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COVID-19 Info & Updates

For additional information on COVID-19, 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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October 16, 2020 3:27 PM

Broward County Releases New Order: Restaurant and Bar Hours Extended

BROWARD COUNTY, FL - Effective immediately, on-premise consumption of food and alcohol is extended by one hour, until midnight, for all establishments in Broward County. Emergency Order 20-28 prohibits dine-in service between 12AM and 5AM, 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 is still permitted.

Complete details of the new Emergency Order concerning all establishments serving food or alcohol are contained in Attachment 2. (To see order click City News on the front of the website.)

Social distancing and facial covering requirements, restaurant capacity limits and sanitation and safety requirements to prevent the spread of COVID-19 remain in effect.

Date: October 16, 2020
Media Contact:
Lori Shepard, Media Liaison
Office of Public Communications
lshepard@broward.org
954-357-6990

Prior Updates

October 1, 2020 12:42 PM

Adherence to Emergency Orders Has Reduced Spread of Virus

BROWARD COUNTY, FL - County officials, including Mayor Dale V.C. Holness and County Administrator Bertha Henry thank residents and businesses for their months-long collaboration in compliance with restrictions that have successfully reduced the number of deaths from COVID-19, lowered the number of new cases, decreased positivity rates among most age groups and lowered hospitalizations. They also share a message of caution and concern.

Residents are urged to maintain their vigilance, even as the County embraces Phase 3 of reopening, as mandated by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-244, issued on September 25.

“Broward County cannot abandon compliance to proven practices that are reducing our numbers and increasing the overall health of our community,” said Mayor Holness. “The Governor’s Order has accelerated Broward County’s recovery plan, but we are confident we can successfully operate in the ‘new normal’ if we don’t let down our guard.”

“Local protective measures have helped contain the virus,” said Henry. “The Governor’s Order compels us to reopen all businesses and pre-empts our ability to effectively limit capacity for certain establishments. However, while we will be retooling local guidelines to ensure they are in line with the Governor’s mandate, we have not eliminated restrictions that require sanitization, social distancing and the wearing of facial coverings.”

Included in the Governor’s Phase 3 reopening are the reopening of bars, night clubs and other businesses that until September 25 were closed under Broward’s Emergency Orders.

While the Governor’s Order temporarily suspends collection of individual fines for violations of Emergency Orders, including the wearing of facial coverings in public, it did not suspend the County’s ability to issue citations for these and other violations.

“Compliance enforcement has proven to be a key factor in containing the spread of COVID-19. Resident participation in reporting non-compliant businesses has been critical to our success, and we ask the community to continue to support that effort. We will continue to issue citations to businesses and individuals as our local Emergency Orders require, and it is our intent to collect the fines once the State’s Declaration of Emergency expires,” said Henry. Anyone who receives a citation is entitled to an appeal, if they believe the citation has been issued in error.

Meanwhile, the County continues to proactively plan for next steps in dealing with this unprecedented pandemic. Today the County issued a clarifying Emergency Order 20-27, effective October 2 at 12:01AM, which clarifies requirements for establishments that serve food and/or alcohol:

On-premise consumption of food and alcohol must end at 11PM.

Establishments licensed to serve food may operate at up to 100% 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% capacity requirement (as set forth by the Governor's Executive Order), an establishment may, to reach the 50% capacity level, 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 (that are not licensed to serve food) must operate at no more than 50% of the establishment’s indoor capacity.

Total combined occupancy of indoor and outdoor areas shall not exceed existing total maximum occupancy.

Emergency Order 20-27 also:

Allows individuals at fitness centers and gyms to remove facial coverings while working out, but requires they be worn by individuals at all times when not engaged in physical activity, such as while moving between machines and around the establishment.
Allows playgrounds and exercise equipment to reopen, so long as the managing entity takes responsibility for regular cleaning and sanitizing of the equipment.
Permits hot tubs to open in homeowner association (HOA) communities, but operations are subject to more stringent rules that may be imposed by the HOA.
A comprehensive new Emergency Order from Broward County will be issued in the near future, which will realign guidelines and restrictions for various businesses with the Governor’s latest Executive Order.

Date: September 30, 2020

Media Contact:

Lori Shepard, Media Liaison

Office of Public Communications

lshepard@broward.org

954-357-6990

September 25, 2020 4:28 PM

New Emergency Order 20-25 Relaxes Restrictions!
As the number of COVID-19 cases in Broward continues to decline as a result of the restrictions in place and residents and businesses abiding by those restrictions, County Administrator Bertha Henry has issued Emergency Order 20-25, which relaxes some business, athletic event, and function space restrictions.

County Administrator Henry said, "We thank the community for its compliance to Emergency Orders which has reduced the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Broward. As a result of that compliance, we can provide our businesses and residents with more flexibility by relaxing some restrictions. Our goal is to keep the numbers low enough so that schools can safely reopen."

Highlights of Emergency Order 20-25 include:
Function spaces (ballrooms, banquet halls, catering halls, other 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) can engage in athletic activities at beaches and in parks.
Allows for additional flexibility for Homeowner Association amenities by relaxing some restrictions related to pool furnishings, common areas, and guests.

It is still vitally important that residents and business owners remain vigilant by continuing to follow safety protocols. Facial coverings and social distancing of six feet are still required under current Emergency Orders.

The Emergency Order is effective immediately, however the provision allowing banquet halls and other event spaces to reopen shall be effective on October 2, 2020.

Whenever possible people are urged to avoid the Three C's - Confined and Closed Spaces, Crowded Places, and Close-Contact Settings.

https://www.broward.org/CoronaVirus/Documents/DOE-9-25-20.pdf
August 27, 2020 10:38 AM

Broward County issued Emergency Order 20-24

Effective immediately, this Order modifies some business restrictions including restaurant closing hours and adds alcohol sales restrictions. For the full language of the order click:

EO 20-24
August 27, 2020 10:35 AM

Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program

The City of Deerfield Beach is committed to helping to provide resources to City residents who are financially impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City created the “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” Program. This program is meant to encourage businesses and individuals who have the financial ability to assist families through donations. The donations received will be used to provide financial assistance for utility payments (electricity, water, and natural gas) to Deerfield Beach families impacted by financial hardships during this pandemic.

Donations can be made by mailing a check to the City of Deerfield Beach, Financial Services Department, Neighbors Helping Neighbors Program, 150 NE 2 Avenue, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441.

Once funding is available, the Utility Assistance Application will be available to City residents. Financial assistance will be provided directly to service providers for past due payments. If you are a resident in need of financial assistance, please contact Suzan Scott at 954-480-6420.

For additional information, contact Vickki Placide-Pickard at 954-571-2675 and/or vpickard@dfb.city.

August 27, 2020 10:32 AM

Rental, Mortgage, and Utility Assistance for DFB Residents Impacted by COVID-19

On Monday, August 17, 2020, the City of Deerfield Beach will begin accepting Rental, Mortgage, and Utility Assistance Applications to income-eligible city residents affected by COVID-19 due to job loss or pay-cuts.

The program will provide a one-time payment of up to $5,000 per household for past due rental or mortgage and utility costs. The program is funded through Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV), $406,320, and State Housing Initiatives Partnership Coronavirus Relief Funds (SHIP-CRF), $307,500. The one-time assistance will be in the form of a grant and does not require repayment.

The program is available to low to moderate-income residents that meet the income criteria as determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. To see the income chart and get information on how to apply click link:

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August 27, 2020 10:19 AM

COVID-19 Testing Site Extended

The City of Deerfield Beach’s and Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 Testing Site at Oveta McKeithen Recreation Complex’s Basketball Courts, 445 SW 2nd Street, Deerfield Beach, will extend its operations through September 30, 2020.

The walkup collection site hours are Monday through Saturday from 8 AM to 4 PM. No appointments necessary.

For additional information, contact the Florida Department of Health at 954-412-7300 or www.Broward.org/coronavirus.

August 27, 2020 10:14 AM

Micro-Enterprise Grant Assistance (MEGA) Program Accepting New Applications

The City of Deerfield Beach is committed to supporting small businesses who are financially struggling amidst the COVID-19 outbreak and is accepting new applications for the Micro-Enterprise Grant Assistance (MEGA) Program.

The grant benefits local micro-enterprises directly. Commercial enterprises with five employees or fewer will be able to apply for grant money of up to $5,000. Funds may be used for working capital to cover business costs, such as rent, staffing and utilities. Applicants must keep in mind that the City’s ability to provide financial assistance is based on eligibility guidelines.

Businesses that are a second income, home based or that have previously received financial assistance from other sources such as Payroll Protection Program (PPP) or Economic Injury Disaster Loan EIDL are not eligible for MEGA.

For the complete guidelines, please visit: http://www.deerfield-beach.com/1870/Micro-Enterprise-Grant-Assistance

Applications will be accepted until funds are fully allocated.

For additional information please contact the Economic Development Department at (954)395-6051 or GChazu@deerfield-beach.com.

July 20, 2020 4:28 PM

County Takes Further Action as Number of Virus Cases Spikes

The number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb, along with positivity rates. In the past week, Broward has experienced more than 1,300 new cases each day and positivity rates as high as 16.58%. Our hospitals are either at or are exceeding their bed capacity.

It is important for residents and businesses to understand the role they play in reducing these alarming statistics, by following reopening guidelines and requirements for social distancing and wearing facial coverings.

To help residents understand the magnitude of the pandemic in our community, Broward County is now posting a daily statistical dashboard of COVID-19 indicators (e.g. number of cases, positivity rates, hospitalizations, hospital capacities, and deaths).

County Administrator Bertha Henry has also issued Emergency Order 20-22, which implements new restrictions to help curtail large social gatherings, including house parties, street parties and other activities that are contributing to community spread of the virus:

Curfew – Effective July 17, 2020 at 11PM and until August 1, 2020, all of Broward County is under a curfew from 11PM to 5AM. Exemptions to the curfew include: active duty police, fire rescue, first responders, news media, delivery or transportation drivers, government employees, persons seeking emergency medical care and medical, health care and utility service personnel. Also exempt are individuals traveling to and from their place of employment, returning to their homes after commercial travel, and persons walking their pets within 250 feet of their residence.

Private Gatherings – Effective immediately, private gatherings at a residential property, single-family or otherwise, indoors and/or outdoors, are limited to no more than 10 individuals. Persons present at such gatherings shall be individually liable for violations of this Order and subject to civil and criminal penalties. The owner(s) of the residential property are also liable for violations that occur on their property, whether or not they are in residence or on site at the time of the violation. Residents of any private residential property, whether they own or rent, must ensure all persons on their property comply with the guidelines, subject to civil and criminal penalties.

Vacation Rentals – Short-term vacation rentals that are not actively managed by on-site owners or on-site management companies with staffing or security on site 24 hours a day to enforce compliance with all the requirements, are not permitted to operate, effective for check-ins commencing on or after July 20, 2020 through August 20, 2020.

Restaurant Operations – Ordering food or beverage from a bar counter is strictly prohibited. Effective immediately, restaurant patrons must order and consume food and drinks at a table, following all other requirements as outlined in previously issued operating guidelines.

Gym and Fitness Center Operations – Effective immediately, all persons shall wear a facial covering at all times while using or visiting a gym or fitness center, including while exercising.

Signage Requirements – Effective July 20, 2020 at 12:01AM, owners, operators and landlords of commercial property at which any retail, restaurant or food establishment is located must ensure compliance by those establishments with the signage requirements of Emergency Order 20-17, and must also ensure the required signage is conspicuously posted in common areas of the property such as mall entrances, food courts and hallways.

Individuals in our community have a personal responsibility to adhere to the guidelines and do their part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The new Order strongly recommends that any person who tests positive for COVID-19, or who is experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, immediately:

- self-isolate to the greatest extent possible and avoid
- contact with any other person
- avoid visiting establishments and amenities except
when medically necessary
- avoid use of common areas such as shared kitchens,
laundry rooms or recreational facilities, especially in
shared housing or multi-housing developments

Businesses in our community must adhere to the guidelines governing their operations, and patrons of reopened business are encouraged to report violations, which may result in warnings, citations, fines and/or business closures. Through July 15, County and municipal code and law enforcement teams have issued 57 citations and 768 warnings. Residents are urged to call 311 or visit MyBroward.Broward.org to anonymously report violations.

The new Order also updates the following attachments for business guidance: Attachment 2 (Restaurants and Food Establishments), Attachment 5 (Movie Theaters); Attachment 6 (Community Rooms, Fitness Centers and Gyms in Housing Developments); and Attachment 14 (Commercial Gyms and Fitness Centers).

For ongoing updates, visit Broward.org/Coronavirus.

June 30, 2020 7:30 AM

Broward County Orders Beaches Closed for July 4th Weekend

DFB International Fishing Pier will be open for fishing only, and pier parking will only be open to anglers. There will be no sightseeing on the pier from July 3rd - 5th. Individuals are still welcome to exercise on the boardwalk, but no lounging, swimming, surfing, or sunbathing will be allowed. The County message is below. To read the complete order checkout the COVID-19 page and click "Executive Orders."

BROWARD COUNTY, FL – The number of COVID-19 cases continues to surge across Florida, with increases in all South Florida counties, and particularly in Broward. On Sunday, after consultation with Municipal Mayors, the Mayor of Miami-Dade County and the Administrator of Palm Beach County, Mayor Dale V.C. Holness announced the closure of Broward County beaches over the Fourth of July weekend.

June 29, Deputy County Administrator Monica Cepero issued Emergency Order 20-19, which officially closes the beaches from 12:01AM on Friday, July 3, through 11:59PM on Sunday, July 5. The Order also clearly identifies the entities authorized to enforce the closure and sets forth consequences for non-compliance, including civil and criminal penalties.

“Like all Floridians, Broward County is closely monitoring the percentage of positive cases of COVID-19. Although closing our beaches on a holiday weekend may be an unpopular decision for some, it is the responsible action for the County to take. Broward County and its municipalities take public safety actions seriously, as we believe it will help mitigate the spread of the virus and protect our residents and our community,” said Cepero.

The Order sets the minimum standards for compliance, however municipalities may establish more stringent standards within their jurisdictions, to the extent allowed by law.

Residents are reminded to stay home if they are able, wash their hands often, observe social distancing and wear a facial covering in public. Social distancing and facial coverings when in public areas are required in Broward County, and are critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Date: June 29, 2020

Media Contact:

Lori Shepard, Media Liaison

Office of Public Communications

lshepard@broward.org

954-357-6990

June 24, 2020 4:30 PM

County Order Outlines Penalties for Establishments Violating Reopening Guidelines
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Broward County and Florida Department of Health officials continue to closely monitor the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in our community and in the State, which unfortunately are climbing.

While Broward County has been cautious and judicious with the reopening of business activity, the latest statistics clearly demonstrate that success at controlling the spread of the virus depends upon business and resident compliance with reopening guidelines and restrictions.

Accordingly, County Administrator Bertha Henry issued Emergency Order 20-18 today, 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.

The new Order is effective Friday, June 26, 2020 and states that:

• Establishments cited for operating in violation of any County Emergency Order shall immediately close for a minimum 24-hour period.

• They may reopen after 24 hours, provided they 1) conduct a thorough review of applicable Emergency Orders and take all necessary measures to bring the establishment into compliance and 2) submit and receive notice of acceptance of attestation, under penalty of perjury by the owner, general manager, or chief executive officer of the establishment, emailed to the County at Reopening@Broward.org.

• Once the attestation is received and accepted, the establishment will be inspected by local code enforcement or law enforcement authorities, within five calendar days after reopening, to confirm that the violation has been corrected.

• Repeat violations will be presumed to be knowing violations and will be subject to stricter penalties, including a fine of up to $15,000.

County Administrator Henry said: “It is everyone’s responsibility to comply with CDC guidelines and Emergency Orders, including those related to facial coverings and social distancing. We cannot let our guard down if we hope to stop the spread of the virus and avoid the devastating economic impacts of a reopening rollback.”

Residents are strongly encouraged to help with the compliance process by reporting violations to MyBroward.Broward.org. Select “Request for Service,” enter the location of the violation, and select “COVID-19 Business Complaints” as the Type of Issue. You can also call the City of Deerfield Beach Code Enforcement Department at 954-480-4238, or the Broward County Call Center at 311 or 954-831-4000. Reports can be made anonymously.



For more information contact Broward County Media Liason, Lori Shepard, at 954-357-6944.

June 8, 2020 10:11 AM

The Florida Department of Health in Broward County has partnered with the City of Deerfield Beach to open a free, public COVID-19 walk-up testing site. The testing site will open on Monday, June 8, 2020, and will be open Monday through Saturday, from 9 AM to 4 PM. This testing schedule will run through Saturday, June 20, 2020, and maybe extended.

The location is Oveta McKeithen Recreational Complex, 445 SW Second Street, Deerfield Beach, FL, 33441. This site will not only assist the state identify COVID-19 trends in South Florida, it will allow those in the community to easily access necessary free testing.

“We encourage our residents to take advantage of this free testing service as we continue to move forward safely to other phases of re-openings in the near future,” said Mayor Bill Ganz.

Appointments are not required; however, please call 954-412-7300 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

For additional information or questions, call the Broward County COVID-19 hotline at 954-357-9500.

May 30, 2020 11:13 AM

Broward County Loosens Restrictions
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Broward County officials have issued Emergency Order 20-14 on Friday, May 29, which further loosens restrictions for beaches, parks, tattoo parlors, and massage establishments. These new guidelines go into effect on Monday, June 1, 2020.

COVID-19 remains a serious threat to public safety. Therefore, the social distancing, facial covering and sanitation requirements remain in place for all businesses that reopen, and all individuals who patronize them.

Highlights of the new order include:

• Broward beaches are open to picnicking, sunbathing, sitting or lying on the beach. Umbrellas, canopies, chairs, loungers, and coolers are also permitted. Certain restrictions outlined in the County’s Emergency Order (Attachment 15) apply. Group or organized sports, such as volleyball, footvolley, soccer or football are not allowed; nor are group gatherings or events of more than 10 people. Beachgoers must maintain social distancing, including while in the water, except between members of the same household or group. Facial coverings must be worn when social distancing cannot be maintained, entering restrooms, and visiting beach concessions. Equipment offered by concessionaires or beachfront hotels (e.g. chairs, loungers, bicycles) must be sanitized between each customer rental. Changing rooms, picnic pavilions, playgrounds and exercise equipment remain closed.

• Parking at the beach will also be allowed.

• Tennis and pickleball courts are now limited to a maximum of four people on the court (doubles) at any one time.

• Tattoo and massage establishments may now operate consistent with Emergency Order 20-12 and must adhere to the guidelines for personal services, as outlined in Attachment 4.

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.

Please review Emergency Order 20-14 for the complete list of reopening, requirements and restrictions.

Additionally, all residents and visitors entering a city facility, currently by appointment only, will be required to adhere to temperature checks upon entering beginning Monday, June 1, 2020.

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.

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.

May 15, 2020 1:34 PM

Deerfield Beach Sets May 18th for Phase 1 Reopening of Restaurants, Retailers and Other Businesses
(Links do not work on this copy, read this update in City News)

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.

May 1, 2020 2:39 PM

Restaurant owners are being asked to voice their opinions on how the City should start re-opening for business by taking an online survey.

The survey includes three (3) simple questions on what conditions restaurants would follow so that patrons and staff feel safe upon re-opening while allowing the restaurant to operate financially. Survey input will assist City leaders in creating gradual re-opening strategies that meet the community needs. This measure is being taken to adhere to Executive Order 20-112, which permits restaurants to open indoor seating at 25% capacity and provides guidance for outdoor seating with appropriate social distancing.

The survey is available through survey monkey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DFB_Restaurant_Reopening_Survey

To read the full Executive Order and the Executive Office of the Governor FAQs, click here.


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

April 29, 2020 8:14 AM

The City of Deerfield Beach announces it has begun a phased approach to its reopening plan starting today, Wednesday, April 29, 2020

This first phase of the plan includes the partial reopening of parks for passive use with strict adherence to social distancing requirements and CDC guidelines including, but not limited to, social/physical distancing, face coverings, sanitation/disinfection procedures, hours of operation, capacity limitations and/or registrations. In this phase, beaches will remain closed.

Reopening in this initial phase are Deerfield Beach passive parks with open green space and trails (playgrounds, pavilions, and structures remain closed). Also, tennis center/courts (single play only), Pioneer Park Boat Ramp (residents and boat trailer parking pass holders only), International Fishing Pier for resident anglers only with limited capacity and no fishing equipment rentals (no sightseers), golf courses (with restrictions), and swimming pools located within multi-family developments, condominium developments, condominium hotels, or single-family homeowner associations and maintain six (6) foot social distancing guidelines as well as limiting to no greater than 50% capacity. Additionally, management at these developments must comply with the following conditions:

Pool and pool deck are to be used only by current residents of the development.
Face coverings are worn at all times by individuals seeking to access the pool or pool deck through areas where such social distancing cannot be maintained, including in elevators, doorways, and hallways. (Face coverings do not need to be worn while swimming.)
Employees of the development must sanitize the pool chairs, railings, gates, tables, showers, and other equipment after each individual use or all furnishings are to be removed from the pool deck.
Pool and pool deck areas are to be supervised at all hours in which they are open by a sufficient number of employees or other person(s) designated by the housing development to ensure appropriate social distancing as recommended by current CDC guidance.
“This will allow residents to get out of the house and improve physical and mental health while still socially distancing,” said Deerfield Beach Mayor Bill Ganz. “This is the first step to reopening our City with a long road ahead of us. If all goes well and we continue to see a drop in the number of cases, we will be able to loosen even more restrictions when deemed appropriate by the healthcare community. Still, we have to be successful at this phase and maintain up our social distancing and stay at home efforts. So far, our community is doing a great job.”

Several parks will reopen from dawn to dusk daily for walking, running, skating, cycling, or general exercise, as generally permitted at the park. They include Constitution Park, Cornerstone Park, Branhilda Richardson Knowles Park, North Crystal Heights, Central Crystal Heights, South Crystal Heights, Deer Run Park, Ecidar Park, Johnie McKeithen Park, Mayo Howard Park, Oveta McKeithen, Pastor Willie James Ford Sr. Linear Park, Pioneer Park, Riverglen Park, Sullivan Park, Tennis Center at Pioneer Park, Trailhead Park, Trailhead Linear Park, Villages of Hillsboro Park, SE 15 Street Park, and SE 19 Street Park.

All playgrounds and park structures are off-limits and organized, and recreational programs and events continue to be suspended. Social gatherings of groups of more than 10 people continue to be prohibited. Social/physical distancing of six feet continues to be required. Face masks are recommended at all times and required when providing essential services or visiting essential businesses.

Tennis centers and courts’ hours will vary: Deerfield Beach Tennis Center, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; Constitution Tennis Courts, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and other park tennis courts, dusk to dawn. Courts are limited to single play only.

At Pioneer Park Boat Ramp, there will only be one boat per launch ramp, and the vessel must be prepared in advance to launch. The boat ramp is open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The International Fishing Pier will have a limited capacity (25 maximum with a 10 feet distancing requirement for Deerfield Beach residents only) for fishing only from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

All parks will be heavily monitored by City staff and the Broward Sherrif’s Office. Any facility or park not listed in this communication indicates that it remains closed.

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.

April 27, 2020 8:24 AM

The Re-Open Florida Task Force today launched a public comment submission portal open to all Floridians. Public feedback will be a critical component of the Task Force’s final report to Governor Ron DeSantis. All interested Floridians are encouraged to submit their ideas regarding the safe re-opening of Florida’s economy.

Floridians may submit feedback on any topic related to the re-opening of Florida’s economy, including the impacts to small business, healthcare, education, tourism, agriculture, retail, recreation and sports and construction.

Click here to access the online Task Force to Re-Open Florida Public Comment Submission form.

Previous Task Force meeting agendas and presentations are provided online at www.flgov.com/COVID-19.

Audio recordings for all previous Task Force meetings are available online at www.thefloridachannel.org.

April 24, 2020 11:16 AM

The City of Deerfield Beach urges the public to continue to adhere to emergency orders including no trespassing on parks and beaches. Parks and beaches remain closed and will continue to be closed until which time that data driven conditions qualify the South Florida region for phase I of “Opening Up America Again.”

South Florida remains a hot spot for the community transmission of COVID-19 and more testing must be completed before phase I is initiated. Although some Florida beaches are reopening, this does not apply to beaches in Deerfield Beach or South Florida.

“We are working closely with state and local officials along with neighboring communities in a regional approach to coordinating the re-opening of businesses, city facilities and beaches for the safety of everyone in the community,” said Deerfield Beach Mayor Bill Ganz. “We understand you want to get out and about, but we are not out of the woods yet.”

Broward Sheriff's Office will be increasing patrols on the beaches and those found in violation of current orders may be subject to a $500 fine and up to arrest.

The community is urged to continue to adhere to existing safer at home and social distancing orders so that the number of cases in the community and the impact on the healthcare system can be reduced.

“Be part of the solution, not the problem. We really need everyone’s cooperation to get through this crisis. We are all going through this together. Keep your focus,” continued Mayor Ganz.

Parks and beaches have been closed to the public since Wednesday, March 18, 2020, when the City of Deerfield issued Emergency Order # 2020-01.

For additional information on COVID-19, visit www.dfb.city/covid19. For additional information, 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.

April 23, 2020 2:43 PM

The White House and Congress have reached an interim Phase 3.5 coronavirus funding deal that amends the CARES Act and replenishes the small business rescue program known as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

The $484 billion bill injects the program, which provides loans to small businesses, with more than $320 billion. Of this amount, $60 billion is set aside for community-based lenders, smaller banks and credit unions to assist smaller businesses that do not have established relationships with larger banks and had a harder time accessing the funds in the first round of loans.

The Small Business Administration of South Florida District Office continues to host a series of free webinars to provide the latest information on how the SBA is helping small businesses with their economic recovery from the effects of COVID-19. These webinars are limited to the first 250 callers and early connection is recommended. The next date for SBA webinars is as follows:

Friday, April 24, 2020, 1 PM – 3 PM
Dial-in: 202-765-1264; Code – 756013619

For more dates and times, please visit: www.sba.gov/southflorida

For additional information, contact Gigi Chazu, Economic Development Coordinator, City of Deerfield Beach, at 954-395-6051 or gchazu@deerfield-beach.com.

April 20, 2020 12:52 PM

Save Small Business Fund Application Opens Today
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has launched the Save Small Business Grant Fund. Funded by contributions from corporate and philanthropic partners, the program provides $5,000 grants to small employers in economically vulnerable communities.

To qualify, businesses must meet the following criteria:

Employ between three and 20 people
Located in an economically vulnerable community such as the City of Deerfield Beach
Harmed financially by the COVID-19 pandemic
The application will be made available online on Monday, April 20, 2020, at 3 p.m. https://savesmallbusiness.com/.

For additional information, contact Kris Mory, Director of Economic Development, at 954.480.4317 or kmory@deerfield-beach.com.

April 16, 2020 12:14 PM

This is a call from AlertDFB.
In recent weeks there have been several executive orders handed down by the office of the governor and emergency orders issued at the city and county levels of government. These orders have been executed to try to slow the spread of the deadly Coronavirus in our community. This message is to let residents know that social distancing is working in Deerfield Beach, but our work is far from done, and this virus remains very powerful.

The City is glad to report that an additional drive-thru testing site has opened at the Festival Flea Market, located at 2900 W Sample Rd in Pompano Beach. Only those with appointments will be swabbed. The mobile testing site will allow 300 registered patients to drive through daily and be swabbed from their cars. To be tested, patients must pre-register by calling (954) 320-5730 for an appointment. No walk-ups or drive-ups will be allowed.

Please be reminded:
Residents must wear a mask or cloth covering over your nose and mouth when performing any essential activities.
The improper disposal, including illegal dumping or littering, of used personal protective equipment or PPE, like cloth face coverings, and similar equipment can create a biohazard and further the community spread of COVID-19. Anyone caught littering or failing to properly dispose of used PPE shall be in violation of City Emergency Order 20-04 and be subject to a misdemeanor charge, which is punishable by a $500 fine, 60 days in jail, or both.

The City of Deerfield Beach remains under a Stay-at-home order unless there are essential activities that need to be performed. To see the list of essential activities, visit floridadisaster.org. To read the governor’s executive orders, county and city orders, visit dfb.city, click to the coronavirus page, then click executive orders. Please remember to check only official government and news outlets for all COVID-19 information.

Friends and neighbors – we must defeat COVID-19, but we can only do this together. Coretta Scott King once said, “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” Let’s be mindful of each other as we navigate this time in our history – on to victory.
Be well – be safe – be strong Deerfield Beach.

This is a call from AlertDFB

April 9, 2020 1:27 PM

Beginning this week, CareerSource locations across the state will make available paper applications and provide support with the Reemployment (Unemployment) Assistance applications.

Visit https://careersourceflorida.com/help-is-here/ for information and center locations.

For those having trouble accessing and/or completing the online application, a Florida Reemployment (Unemployment) Assistance Application can be downloaded at http://www.floridajobs.org/Reemployment-Assistance-Service-Center/reemployment-assistance/claimants/rapaperapplication in the language of choice and have it mailed to:

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
P.O. Box 5350
Tallahassee, FL 32314-5350

Please note that FedEx is offering free printing and mailing of Reemployment Assistance paper applications at over 100 storefronts across the state. Visit https://www.fedex.com/locate/index.html?locale=en_US to find your nearest FedEx store location.

To complete the online application for Reemployment (Unemployment) Assistance, go to https://www.floridajobsresources.com/.

For additional information, contact Kris Mory at 954.480.4317 or kmory@deerfield-beach.com .

April 8, 2020 2:00 PM

The City continues to monitor all Coronavirus (COVID-19) changes across all levels of government in its effort to protect the residents of Deerfield Beach and prevent the rapid spread of COVID-19. Today the City amended Emergency Order 20-04 to include the following additional measures:

Face Coverings
Residents and visitors are strongly encouraged to wear a cloth facial covering consistent with the current CDC guidelines while in any public setting, including while visiting Essential Businesses, utilizing essential services, and engaging in essential activities (except while participating in outdoor physical recreational activities).

Disposal of Used PPE
The improper disposal, including illegal dumping or littering, of used personal protective equipment, cloth face coverings, and similar equipment can create a biohazard and further the community spread of COVID-19. Therefore, residents must dispose of all used personal protective equipment, cloth face coverings, and similar used equipment in proper trash receptacles. Anyone caught littering or failing to properly dispose of used personal protective equipment (including gloves, facemasks, cloth coverings, scrubs) in the appropriate trash receptacles shall be in violation of Emergency Order 20-04 and be subject to a misdemeanor charge which is punishable by a $500 fine, 60 days in jail, or both.

The City of Deerfield Beach continues to strongly encourage residents to stay home unless there are essential activities that need to be performed. Essential activities are as follows:

Essential businesses - Residents and visitors may engage in travel to Essential Businesses and provide minimum basic operations to non-essential businesses as identified in Broward County Emergency Orders 20-01 and 20-02, as further refined in Broward County Emergency Order 20-03. (Go to dfb.city/covid19 to see these orders)
Emergency assistance.
Personal Support Activities - Residents and visitors may travel to and from their homes to care for or support a friend, companion, family member, pet or livestock, support groups, or a vulnerable person.
Outdoor Recreational Activities - In areas not otherwise closed by a separate Emergency or Executive Order, residents may engage in outdoor activity and recreation while staying six (6) feet apart from another person or group of people.
Religious Activities - Residents and visitors may travel to and from places of worship. Places of worship must comply with Social Distancing Requirements.
Government employees and emergency personnel - All first responders, emergency and mental health crisis responders, gang intervention specialists and crisis intervention workers, public health workers, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, law enforcement personnel and related contractors, persons working for emergency service providers, and government employees performing work in the course and scope of their employment are categorically exempt.
Public Transit - Available public transit may be used for the above-listed activities.

To see a complete list of businesses deemed essential by the State of Florida, visit, www.floridadisaster.org. Please note, many local jursidictions have imposed restrictions beyond the governor’s list.

Please continue to adhere to the Social Distancing and Safer at Home orders currently in place for safety of the community and to limit the community spread of COVID-19.

For additional information on COVID-19, visit www.dfb.city/covid19. For additional information, you are encouraged to call the Broward County COVID-19 hotline, 954-357-9500. For social services, call 954-597-3620 or dial 2-1-1 for Broward County’s 24/7 helpline.

April 6, 2020 9:15 AM

The City of Deerfield Beach would like to notify residents that in accordance with Federal, State, and Local emergency orders addressing the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, burial services at Pineview and Memorial Cemeteries are limited to no more than 10 of the descendant’s next of kin until further notice. The April 1, 2020 announcement from the National Funeral Directors Association is consistent with the emergency orders that limit gatherings of no more than 10 people.

We are deeply committed to honoring the deceased and providing the family with an opportunity to celebrate their loved one’s life and begin the grieving process. However, the unprecedented pandemic requires all those involved in the funeral profession to take measures to protect the attendees, funeral home and cemetery staff, and to reduce the potential community spread of COVID-19.

If you have any questions, concerns, or in need of funeral arrangements, you may contact the Cemetery Office at 954-571-2672 or Web.parks@deerfield-beach.com.

April 3, 2020 9:35 AM

Beginning Monday, April 6, 2020, the Planning, Code Compliance, and Building Divisions will be adjusting their schedules and closing at 2 PM, Monday - Friday. Complete schedules are as follows:

Building Division
7:30 AM – 2 PM
Monday – Friday

Planning and Code Compliance Division
8 AM – 2 PM
Monday – Friday

The Planning, Code, and Building divisions are limiting the number of customers occupying the lobby at any given time due to social distancing guidelines. Therefore, to gain access to these areas upon your arrival at City Hall, please call 954-480-4238 to reach Code/Building and 954-480-4206 for Planning. A city employee will let you know if there is space is available in either of these lobbies. If space is not available immediately, a staff member will take your phone number and call you back as soon as possible.

For additional information, contact the Planning Department at 954-480-4206 or web.planning@deerfield-beach.com.

April 2, 2020 3:31 PM

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Small Business Administration have released information on the application process for the Paycheck Protection Program. The program consists of a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. The program will be available retroactive from Feb. 15, 2020, so employers can rehire their recently laid-off employees through June 30, 2020.

The loan will be fully forgiven if the funds are used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. Forgiveness is based on the employer maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels. Forgiveness will be reduced if full-time headcount declines, or if salaries and wages decrease.

For the full guidelines, please visit the US Department of the Treasury at https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/top-priorities/cares-act/assistance-for-small-businesses

The application will be open soon.

For additional information, contact Kris Mory at 954.480.4317or kmory@deerfield-beach.com.

April 1, 2020 2:46 PM

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, that he will sign a statewide stay-at-home order requiring the residents to limit their movement outside of their homes in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus. A complete communication will follow with additional details and instructions. Be safe Deerfield Beach!

March 30, 2020 1:56 PM

Effective Tuesday, March 31, 2020, both Deerfield Beach Express (DBE) I & II, will be suspended until further notice.

A temporary revised schedule for essential needs transportation will begin operating effective Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Monday -Friday from 8 am - 1 pm.

Deerfield Essential Needs Shuttle

Beginning March 31, 2020, until further notice.

8:00 AM to 1:00 PM



1. Center for Active Aging: 8:00 am (last 12:00 pm)

2. Palms Apartments: 8:03 am (last 12:03 pm)

3. B’nai Brith Apartments: 8:09 am (last 12:09 pm)

4. Tivoli, Siesta Natura Condos: 8:14 am (last 12:14 pm)

5. Praxis of Deerfield: 8:19 am (last 12:19 pm)

6. Highland Gardens: 8:24 am (last 12:24 pm)

7. Palm Trail Plaza/Walmart Market: 8:30 am (last 12:230 pm)

8. Century Plaza: 8:35 am (last 12:35 pm)

9. Rivertowne (Winn-Dixie/Walgreens): 8:45 am (last 12:45 pm)

10. Target/CVS-US1: 8:50 am (last 12:50 pm)

For more information call please call (954) 480-4442.

March 30, 2020 1:55 PM

Stay at Home order is still in place. It is essential to remember that a Stay-at-Home order has been issued to protect residents from the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19). This order has been passed by all 31 Broward County cities with the support of the Broward League of Cities and the Broward County City Manager’s Association. A violation of this order is enforceable and can lead to arrest, fines, or both.

The order to stay at home does not require residents to confine themselves to the interior of their homes. Residents may make use of all exterior portions of their homes, such as patios, porches, yards, and driveways. Residents may also leave their place of residence and travel to another location in accordance with the following:

Essential businesses - Residents and visitors may engage in travel to Essential Businesses and provide minimum basic operations to non-essential businesses as identified in Broward County Emergency Orders 20-01 and 20-02, as further refined in Broward County Emergency Order 20-03. (Go to dfb.city/covid19 to see these orders)
Emergency assistance.
Personal Support Activities - Residents and visitors may travel to and from their homes to care for or support a friend, companion, family member, pet or livestock, support groups, or a vulnerable person.
Outdoor Recreational Activities - In areas not otherwise closed by a separate Emergency or Executive Order, residents may engage in outdoor activity and recreation while staying six (6) feet apart from another person or group of people.
Religious Activities - Residents and visitors may travel to and from places of worship. Places of worship must comply with Social Distancing Requirements.
Government employees and emergency personnel - All first responders, emergency and mental health crisis responders, gang intervention specialists and crisis intervention workers, public health workers, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, law enforcement personnel and related contractors, persons working for emergency service providers, and government employees performing work in the course and scope of their employment are categorically exempt.
Public Transit - Available public transit may be used for the above-listed activities.
Please Adhere to the Social Distancing Requirements

Practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away whenever practicable from another person, excluding immediate family members, caretakers or, household members;
Cover all coughs and sneezes with their elbow or tissue.

Do not shake hands.

Do not enter any public place if the person exhibits any flu or COVID-19 like symptoms and/or has a fever over 99.9 degrees Fahrenheit unless that person is traveling to or from a hospital, doctor’s office, urgent care, walk-in clinic, or pharmacy.

If a person is exhibiting flu or COVID-19 like symptoms or has a fever over 99.9 degrees Fahrenheit and is seeking medical treatment, the person shall first contact their medical provider by phone before appearing at the medical provider’s office.

If a person is exhibiting flu or COVID-19 like symptoms or has a fever over 99.9 degrees Fahrenheit and requires a prescription or a refill thereof and the pharmacy has a drive-thru window and/or delivery service, that person shall utilize the drive-thru window and/or delivery service to receive their medication.

To review Emergency Order 2020-03 and for additional information on COVID-19, visit www.dfb.city/covid19. For additional information, you are encouraged to call the Broward County COVID-19 hotline, 954-357-9500.

March 27, 2020 8:45 AM

Broward County issued Emergency Order 20-03 today, March 26, 2020. The order strongly urges individuals to remain home other than to engage in essential activities. This Safer at Home order is in place for the protection of public health and to slow the spread of the Coronavirus among the community. The World Health Organization (WHO) indicated that the United States has the potential to become the center of the COVID-19 pandemic. The State of Florida now has over 2,300 total cases. Miami-Dade, Broward County, and Palm Beach County combined have 55% of Florida cases. It is reported that there are confirmed cases in every Broward County jurisdiction. City officials strongly urge residents to take this order seriously and Stay at Home.

The County order takes effect on Friday, March 27, 2020, at 12:01 .a.m. and can found at https://www.broward.org/CoronaVirus/Documents/BC-EmergencyOrder20-03.pdf

To support the County order, the City of Deerfield Beach City Manager has issued Emergency Order 2020-03, effective Friday, March 27, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. In addition to the Executive Orders issued by the Governor, The Emergency Orders issued by the County, and the Emergency Orders issued by the City, this Order imposes the following:

· The International Fishing Pier is now closed to the public until further notice.
· To further promote social distancing and adhere to the latest CDC guidelines, areas where members from different households congregate and use shared facilities, all pools that are amenities of a hotel, motel, homeowners or condominium association, rental apartment or other multifamily development are hereby ordered closed until further notice.
· All golf courses within the City are hereby ordered closed until further notice.

For additional information on COVID-19, visit www.dfb.city/covid19. For additional information, you are encouraged to call the Broward County COVID-19 hotline, 954-357-9500.

March 24, 2020 12:29 PM

To protect the health of Deerfield Beach residents and contain the transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the State and the County have issued orders directing the closure of non-essential businesses. The following is an updated list of industries that have been instructed to close until further notice.


Restaurants, Food and Alcohol Sales

All restaurants and food establishments licensed under Chapter 500 and 509, Florida Statutes, are mandated to suspend on-premises food consumption. Such establishments may continue to operate their kitchens for delivery, take-out, and exterior pick-up food services.

All vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises shall cease the sale of alcoholic beverages by the drink or in sealed containers for consumption on the premises. Such vendors may sell alcoholic beverages in sealed containers for consumption off-premises in accordance with the conditions in Governor Executive Order 20-71.

Entertainment Establishments

All bars, nightclubs, taverns, pubs, cocktail lounges, breweries, dance halls, movie theaters, concert houses, playhouses, halls for hire, auditoriums, bowling alleys, video arcades, and sports and entertainment facilities, including but not limited to such establishments contained within a hotel or other enclosed structure, are ordered closed.

Gyms and Fitness Centers

All gyms and fitness centers and fitness studios are ordered closed.

Exemptions: Gyms and fitness centers, which are amenities of hotels and have a capacity of 10 persons or less, are an amenity of a residential building, are interior to any fire or police station, or are located inside any single-occupancy office building.

Non-Essential Business Closures

All non-essential retail and commercial business locations are ordered closed except to the extent necessary to perform Minimum Basic Operations. (See County Emergency Order 2020-01 for more info on businesses deemed non-essential and essential).

Public Gatherings

All public gatherings of any type, whether organized or otherwise, of greater than 10 people are prohibited.

Exemptions: Grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores, retail stores, banks, credit unions, financial institutions, hardware stores, auto supply stores, hospitals, healthcare and medical facilities, pharmacies, drug stores, medical supply companies, and land or facilities owned and managed by the County, School Board, North Broward Hospital District, the State, or Federal Government are exempt.

March 24, 2020 12:28 PM

The City of Deerfield Beach is working very hard to do its part to control the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, all City facilities are closed to the public. Residents who need assistance with essential City functions must make an appointment with the corresponding department. Below is a comprehensive list of facilities, departments, services, and contact information. Please note these closures will remain in effect until further notice.

City Hall

City Hall is closed to the public, with limited operations by City employees.

Financial Services

The Cashier’s Office, Utility Billing, and Parking Enforcement are now taking online payments, mail-in payments, or use of the dropbox outside the main entrance of City Hall from the parking lot.

For all Finance inquiries, call 954-480-4227 or email web.finance@dfb.city.

Parks and Recreational Facilities

- All City parks and recreational facilities are closed. This includes playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis center, municipal swimming pools, pavilions, picnic tables, and recreational centers.

- The International Fishing Pier has reduced its hours of operation from 6 AM – Midnight daily and is only open to Deerfield Beach residents for fishing only. There is no sightseeing available.

- All beaches are closed.

- The Pioneer Park and Villages of Hillsboro boat ramps are closed.

- Cemetery services are available by appointment only at 954-571-2672.

All Parks & Recreation inquiries can be emailed to web.parks@dfb.city.

Planning and Development Services

- Planning, Landscape, and Certificates of Use services are available by appointment only 8 AM – 5 PM, Mon-Fri. Please call 954-480-4206 to make an appointment.

- Building Services and Code Compliance Services are available by appointment only 7 AM – 4 PM, Mon-Fri. Please call 954-480-4238 to make an appointment.

- Inspections are still taking place by appointment only.

- All payments can be made online or by use of the dropbox outside the main entrance of City Hall from the parking lot.

Planning & Development services inquiries can be sent to web.code@dfb.city

Sustainable Management

- All residential solid waste and recycling collections continue as normal until further notice.

- The Drop-Off Center is closed until further notice.

- For changes to your commercial and roll-off-services, please call 954-480-4391.

- Payments can be made by phone, online, mail, or by use of the dropbox outside the main entrance of City Hall from the parking lot.

For Sustainable Management inquires, please call 954-480-4391 between the hours 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Mon – Fri, or email web.solidwaste@dfb.city.

Economic Development / CRA

Economic Development is helping local businesses with disaster funding applications and business assistance by phone. To schedule an appointment or for inquiries, please call 954-857-9793.

Community Development

Community Development is not taking any new grant applications at this time. Appointments are available for those with existing applications. Please call 954-480-6420 for all inquiries, or email communitydevelopment2@dfb.city.

Center for Active Aging

The Center’s Alzheimer’s Daycare and Preschool are closed. The Community Bus Shuttles, Express I & II, are running Mon – Fri, 8 AM – 4 PM until further notice. Counseling services and meal deliveries are still taking place as needed.

For more information and referral services, please contact 954-480-4449.

Environmental Services

- Water and Waste Water Services are operating normally.

- To report street light outages, traffic and walkway hazards, and traffic signal malfunctions, or any water or wastewater issues, please call 954-480-4400/954-480-4270.

- Engineering permit services are available by appointment only. Please call 954-480-4400/954-480-4270 to make an appointment.

- The non-public safety after hours and weekend emergency services call line is 954-480-4370.

General Inquiries

For general inquires Monday through Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM, please call 954-480-4200 or email at web.cityclerk@dfb.city. All citywide communication can also be followed on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and City News on the City website www.dfb.city.

March 22, 2020 6:38 PM

The City of Deerfield Beach would like to notify residents that beginning tomorrow morning, March 23, 2020, at 6:00 AM the International Fishing Pier, 200 NE 21st Ave., will be open to ONLY Deerfield Beach residents for fishing until further notice. When anglers check-in they will be required to show an ID with their Deerfield Beach address listed on the identification card. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

March 20, 2020 5:22 PM

As the City of Deerfield Beach prepares to head into the weekend, officials want to remind residents of recent closures and other restrictions that have been enacted by the city, county, and state government to fight the spread of COVID-19. The restrictions and closures are as follows:
1. All bars, nightclubs, taverns, pubs, cocktail lounges, breweries, dance halls, movie theaters, halls for hire, auditoriums, bowling alleys, video arcades, and sports and entertainment facilities, including but not limited to such establishments contained within a hotel or other enclosed structure, shall be closed.

2. All restaurants, cafeterias, and other foodservice establishments shall cease all on-premises dining. These establishments may continue to operate drive-thru, delivery, take-out, and exterior pick-up food services during their regular permitted hours.

3. Effective Monday, March 23rd, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) bus shuttle service is suspended until further notice. Residents are encouraged to use Deerfield Beach Express I & II for their transportation needs. No changes have been made to the Express I & II service at this time. For more information on senior services in Deerfield Beach, call the Center for Active Aging at (954) 480-4449.

4. Please be reminded that all public beach areas east of the beach boardwalk are closed until further notice. Lifeguards and law enforcement are on duty to ensure that the public is aware and adheres to these beach restrictions. On-street parking and the Main Beach Parking Lot are also closed.

All public gatherings of any type, whether organized or otherwise, of greater than 10 people are prohibited.
However, grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores, retail establishments, banks, credit unions, financial institutions, hardware stores, auto supply stores, hospitals, healthcare and medical facilities, and pharmacies will remain open. Please remember to adhere to the social distancing recommendations. City officials want you to stay safe and healthy.
For additional information and resources, visit City News at dfb.city, or the Emergency Management Coronavirus webpage at www.dfb.city/COVID19.

March 20, 2020 10:46 AM

In response to the Coronavirus, the City will close the recycling drop-off center (DOC) located at 401 SW 4th Street, starting at the close of business today, March 20, 2020.

The DOC will remain closed indefinitely.

The City appreciates the patience and understanding of all our customers as we navigate this uncertain time and implement measures to reduce the transmission of the Coronavirus.

For more information, please email web.solidwaste@dfb.city

March 19, 2020 5:32 PM

The City of Deerfield Beach is working diligently with County, State, and Federal officials to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommends that states with community spread should close certain businesses to slow the spread and transmission of the virus. Broward County currently has the highest number of confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Florida. Therefore, in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order 20-68, City Executive Order 2020-01, and City Emergency Order No. 2020-01, the City is announcing additional closures, effective 10 PM, March 20, 2020, until April 17, 2020.
Please note the following closures and restrictions:

1. Effective March 20, 2020 at 10 PM and continuing through April 17, 2020 all bars, nightclubs, taverns, pubs, cocktail lounges, breweries, dance halls, movie theaters, halls for hire, auditoriums, bowling alleys, video arcades, and sports and entertainment facilities, including but not limited to such establishments contained within a hotel or other enclosed structure, shall be closed.

2. Effective March 20, 2020, at 10 PM and continuing through April 17, 2020 all restaurants, cafeterias, and other food service establishments shall cease all on-premises dining. Such establishments may continue to operate their kitchens for drive-thru, delivery, take-out, and exterior pick-up food services during their normally permitted hours.

3. All public gatherings of any type, whether organized or otherwise, of greater than 10 persons are prohibited. Grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores, retail 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.

4. Please be reminded that the Deerfield Beach Aquatics Complex, Constitution Park Community Center, Highlands Community Center, Hillsboro Community Center, Johnny Tigner Center, Pioneer Park Tennis Center, the Sullivan Park Splash Pad, and the Middle School Athletic Complex are closed until further notice.

5. Please be reminded that all public beach areas east of the beach boardwalk are closed until further notice. Lifeguards and law enforcement are on duty to ensure that the public is aware and adheres to these beach restrictions. On-street parking and the Main Beach Parking Lot are closed.

6. Please be reminded that the Center for Active Aging, the Alzheimers and Adult Daycare Center, and the Preschool/Childcare Center, located at 227 NW 2 Street are closed until further notice.
For additional information and resources, visit City News at dfb.city, or the Emergency Management Coronavirus webpage at www.dfb.city/COVID19.

March 19, 2020 3:00 PM

Vulnerable Population Shopping -

The City of Deerfield Beach has compiled a list of the local retail brands that are altering operating hours to better serve the vulnerable population. Vulnerable populations include those with underlying medical conditions and seniors.

Target
Target has already reserved the first hour of shopping each Wednesday, between 8 AM – 9AM at stores nationwide. They are encouraging other guests to plan their shopping trips around this timeframe.

Wal-Mart
From March 24 through April 28, Walmart stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older, starting an hour before the store opens. Walmart stores will adjust operating hours to 7 AM - 8:30 PM.

Publix
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 7 AM – 8 AM, customers over 65 and those with underlying health conditions are welcome to shop.

Whole Foods
Open an hour early (7 AM) for customers 60 and older. Regular hours are 8 AM – 8 PM.

Fresh Market
Shopping hours for seniors and those at risk will be between 8AM to 9AM

Dollar General
The first hour of every shopping day is available to senior shoppers. Store hours 8 AM – 10 PM.

For additional and current up-to-date City News, visit dfb.city and click the Alert Bar at the top of the page.

March 18, 2020 2:03 PM

The City of Deerfield Beach is working with local, state, and federal officials to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19. As a result, there have been many changes to our everyday life and many of those changes are happening by the hour as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis makes his regular updates.

The City wants to reiterate some of the following updates:

• The beach is closed. This means no trespassing is allowed east of the boardwalk.

• Parking on the beach is closed. Cones have been set up to indicate that there is no parking available.

• Bars and nightclubs in Deerfield Beach are closed for 30 days, per the Governor’s orders.

• Restaurants that are open must operate at 50-percent occupancy capacity, maintain social distancing, and abide by all other CDC guidelines. Restaurants are required to be closed to dining by 10:00 PM, with exceptions to takeout/delivery.

• The International Fishing Pier will be closed to sightseeing, and only fishing will be allowed from 6 AM to midnight.

Please note: these restrictions will be enforced and we need your help and cooperation to adhere to the Governor’s Executive Order Number 20-68 which was issued Tuesday, March 17. This order states that the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation shall utilize its authorities to enforce and take action. Listed is a link in which to file a complaint relative to Executive Order 20-68, http://www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/. The department may also be contacted at (850) 487-1395.

If you have any other questions, you may email the Public Affairs and Marketing Department at web.publicaffairs@dfb.city.

March 17, 2020 4:33 PM

The City of Deerfield Beach continues to monitor and adapt emergency plans for COVID-19 in its effort to slow the rate of transmission. The City is closing its public beach effective Wednesday, March 18, at 6:00 AM.

In a meeting held this afternoon with the mayors and city managers of Deerfield Beach and Pompano Beach, and the town manager of Lauderdale by the Sea, these cities have agreed to close their beaches effective Wednesday, March 18, at 6:00 AM.

Additional Closures and Changes:
-The Deerfield Beach Aquatics Complex is closed until further notice.
-Bars and nightclubs in Deerfield Beach are closed effective at 5 PM this evening for 30 days, per the Governor’s orders.
-Building permits, engineering permits, and inspections will be done by appointment only through those respective departments. (Building/Code 954-480-4238, Planning/Landscaping 954-480-4206)
-Restaurants that choose to remain open must operate at 50-percent occupancy capacity, maintain social distancing, and abide by all other CDC guidelines.
-All restaurants are required to be closed to dining by 10:00 PM, with exceptions to takeout/delivery.
-The International Fishing Pier will be closed to sightseeing, and only fishing will be allowed from 6 AM to midnight, effective immediately.

Utilities:
The City of Deerfield Beach will NOT be turning off any water services in the Deerfield Beach service area for overdue accounts until further notice

We want to remind residents to follow public health advice regarding hygiene, avoiding crowds, and other social distancing measures.

For more information, contact the 24-hour Florida Department of Health hotline, 1-866-779-6121 or email COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

March 17, 2020 10:24 AM

The City of Deerfield Beach will proceed with the regular City Commission meeting scheduled for tonight, March 17, 2020. However, in light of the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding public gatherings, the City will be accepting public comment on agenda items via email to the City Clerk at web.clerk@deerfield-beach.com Residents must be sure to include their name and address on each submission.

The City would also like to remind residents that they can watch the meeting, which will be streaming live. To do that, simply visit dfb.city, click Meetings and Agendas, then click the red video link.

The City appreciates the patience and understanding of residents as we navigate this uncertain time.

March 13, 2020 5:21 PM

The City of Deerfield Beach has learned that Broward County Schools has confirmed they will close effective Monday, March 16, 2020, and there will be no classes for two weeks.

As noted in previous communications, the City will follow the lead of the Broward County School Board (SBBC) regarding the cancelation of these activities. Therefore, the City’s after school and spring break camps will also be suspended.

In the City’s efforts to follow state and federal guidelines and prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) City officials have also suspended all activities and services that occur at the Center for Active Aging, the Alzheimers and Adult Daycare Center, and the Preschool/Childcare Center, located at 227 NW 2 Street. The cancelation of services and programs is effective Monday, March 16, 2020, until further notice.
Community bus services will remain operational and continue to follow the lead of Broward County Transit.
The CDC reports that older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease are at the greatest risk of serious illness from COVID-19.

City staff will continue to be responsive to the needs of the seniors and caregivers via telephone (954) 480-4449. We will continue to monitor this situation and keep you posted of any additional updates. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

March 13, 2020 12:39 PM

Deerfield Beach Update on COVID-19

On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, Broward County declared a local State of Emergency due to the regional spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and several confirmed cases in Broward County. Today, Friday, March 13, 2020, the Mayor of the City of Deerfield Beach has declared a local State of Emergency. The purpose of this State of Emergency is to provide for the necessary preparations and response to COVID-19. The City of Deerfield Beach is in regular communication with state and local health officials on mitigation strategies to slow the transmission of the disease. The best way the City and its residents can prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to take precautionary measures and adhere to the CDC’s guidelines.

Who is at Risk?
The CDC reports that older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease are at the greatest risk. If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious existing health problem, it is especially important to take actions that could reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.

What is the City of Deerfield Beach Doing?
Deerfield Beach administration and staff have taken precautionary measures to help protect its employees, residents, and visitors who rely on local government for essential services. These precautions include:
• Providing additional free-standing sanitizer dispensers and signage at all City facilities.
• Increased sanitation of all frequently touched surfaces at all City facilities (Door handles, phones, restroom fixtures, water fountains, computer keyboards, etc).
• Restrooms at all City facilities and recreational areas are undergoing daily specialized deep disinfection.

Effective immediately, all City events, programs, recreational activities, classes, and athletic events taking place at City facilities are canceled until April 13. Those with paid facility reservations can be fully refunded. Those with existing outdoor facility rentals, such as pavilions, may keep their rental for small gatherings less than 50 participants. Current paid outdoor rentals may also be canceled and fully refunded. No new rentals of any City facilities are being taken at this time. For any questions or concerns about facility rentals, please call the Parks Department at 954-480-4483. Someone will be available to take your call Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM. If the line is busy, please leave a message, and someone will call you back. The City apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and is taking these measures in the interest of public safety and based on the recommendations of federal and state health officials.

At this time, the City is planning to hold its scheduled regular City Commission Meeting on March 17, 2020. Note that the agenda has been substantially modified. Several items have been removed. The revised City Commission agenda can be found at http://www.deerfield-beach.com/1554/Meetings-Agendas

Afterschool Camp and Spring Break Camp have not yet been canceled. The City will follow the lead of the School Board of Broward County (SBBC) regarding the cancelation of these activities. If and when schools close, the City’s afterschool and spring break camps will be suspended or canceled.

What should Residents and Visitors be doing?

• Take everyday preventive actions to stay healthy per CDC recommendations.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds, and other social distancing measures.
• Stay informed. CDC’s COVID-19 Situation Summary is updated regularly as information becomes available.
• To reduce anxiety and fear rely on factual information from official sources.
Information Resources
Residents are encouraged to visit the CDC’s Coronavirus website, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html, for more information related to COVID-19.
The City of Deerfield Beach will be providing updates related to COVID-19 and impacts to the community and city services through the following social media handles:
• Facebook – @CityofDeerfieldBeachFloridaMunicipalGovernment
• Twitter – @dfb_city
• Webpage – www.dfb.city
• Please make sure you are signed up for AlertDFB. To do that now, log onto http://www.dfb.city/Alertdfb
Additional resources can be found at:
• Centers for Disease Control (CDC) hotline: 1-800-232-4636.
• Florida Health hotline: 1-866-779-6121 or email COVID-19@flhealth.gov
• World Health Organization COVID-19 Website
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
• Florida Health COVID-19 Website
http://www.floridahealth.gov/

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