REOPENING

State of Florida - Phase Three Reopening effective September 25, 2020

Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-244. Under the Governor’s Order all businesses, including establishments previously closed by local emergency orders, may reopen. Local jurisdictions retain some rights to impose guidelines and restrictions.  

Broward County Emergency Orders

In response to the Governor’s order, Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry issued Emergency Order 20-26, which conforms Broward County’s Emergency Orders to the legal parameters of the Governor’s orders.  Emergency Order 20-27 was issued on September 30th clarifying the requirements for establishments that serve food and/or alcohol.

County Administrator Bertha Henry said, " Our community has taken measured steps in our reopening to better promote public health and control our COVID-19 numbers. Because of the Governor’s order I am compelled to expedite the opening of certain establishments.”

Mayor Dale V.C. Holness said, “With the reopening of all remaining businesses, it is as important as ever to adhere to local Emergency Orders, including wearing facial coverings, practicing social distancing and good personal hygiene (including frequent and thorough handwashing). This is a very important time in the recovery process to understand we must not let down our guard.”

Broward County Emergency Order requires Facial Coverings

Facial coverings help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and help keep you and those around you safe. Facial coverings are in addition to, and not a substitute for, the required social distancing. Broward County Emergency Order requires facial coverings for all persons in an establishment, including members of the public, and when physical distancing requirements cannot be maintained outside.  

Absent an express exception, facial coverings must be worn by:

  • All persons obtaining services at City facilities including City Hall.
  • All persons while outside their residence, when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • All persons while visiting or using an amenity (park, pool, beach or any leisure/ entertainment area of a multi-family housing or residential facility including pool, community room, athletic court) when physical distancing (6') cannot be maintained.
  • All persons at an establishment (retail, commercial, government, charity, non-profit, business, organization) including entering, exiting, and when moving around, regardless of physical distancing.
  • Workers in any establishment or amenity, regardless of physical distancing.
  • All persons visiting or using a common area of a multi-family housing including reception area, hallway, elevator, regardless of physical distancing.
  • All persons are required to wear facial coverings at all times while using or visiting a gym or fitness center, except when actively exercising. 
  • All other persons required to wear facial coverings under Broward County Emergency Order

Facial coverings are also required to the extent expressly required by any Executive Order of the Governor and as stated in any attachment to the Broward County Emergency Orders.

Broward County Frequently Asked Questions about Face Coverings can be found here.

Gatherings

Generally, gatherings in all spaces including a park, beach, or even an empty lot, are limited to no more than 10 people at a time, unless an exception applies. Gatherings in establishments may be exempted from the 10-person limit only under the following circumstances:

a. The gathering occurs in the regular course of business of the establishment. For example, more than 10 patrons can be inside of a restaurant if the restaurant’s regular business (operating in compliance with Broward County Emergency Orders, including Attachment 2) permits a capacity greater than 10 patrons.

b. Residential gatherings that comply with the gathering requirements for residential gatherings  .

All social gatherings at a residential property, whether indoors and/or outdoors, must be limited to a maximum of 10 people, excluding residents of the household and the parents and minor children of the residents of the household (see EO 20-22).

For example, a couple lives together with their 3 children, each spouse invites over their parents, and they invite 5 friends. There are 14 people gathered in the residence, but because 5 people reside in the home and the parents of the residents of the household are excluded from the gathering limitations, only the 5 friends are counted towards the 10-person limitation.

c. The gathering is expressly permitted by an applicable Broward County Emergency Order, such as organized sports in parks (Attachment 8), or a special event in a limited category of function spaces (Attachment 20). 

d. Outdoor open-air special events that are not located in a function space per Attachment 20, and outdoor open-air events held at Parks and at the beach that exceed 100 people, are prohibited unless the organizers of such events submit a reopening or operating plan pursuant to EO20-23 and receive written approval by the County Administrator.

Outdoor open-air special events, in excess of 10 people, are permissible if the organizers of such events submit a reopening or operating plan to reopening@broward.org that contains specific details (including appropriate operational safeguards, attendance limits such as persons per square feet, sanitation procedures, facial coverings requirements, and staffing/ security), and such plan is approved in writing by the County Administrator.

The temporary use of a property to conduct indoor and promotional events that change the city approved occupancy or capacity of the facility; special events that involve street closures or require the coordination of a number of city departments or other agencies, involve the use of alcohol, on-site commercial cooking, food sales or large scale temporary structures; outdoors sales; outdoor special events attracting a large attendance; or similar events, require a temporary use authorization from the City. 

Hallandale Beach Emergency Order for City Voting Sites In Place:

In addition to the requirements of state and county Emergency Orders for facial coverings, social distancing and limitations on gatherings, Emergency Order HB20-13 requires that no tents, chairs, coolers or tables may be placed by members of the public in the parking lots, driveways, walkways or grass covered areas of the Municipal Complex (including City Hall, the Cultural Center, the Police station and the library).

Visit Vote Safely, Stay Healthy for more information.

Private Gatherings

Per the Broward County Emergency Orders, Private gatherings at a residential property, single-family or otherwise, indoors and/or outdoors, are limited to no more than 10 individuals. Persons present at such gatherings shall be individually liable for violations of this Order and subject to civil and criminal penalties. The owner(s) of the residential property are also liable for violations that occur on their property, whether or not they are in residence or on site at the time of the violation. Residents of any private residential property, whether they own or rent, must ensure all persons on their property comply with the guidelines, subject to civil and criminal penalties.

Hallandale Beach Emergency Order In Place:

Commercial Fitness Centers and Gyms are required to complete an inspection prior to opening per Emergency Order.

Responsible Individual Activity

Per the Governor’s Executive Order, Responsible Individual Activity is defined to help slow the Spread including limiting exposure, avoiding groups larger than 50 people and maintaining physical distancing. The order also provides additional requirements for those traveling to Florida.

Per Broward County Emergency Order Individuals in our community have a personal responsibility to adhere to the guidelines and do their part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Order strongly recommends that any person who tests positive for COVID-19, or who is experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, immediately:

  • self-isolate to the greatest extent possible and avoid contact with any other person
  • avoid visiting establishments and amenities except when medically necessary
  • avoid use of common areas such as shared kitchens, laundry rooms or recreational facilities, especially in shared housing or multi-housing developments
Able to reopen

Businesses and Establishments:

Hallandale Beach businesses and establishments may open in whole or in part subject to certain limitations such as occupancy limits, sanitation requirements, and other requirements including facial covering requirements for all workers and public utilizing the business as outlined in Broward County Emergency Orders and Attachments listed below.

Please keep in mind businesses are not required to reopen.  Businesses may reopen if they wish and are able to abide by the established requirements. If an establishment does open, it may choose to impose stricter requirements on its employees or customers. To determine if a particular business is open and what requirements may apply to employees or customers of that business, please reach out to the business directly.

Any establishment that is cited for operating in a manner inconsistent with any emergency order will be required to close immediately per Broward County Emergency Order. The establishment may then reopen only after a minimum of twenty-four (24) hours period in which the establishment must bring brought into compliance and a fully executed attestation is filed.  The establishment shall then be inspected to confirm the violation has been corrected.  Further violation shall result in a longer closure and a fine up to $15,000.

All establishments must comply with the restrictions in Attachment 1, such as sanitation requirements and enforcing facial coverings and social distancing. Specific uses must also comply with the applicable attachments, as follows:

Auditoriums, playhouses, and concert halls need to prepare an operational plan which must be available for inspection upon request by any code enforcement personnel, law enforcement personnel, or a member of the public. These establishments also have to comply with Attachment 5.

Broward County Emergency Order limits Restaurant and Food Service

Per the Broward County Emergency Orders, on premise consumption of food or alcohol is restricted between the hours of Midnight and 5am.  Parties are limited to 6 persons (unless all are from the same household then the party size is limited to 10).  See Attachment 2 for details.

The requirements, outlined in EO 20-28, for establishments that serve food and/or alcohol are as follows:

  • On-premise consumption of food and alcohol must end at Midnight
  • Establishments licensed to serve food may operate at up to 100% of indoor capacity if a distance of six feet is maintained between tables and no more than six people sit at a table. Should an establishment not be able to meet the minimum 50% capacity requirement (set forth by the Governor’s EO), an establishment may allow patrons to stand at an assigned table or in an assigned area, must comply with social distancing requirements to the maximum extent possible.
  • People not actively eating or drinking must wear facial coverings at all times.
  • Establishments that only serve alcohol (that are not licensed to serve food) must operate at no more than 50% of the establishment’s indoor capacity.
  • Total combined occupancy of indoor and outdoor areas shall not exceed existing total maximum occupancy.

Multi-Family Housing:

Community Rooms, Fitness Centers, and Gyms in multi-family housing developments may open with the guidelines provided in Broward County Emergency Order Attachment 6.  Face Coverings are required at all times while using or visiting a gym or fitness center, except while exercising.

Pools, Pool Decks, and other recreational amenities in multi-family housing developments may open with the guidelines provided in Broward County Emergency Order Attachment 11.  Hot tubs in multi-family housing developments may open with the guidelines provided in Broward County Emergency Order 20-27, Saunas and steam rooms, and shower facilities must remain closed.  Associations may impose more stricter rules.

Facial Coverings are required in all common areas of all buildings with multiple residents per Emergency Order.

It is essential to note that DBPR allows housing developments to place additional restrictions, if desired.

Follow the rules:

Penalties for violating requirements will be prosecuted as misdemeanors, including a fine of up to $500 and/or up to 60 days in jail.

Per CDC guidelines, whenever you are outside your home, keep at least six feet between you and any person who does not live in your household. 

Gatherings over ten (10) persons are prohibited.

Facial coverings help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and help keep you and those around you safe. Facial coverings are in addition to, and not a substitute for, the required social distancing. Absent an express exception, facial coverings must be worn by:

  • All persons while outside their residence, when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
  • All persons at an establishment including entering, exiting, and when moving around, regardless of physical distancing.
  • Workers in any establishment, regardless of physical distancing.
  • All persons in any common area of a multi-family housing or residential facility.
  • All other persons required to wear facial coverings under Broward County Emergency Order
  • Face Coverings are required at all times while using or visiting a gym or fitness center, including while exercising. 

A fourteen (14) day isolation is required for those traveling to and/or returning to Florida from International or Cruise Travel or any area with a significant presence of COVID-19 including the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey and New York) with some exceptions.

WHO TO CALL
  • CALL (954) 357-9500 to reach Broward County for questions about what is and is not permitted to reopen.
  • CALL (954) 457-1390 to report business not following the rules, or code concerns.
  • CALL (954) 764-4357 to reach the non-emergency number for the Hallandale Beach Police Department.  This line is available 24/7.
  • CALL (954) 457-1489 to reach the City of Hallandale Beach Resident Hotline from 8am to 6pm Monday through Thursday.
  • CALL (954) 457-1390 to reach the City of Hallandale Beach Code Enforcement.
  • CALL (954) 787-2055 for the City of Hallandale Beach CRA Business Hotline open from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday.
  • CALL 311 to report suspected Emergency Order Violations.

Compliance

Businesses in our community must adhere to the guidelines governing their operations, and patrons of reopened business are encouraged to report violations, which may result in warnings, citations, fines and/or business closures.  

Residents are encouraged to participate in the compliance process by reporting violations to MyBroward. Enter the location of the violation, and select “COVID-19 Business Complaints” as the Type of Issue. You can also call the Broward County Call Center at 311 or 954-831-4000. Both types of reports can be made anonymously.

WHATS NEXT

While this phase of reopening is a step toward the new normal, things are not yet normal.  Do not let your guard down. 

  • Treat everyone you meet as an asymptomatic carrier of COVID-19.  
  • Continue to practice 6 feet of social distancing and wear a facial covering when outside of your home.
  • Check back for updates and follow the City on Social Media @MyHBeach for up to date information.

Individuals in our community have a personal responsibility to adhere to the guidelines and do their part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is strongly recommended that any person who tests positive for COVID-19, or who is experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, immediately:

  • self-isolate to the greatest extent possible and avoid contact with any other person
  • avoid visiting establishments and amenities except when medically necessary
  • avoid use of common areas such as shared kitchens, laundry rooms or recreational facilities, especially in shared housing or multi-housing developments 
DETAILS

Please see State of Florida Emergency Orders, Broward County Emergency Orders and Hallandale Beach Emergency Orders for further requirements.

Frequently asked questions are answered here.

WHATS HAPPENING AT CITY HALL

Hallandale Beach City Hall is open to the public with limited scheduled services for the Finance DepartmentUtility Billing DivisionBuilding Division and Code Compliance Division.   

While residents are encouraged to pay online, the Finance Department and Utility Billing Division office hours for in person assistance are Mondays and Wednesdays 8am - 4pm.

The Building and Code Compliance Divisions’ office hours for in person assistance are Monday through Thursday 8am - 4pm.  

The Police Department office hours for in person finger printing will be 10am - 2pm every Wednesday.  Call (954) 457-1400 for information.

All other City departments remain accessible via our telephone Hotline at (954) 457-1489 Monday through Thursday 8am - 6pm.  

For your safety, we will limit the number of people allowed in the lobby at the same time.   You will be required to wear a facial covering and have your temperature taken prior to entering the building.  Please be sure to maintain six (6) feet between you and your neighbors.

While walk-ins are welcome, appointments for service from the Building Division and Code Compliance Department are preferred.  We strongly encourage you to make a virtual appointment by using this link or by calling (954) 457-1383 Monday through Thursday 7am -5:30pm.

City Operations Updates are available here.

CITY PARKS & BEACH

The City of Hallandale Beach welcomes our residents back to the Beach and selected parks in a limited reopening to the public.   Rules of use, what is and what is not permitted, and hours of operations may be found on our Park’s Department reopening webpage.  

Virtual programming is offered through our Parks At Home program at www.CoHB.org/ParksatHome.

Please visit www.CoHB.org/ParksOpening for guidelines and restrictions.

The remaining park facilities, including community centers, athletic facilities, and pools will remain closed until further notice.

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