THE FOLLOWING IS AN UPDATE FROM THE CITY OF FORT LAUDERDALE ON THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Federal Social Distancing Guidelines Extended to April 30
President Donald Trump has extended the federal guidelines for social distancing that were set to expire on March 30. Originally titled “15 Days to Slow the Spread
,” the recommendations will now be in place through April 30 as the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States. The social distancing guidelines advise Americans to avoid groups of more than 10, work from home where possible, avoid eating in restaurants or bars, and follow proper hygiene and preventative measures. Older people and those with preexisting conditions are urged to stay home and away from other people. The White House is expected to finalize a new plan and strategy early this week and announce details on Tuesday. To view the current federal guidelines, visit bit.ly/2QhQMjC
Fort Lauderdale Emergency Safer at Home Order in Effect
As cases of COVID-19 continue to rapidly increase, neighbors are reminded that an Emergency Declaration
is in effect that requires residents of the City of Fort Lauderdale to stay at home in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. Under the Emergency Declaration
, travel in the City of Fort Lauderdale is restricted to visiting essential businesses only, including but not limited to, grocery stores, pharmacies, healthcare providers, gas stations, and childcare facilities. Residents and visitors may also support restaurants offering drive-thru, delivery, and take-out services. Exercise and outdoor activities are permitted as long as they comply with the limits on the size of gatherings and the social distancing regulations defined in the Emergency Declaration. To read the full Emergency Declaration
The City of Fort Lauderdale has numerous emergency regulations in place regarding staying at home, limiting public gatherings, and promoting social distancing in an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the healthcare system is not overwhelmed. To see the latest updates on current regulations, please visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/coronavirus.
Department of Health Information
According to the Florida Department of Health, as of March 28, 2020 at 7 p.m., results from 9,968 tests administered in Broward County indicated 8,836 negative results; 1,012 positive results; 2 inconclusive results; and 118 pending results. To see the latest data from the FDOH, visit bit.ly/2wb29D2
. 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 COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org
. Individuals who are concerned that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should call the Florida Department of Health in Broward County at 954-412-7300 and their healthcare provider before traveling to any healthcare facility.
Business and Employee Assistance Programs
The City of Fort Lauderdale is sensitive to the stress and financial impact our businesses and their employees are experiencing as a result of COVID-19. For more information about programs and resources designed to assist businesses, employees, and the general public during this challenging time, please visit bit.ly/2U2qwfw
. For the latest updates from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, please visit bit.ly/2JgQSUI
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.
City Sanitation, Yard Waste, Recycling and Bulk Trash Services
All City sanitation collection services, including residential trash collection, yard waste, recycling, and bulk trash, will continue to operate on their regular collection schedules.
Water and Wastewater Services
Water and wastewater services are not affected by the coronavirus outbreak. These essential services will continue without interruption. During this challenging situation, as people are spending more time at home, please help us prevent sanitary sewer overflows
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.
For Additional Information
For additional information regarding Coronavirus, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommended protective measures, please visit:
Ways to Stay in Touch
The City of Fort Lauderdale offers numerous ways for neighbors to receive important information and updates: