Broward County Reopening Information
On September 25, 2020, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-244. The Order, that went into effect immediately, does the following:
Removes state-level restrictions on businesses, such as restaurants.
Provides that no COVID-19 emergency ordinance may prevent an individual from working or operating a business, giving Floridians and business owners needed certainty and the ability to provide for themselves and their families.
Suspends all outstanding fines and penalties, and the collection of such moving forward, applied against individuals related to COVID-19.
Provides that restaurants may not be limited by a COVID-19 emergency order by any local government to less than 50% of their indoor capacity. If a restaurant is limited to less than 100% of its indoor capacity, such COVID-19 emergency order must satisfy the following:
Quantify the economic impact of each limitation or requirements on those restaurants; and
Explain why each limitation or requirement is necessary for public health
Following the issuance of the Governor's Order, the Broward County Administrator Issued Emergency Order 20-26.
Emergency Order 20-26 went into effect immediately and does the following:
Allows bars, pubs, nightclubs, adult entertainment establishments, banquet halls, breweries, cigar bars, and any other establishments licensed to sell food and/or alcohol to operate with no capacity restrictions. Per Broward County, hours of operation for food/alcohol establishments are 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Suspends fines for individuals not wearing a face covering.
On September 30, 2020, the Acting County Administrator issued Emergency Order 20-27. The Order, that will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, October 2, 2020, clarifies requirements for establishments that serve food and/or alcohol in Broward County.
The Order states:
- On-premise consumption of food and alcohol must end at 11 p.m.
-Establishments licensed to serve food may operate at up to 100 percent of indoor capacity if a distance of six feet is maintained between tables, and no more than six people sit at a table.
-Should an establishment not be able to meet the minimum 50 percent capacity requirement as set forth by the Governor's Executive Order 20-244, an establishment may allow patrons to stand at an assigned table or in an assigned area, and must comply with social distancing requirements to the maximum extent possible.
-Establishments that only serve alcohol, and are not licensed to serve food, must operate at no more than 50 percent of their indoor capacity.
-Total combined occupancy of indoor and outdoor areas shall not exceed the existing total maximum occupancy.
The Order also provides more flexibility by allowing the following:
-Individuals at fitness centers and gyms may remove facial coverings while working out, but they must be worn at all times when not engaged in physical activity, such as while moving between machines and around the establishment.
-Playgrounds and exercise equipment may reopen, as long as the managing entity takes responsibility for regular cleaning and sanitizing of the equipment.
-Homeowner Association (HOA) communities may reopen their hot tubs, but operations are subject to more stringent rules that may be imposed by the HOA.
We encourage everyone in our Island City community to continue to wear a facial covering, wash their hands frequently, and maintain six feet of distance from others.
On October 16, 2020, the Broward County Administrator issued Emergency Order 20-28, which went into effect immediately and extended the hours of operation for establishments serving food and alcohol from 11 p.m. to midnight. Specifically, on-premises consumption of food and alcohol, sale of alcohol for off-premises consumption, and consumption of alcohol in public is now permitted until midnight instead of 11 p.m.
The Order prohibits dine-in service between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m., and alcohol consumption in open containers or to-go cups remains prohibited in public spaces such as beaches, beach boardwalks, parks, streets, parking lots, and other areas identified in the Order. Take-out and food delivery services are still permitted.
Social distancing and facial covering requirements, restaurant capacity limits, and sanitation and safety requirements to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) remain in effect.
Complete details of the new Emergency Order concerning all establishments serving food or alcohol are contained in Attachment 2 of the Order.
The County Administrator has issued Emergency Orders 20-10, 20-11, 20-12, 20-13, 20-14, 20-15, 20-16, 20-17, 20-18, 20-19, 20-20, 20-21, 20-22, 20-23, 20-24, and 20-25, 20-26, 20-27, and 20-28 respectively. The Orders provide responsibilities for businesses and residents to adhere to social distancing, facial covering, and sanitation requirements as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In addition, the Orders provide operational and sanitation guidelines for the following businesses and amenities:
Movie Theaters (Only Outdoor/Drive-In Theaters May Operate)
The current phase of the reopening plan does not include bars or large venues.
View the complete Broward County Emergency Order 20-10 here. (issued on May 14, 2020)
View the complete Broward County Emergency Order 20-11 here (issued on May 16, 2020)
View the complete Broward County Emergency Order 20-12 here. (issued on May 21, 2020)
View the complete Broward County Emergency Order 20-13 here. (issued on May 22, 2020)
View the complete Broward County Emergency Order 20-14 here (issued on May 29, 2020)
View the complete Broward County Emergency Order 20-15 here (issued on June 5, 2020)
View the complete Broward County Emergency Order 20-16 here (issued on June 10, 2020)
View the complete Broward County Emergency Order 20-17 here (issued on June 15, 2020)
View the complete Broward County Emergency Order 20-18 here (issued on June 24, 2020)
View the complete Broward County Emergency Order 20-19 here (issued on June 29, 2020)
View the complete Broward County Emergency Order 20-20 here (issued July 1, 2020)
View the complete Broward County Emergency Order 20-21 here (issued July 9, 2020)
View the complete Broward County Emergency Order 20-22 here (issued July 17, 2020)
View the complete Broward County Emergency Order 20-23 here (issued July 29, 2020)
View the complete Broward County Emergency Order 20-24 here (issued August 21, 2020)
View the complete Broward County Emergency Order 20-25 here (issued September 25, 2020)
View the complete Broward County Emergency Order 20-28 here (issued October 16,2020)
To reopen, businesses will need to adhere to strict operating, cleaning, and safety guidelines for employees and customers, along with limitations on capacities and regulations on social distancing. On Monday, June 15, 2020, The Broward County Administrator issued 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 the Coronavirus (COVID-19).Click here to review the Emergency Order 20-17 FAQs.
On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, County Administrator, Bertha Henry, issued Emergency Order 20-18, which 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. All prior Emergency Orders also remain in effect. Emergency Order 20-18 goes into effect Friday, June 26, 2020.
On Monday, June 29, 2020, Acting County Administrator, Monica Cepero, issued Emergency Order 20-19. The Emergency Order closes all beaches in Broward County from 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 3 to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 5, 2020.
On Wednesday, July 1, 2020, Acting County Administrator, Monica Cepero issued Emergency Order 20-20. This Emergency Order requires residents to wear a facial covering in all public spaces where physical distancing cannot be maintained and outlines additional restrictions on restaurant operating hours.
On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry issued Emergency Order 20-21, which is an all-inclusive Order to clarify previous County Emergency Orders and goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 10, 2020. This Emergency Order clarifies operating guidelines for businesses (see links above), extends closures for businesses found in violation of Emergency Order guidelines, and outlines additional hourly restrictions for restaurants. Under this Emergency Order, bars, pubs, night clubs, breweries, billiards halls, and cocktail clubs and lounges are to remain closed to the public. Additionally, only outdoor movie theaters are permitted to operate. Facial coverings are still required in all public spaces where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
On Friday, July 17, 2020, Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry issued Emergency Order 20-22 which introduces additional guidelines for businesses along with guidelines regarding masks and a county-wide curfew.
On Tuesday, July 29, 2020, Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry issued Emergency Order 20-23, which extends the countywide curfew and clarifies requirements of previous active Emergency Orders.
Effective immediately, Emergency Order 20-23 states:
- The countywide curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. is extended until Monday, August 3, 2020 at 5 a.m. Residents who are returning directly to their homes after one-way vehicular travel of more than 100 miles are exempt.
- 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.
- The owners of vacation rental properties approved to operate must provide the email and telephone number of their on-site management or security personnel.
- 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.
These Orders require mandatory use of facial coverings in residential facilities, condominium common areas, and in any open business or establishment. Additionally, residents are required to wear facial coverings when obtaining goods or services from open establishments, and workers must wear facial coverings at all times. Facial coverings must be worn when walking on city streets unless you can maintain a minimum of six feet of distance. The city will be enforcing this and other Emergency Order requirements.
Restrictions on Restaurant Hours and Seating Guidelines
Beginning Friday, July 10, 2020, Emergency Order 20-21 prohibits restaurants from serving food or alcohol for on-site consumption between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Restaurants and food establishments will be permitted to continue to operate take out, delivery, drive-thru, and pickup services. Additionally, seating at restaurants and food establishments is limited to six per table. If patrons are members of the same family, seating is limited to ten per table.
A countywide curfew is in effect from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning on Friday, July 17, 2020 and will remain in effect until Saturday, August 3, 2020.
Guidelines Regarding Groups
Gatherings, of 10 or more people at any establishment as well as single-family and multi-family residences, are prohibited. Residents in both single- and multi-family homes must ensure that everyone on the residential property, including guests, comply with all applicable guidelines of any Broward County Order, including facial covering requirements.
Guidelines for Businesses
No establishment shall conduct business with patrons who do not comply with facial covering requirements.
On Friday, August 21, 2020, the Broward County Administrator issued Emergency Order 20-24, which went into effect immediately and outlined modifications for business restrictions detailed in previous County Orders.
The Order states:
* Restaurants can now serve customers on-premises until 11 p.m., extending closing hours by one hour. Billiard tables and similar games must remain closed.
* The sale of off-site (to-go) alcohol by restaurants and food establishments is prohibited from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Take-out and delivery are still permitted from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
* Open containers of alcohol are prohibited from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. in all areas open to the general public.
* Bars, pubs, breweries, billiard halls and clubs, and cocktail lounges which derive more than 50 percent of their gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages must remain closed.
Broward County to Enter Phase 2 Reopening
Effective Monday, September 14, 2020, Broward County will enter Phase 2 of the statewide reopening plan. Governor Ron DeSantis announced the change after Broward County reported a Coronavirus (COVID-19) positivity rate below 5 percent for two consecutive weeks.
County officials will retain the ability to close certain activities and there will not be an immediate change to how businesses are currently operating, as existing Emergency Orders will remain in effect. Bars will remain closed at this time. However, additional openings are expected in Broward County in the coming weeks, thanks to the community's continued efforts and increased compliance with Emergency Orders.
We thank you for continuing to do your part to slow the spread of the virus and help our Island City safely reopen. While the numbers are headed in a favorable direction, it is still important to avoid the "3 C's"- Closed Spaces, Crowded Places, and Close-Contact Settings. Please continue to wear a face mask in public areas, maintain social distancing, and wash your hands frequently.
For more information on Broward County entering Phase 2 of the reopening plan: https://webapps6.broward.org/NewsRelease/View.aspx?intMessageID=12368
To view Emergency Order 20-223: https://www.wiltonmanors.com/DocumentCenter/View/5979/EO-20-223
On Friday, September 25, 2020, County Administrator Bertha Henry issued Emergency Order 20-25, which relaxes some restrictions on businesses, athletic events, and function spaces.
Highlights of Emergency Order 20-25 include:
- Function spaces, such as ballrooms, banquet halls, catering halls, event spaces, and other commercial facilities, may operate on a limited basis.
-Spectators are permitted to attend non-professional sporting events, such as high school athletic events, with certain restrictions.
-Small groups (no larger than 10) may engage in athletic activities at beaches and parks.
-Homeowner Association amenities may operate with more flexibility by relaxing some restrictions related to pool furnishings, common areas, and guests.
The City has developed the following checklists:
View the Facial Coverings Frequently Asked Questions here. (Updated Tuesday, July 28, 2020)
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce has created a Return to Work Checklist that businesses can access and follow as they get ready to reopen. The Chamber has also developed a comprehensive reopening guide that can be accessed here. The guide offers businesses recommendations for safely reopening and gaining consumers’ trust.
CDC Offers Reopening 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 updated strategies and recommendations for employers responding to COVID-19, including those seeking to resume normal or phased business operations.
Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association Offers Standards for Hospitality Reopening -- The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association in partnership with the National Restaurant Association and the American Hotel and Lodging Association, has developed a set of reopening standards for restaurants and hotels. The standards cover a wide range of areas including food safety, cleaning and sanitizing, employee health and personal hygiene, social distancing, infection prevention, environmental safety, and more. The operating standards are designed to increase safety, restore consumer confidence, and deliver a clean, comfortable, and sanitary experience to guests.
City of Wilton Manors Information
The city passed Emergency Order 2020-010, which amends the city's EO-001 by extending the City Manager’s ability to issue emergency orders through the duration of the Governor’s State of Emergency
View the complete City Order 2020-010 by clicking here. (Issued Sunday, May 31, 2020)
Emergency Order 2020-013, which adopts Broward County EO 20-015, allows for the reopening of youth activities and summer camps on June 8, and for the reopening of bowling alleys, arcades, and indoor amusement facilities at 50% capacity on June 15.
View the complete City Order 2020-013 by clicking here. (Issued Monday, June 8, 2020)
Wilton Manors Emergency Order 2020-014, which adopts Broward County EO 20-17, requires retail establishments and restaurants to post signage containing information regarding sanitization, social distancing, and facial covering requirements.
View the complete City Order 2020-014 by clicking here. (Issued Monday, June 15, 2020)
A Wilton Manors City Commission COVID-19 Workshop was held on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 9:00a.m. The PowerPoint presentation made in this Workshop can be found here: /DocumentCenter/View/5906/WM-COVID-WORKSHOP-Powerpoint-AUGUST-5-2020. A second Workshop was held on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 9:00a.m. and the PowerPoint presentation made in that Workshop can be found here: /DocumentCenter/View/5932/WM-COVID-WORKSHOP-Powerpoint-AUGUST-19-2020-FINAL.
City of Wilton Manors Emergency Orders