March 20, 2020 1:55 PM
Reopening, Testing, and Resources
Update as of September 26, 2020
All Business in Broward County to Re-Open in Accordance with County Requirements
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.
Fines for individuals not wearing a face covering are suspended.
To view the Emergency Orders issued by Broward County visit https://www.broward.org/CoronaVirus/Pages/EmergencyOrders.aspx
COVID-19 TESTING INFORMATION AND HEALTH RELATED RESOURCES
As a reminder, there are multiple testing site locations available to residents who wish to be tested for COVID-19. To view the full list of COVID-19 testing sites and requirements in Broward County, visit https://bit.ly/WMCountyTestingSites. For a list of state-supported testing sites in Broward County visit https://bit.ly/WMStateTestingSitesBroward.
Free Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing at Holiday Park
Free, drive-thru swab testing for COVID-19 continues to be offered at Holiday Park (1150 G. Harold Martin Drive) in Fort Lauderdale. The testing site is open Tuesday-Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Testing is available to anyone over the age of 18, with our without COVID-19 symptoms, and a doctor referral is not required. Testing is by appointment only and individuals will need to bring a proper ID. To make an appointment, call (800) 209-7919.
New COVID-19 Testing Site Opens at Mills Pond Park
The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) opened a new drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at Mills Pond Park (2201 NW 9 Avenue). Free drive-thru testing is available to anyone with our without symptoms, Monday through Wednesday and Friday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The testing site is closed on Thursdays and Sundays. There are no age requirements, and a doctor's referral and appointment are not required. For more information, contact the FDOH in Broward County at (954) 412-7300.
Please Note: This site replaces the walk-up COVID-19 testing site at Lincoln Park, which is permanently closed.
Broward County to Offer Mobile and In-Home COVID-19 Testing
Broward County, the FDOH in Broward, American Medical Response, and Century Ambulance Services offer an in-home testing program for homebound elderly or disabled individuals who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and cannot leave their homes to visit a testing site.To learn more, Visit: https://bit.ly/WMCountyMobileTesting
Data Available from Florida Department of Health (FDOH)
If you have questions related to COVID-19, please call the FDOH 24-hour Call Center at (866) 779-6121. You may also email COVIDemail@example.com. Individuals who are concerned that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact the FDOH in Broward County at (954) 412-7300 and their healthcare provider before traveling to any healthcare facility.
To review the latest data for the State of Florida, visit https://bit.ly/WMFDOHDashboard.
Governments, corporations, health care professionals, public health organizations and other groups can use FDOH materials (available in several languages) in their community outreach about COVID-19 prevention and protection. https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/resources/#toolkitJump
Convalescent Plasma Donors Needed
Be a hero in our community! Residents who tested positive for COVID-19 and fully recovered are urged to donate convalescent plasma. The Broward County Medical Reserve Corps (BCMRC) reported a critical shortage of plasma in our community. Donating plasma is safe, easy, and can save the life of someone else suffering from COVID-19 symptoms. For more information and to register for plasma donation, visit: http://browardmru.com/
Mental and Behavioral Health Resources
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is offering free information, materials, and resources focusing on ways individuals and families can cope with the stress and challenges of COVID-19. SAMHSA has also created the 24-hour Disaster Distress Helpline, (800) 985-5990, https://bit.ly/WMSAMHSAResources
Recall of Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises consumers not to use any Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer packaged in 1-liter plastic bottles and labeled with “Made in Mexico” and “Produced by: Eskbiochem SA de CV.” These products may contain methanol (wood alcohol), a substance that can be toxic when absorbed through the skin or ingested. FDA identified the following products manufactured by Saniderm and Eskbiochem:
- All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)
- Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-04)
- Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)
- The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-03)
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01)
- CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)
- Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)
To date, FDA is not aware of any reports of adverse events associated with these hand sanitizer products, but is recommending 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. Anyone experiencing adverse events or quality problems associated with the use of hand sanitizers is encouraged to report them to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program. To learn more about the FDA's recall of Saniderm, visit https://bit.ly/WMFDASanidermRecall. To learn more about the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program, visit https://bit.ly/FDAMedwatchReportingProgram
Dispose of Used Gloves and Facial Coverings Properly
Please remember to properly dispose of protective gloves and facial coverings after visits to public places such as grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, and other essential businesses. Gloves and facial coverings should not be left on the ground, on sidewalks, in streets, or in parking lots. They may be contaminated and could potentially pose a risk to workers who have to pick them up.
Additionally, gloves and masks are not biodegradable, and may be harmful to the environment if not disposed of properly. If these items are discarded on streets and sidewalks, they could be swept up by the storm drain system, potentially causing drainage problems and polluting our oceans and waterways.
Caring For South Florida Program Provides COVID-19 Prevention Tips
Together we are stronger, and together we can make a difference. The City of Wilton Manors is proud to support the Caring For South Florida educational program offered through several South Florida hospitals to provide COVID-19 prevention tips. Remember, wash your hands frequently, wear a facial covering in public areas, and practice social distancing. For more information on Caring For South Florida and COVID-19 prevention tips, visit: https://caringforsouthflorida.org/
FOOD DISTRIBUTION RESOURCES
The next Food Distribution event will be held on Thursday, September 24, 2020.
The Cities of Wilton Manors, Fort Lauderdale, and Oakland Park have come together in partnership with Feeding South Florida, host Food Distribution Events on Thursdays at 9 a.m. at Mills Pond Park (2201 NW 9th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311). Food will be distributed on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last. Recipients are reminded to wear facial coverings and to remain in their cars at the event. Volunteers distribute food to each vehicle to ensure social distancing requirements are maintained. To access the event, enter Mills Pond Park from southbound Powerline Road (NW 9th Avenue).
If you would like to volunteer, from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the weekly Food Distribution Events at Mills Pond Park - we'd love to have your help! As a volunteer, you will help set up the distribution area, unload cases of food, and place the various food items in the trunks of cars as recipients drive through the food distribution line. Personal protection equipment (masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer) and water will be provided to you at the event, but you are advised to bring a hat and sunscreen. To volunteer, you must pre-register and check in upon entering the park gate. For more information and to register to volunteer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Do You Qualify for Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT)?
Do you qualify for the free and reduced-price school meals program? If so, The Florida Department of Children and Families urges you to double-check that you have received your P-EBT benefits earlier this summer. The P-EBT benefit is a supplemental benefit for households with children who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to pandemic-related school closures. The benefits were issued automatically starting in June of 2020. If you qualify for this benefit and didn't receive it call (833) 311-0321.
RESOURCES FOR SENIOR CITIZENS
Food Assistance Programs
The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County is offering frozen meal delivery to seniors over the age of 60. For assistance, please call (954) 745-9779. Learn more at https://www.adrcbroward.org/foodassistance.php.
Dedicated Shopping Hours for Seniors
Many local grocers have dedicated specific shopping hours for seniors (65+) to ensure they remain as isolated as possible during this time.
The Fresh Market
Senior Citizen Shopping Hour: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Publix Super Markets
Senior Citizen Shopping Hour:
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 7 a.m. – 8 a.m.
Senior Citizen Shopping Hour: Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
Senior Citizen Shopping Hour: Tuesdays 6 a.m. – 7 a.m.
Whole Foods Market
Senior Citizen Shopping Hour: Every day, 7 a.m. – 8 a.m.
Senior Citizen Shopping Hour: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
RESOURCES FOR REEMPLOYMENT
Reemployment Assistance benefits, formerly known as unemployment compensation, can be filed online at https://connect.myflorida.com/Claimant/Core/Login.ASPX. For regular unemployment questions call 1-800-204-2418. For special cases such as legal issues, computer literacy, language barriers or disabilities call 1-800-681-8102.
Florida Unemployment Applications Dispenser
In an effort to assist our community, a dispenser with Florida unemployment applications has been placed outside the Wilton Manors' Commission Chambers (located near the back door of City Hall). The forms are available in English, Spanish, and Creole. Individuals seeking unemployment assistance should complete the form and mail it to the address on the form. A number of participating FedEx locations will also accept the completed forms and will mail them to the State’s Unemployment Office at no charge.
RESOURCES FOR BUSINESS
Business Damage Assessment Survey
Businesses adversely impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to complete the Emergency Business Damage Assessment Survey online at: https://floridadisaster.biz/BusinessDamageAssessments
Information submitted by businesses will help the State of Florida determine the type and level of resources needed to continue to help impacted businesses. The survey does NOT serve as an application for resources. After filling out the survey, federal, state or local agencies may reach out to your business through the contact information provided if you indicate your interest.
UPDATE ON FUNDING OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR BUSINESSES
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 includes several significant updates affecting both borrowers and lenders participating in the program. The Flexibility Act extends the deadline to apply for a PPP loan from June 30 to December 31, 2020. Approximately $130 billion of the second round of PPP funds approved by Congress remains. Check with your financial institution on how you can apply for a PPP loan for your business. To learn more about the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 visit https://www.ftlchamber.com/index.phpsrc=blog&submenu=blogNews&srctype=blog_detail_new&refno=767
SBA Economic Injury Loan
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is working directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by COVID-19. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program offers working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
For details, visit https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
Florida Short Time Compensation Program
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) offers the Short Time Compensation Program, designed to help employers maintain their staff by reducing the weekly working hours during temporary slowdowns instead of temporarily laying off employees. For information on qualifications and how to apply, visit http://floridajobs.org/office-directory/division-of-workforce-services/reemployment-assistance-programs/short-time-compensation-program-for-employees
Florida Business Taxes
Governor DeSantis has directed the Department of Revenue to provide flexibility on the deadlines of taxes due such as corporate income tax and sales tax to assist businesses that are adversely impacted by COVID-19.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
The CARES Act provides more than $2 trillion in economic relief to American businesses and families to help fight the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. To learn more about the CARES Act, visit https://www.sbc.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/guide-to-the-cares-act
Be on the Lookout for CARES Act Scams
Please be on the lookout for scam e-mails claiming to come from the "CARES Act Provider Relief Fund." The scam emails state you have an important update to your claim, and ask you to log-in to a "secure Message Center" to view an encrypted message. Please do not open these emails or click on any links in the body of these emails, as you could risk giving scammers important information. We encourage you to verify all CARES Act related notifications with official lenders.
Employee Retention Tax Credit
The Employee Retention Tax Credit is a 50% tax credit for the first $10,000 of compensation, including the employer portion of health benefits, for each eligible employee. For more information regarding this tax credit and to learn about eligibility requirements visit http://bit.ly/WMEmployeeRetentionTaxCredit
U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) Offering Business Assistance
The USCM Small Business and Entrepreneurship Task Force is now offering individual business assistance at no cost to small business owners. Small business owners may call (855) 876-5561 for one-on-one assistance. Owners will be connected with experts who can assist them in developing strategies for their businesses, including personnel management, operations, and liquidity. Specialists will also help owners navigate funding options at the federal, state, and local levels. For more information on the USCM business assistance for small business owners, visit https://bit.ly/WMUSCMSmallBizAssist
Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council (FSMSDC) Resources
The FSMSDC has created a list of resources and information for small businesses struggling with the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis. The resources include quick links to loans, assistance with loan packaging, technical assistance, webinars, advice on business continuity, and strategies for managing remote work forces. To view the FSMSDC list of resources, visit https://fsmsdc.org/covid19/
SBA Small Business Recovery Webinar Series
The SBA South Florida District Office has hosted a series of Small Business Recovery webinars to provide the latest information on how the SBA is helping small businesses with their economic recovery from the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Find a full list of upcoming webinars by visiting https://bit.ly/WMSmallBizRecoveryWebinars
The South Florida Regional Planning Council (SFRPC) partnered with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to provide $5.9 million of additional funding for small businesses suffering from COVID-19 related economic hardships. The new Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Business Revolving Loan Fund program will provide aid for small businesses in four South Florida counties, including Broward County. Business owners may apply for small business loans ranging from $25,000 to $500,000 with a fixed interest rate of three to four percent, and a loan term of up to 10 years. For more on the CARES Act Business Revolving Loan Fund Program, visit http://sfregionalcouncil.org/portfolio-items/cares-act-rlf/
Broward County Resources For Residents
There are a variety of government assistance programs, financial companies, non-profit organizations, and utilities services willing to step in to help those who may be unemployed or otherwise can’t afford to pay bills due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. To review the list of resources available to Broward County residents, visit https://bit.ly/WMBrowardResResources
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Relief Fund Assistance for Impacted Homeowners and Renters
On September 4, 2020, Governor DeSantis announced that the Board of Directors for the Florida Housing Finance Corporation (Florida Housing) approved the remaining $45 million of the $120 million to local governments to assist Floridians impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with rental and mortgage assistance. The funds are intended to help Floridians who are struggling to pay housing expenses such as rent payments, mortgage payments, and costs of emergency repairs that will keep families stably and safely housed. Impacted homeowners and renters are encouraged to apply for assistance through a local State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Program housing office. Wilton Manors is one of Broward's 19 cities that participate in this program. To learn more about applying for SHIP funds, visit: https://bit.ly/WMSHIPFunds
Florida Power & Light (FPL)
Customers experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19 are encouraged to contact FPL directly at 800-226-3545. For additional assistance, please visit www.FPL.com/Help
Broward County Evictions Activities Suspended
The Broward Sheriff’s Office, in coordination with the 17th Judicial Circuit, is suspending all eviction activities until further notice due to the current public health crisis.
Find Spanish and Creole resources by visiting https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/resources/#toolkitJump
Keeping Kids Engaged and Learning
Need help keeping the kids focused on learning? The Visit Lauderdale Junior Ambassador free online learning program provides compelling, tourism-themed educational lessons, for kids in 3rd to 8th grade, that are filled with fun ways to learn about math, science, history, geography, the arts and more – all brought to life through locations and experiences available in Greater Fort Lauderdale. To learn more, visit: https://bit.ly/WMVisitLauderdaleLearning
Virtual Culture from the Comfort of Your Home
Art, music, culture- you don't have to miss anything while you're at home. The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (GFLCVB) compiled a list of virtual musical performances, museum tours, and history lessons offered by organizations across Greater Fort Lauderdale to enjoy from home. The GFLCVB also created a list of of popular movies and TV shows filmed in Broward County. Cue up Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, or OnDemand and travel around South Florida without leaving the comfort of your couch.
- To visit the GFLCVB virtual arts, music, and culture web page, visit: https://bit.ly/WMVirtualCultureCVB
- To visit the GFLCVB movies and TV shows web page, visit: https://bit.ly/WMMoviesandTVCVB