FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 24, 2020
COVID-19 UPDATE #14
GOVERNOR ORDERS AIRPORT SCREENING AND ISOLATION, BROWARD COUNTY CLOSURES, AND SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES
DAVIE, Fla. – The Town of Davie continues to closely monitor the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on South Florida. Our top priority is the health and welfare of the residents, businesses, and visitors. For all prior Town information posted, please visit our website at www.davie-fl.gov/coronavirus.
Executive Order 20-80
On Monday, March 23, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-80, directing all persons whose point of departure originates from outside the State of Florida in an area with substantial community spread, to include the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey and New York), and entering the State of Florida through airports to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the State of Florida or the duration of the person’s presence in the State of Florida, whichever is shorter
Broward County Emergency Order 20-02
On March 23, Broward County issued Emergency Order 20-02, which addresses closures and provides for other measures to encourage social distancing. This order temporarily closes County parks and implements schedule changes and activities to support social distancing for bus riders. The Order also restates some provisions of Emergency Order 20-01 regarding essential businesses.
Broward County Parks – All parks operated by Broward County are closed to public access beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24, until further notice. These closures include regional, neighborhood and specialty parks, nature centers, and natural areas. C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines will remain open as a COVID-19 drive-through testing collection site until further notice. Parks employees will continue to report to work.
Broward County Transit (BCT) – Broward County asks that members of the public limit their use of bus and paratransit services to essential travel only, and that riders comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for social distancing. BCT will also implement the following social distancing measures, until further notice:
- Beginning Tuesday, March 24, customers will enter and exit the bus only via the rear doors, except for customers who require the use of the wheelchair ramp, which will remain available at the front door.
- Also beginning March 24, bus fare collections will be temporarily suspended on all bus service, including TOPS paratransit.
- Beginning Saturday, March 28, BCT will operate a Saturday schedule daily, Monday through Saturday; Limited Stop (or “Breeze”) service will be eliminated, and Express buses will operate on 30-minute schedules. Sunday schedules will continue as they currently are.
The following provisions of Emergency Order 20-02 restate portions of Emergency Order 20-01 regarding essential and non-essential businesses.
Marinas and boat launches, docking, fueling, marine supply and other marina services – These continue to be identified as essential businesses, but only for limited operations, including commercial fishing, law enforcement activities, to accommodate boats and ferries operating out of Port Everglades, to accommodate persons living aboard their vessels, persons returning to the U.S. from international voyages, and persons needing to remove their vessel from the water or perform emergency maintenance. This change was made primarily to curtail the continued social gatherings of large parties and groups at these facilities, contrary to the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Pawn Shops - Excluded from the initial list of essential businesses, pawn shops are now included in the list of essential business, as they are deemed to provide an important financial resource to many residents, particularly during times of need.
All other provisions of Emergency Order 20-01 remain in effect.
For the latest updates, visit FloridaHealth.gov, email [email protected] or call the Call Center at 954-357-9500.
Broward County, in partnership with the Florida Department of Health, has opened a special telephone line to assist in answering public questions about COVID-19. Call takers can also conduct over-the-phone pre-screening for testing eligibility. The new number is 954-357-9500. The temporary COVID-19 call center will accept calls from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week.
For future updates on COVID-19, visit FloridaHealth.gov, email [email protected] or call the Coronavirus Hotline at 954-357-9500.
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The Town of Davie resident hotline, 954-797-1122 is now active.
Leona Henry, Intergovernmental Affairs Manager
Sussette Rodriguez, Public Relations Assistant