Broward’s Phase 1 Reopening Begins Monday

BROWARD COUNTY, FL –   Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry issued Emergency Order 20-10 on Thursday, May 14, 2020, providing for a phased reopening of business activity, beginning on Monday, May 18, with restrictions in accordance with a modified Phase 1 of Governor Ron DeSantis’ statewide reopening plan. Broward’s beaches will remain closed.

Highlights of the County Administrator’s latest Emergency Order are:

  • The list of businesses and services allowed to operate is expanded.
  • Professional services and other businesses located in multi-business office buildings can resume normal operations, to the extent they are designated as essential services pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 20-91.
  • All businesses are strongly encouraged to perform remote operations and allow employees to utilize telework or other remote working methods that permit social distancing.
  • Restaurants and food establishments can open for dining at a maximum 50% indoor occupancy, with six-foot distancing and other restrictions. Outdoor seating is allowed with six-foot distancing, but outdoor seating combined with indoor seating cannot exceed 100% of total occupancy limits.
  • Retail establishments selling goods other than personal services can open at a maximum 50% indoor occupancy, with other restrictions.
  • Businesses that provide personal services by Florida licensed professionals (including barbershops, cosmetology salons and cosmetology specialty salons) can open with restrictions, provided they are licensed with the State of Florida and comply with requirements pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 20-120.
  • Existing licensed drive-in movie theaters can operate at up to 50% capacity, with restrictions.
  • Community rooms, fitness centers and gyms located within multi-family housing developments or community associations can operate at their option, with restrictions, including 50% maximum occupancy. Residents only, no guests allowed. Hot tubs, saunas, steam rooms and shower facilities shall remain closed.
  • Public pools and private club pools (including municipal pools) can open, with restrictions. The water features at facilities operated by Broward County Parks and Recreation remain closed.
  • Museums can open with a maximum 25% capacity, and restrictions.

The new Emergency Order, which includes restrictions for an allowable return to business operations, also retains important requirements for members of the public to continue to observe CDC-recommended social distancing guidelines, and the wearing of facial coverings while in public places. 

Groups of more than 10 are not allowed to congregate in any public space that does not provide for social distancing. Reopened businesses must adhere to a stringent cleaning regimen.

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