grab-and-go meals are available for students at elementary, middle, and high school locations throughout the District and breakfast is also available to all BCPS students at no charge. Meals will be distributed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and from 3 - 5 p.m., 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. For complete details about grab-and-go meals and how to apply for free or reduced-price meals, visit undefined.

CareerSource Broward Offers Webinars for Job Seekers

CareerSource Broward offers a variety of webinars for job seekers. The free online workshops focus on a wide range of job-readiness topics including: Job Search Methods That Work, Networking: the Power of People, Video Interview Skills, Résumé Preparation, Soft Skills: Getting and Keeping the Job, Interview Coaching and Practice Session, Telephone Interview Skills, Social Networking Online, and more. For more details and a complete schedule of offerings, visit bit.ly/2ziGHNA.

FAQs About Facial Coverings and on Reopening Guidelines

Broward County has issued two documents that provide residents, businesses, and visitors with answers to many of the most commonly asked questions about the rules pertaining to facial coverings and the regulations that apply to reopenings. In addition to providing guidance on when and where facial coverings must be worn, the documents provide information about the types of businesses that are allowed to operate, along with details regarding rules, regulations and requirements that must be followed by employees and customers to protect public health and safety. To view Frequently Asked Questions about facial coverings, visit undefined. To view Frequently Asked Questions about reopenings, visit undefined.

Important Deadlines from the Supervisor of Elections Office

The Broward County Supervisor of Elections Office reminds everyone about the following important deadlines related to the November 3 General Election:

  • October 5 - Last day to register to vote in the General Election on November 3
  • October 24 - Last day to request a mail-in ballot for the General Election on November 3

 

Early Voting for the November 3 General Election will take place from October 19 – November 1 from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. daily. For a list of early voting locations, visit undefined. Voting on Election Day, November 3, will take place from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more information, visit the Supervisor of Elections Office website at www.browardsoe.org.

Fit Fort Lauderdale Goes Virtual

Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City’s Parks and Recreation Department continues to strive to make Fort Lauderdale the healthiest city in the nation! To get there, Parks and Recreation has expanded its Virtual Recreation Center to include Fit Fort Lauderdale classes. Fit Fort Lauderdale is now virtual with FREE live classes on Sundays from 1 - 2 p.m. Don’t miss upcoming classes that include: Cardio Boxing with Atinu (September 6); Gogo Cardio Drum Fitness (September 13); Zumba with Kathy of JK Fitness (September 20); and Yoga with Yvonne (September 27). For details and to register, visit bit.ly/ftlvirtrec.

City’s Virtual Recreation Center Expands Offerings

In addition to fitness classes, Fort Lauderdale’s Virtual Recreation Center offers a variety of free, fun, and educational activities and resources for the entire family. The Virtual Recreation Center offers instructor-led virtual classes in art, cooking, line dancing, acrylic painting, yoga, Zumba, and more! To view the current weekly schedule, visit bit.ly/2T3Pjib. To sign up for a class, visit bit.ly/ftlvrec.

COVID-19 Consumer Survey on Reopening for Greater Fort Lauderdale

In partnership with the International Downtown Association (IDA), the Fort Lauderdale Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is encouraging Greater Fort Lauderdale residents and employees to participate in a short survey about reopenings by sharing your priorities concerning safety and economic issues. The survey has 15 questions and takes about five minutes to complete. Responses received can help inform local officials during the phased reopening process and will be benchmarked against responses from other cities in the U.S. and Canada. To complete the survey, please visit undefined.

Residents Not Required to Wear Masks at Home

Broward County Emergency Order 20-23 clarifies that residents are not required to wear facial coverings while at home (indoors and/or outdoors), and property owners shall not be individually liable for violations of facial covering requirements by guests or other persons who are not residents of the property. To read Emergency Order 20-23, visit undefined.

Facial Coverings and Signage Requirements

Under Broward County Emergency Order 20-22, establishments are prohibited from serving or transacting business with customers who are not complying with the facial covering requirements contained in Emergency Order 20-21. In addition, owners, operators and landlords of commercial property where retail, restaurants, or food establishments are located must ensure those establishments comply with the signage requirements contained in Emergency Order 20-17, including displaying information about proper social distancing and facial covering requirements, and ensuring that the required signage is conspicuously posted in common areas of the property such as mall entrances, food courts and hallways.

Signage Requirements for All Establishments

Broward County Emergency Order 20-23, clarifies that all establishments that conduct in-person transactions with the public, other than parks and beaches, must comply with signage requirements contained in Emergency Order 20-17, including displaying information about proper social distancing and facial covering requirements, and ensuring that the required signage is conspicuously posted for easy visibility within the establishment. To read Emergency Order 20-23, visit undefined. To read Emergency Order 20-17, visit undefined.

Outdoor Events Prohibited Unless Approved by Broward County

Broward County Emergency Order 20-23, clarifies that outdoor, open air events are not permissible unless a reopening or operating plan (that must include, without limitation, appropriate operational safeguards, attendance limits such as persons per square feet, sanitation procedures, facial covering requirements, and staffing/security) is submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and approved in writing by the Broward County Administrator. To read Emergency Order 20-23, visit undefined.

Private Gatherings Restricted to 10 People

Under Broward County Emergency Order 20-22, private gatherings that take place at residential properties, whether indoors or outdoors, are limited to no more than 10 people. Individuals who are present at gatherings of more than 10 people are subject to civil and criminal penalties. Owners of properties where violations take place are also liable regardless of whether they are present when the violations occur. In addition, residents of residential properties, whether they own or rent, must ensure that all individuals on their property comply with the limitations on private gatherings stated in Emergency Order 20-22 or be subject to civil and criminal penalties. To read Emergency Order 20-22, visit undefined.

Additional Restrictions in Place for Restaurants, Gyms, and Fitness Centers

Under Broward County Emergency Order 20-22, ordering food and/or beverages from a bar counter is strictly prohibited. Restaurant patrons must order and consume food and drinks at a table, and establishments must continue to follow all other applicable operating requirements as defined in Emergency Order 20-22 and previous orders. In addition, individuals using or visiting a gym or fitness center shall wear a facial covering at all times, including while exercising, except while in a pre-swim shower or swimming pool. To read Emergency Order 20-22, visit undefined.

Online Dashboard Tracking COVID-19 Violations

An online dashboard is tracking Broward County complaints about businesses not following proper COVID-19 regulations related to operating capacity, social distancing, facial covering and other reopening requirements contained in local emergency orders. The GIS-based website displays details about business complaints received, including: name and location of the business being reported; number and type of warning or citation issued; and complaint outcome (i.e., warning issued, citation issued, complaint resolved, pending inspection, etc.). To access the dashboard and view updates for cities in Broward County, visit undefined.

Find Local COVID-19 Statistics on Broward County Dashboard

To help residents understand the magnitude of the pandemic locally, Broward County is posting a daily statistical dashboard of COVID-19 indicators. The data includes statistics on number of positive cases, positivity rates, hospitalizations, hospital capacities, and deaths. To view the dashboard, visit undefined.

Avoid the Three Cs to Help Slow the Spread

The City of Fort Lauderdale and the Florida Department of Health remind everyone to protect themselves and others by avoiding the Three Cs: Closed Spaces, Crowded Places, and Close-Contact Settings and by wearing a mask in public:

  • 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). For additional prevention tips, visit www.floridahealthcovid19.gov/prevention.

FDA Warns Consumers of Risk of Methanol Contamination in Certain Hand Sanitizers

FDA is warning consumers and health care providers that the agency has seen a sharp increase in hand sanitizer products that are labeled to contain ethanol (also known as ethyl alcohol) but that have tested positive for methanol contamination. Methanol, or wood alcohol, is a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested and can be life-threatening when ingested. Consumers who have been exposed to hand sanitizer containing methanol and are experiencing symptoms should seek immediate treatment for potential reversal of toxic effects of methanol poisoning. Substantial methanol exposure can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, permanent damage to the nervous system or death. Although all persons using these products on their hands are at risk for methanol poisoning, young children who accidentally ingest these products and adolescents and adults who drink these products as an alcohol (ethanol) substitute, are most at risk. FDA recommends consumers stop using these hand sanitizers and dispose of them immediately in appropriate hazardous waste containers. Do not flush or pour these products down the drain. FDA encourages health care professionals, consumers and patients to report adverse events or quality problems experienced with the use of hand sanitizers to FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program. Complete and submit the report online or download and complete the form, then submit it via fax at 1-800-FDA-0178. For more details, including a list of recalled hand sanitizers, visit bit.ly/2W0XvRN.

Visit Lauderdale Encourages Businesses to Take the Safe + Clean Pledge

In support of Broward County’s hospitality industry and business community, Visit Lauderdale has launched the Safe + Clean pledge. Taking the pledge will enable tourism-related businesses in Broward County to let their guests see that Safe + Clean protocols have been adopted. Businesses that take the pledge commit to following CDC Cleaning Protocols; wearing masks; providing hand sanitizer; practicing social distancing; training staff how to be Safe + Clean; and working toward contactless payment. To learn more and take the pledge, visit sunny.org/pledge. Businesses completing the pledge will receive a poster to proudly display their commitment to offering guests a Safe + Clean experience. For more details, visit sunny.org/pledge.

Check Out the City’s COVID-19 Community Resources Webpage

The City of Fort Lauderdale cares about the safety and well-being of its neighbors and is particularly focused on connecting them with resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, the City’s Neighbor Services Division has launched a new COVID-19 Community Resources page to help neighbors navigate this challenging time. The page features easily accessible information on a variety of topics including healthcare, childcare, education, elderly support, food distribution, housing, assistance programs and more. To access the webpage, please visit bit.ly/ftlcovid19commres.

Please Dispose of Used Gloves and Face Coverings Properly

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 important to remember to properly dispose of these items 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 stormdrain 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 properly. To view CDC guidelines on how to protect yourself and others, visit bit.ly/3acut6g.

Online City Services

Neighbors are encouraged to utilize Fort Lauderdale’s online services to conduct business. Please visit the Lauderserv page on the City’s website at www.fortlauderdale.gov/lauderserv for information about a variety of online services including utility billing, parking and transportation, code compliance, building permits, human resources, and more.

City Sanitation, Yard Waste, Recycling, and Bulk Trash Services

All City sanitation collection services, including residential trash collection, yard waste, recycling, and bulk trash, will continue to operate on their regular collection schedules.

Water and Wastewater Services

Water and wastewater services are not affected by the coronavirus outbreak. These essential services will continue without interruption. During this challenging situation, as people are spending more time at home, please help us prevent sanitary sewer overflows.

Help Prevent Sanitary Sewer Overflows

Neighbors can do their part to help prevent sewer overflows. Never flush the following items down the toilet: tampons and other feminine hygiene products; baby wipes, wet wipes and cleaning pads; dental floss; swabs and cotton balls; diapers; paper towels and tissues; hair; cigarette butts; condoms; and kitty litter. When flushed down the toilet, these items bind together and may cause sewage backups in homes, manhole overflows, and failures at sewage pumping stations. In addition, never pour cooking oils down the drain. Instead, pour the oils into old cans, milk containers or other packages and dispose of them in the black garbage cart. To report a sewer overflow, please contact the City’s 24-Hour Neighbor Call Center at 954-828-8000 or online at www.fortlauderdale.gov/lauderserv. For more details on preventing sanitary sewer overflows, visit bit.ly/33u6xJD.

Utility Billing

Utility billing staff will be available by phone at 954-828-5150 during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Neighbors can call utility billing to ask questions, open a new utility account, or make a payment. Utility billing payments may also be made online at www.fortlauderdale.gov/utilitybilling and at the drive-thru kiosk on the east side of City Hall, which is located at 100 North Andrews Avenue.

For Additional Information

For additional information regarding Coronavirus, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommended protective measures, please visit:

www.cdc.gov

Last modified onSep 05, 2020
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