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Posted on: June 27, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Broward County Reopening. What You Need to Know

FL-Step-by-Step-Recovery Program

Governor Ron DeSantis’ Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery is underway. Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry signed Emergency order 20-15 on Friday, June 5 that allows youth activities and summer camps to open as of Monday, June 8 with restrictions. The order also allows large-building businesses such as movie theaters and bowling alleys to open their doors at a maximum capacity of 50% on the following Monday, June 15. The business’ operation must be in adherence to social-distancing, facial-covering and sanitation requirements as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please read the complete orders, along with attachments, for additional information on restrictions and requirements to protect public safety during these re-openings.  Please note that City of Hollywood operated summer camps opened as of Monday, June 15th.  Parents should check with specific camp providers for the status of any camp they are considering for their children.

Governor DeSantis Executive Orders

Broward County Emergency Orders

City of Hollywood Emergency Orders

Continued Adherence to CDC Guidelines Regarding Social Distancing and Facial Coverings

  • All persons shall continue to adhere to the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the facial coverings requirement stated in City of Hollywood Emergency Order 20-06, which is stricter than Broward County Emergency Order 20-07.
  • Social distancing requirements do not apply to members of the same household.
  • Facial coverings are in addition to, and not a substitute for, the required social distancing of at least 6 ft.
  •  All owners, operators, and persons involved in the provision of essential services or other additional goods, services, or amenities shall ensure compliance with the CDC Guidelines and all additional requirements of state and county orders by all workers providing the goods and services and by all persons receiving the goods and services.
  • All businesses are encouraged to the extent possible to perform remote operations and permit personnel to utilize teleworking or other remote working methods. 
  • Although specified businesses may open subject to the guidelines set forth in Emergency Orders and in Compliance with CDC Guidelines,  no business is required to reopen if they do not wish to do so or believe they cannot do so safely. 

Other Professional Businesses

  • Businesses located in multi-business office buildings may continue normal operations subject to restrictions.
  • Businesses encouraged to provide teleworking for employees.
  • All operations must comply with CDC Guidelines and Emergency Orders.

Restaurant and Food Establishments

  • All operations must comply with CDC Guidelines, State of Florida Orders and Broward County EO 20-10 including six foot distancing requirements, sanitation requirements, wearing of masks by all employees, wearing of masks by customers except when consuming food or beverages.
  • Indoor capacity limited to 50% of building occupancy.
  • Total indoor and outdoor seating combined cannot exceed maximum occupancy for the establishment. 
  • Space indoor and outdoor seating at least six feet apart (measured from chair backs).
  • Outdoor seating areas shall be subject to any additional limitations imposed by a municipality.

City of Hollywood Backing Business - Temporary Café Zone Program

As part of the City’s “Backing Businesses” efforts, the City of Hollywood has issued Emergency Order 20-03: Temporary Cafe Zone Order that creates temporary café zones allowing restaurants to expand into public and  private property adjacent to their businesses such as: public rights of way, sidewalks, private outdoor areas and parking lots.  A helpful Program Guide is available to assist interested businesses with participation in the program.   

Hotels, Motels, and Commercial Lodging Establishments

For the safe reopening of lodging and accommodations, it is important that employers and employees respect the myriad of protective measures to ensure the comfort and safety of guests and staff. ATTACHMENT 13

A. Operations Requirements

  1. All establishments must comply with the applicable attachments to Emergency Order 20-12, as it relates to the specific uses within the hotel, motel, or other commercial lodging establishment.
  2. Ballrooms and other function spaces must remain closed.
  3. Guests must wear facial coverings in check-in areas, elevators, and all other common spaces, but not in rented rooms. The specific facial covering requirements for specific use areas (such as restaurants and fitness centers) apply. (See City of Hollywood Facial Covering Emergency Order 20-06)
  4. Establishments must impose capacity limits for common areas to adhere to the 6 feet social distancing requirements.
  5. Maintain records of guest registration, staff work assignments, and facility usage for a minimum of 90 days to enable contact tracing. This includes maintaining guest registration records, employee work assignments, documentation of key control procedures including the electronic lock records, and security camera closed circuit tapes/files.
  6. Create a page on your website or blog that outlines what you are doing to clean, sanitize and disinfect, and otherwise keep guests safe.

B. Check-in/Check-out

  1. Areas in front of the reception desk must be marked to ensure guests maintain physical distancing while waiting.
  2. Social distancing requirements must be posted at all elevator access points. Areas in front of the first-floor elevator access points must be marked to ensure guests maintain physical distancing while waiting.
  3. The number of guests on elevators must be limited to maintain social distancing requirements, unless all of the users are from the same household.
  4. Hand sanitizer must be available to guests at the front desk.
  5. When possible, guests should check-in and check-out online. When possible, email guest checkout forms to avoid contact via paper forms.
  6. Consider providing an "amenities bag" with hand sanitizer, masks, and/or gloves, and a fact sheet with COVID-19 awareness information for your establishment at check-in. All establishments must provide local COVID-19 guidance for guests. Broward County has a dedicated webpage that includes local information at broward.org/coronavirus. If the establishment is pet friendly, CDC guidance must be provided to guests regarding COVID-19 and animals. 
  7. Consider installing physical barriers such as plexiglass at customer interface points such as the front desk and valet stand. 
  8. Clearly designated entrances and exits should be used to maintain social distancing, if possible.

C. Food Services

  1. Dine-in restaurants must operate consistent with Emergency Order 20-12,
  2. Room service: Employees delivering and collecting items served to a room must wear gloves and masks. Food delivery to rooms must be done in a contactless method (such as room service to guests’ doors).
  3. Encourage guests to utilize pick-up for restaurant orders.

D. Amenities

1. Gyms and Fitness Centers a) If a gym or fitness center cannot comply with the requirements of Attachment 14 to this Emergency Order, gyms and fitness centers must remain closed. Any operating gym or fitness center must adhere to the rules outlined in Attachment 14 to this Emergency Order.

2. Pools

a) All pools that cannot comply with the requirements of Attachment 12 to Emergency Order 20-12 must remain closed.

b) Any operating pool must adhere to the requirements of Emergency Order 20-12, Attachment 12.

3. Beachfronts

a) All beachfront establishments must comply with Attachment 1 of this Emergency Order.

4. Other Outdoor Recreation

a) All outdoor recreation areas on hotel property are permitted to operate only in accordance with the applicable portions of Emergency Order 20-12 (for example, boating and marine activities must comply with Attachment 91 golf courses must comply with Attachment 10, and so forth).

5. Personal Care Services

a) Any spa or salon services must comply with the requirements of Emergency Order 20-12, Attachment 4.

6. Bellhop and Valet Service

a) Bellhop staff and Valets must wear single use gloves and a facial covering while performing the requested service and must sanitize their hands before and after performing the requested service.

b) Valet parking should be restricted only to guests with placards or plates for disabled parking or who otherwise need assistance.

c) Luggage should be delivered either before or after guests arrive to their room and avoid traveling with guests to their rooms.

7. Courtesy Shuttles

a) Courtesy shuttles must sanitize high-touch points of the shuttle after each trip, deep clean the vehicle on a daily basis, and ensure compliance with physical distancing requirements by limiting

capacity of the vehicle consistent with the CDC Guidelines. People in the same household are not required to comply with the social distancing requirements.

b) All persons within the courtesy shuttle must wear a facial covering.

8. Laundry Service

a) Laundry must be washed in accordance with CDC guidelines (https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/guidelines/environmental/background/laundry.html).

b) Dirty linens must be bagged in guest rooms to eliminate unnecessary contact.

9. Business Centers

a) Business center capacity must be limited to 50% maximum occupancy.

b) All persons in business centers must wear a facial covering.

c) Sanitizing wipes must be made available to guests to sanitize technology, equipment, office supplies, and workspaces prior to their use.

d) This area must be cleaned as frequently as other public spaces and communal areas.

e) A staff member must monitor the business center to ensure compliance with these requirements.

f) Technology and other machines must be appropriately spaced to allow for at least 6 feet of social distancing.

g) There should be separate places designated for clean and for used writing utensils.

E. Sanitation and Safety Requirements

1. Public Spaces and Communal Areas

a) All Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR)sanitation guidelines must be followed, including Florida Administrative Code Section 61C-3.001, Sanitation and Safety Requirements.

b) High-touch front services spaces and equipment, including keys, property management systems, bell desks, luggage storerooms, luggage belts, bell carts, etc., must be sanitized frequently and no less than hourly.

c) HVAC air filters should be cleaned or replaced monthly to maximize clean air. 

d) Sanitation and safety efforts should comply with Emergency Order 20-12, Attachment 1.

2. Guest Rooms

a) Guest rooms must be deep cleaned after guest check-out in accordance with the CDC-recommended cleaning procedures https://cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/disinfectingbuilding-facility.html.

b) Staff must wear facial coverings and gloves when cleaning.

c) After a room has been cleaned, guest rooms may not be entered by any person until the next guest arrives.

d) A tent card that explains the heightened cleaning procedures must be placed in every guest room, particularly related to high-touch areas, when possible.

e) For the duration of the guest stay, guest room housekeeping must be limited or by-request.

f) The number of amenity items provided in the guest room (e.g., coffee stations, extra pillows, pens, robes, single-serve beverages) should be limited. Consider providing these amenities on demand in order to reduce the number of touch points and cleaning/sanitation demands of the room, when possible. Offer written services (e.g., magazines, guest service directory, mini bars) electronically on the guest room screen or send to guest mobile phone. 

Commercial Gyms and Fitness Centers

Commercial gyms and fitness centers, including1 but not limited to, dance studios, martial arts studios, yoga studios, spinning studios, personal training services, and similar establishments, must comply with all applicable provisions of this Attachment 14. Patrons must wear facial coverings except when physically working out and during the cool-down portion of their workout.

A. Occupancy and Access

  1. Monitor building occupancy and restrict customer access to no more than fifty percent (50%) of the building’s maximum occupancy.
  2. Provide an exit from the facility separate from the entrance, when possible.

8. Sanitation and Safety Requirements

1. Make readily available dispensers of a disinfectant included on the EPA List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 (https://www.epa.gov/pesticideregistration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2) and provide patrons with sufficient cleaning materials, including disposable wipes, at all entrances and at various locations throughout the facility. Hygiene signage must be prominently displayed at all entrances.

All employees and patrons must be required to sanitize their hands:

  • a) Upon entering the facility ( or before beginning their fitness activities iif conducted outdoors);
  • b) After using each piece of equipment; and
  • c) Upon completing their fitness routine.

2. Social distancing markers should be placed in front of the reception/membership desk and all other appropriate areas.

3. Equipment stations must be appropriately distanced (at least ten feet between each piece of cardiovascular equipment or exercise station, except that spacing can be six feet if non-cloth protective barriers, such as plexiglass or panels, are placed between equipment/stations and are regularly sanitized).

4. Fitness classes must be restricted in number of attendees to ensure social distancing of at least ten feet between persons in all directions unless there are non-cloth protective barriers, such as plexiglass or panels, placed to separate each attendee. Markers must be placed to indicate the appropriate distance.

5. Aquatic programs must be limited as to class size to meet the ten foot distance requirement; in lap lanes, the ten-foot requirement is deemed met while swimming laps provided no more than one person is using a lane at any time. Lap lane sharing is prohibited.

6. Social distancing between persons engaged in any physical activity should be measured from head to head.

7. Disinfecting wipes must be available throughout the facility and patrons must sanitize each machine after use. Equipment must be allowed to· fully dry before next use. Staff must monitor the floor and exercise area to sanitize any and all equipment if a patron fails to do so. 

Surfaces to be sanitized include but are not limited to:

  • a) Hand grips on cardio equipment such as treadmills, bicycles, ellipticals;
  • b) Hand grips on dumbbells, weight bars, and other strength-training systems;
  • c) Pads/cushioned components such as fitness mats, bike seats, lifting · benches, and other cushioned components of strength training machines;
  • d) Fitness balls, rope handles, and other fitness accessories;
  • e) Touch screens on exercise equipment; and
  • f) All seating, counters, weights, weight bars, mats, machines, and all other fitness equipment upon closing the facility each day.

8. Ensure that all products used to sanitize have adequate time to dry, which drying time is essential to ensuring the safety of workers and patrons.

9. Remove any unnecessary chairs, tables, or other furniture and all magazines and similar shared items.

10. Discontinue providing heart monitors, mats, blocks, bolsters, or similar equipment to customers.

11. During daily operation, routinely clean and disinfect surfaces, particularly high-touch surfaces such as faucets, toilets, doorknobs, light switches, and all furniture/equipment that is in use.

12. Restrooms must be sanitized no less frequently than hourly. Soap must be readily available for patrons.

13. Deep clean the facility at least once every twenty-four (24) hours.

C. Operational Requirements

  1. Patrons must have their temperature taken upon entrance, including any children exercising or entering a child-care program. Any patron with a temperature above 100.1 degrees Fahrenheit or who appears to have flu-like symptoms or other symptoms related to COVID-19 must be denied entry to the facility.
  2. Employees must wear facial coverings, and have temperature checked prior to commencing work each day. Any employee with a temperature above 100.1 degrees Fahrenheit or who appears to have flu-like symptoms or other symptoms related to COVID-19 upon arrival at work, or who becomes sick during the day, must immediately be separated from other employees, customers, and visitors, and sent home.
  3. Signs on how to stop the spread of COVID-19, including signs on properly washing hands, everyday protective measures, facial coverings, social distancing, and requirements for patrons to sanitize equipment after use, must be conspicuously posted.
  4. Keep doors open between separate fitness areas or rooms of the facility to reduce surface touching by multiple people. Open windows where feasible to improve ventilation in the facility.
  5. Remove all unnecessary, frequently touched items like magazines, newspapers, and service menus from customer waiting areas and locker rooms.
  6. Shower facilities must be closed, except for showers at facilities with pools but only for use to shower prior to entering the pool.
  7. Consider offering "senior hours" or designated times for elderly and highrisk groups to safely exercise.

Retail Establishments

  • Retail establishments selling goods or other commodities (other than personal services) may operate provided all operations comply with Broward EO 20-10.
  • All operations must comply with CDC Guidelines.
  • Indoor capacity limited to 50% of maximum capacity (excluding staff).
  • Establishments that were permitted to operate as essential services or essential businesses under EO 20-91 are not subject to the 50% maximum limitation.

Personal Services 

  • Businesses and establishments providing personal services by licensed professionals such as barbershops, cosmetology salons and cosmetology specialty salons may operate provided all such operations are consistent with the CDC Guidelines and Broward County EO 20-10.
  • Are consistent with the Frequently Asked Questions issued by the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation  http://www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/os/documents/2020.05.09%20DBPR %20FAQs%20re%20Executive%20Order%2020-120.pdf 
  • Comply with the Information for Barbershops, Cosmetology Salons, and Cosmetology Specialty Shops located at http://www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/os/documents/2020.05.09%20DBPR %20-%20Information%20for%20Barbers-Cosmetology%20Reopening.pdf. 

Movie Theaters

  • All operations comply with CDC Guidelines and Broward County Emergency Orders.
  • Capacity limitation must not exceed 50% maximum capacity.

Public Community Pools and Private Club Pools

  • Recreational pool amenities as defined in EO 20-08 that were permitted to operate under that order are excluded from this scope of EO 20-10 and many continue to operate subject to the CDC Guidelines.
  • All other pools and pool decks located within private clubs (YMCA, Yacht Clubs, etc.) and including county or municipal pools may operate provided all such operations are consistent with the Broward County EO 20-10 Guidelines. 
  • All operations comply with CDC Guidelines and Broward County EO.
  • Capacity limitation must not exceed 50% maximum capacity.

Museums

  • Indoor capacity limited to 50% of maximum capacity.
  • If the indoor spcae has a separate capacity restriciton then the interior portion is also subject to a limitation of not more than 50% of the maximum capacity of that interior portion.
  • Interactive functions or exhibits, including child play area remain closed.
  • All operations comply with CDC Guidelines and Broward County EO.

Youth Activities and Summer Camps (Effective Date: June 8, 2020).

In addition to complying with Attachment 16, summer camps and establishments offering youth activities may provide activities in Parks in Broward County subject to compliance with the guidelines of Attachment 8, and in Broward County beaches subject to compliance with the guidelines of Attachment 15, provided that, to the extent feasible, 

  • 4 groups larger than ten (10) persons must be divided for the duration of such activities into subgroups of ten (10) persons or less
  • be independently supervised, and remain independent of other subgroups. 

Bowling Alleys, Arcades, and Indoor Amusement Facilities (Effective Date: June 15, 2020)

Attachment 17 As of the effective date, Bowling Alleys, Arcades, and Indoor Amusement Facilities may operate subject to a fifty percent (50%) maximum capacity limitation. As used here, “Bowling Alleys, Arcades, and Indoor Amusement Facilities” means establishments that offer recreational activities such as bowling, laser tag, arcade games, movies, or similar recreational activities. Amusement parks that are subject to the Governor’s Executive Order 20-123 are not included within the definition of Bowling Alleys, Arcades, and Indoor Amusement Facilities. Establishments that include other specific uses such as restaurants, retail, or movie theaters must also comply with the applicable attachment for those specific uses.

Pari-Mutuel Facilities (Effective Date: June 15, 2020). 

Pari-mutuel Facilities, provided such establishments have submitted a reopening and operation plan for COVID-19 mitigation and sanitation (“Pari-Mutuel Plan”) to the County Administrator, received written approval of that Pari-Mutuel Plan from the County Administrator and state approval by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, and operate in conformance with that approved Pari-Mutuel Plan. Any proposed material change from the Pari-Mutuel Plan, including any increase in capacity limits, shall require resubmission and new approval of an amended Pari-Mutuel Plan. To the extent the establishment is being utilized 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, the restrictions of this section or Emergency Order 20-12 do not apply. 

Vacation Rentals (Effective Date: June 15, 2020). 

Vacation Rentals: Attachment 18 (Short-Term Vacation Rental Reopening Plan for Broward County, as approved by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation

Concert Houses, Auditoriums, and Playhouses (Effective Date: June 15, 2020)

Concert Houses, Auditoriums, and Playhouses, provided such establishments have submitted a reopening and operation plan for COVID-19 mitigation and sanitation to the County Administrator,  received written approval from the County Administrator, and operate in conformance with that approved plan.

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