FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 23, 2020
DEERFIELD BEACH, FL – 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 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.