From The Desk of Mayor Dean Trantalis

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis Announces Additional Proactive Measures in Response to Coronavirus

March 17, 2020 – Today at a press conference at City Hall, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean J. Trantalis announced additional proactive measures the City is taking in response to COVID-19.

The measures are being put in place for the protection of the community, visitors, and employees to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the healthcare system is not overwhelmed. The City will continue to assess the situation and make changes as necessary. The updated Declaration of Emergency Regulations is available on the City’s website at www.fortlauderdale.gov/coronavirus.

The following measures are effective immediately and will remain in effect through April 16, 2020:

  • All public gatherings of any type, whether organized or otherwise, of greater than 10 persons are prohibited. Exemptions include grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores, banks, credit unions, financial institutions, hardware stores, auto supply stores, hospitals, healthcare and medical facilities, pharmacies, drug stores, medical supply companies, as well as land or facilities owned and managed by Broward County, the Broward County School Board, the North Broward Hospital District, the State of Florida, and the Federal Government.
  • All bars, nightclubs, taverns, pubs, cocktail lounges, breweries, dance halls, movie theaters, halls for hire, auditoriums, bowling alleys, video arcades, and other like entertainment facilities and businesses, including but not limited to those contained within a hotel or other enclosed facility or structure, shall close.
  • All gyms, fitness centers, fitness studios, dance studios, and gymnasiums shall close. This regulation shall not apply to gymnasiums, fitness centers, and fitness studios which: (a) are amenities of hotels or office buildings and which have a capacity of 10 persons or less; and (b) are an amenity of residential buildings.
  • All restaurants, cafeterias, and other food service establishments are mandated to cease all on-premises service. However, such establishments may continue to operate their kitchens for drive-thru, delivery, take-out, and exterior pick-up food services.
  • All City parks, including recreational facilities, are closed.

In addition, all public beaches in the City of Fort Lauderdale remain closed from the Atlantic Ocean to the easternmost sidewalk of A1A or to any right-of-way or property line abutting the beach, and from Oakland Park Boulevard south to Harbor Drive.

CITY OPERATIONS
For the health and safety of our employees and neighbors, effective at 5:01 p.m. today, March 17, 2020 and continuing through Tuesday, March 31, 2020, all non-essential City operations will be suspended, except for the following:

  • Public Safety and Emergency Services
  • Public Works/Sanitation Services
  • Building Department Inspection Services
  • Essential support services including Payroll, Finance, and Fleet
  • City owned and operated cemeteries

Customer Service
Neighbors may contact the City’s 24-Hour Customer Service Center by calling 954-828-8000 or by using the LauderServ app or visiting www.fortlauderdale.gov/lauderserv.

Building Permits and Inspections
The City’s online platform, Lauderbuild, is available free of charge 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Lauderbuild can provide access to permit information, fee payments, scheduling of inspections, and much more. You can find Lauderdbuild on the City’s webpage, by simply doing an online search for “Lauderbuild” or visiting bit.ly/2TYSVTK

Parking Customer Service
The Parking Customer Service Office will be closed until further notice and phone calls will be routed to the City’s general customer service number. Parking permits for the month of March will be extended and valid until April permits become available for sale; permit sales will resume once the parking customer service office reopens. Parking citation payments and account modifications may be made at www.fortlauderdale.gov/parking. If you have any questions, please email Parking Customer Service at [email protected].

Utility Billing
Utility billing staff will be available by phone at 954-828-5150 during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Neighbors can call utility billing to ask questions, open a new utility account, or make a payment. Utility billing payments may also be made online at www.fortlauderdale.gov/utilitybilling and at the drive-thru kiosk on the east side of City Hall, which is located at 100 North Andrews Avenue.

Water and Wastewater Services
Water and wastewater services will continue to be provided.

Online City Services
Neighbors are encouraged to utilize Fort Lauderdale’s online services to conduct business. Please visit the Lauderserv page on the City’s website at www.fortlauderdale.gov/lauderserv for information about a variety of online services including utility billing, parking and transportation, code compliance, building permits, human resources, and more.

Department of Health Information
As a reminder, individuals with questions related to the coronavirus should call the Florida Department of Health’s Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-779-6121 which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week or email [email protected]. Individuals who are concerned that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should call 954-412-7300 before traveling to any health care facility.

For Additional Information
For additional information about measures the City is taking to combat the coronavirus, please visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/coronavirus.
For additional information about the coronavirus,  please visit www.coronavirus.gov or www.floridahealth.gov.

Ways to Stay in Touch
The City of Fort Lauderdale offers numerous ways for neighbors to receive important information and updates:

How To Prevent The Spread of Coronavirus COVID-19
How To Prevent The Spread of Coronavirus COVID-19
How does coronavirus spread?
Coronavirus can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract coronavirus by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.Symptoms of coronavirus
Symptoms of coronavirus may appear within two to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.Prevention – The CDC recommends taking everyday preventive actions, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then throw the tissue in the trash immediately.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • If you have fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, please seek medical attention.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.

CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for  health workers  and  people who are taking care of someone in close settings  (at home or in a health care facility).

Should I be tested for coronavirus?
If you are concerned that you have been exposed to coronavirus, please call the Florida Department of Health in Broward County at 954-412-7300 and your healthcare provider before traveling to any healthcare facility.