On behalf of County Administrator Bertha Henry, in my capacity as Acting County Administrator, I have issued Emergency Order 20-27, which is attached. The EO will be effective at 12:01am on Friday, October 2, 2020.
The order clarifies the requirements for establishments that serve food and/or alcohol as follows:
- On-premise consumption of food and alcohol must end at 11PM.
- 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.
Emergency Order 20-27 also:
- Allows individuals at fitness centers and gyms to remove facial coverings while working out, but requires they be worn by individuals at all times when not engaged in physical activity, such as while moving between machines and around the establishment.
- Allows governing jurisdictions to reopen playgrounds and exercise equipment at parks so long as the governing entity takes responsibility for regular cleaning and sanitizing of playground equipment.
- Permits hot tubs to open in homeowner association (HOA) communities, but operations are subject to more stringent rules that may be imposed by the HOA.
A comprehensive new Emergency Order from Broward County, will be issued in the near future, which will realign guidelines and restrictions for various businesses with the Governor’s latest Executive Order.