Broward Re-openings Extended for Beaches, Racquet Sports

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Under the Phase 1 reopening, Broward County has slightly expanded beach activities, clarified the use of community rooms, allowed for doubles racquet sports, expanded massage establishment services beyond those medically necessary and allowed tattoo establishments to open.

The new Order takes effect on Monday, June 1 with the exception of the racquet sports provision, which took effect upon issuance (May 29).

Because COVID-19 remains a serious threat to public safety and it is important to not let our guard down, 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 now permitted. Certain restrictions outlined in Attachment 15 apply. For example, group or organized sports, such as volleyball, are not yet allowed; nor are group gatherings of more than 10 people. Beachgoers must maintain social distancing, including when in the water, except between members of the same household or group. Facial coverings must be worn when social distancing cannot be maintained. Beach restrooms and showers must be sanitized at least every three hours. 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 are to remain closed.
  • Racquet sport facilities, including those located in parks, can now allow doubles. Tennis and pickleball courts are limited to a maximum of four people on the court at any one time. No groups of more than 10 people can congregate in one area.  
  • 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.

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