March 11, 2020 9:00 AM
COVID-19 Update for Wilton Manors
Updated Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Governor Ron DeSantis Issues Statewide Stay at Home Order
Today, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-91, directing all Florida residents to stay at home and limit interactions to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities. Find the full order by visiting http://bit.ly/WMExecutiveOrder20-91
Broward Schools Closure Extended
At yesterday's Emergency School Board Meeting, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Superintendent Robert W. Runcie announced that district school campuses will remain closed through Friday, May 1, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Classes will continue online through virtual distance learning. Watch the full announcement by visiting http://bit.ly/WMBCPSClosure
Updated Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Emergency Order 20-04 Issued
Yesterday, Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry issued Emergency Order 20-04 that clearly defines which businesses should be closed and which are considered essential. The Order states that all Broward County golf courses and outdoor movie theaters should close. Additionally, all marinas and boat launches should close with limited exceptions. Real estate sales and title in-person services should only be completed if the agreements were entered into prior to March 22, 2020. Find Emergency Order 20-04 online by visiting https://www.broward.org/CoronaVirus/Documents/Emergency%20Order%2020-04.pdf
Updated Monday, March 30, 2020
SBA Disaster Webinar
The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) joined Administrator Jovita Carranza of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and her team in hosting a webinar on how to connect LGBTQ+ - owned small businesses with emergency capital and resources during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Here is the link to SBA Disaster Webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=13&v=9DhqHIAesRY&feature=emb_logo
COVID-19 Impact on U.S. Restaurants Webinar
The Impact on U.S. Restaurants Webinar is happening on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at 11:30 a.m. and will focus on the impact that COVID-19 closures have had on the restaurant sector. Topics covered will include increasing liquidity, pushing out rent commencement, and how independent and small chains and franchisees are navigating this difficult time. Here is the link to register for the webinar: https://colliers.zoom.us/webinar/register/2015851914113/WN_aYjnigl1RdqNdvb5SWOSVQ
Virtual Job Fair
CareerSource Broward will host a virtual job fair on Friday, April 3, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. to help connect job seekers with employers who have immediate hiring needs. The fair will remain open for 14 hours, giving attendees time to access the event multiple times throughout the day. Available positions will include customer service representatives, medical scribes, retail stock associates, cashiers, licensed insurance agents, security guards, and others. There is no cost to participate in the job fair, but pre-registration is required. Here is a link to register for the virtual job fair: https://csbdvirtualjobfair.easyvirtualfair.com/
Updated Sunday, March 29, 2020
We're All Safer at Home, Not Stuck at Home
Activities You May Still Do:
- Travel to and from work if you are providing essential services
- Go shopping for groceries, pet supplies, and other necessities
- Pick up items from the pharmacy
- Seek medical care for you or your pet that cannot be provided virtually, as long as you call your doctor first
- Order and pick up takeout or drive-thru meals
- Travel to care for or support a family member or friend
- Take a walk, ride your bike, jog and be outdoors for exercise as long as you maintain at least six feet distance between you and others
- Assist someone in going to get necessary supplies
Activities You Should Avoid:
- Gathering with friends and family if there is not an urgent need
- Getting within 6 feet of distance from others when you are outdoors for exercise or recreation
- Going to a hospital, nursing home, skilled nursery facility, or other residential care facility to visit loved ones, with exceptions listed by each facility
- Any type of travel except for picking up household items or medical care that is absolutely necessary
Reminder About Common Areas
Please avoid congregating around common areas in apartment complexes. If you would like to enjoy the community pool, be careful to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Updated Friday, March 27, 2020
Wilton Manors joined all 31 cities in Broward County in issuing Emergency Orders with Safer-At-Home policies. The two overarching goals of Emergency Order are to one, further protect our residents, and two, better ensure we are doing all we can to stop the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Emergency Order 2020-003, orders residents to remain at home and to refrain from engaging in nonessential activities. Travel in Wilton Manors is restricted to visiting essential businesses only, including but not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, healthcare providers, gas stations, and childcare facilities. Residents may also support restaurants offering drive-thru, delivery, and take-out services. Travel and similar activities to obtain assistance from law enforcement, fire-rescue, or other emergency services are also exempt.
Here's the link to City of Wilton Manors Emergency Order 20-003:
Updated Thursday, March 26, 2020
Broward County Strongly Advises Residents to Stay Home
Today, Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry issued Emergency Order 20-03. Emergency Order 20-03 enacts a "Safer at Home" policy. All Broward County residents are strongly advised to remain home other than to engage in essential activities that are listed as exemptions.
Updated Wednesday, March 25, 2020
CB Smith Park Testing Center Pre-Registration Requirements
A new pre-registration process has been established to reduce wait time and optimize capacity at the CB Smith Park COVID-19 Drive Thru Collection site. Individuals will be able to complete required screening criteria ahead of time before arriving at the testing site.
The COVID-19 Test Collection Site reservation line is (954) 276- 4680. The phone line is open daily (seven days a week) from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Everyone who calls to register and meets the criteria for testing will be provided a confirmation number and a pre-packet will be waiting for them upon arrival.
If multiple individuals are coming for testing in one car, each person must have their identification and must be pre-registered. Please note, this site is strictly for test collection, and no medical treatment will be available.
You should call to register if you meet the following criteria:
- First responders: (essential personnel) police, fire-rescue, and hospital workers who are symptomatic
- 65 years or older with chronic conditions and symptomatic
- Individuals who meet the testing criteria: symptomatic, have travelled internationally by cruise or air or from an affected region
- Immune compromised and symptomatic
Updated Tuesday, March 24, 2020
East Neighborhood Association (ENA) Yard Sale
The scheduled ENA neighborhood yard sale has been canceled.
New Transit Rules in Effect
Yesterday, Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry issued Emergency Order 20-02, which closed county owned parks and implemented schedule changes and activities to support social distancing for bus riders.
Broward County Transit (BCT) asks the public to limit their use of bus and Paratransit services to essential travel only, and that riders comply with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). BCT is rigorously cleaning the buses nightly and doing supplemental cleanings throughout the day, including disinfecting high-contact areas such as poles, hanging straps, handrails, and seats.
BCT will also implement the following social distancing measures, until further notice:
• Beginning Tuesday, March 24, 2020, customers will enter and exit the bus only via the rear doors, except for customers who require use of the wheelchair ramp, which will remain available at the front door.
• Also beginning March 24, bus fare collections will be temporarily suspended on all bus services, including TOPS Paratransit.
• Beginning Saturday, March 28, 2020, BCT will operate a Saturday schedule daily, Monday through Saturday; Limited Stop (or “Breeze”) service will be eliminated, and Express buses will operate on 30-minute schedules. Sunday schedules will remain unchanged.
Updated Monday, March 23, 2020
What do I do if I think I may have been exposed to COVID-19?
If you are concerned that you have been exposed to COVID-19, please call Florida Department of Health – Broward County hotline at (954) 357-9500 before traveling to any health care facility. Call takers can also conduct an over-the-phone pre-screening for testing eligibility. The call center is accepting calls from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 7-days a week.
For future updates on COVID-19, visit FloridaHealth.gov or email COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated Friday, March 20, 2020
City Parking Fees and Fines Suspended
As of today, all parking fees and fines for city metered parking spaces and lots will be suspended until further notice.
Library Card Applications Being Accepted Via Phone
The Richard C. Sullivan Library has issued a temporary change in library policy. While the library remains closed, library card applications are being accepted via phone at (954) 390-2195.
Dedicated Grocery Shopping Hours for Senior Citizens
In an effort to isolate senior citizens ( ages 65+) from exposure to COVID-19, many grocery stores have announced dedicated shopping hours for seniors only. Visit: http://wiltonmanors.com/AlertCenter.aspx?AID=State-Community-Resources-25
Updated Thursday, March 19, 2020
Limit In Person Connections
We all must do our part to help slow the community spread of the Coronavirus. Practice "social distancing" and limit in person contact. Each person you connect with increases your risk of exposure. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends maintaining six feet of distance between yourself and others.
Reminder to Take the Census Online
Are you digitally connected at home? It's the perfect time to complete your 2020 Census. Visit https://2020census.gov/ to take the Census.
Updated Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Broward County is currently experiencing the greatest number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Florida. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) now recommends that states with community spread should close certain businesses to slow the spread of the virus.
Based on these guidelines, and with the mission of saving lives, Emergency Order 2020-002 has been issued. Effective immediately, March 18, 2020, up through and including April 16, 2020:
1. All public gatherings of any type, whether organized or otherwise, of greater than 10 persons are prohibited. Grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores, banks, credit unions, financial institutions, hardware stores, auto-supply stores, hospitals, healthcare and medical facilities, pharmacies, drug stores, medical supply companies, land or facilities owned and managed by Broward County, the Broward County School Board, the North Broward Hospital District, the State of Florida, and the Federal Government, are exempt from this paragraph.
2. All bars, nightclubs, taverns, pubs, cocktail lounges, breweries, dance halls, movie theaters, halls for hire, auditoriums, bowling alleys, video arcades, and other like entertainment facilities and businesses, including but not limited to those contained within a hotel or other enclosed facility or structure, shall close.
3. All gyms, fitness centers, fitness studios, dance studios, and gymnasiums shall close. This paragraph shall not apply to gymnasiums, fitness centers, and fitness studios which: (a) are amenities of hotels or office buildings and which have a capacity of 10 persons or less; or (b)are an amenity of residential buildings.
4. All restaurants, cafeterias, and other food service establishments are mandated to cease all on-premises service. However, such establishments may continue to operate their kitchens for permitted drive-thru, delivery, take-out, and exterior pick-up food services
In order to ensure the safety and welfare of city employees, and to prevent community spread of the Coronavirus, the City of Wilton Manors will cease all non-essential operations starting this evening, March 18, 2019.
The Wilton Manors Police Department will remain operational with slight modifications.
Essential operations that will continue include:
- Public safety and emergency services
- Public works and sanitation services
- Emergency building department operations
- Support services such as payroll and housekeeping
- All parks including dog parks and community centers. Dog park permits will be extended through the length of the closure.
- The Richard C. Sullivan Library is closed, however, calls made to (954) 390-2195, regarding ebooks, will be accepted Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee suspensions include:
- Late fees for parking enforcement
- In order to encourage online payments, convenience fees for payments accepted through the city’s website.
Although City Hall will be closed, the following phone numbers and email addresses will be monitored by city staff:
- For police non-emergency telephone inquiries, call (954) 390-2150 or email email@example.com Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Police Department records requests may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you have a water, wastewater, or trash collection emergency, call (954) 390-2190 or email email@example.com.
- You may still pay your utility bill online at http://www.wiltonmanors.com/283/Online-Bill-Pay or by calling (855) 414-3918.
- If you have questions related to the city’s finance department, call (954) 390-2100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you have an emergency need for a building permit, call (954) 390-2180 or email CDSinfo@wiltonmanors.com.
- If you have questions related to parks, recreation or facility rentals, call (954) 390-2130 or email LeisureServices@wiltonmanors.com.
- The City Manager’s Office and the City Clerk’s Office will be monitoring their voicemails and emails.
Updated Tuesday, March 17, 2020
All remaining official City meetings scheduled in March 2020 are cancelled.
The City Commission voted to approve the following items:
1. Capacity of any facility for gatherings is limited to 50% but never more than 50 people. All bars, restaurants, bowling alleys, and gyms, in city limits, shall close at 10 p.m. The exception is that restaurants are still allowed to provide takeout and delivery services.
2. During the city's state of emergency, all public meetings have been suspended until April 18, 2020.
3. All daily code enforcement fine accruals are cancelled. There will be no utility shut offs.
4. Hand sanitizer and public bathrooms are required in all businesses.
All city events, classes, and programs are cancelled until further notice. This includes: The March Island City Yard Sale, concert at Mickel Park, Brunch with the Bunny, Woof & Wine, and the Mayor's Chess Challenge.
All city managed community centers, such as the Hagen Park Community Center, and the Island City Park Preserve Community Center, are closed. Future facility rentals bookings will not be accepted at this time.
The Richard C. Sullivan Library is closed.
Updated Sunday, March 15, 2020 as of 7 p.m.
Emergency City Commission Meeting
An emergency city commission meeting will be held on Monday, March 16 at 6:00 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at City Hall. If you choose not to attend, and wish to make a public comment, you may submit it, along with your name and address, via email to the City Clerk (email@example.com). The statement will be read into the record. As a reminder, the city commission meetings are live streamed on the city's website.
City Community Centers and the Library
All city managed community centers, such as the Hagen Park Community Center, and the Island City Park Preserve Community Center, are closed. The Richard C. Sullivan Library will also remain closed until further notice.
Social Responsibility is Important
As new information about the Coronavirus becomes available, it is understandable that many of your fellow residents and friends may feel anxious and concerned about the outbreak. We want to remind everyone that this is not a time for panic. This is the time to be socially responsible, and to follow the advice of health experts by taking the necessary protective steps to help slow the spread of the virus. We encourage everyone to be well-prepared in a manner that is most considerate of your fellow neighbors.
New Information from the Department of Health
This morning, the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) announced 25 new positive cases of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Florida. Visit http://www.floridahealth.gov for the most up-to-date information.
If you have returned from international travel or a cruise within the past 14 days and you are sick, call the Florida Department of Health - Broward County at 954.412.7300.
Updated Saturday, March 14, 2020 as of 8 p.m.
Events and Programs
All city events, classes, and programs are cancelled until further notice. This includes: the March yard sale, concert at Mickel Park, Brunch with the Bunny, Woof & Wine, and the Mayor's Chess Challenge.
Future facility rentals bookings will not be accepted at this time.
Broward County Public Schools has announced all schools will be closed, for two weeks, beginning March 16, 2020.
The city's spring camp, school days out program, and after school program will also be cancelled. Contact Leisure Services for a refund or credit.
All outside parks are currently open at regular hours. All programming at city parks is cancelled.
Early voting continues at City Hall through Sunday. The Tuesday election is proceeding. Precinct 006, usually at Manor Pines, will be located at Hagen Park.
WMBA has cancelled its April 6, 2020 Business Expo.
The Equality Garden Club has cancelled the plant fair that was scheduled to be held March 28-29, 2020 at Richardson Park.
Updated Friday, March 13, 2020 as of 10 p.m.
Governor DeSantis has Activated an Emergency Business Damage Assessment Survey for Coronavirus (COVID-19). The survey, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement appropriate relief programs can begin.
The Business Damage Assessment Survey can be accessed by copying and pasting the link below into your website browser:
Results from this survey will be shared with state agencies and local partners. Surveys submitted by small businesses can be used to access the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan, made available for COVID-19 through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. For inquiries or assistance with the survey, businesses can contact Emergency Support Function 18 via email at ESF18@em.myflorida.com.
Updated Friday, March 13, 2020 as of 6:00 p.m.
The City of Wilton Manors School Days Out and Spring Camp programs will be cancelled.
We will offer refunds or credits for future use starting Monday, March 16th. If you have any questions, please contact LeisureServices@wiltonmanors.com .
March 12, 2020
As of this afternoon, a proclamation was signed declaring a State of Emergency in the City of Wilton Manors due to the current COVID-19 situation. This proclamation gives the City Manager authorization to implement all emergency procedures necessary for the safe operation of the City’s employees and to provide the necessary services to its residents in this time of need.
In an abundance of caution, all City sponsored group classes and events are canceled until further notice.
This includes the Island City Yard Sale, Live at Mickel, and regularly scheduled classes. BASH programs will continue as long as school is in session. Residents are also encouraged to make payments online or over the phone.
If you vote in Precinct P006 at Manor Pines Nursing Home, next Tuesday’s voting location has been changed to Hagen Park. This precinct Is for residents who live north of NE 26th St and east of the Brightline tracks.
Please continue to check the City’s website and official Facebook and Twitter pages for updates.
Updated Thursday, March 12, 2020
In an abundance of caution , in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, all City sponsored group classes (such as yoga and hula) are suspended until further notice.
The Island City Yard Sale, scheduled for Saturday, March 14, is cancelled.
As of today, BASH (after school programs) will continue as long as school is in session.
March 11, 2020
At this time, we are not delaying or canceling City events. We will be posting updates on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages, and in the Weekly E-news on any proposed changes to the upcoming city schedule. Thank you for your patience and stay tuned.
In the meantime, please follow the simple guidelines below from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to keep you and your family as safe as possible. And, if you have returned from international travel or a cruise within the past 14 days and you are sick, call the Florida Department of Health - Broward County at 954.412.7300.
1. Stay home, and keep your family members at home, if any symptoms are experienced. While most of us are accustomed to maintaining our daily lives with a runny nose, sneezing or a low-grade fever, now is the time to change that routine. Also, try to avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
2. Be vigilant about maintaining respiratory etiquette. Cover your mouth with a tissue or your arm when coughing or sneezing, then immediately dispose of that tissue. If you must use your hand to cover your mouth, wash your hands immediately.
3. Wash your hands with soap, for at least twenty seconds, as often as convenient. Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol as an alternative if soap is not available.
4. Avoid touching your face, eyes or mouth.
5. Sanitize shared surfaces often.
6. If you are ill and must go out, consider using a face mask to protect others.
The CDC website on COVID-19 is a helpful resource for information about the disease, symptoms, prevention, and frequently asked questions.