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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

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June 24, 2020 4:30 PM

County Order Outlines Penalties for Establishments Violating Reopening Guidelines
(To view message with working links go to City News)

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.