Fort Lauderdale Prepares for Reopening on May 18

The City of Fort Lauderdale will launch phase one of its reopening on Monday, May 18. This includes the partial openings of restaurants; retail stores; personal services including hair and nail salons and barbershops; recreational amenities at housing developments and condominiums; public community pools and private club pools; museums; and commercial gyms.

As part of the reopening, businesses will be required to adhere to strict operating, cleaning, safety, and personal hygiene guidelines for employees and customers, along with limitations on occupancy and regulations on social distancing. The current phase of the reopening plan does not include bars, large venues, hotels, or beaches.

The information below provides an overview of the businesses that are reopening and as well as links to specific guidelines, regulations, and requirements that each type of business must follow.


Restaurants and Food Establishments

-Maximum 50% indoor seating capacity

-Combined indoor and outdoor seating cannot exceed 100% of total capacity

-Arrange tables to maintain six-foot distancing requirements

-Parties should not exceed 10 people

-Bar counters remain closed

-Additional guidelines at

Retail Stores

-Maximum 50% indoor occupancy capacity

-Maintain social distancing requirements

-Establish one-way aisles and traffic patterns

-Prohibit or limit use of changing rooms and ensure proper sanitation

-Prohibit the use of reusable bags

-Additional guidelines at

Personal Services (hair and nail salons, barbershops, etc.)

-Services provided by appointment only

-Allow 15 minutes between appointments to disinfect and sanitize areas

-Arrange workstations to maintain six-foot distancing requirements

-Encourage customers to wait for appointments outside

-Additional guidelines at

Commercial Gyms

-Maximum 50% indoor occupancy

-Basketball and racquetball courts and saunas remain closed

-No patrons or employees admitted with temperatures above 100.1°F

-Arrange equipment to maintain six-foot distancing requirements

-Keep machines, equipment, and exercise areas properly sanitized at all times

-Additional guidelines at

Recreational Amenities in Housing Developments

-Maximum 50% occupancy

-Use limited to residents of the housing development

-Arrange tables/equipment to maintain six-foot distancing requirements

-Hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, and showers remain closed

-Additional guidelines at


Community Pools and Private Club Pools (see below for City Pools)

-Maximum 50% occupancy

-No groups larger than 10 people

-Arrange seating/tables to maintain six-foot distancing requirements

-Hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms, and indoor showers remain closed

-Additional guidelines at


-Maximum 50% capacity

-Encourage advance mobile ticketing and touchless payment

-Prohibit use of interactive functions or exhibits

-Comply with social distancing requirements

-Additional guidelines at

City Parks, Pools, and Boat Ramps

-Open 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily for limited passive activities

-Tennis and pickleball limited to singles play only

-City pools limited to lap swimming only (one person per lane)

-Boat ramps at City parks open 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily

-Boat ramps in other City locations open 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily

-Maintain social distancing and hygiene guidelines

-Additional guidelines at

Other Professional Services

-Essential businesses may continue to operate

-Teleworking is encouraged

-Maintain social distancing

-Comply with CDC health and safety guidelines

-Additional guidelines at

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