Broward County’s restaurants are facing new restrictions. Broward County issued an Emergency Order which is an all-inclusive order to clarify previous Emergency Orders. The Order was effective at 12:01 AM on Friday, July 10.
Restaurants and other food establishments must discontinue the on-premise consumption of food and alcoholic beverages between 10PM until 5AM. Take out, delivery, drive-through or pick up service will still be permitted.
To further protect patrons, seating at restaurants and food establishments are limited to six per table unless everyone is from the same household, for which the limit is ten persons. Any food and beverage purchased must be consumed seated at the table.
Because the number of COVID-19 cases, positivity rates and hospitalizations continue to rise, due in part to some patrons and businesses not complying with local emergency orders, it has become necessary for Broward County to increase its regulatory efforts and increase penalties for those who violate emergency orders. Broward County’s actions are designed to contain the renewed and rapid spread of the virus, as South Florida remains the state’s epicenter for cases of COVID-19.
All businesses that violate local emergency orders will be forced to close for 24 hours after their first citation, with each subsequent citation incurring an additional 72 hours of closure. The means a 96-hour closure after a second citation, a 168 hour closure after a third citation etc.
Businesses are urged to continue with remote operations and teleworking where possible. Residents are encouraged to stay home if they can, wash their hands often, observe social distancing and wear a facial covering in public areas. Social distancing and facial coverings are not only recommended by the Centers for Disease Control as critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19, they are required in Broward County.
It is also critical to wear facial coverings at all times in the proper manner, including over the nose and mouth as per Centers for Disease Control recommendations. Facial coverings that expose the nose or are worn at the chin are not effective at protecting you or others from the spread of the virus.
“If we do not follow the guidelines, we will be forced to rollback openings, and our economy will suffer. I do not know if we will be able to recover from it. Everyone needs to take personal responsibility to stop the community spread and follow the guidelines for the safety of themselves and the public. We cannot move forward if everyone does not comply,” said Broward County Mayor Holness.