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Hollywood meetings canceled. Hollywood Beach closed.
The City of Hollywood is taking a proactive approach based on the Centers for Disease Control Guidance related to large events and gatherings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Effective immediately and until further notice, Hollywood Beach and the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk are closed to the public. Restaurants and businesses on the barrier island and along the Broadwalk remain open at this time. The Sun Shuttle micro-transit system has also been suspended until further notice.
This means regular city meetings have been canceled. Cancelled meetings include:
- The Community Redevelopment Agency Meeting,
- Regular City Commission Meeting,
- Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting
- The Special Magistrate Meeting
These 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.
Governor Ron DeSantis announces that National Guard is coming to Broward County.
Governor Ron DeSantis announced during a press conference on March 15 that the National Guard is coming to Broward County to provide support to healthcare professionals who are fighting the COVID-19 situation.
The Guard will be working with Memorial Healthcare System. Broward has the highest number in Florida and more are likely to be confirmed in the future. The Guard has created a task force known as Medical. The Guard members will be involved in testing people for COVID-19.
The City of Hollywood is continuing to monitor and deal with the COVID-19 situation.
At this time, the City of Hollywood is under a level 2 (partial) activation of its Emergency Operations Center. City leaders continue to closely monitor the situation and are working with partners at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Florida Department of Health, Memorial Regional Hospital, and other local, state and federal organizations.
Daily operations of all City services remain unchanged at this time. However:
- City-sponsored events have been canceled through the end of March and other programming has been impacted due to COVID-19.
- All City-programming held indoors within Community Centers will be cancelled until further notice.
- All organized athletic leagues, games, races and tournaments held at City recreational facilities will be cancelled until further notice.
- Outdoor parks and recreational amenities are open to the public, but the public is encouraged to use social distancing when using these outdoor public areas. For the latest status of City events and programming, and other programs offered throughout Broward County, please visit the City’s homepage posts. All are encouraged to utilize the many services currently offered online.
For your safety, and the safety and security of others around you, and out of an abundance of caution, modified screening measures are currently underway at City facility security checkpoints. All employees and visitors will be screened prior to entering the facility.
Before entering a city facility, people should expect to be screened.
- Please have your ID ready
- Be prepared to answer a few basic questions regarding recent travel history
- Be prepared to answer a few basic questions regarding recent contact with people who are sick
- Visitors who have returned from international travel within the past 14 days will be denied access and encouraged to self-isolate
Hollywood announces restrictions on bars and restaurants.
The City of Hollywood is responding to a request by the Centers for Disease Control to limit the number of people who are coming together.
On March 16, President Donald Trump recommended that people not gather in groups of more than ten and avoid eating and drinking in restaurants, food courts, and bars.
The City of Hollywood has announced that effective Tuesday, March 17th at 10:00 p.m., and until further notice, all bars, restaurants, and nightclubs City-wide must close for business daily at or before 10:00 p.m., and remain closed until at least 6:00 a.m. the following day.
All bars, nightclubs, and restaurants must reduce their occupancy by 50% and limit the number of people in their establishments to no more than 50 during all hours of operation.