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May 23, 2020 12:17 PM

Beaches, Gyms, and Hotels Can Open with Restrictions
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Broward County officials have issued Emergency Order 20-13 on Friday, May 22, which extends Phase 1 reopening guidelines to beaches, commercial gyms and fitness centers, hotels and other commercial lodging, effective Tuesday, May 26, with restrictions. Additional business openings were also outlined in Emergency Order 20-12, which was issued on Thursday, May 21. The highlights of both orders (and City specific adjustments) are as follows:

Beaches, Gyms, Hotels
- All beaches can open with limited hours (Deerfield Beach will be open from sunrise to 7pm daily). Ocean activities such as surfing, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and body surfing are allowed; also walking, running and biking.
- Like other communities across the country, Broward beaches are not yet opening for picnicking, sunbathing, sitting or lying on the beach. Group or organized sports (such as volleyball), umbrellas, canopies, chairs, loungers and coolers are also not yet allowed, and no group gatherings of more than 10 people. (In Deerfield Beach, these beach restrictions shall apply east of the boardwalk). Beachgoers must maintain social distancing (six feet of separation), except between members of the same household or groups. (Note: Deerfield Beach public parking areas will be closed until further notice.)
- Commercial gyms and fitness centers, including but not limited to dance, martial arts, yoga, spinning and personal training studios can open, with adherence to the applicable guidelines outlined in the orders. Certain recreation amenities within commercial fitness facilities, such as pools, may open with restrictions.
- Hotels, motels and commercial lodging establishments can open with adherence to applicable guidelines in the orders. Staff is required to wear facial coverings and gloves for all customer-facing activities. Guests must wear facial coverings in all common areas. Ballrooms and other special function spaces remain closed. Proprietors are encouraged to post on their website, blog or social media the steps they are taking to keep their guests safe.
- Pari-mutuel facilities (as defined by Florida Statutes Section 550.002(23), are to remain closed, except for when the establishment is being utilized for a use expressly permitted under a Broward County Emergency Order, or by a professional sports team to conduct or host a training, competition, event or game in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order 20-123.
- Vacation rentals may open, but only for essential lodgers, as authorized by the Governor’s Executive Order 20-87.

All businesses are still strongly encouraged to perform remote operations whenever possible and allow employees to utilize telework or other remote working methods that permit social distancing.

All nonprofit, retail, and commercial establishments, and any other facility doing business within the City, except for those expressly identified [ACS1] in the Orders to remain closed, may resume operations subject to applicable restrictions.

In addition to the County orders, effective Tuesday, May 26, the City International Fishing Pier and Pioneer Park Boat Ramp will operate as follows:

International Fishing Pier
The International Fishing Pier will open to the general public from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily for fishing only. Social distancing of a minimum of 10 feet between anglers must be maintained. Visitors are encouraged to pre-register to fish at the pier using the City’s daily online/call-in registration system. Fishing sessions shall be limited to four hours, with each session subject to a maximum of 25 patrons on the Pier at a time. Patrons fishing at the International Fishing Pier shall fully comply with the CDC’s social distancing guidelines and face coverings shall be worn on the Pier at all times.

Pioneer Park Boat Ramp
The Pioneer Park Boat Ramp will open to the general public, 24 hours a day, under the circumstances and subject to the conditions and guidelines in Attachment 9 of County Emergency Order 20-12, which include the following:

- Only one boat per launch ramp at a time is permitted.
- No gathering of more than 10 people is permitted at any time including during boat launch, during on-water time, and when removing the boat from the water, subject to further restrictions as provided below.
- In accordance with CDC Guidelines, in addition to practicing social distancing, launching venue staff, as well as customers, shall utilize personal protective equipment including, but not limited to, facial coverings and gloves in connection with use of marinas, boat docks, ramps, and other launching venues.

Please remember we are all navigating the Coronavirus (COVID-19) together, as one community. Our economy will remain open as long as there is no spike in new cases of COVID-19. We can control the spread by following the guidelines. We are all responsible for making the effort to protect our community from this highly contagious virus. Law enforcement and code enforcement agencies are authorized to enforce the requirements of the County Emergency Order. Failure to comply can result in civil or criminal penalties, including fines, imprisonment or both. Residents can also report violations anonymously online at MyBroward.Broward.org, or by calling the Broward County Call Center at 311 or 954-831-4000.

Please enjoy a safe and joyous Memorial Day weekend.

For additional information, visit www.dfb.city/covid19. If you have questions about COVID-19, you are encouraged to call the Broward County COVID-19 hotline at 954-357-9500. For social services, call 954-597-3620 or dial 211 for Broward County’s 24/7 helpline.

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May 15, 2020 1:34 PM

Deerfield Beach Sets May 18th for Phase 1 Reopening of Restaurants, Retailers and Other Businesses
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Following Governor Ron DeSantis’ announcement, the City of Deerfield Beach is announcing that retailers, restaurants, and personal care businesses such as barbershops and salons may reopen on a limited basis on Monday, May 18, 2020.

Broward County conducted a COVID-19 Reopening Workshop to plan for Phase 1 reopening with continued adherence to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Guidelines regarding social distancing and facial coverings. General business guidelines for businesses that choose to open can be found here.

According to the plan and Broward County Emergency Order 20-10, restaurants and food establishments may operate their indoor seating areas at no more than 50% of the maximum indoor seating capacity of the establishment. Outdoor seating is permitted subject to the six-foot distancing requirement. Additional restaurant and food establishment guidelines for operation and sanitation can be found here. Deerfield Beach is temporarily allowing expanded outdoor seating for businesses that request a special permit through the Department of Planning and Development Services or via email at web.planning@deerfield-beach.com. Expanded outdoor seating is subject to compliance with guidelines referenced above, CDC social distancing guidelines, and proper maintenance of pedestrian accessibility and safety. The application may be downloaded here.

Personal services businesses such as hair and nail salons will be required to operate by appointment only to limit occupant capacity. Additional guidelines for such personal services businesses can be found on page 18 of the Broward County order. Club swimming pools, excluding pools that are part of a commercial fitness facility, may operate at up to 50% capacity.

Indoor retail establishments must limit occupancy to no more than fifty percent (50%) of the maximum capacity of the retail location and must abide by the safety guidelines issued by the CDC. Additional operational and sanitation guidelines for retailers may be found here.

Museums may open at no more than 25 percent of their building occupancy while interactive exhibits and child play areas must remain closed. Surgical centers, dental offices, orthodontic offices, endodontic offices, or other healthcare practitioners may perform elective surgical procedures.

Businesses that will remain closed at this time include indoor movie theaters, commercial gyms, schools, large sporting venues, and vacation rentals. Beaches will also remain closed.

For the full Broward County Reopening Workshop, click here.

For Reopening America guidance, visit the CDC’s guidance for cleaning and disinfecting web site.

For Reopening Retail Food Establishments guidance, visit the Food and Drug Administration web site, or the National Restaurant Association website.

For additional information, contact Gigi Chazu at 954-395-6051 or gchazu@deerfield-beach.com.

May 8, 2020 1:46 PM

Beaches Remain Closed After County Extends Order

Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry has issued Emergency Order 20-09, effective Friday, May 8, 2020. In summary, the Order clarifies some provisions of Emergency Order 20-08 and:
• Extends the existing closure of Broward County beaches.
• Clarifies that marinas, boat docks, ramps, and other launching venues in Parks in Broward County may operate consistent with the guidelines set out in the previous order (County Order 20-08).
• Limits operation of a jet ski to one rider. Provides for multiple riders on a jet ski with multi-person capacity if those riders reside in the same household.
• Permits two-person use of canoes, kayaks and paddle boards only if all persons reside in the same household.
• Clarifies charter vessel boat capacity and operation requirements.
The provisions of Emergency Order 20-09 define minimum standards in Broward County. Municipalities may establish more stringent measures within their jurisdiction, to the extent permitted by law.

For additional information, visit www.dfb.city/covid19. If you have questions about COVID-19, you are encouraged to call the Broward County COVID-19 hotline at 954-357-9500. For social services, call 954-597-3620 or dial 211 for Broward County’s 24/7 helpline.