On Tuesday, April 28, Broward County issued Emergency Order 20-08 – which allows for the reopening of certain parks and select outdoor recreation amenities such as tennis courts, golf courses (including disc golf) and boat ramps.
Similar orders in Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Monroe counties signal a gradual restoration of outdoor recreational opportunities across South Florida.
Parks allowed to open include specialty and neighborhood parks, nature centers and natural areas.
Activities like walking, running, and jogging are allowed, while use of park buildings or park equipment such as picnic tables and chairs, playgrounds, campgrounds, pools and outdoor exercise equipment remains prohibited. Residents are reminded to limit groups to no larger than ten (10) people in any park area.
The order also permits certain pools, pool decks and golf courses to open as long as social distancing rules and adherence to safety provisions are followed. Additionally, housing developments will be able to open certain other recreational amenities on a limited basis.
Certain restrictions to recreational water access are also being lifted. All public and private boating ramps, piers and marinas may open with limitations, from 6AM to 7PM, unless otherwise determined by each host city.
Boaters must adhere to all CDC, and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission boat capacity guidelines.
All beaches in Broward County will remain closed until further notice.
All persons are reminded that all CDC guidelines, including those regarding social distancing, facial coverings and hygiene, must be observed at all times.
Law enforcement agencies are authorized to enforce this order. Violations of this order are prohibited and may result in the re-imposition of restrictions on the affected public amenities.