UPDATE JULY 3rd– The Pompano Beach curfew has now been lifted.
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If you have been reading or watching the state of COVID in Pompano Beach, Florida, you would be able to hear of the state of emergency that Broward County has been facing since May. There have been several people demonstrations from the Pompano Beach and Broward County residents that voice out information on justice, health, and help amid the coronavirus pandemic. With that, the local Broward County government has released new guidelines for all our residents here at Pompano Beach.
Here is a recent video from the Pompano Mayor-
This is apart from Pompano Beach city guidelines on social distancing that are currently being enforced all throughout the city as well as other neighboring places like Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach County, Dade County, Miami Beach, and the whole of South Florida in general.
Here, the most recent Broward County emergency orders on stay home, social distancing, and the curfew will be discussed. This includes the relevant emergency order specific to Pompano Beach if there is any.
Information on South Florida residents and county can also be found in this post.
The Pompano Beach Curfew
There will be a Pompano Beach curfew across the whole Broward County in South Florida. This means that the whole Pompano Beach city, Fort Lauderdale city, Miramar city, Hallandale Beach city, and the rest of the Broward County will remain closed for a huge part of the night. The curfew was signed as an emergency order by the Broward County administration, Bertha Henry, on May 31, at 9 p.m.
Pompano Beach and Broward county public residents are not allowed to go out from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. of the following morning. This means that by 10 p.m., everyone else is expected to remain in their home and no one should be seen outside. Anyone that will not stay home by 9-10 p.m. will be reprimanded or given a fine to ensure future law enforcement.
Likewise, all Pompano Beach city grocery stores, bowling alleys, retail establishments, and foodservice establishments shall remain closed during the extend of the emergency order. Grocery stores are not allowed to operate at night even if they sell necessary food and beverage items for as long as the curfew still holds.
However, emergency orders do not require certain individuals to stay at home during the curfew. Those who work in the Florida Department of Health, government workers, law enforcement workers, medical practitioners, and residents who are in need of emergency help will not be reprimanded from going outside during the curfew. This applies to the residents mentioned residing in Pompano Beach city, Fort Lauderdale city, Hallandale Beach city, and other cities under the jurisdiction of Pompano Beach county.
The curfew is said to run for seven (7) days, specifically, on June 1, 2020.
Pompano Beach COVID-19 Guidelines
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect the whole county, city, and its residents, Governer Ron DeSantis, with the information given by the South Florida Department of Health, reinstated that the state of Florida will not put restrictions on the opening of businesses.
This means that businesses and residents are allowed to go outside as long as health measures are followed by the people. Strict law enforcement shall be followed by the people at all times.
People and residents are encouraged to follow strict social distancing measures all throughout South Florida. This includes Miami Beach, Miami Dade County, Broward County, and Palm Beach County. According to DeSantis, social distancing is one of the best actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
For the 4th of July celebrations, residents in South Florida including Broward County, Miami Dade County, Pompan Beach City, Palm Beach, and Fort Lauderdale City are not allowed to drink alcoholic beverages in bars or in any other restaurant during COVID 19. While these establishments are open throughout South Florida, people and residents should read the information on specific establishment guidelines.
The State of Florida During the Pandemic
Unfortunately, South Florida has one of the highest numbers of COVID 19 cases among its people. The information has shown that more than 50% of the cases in the United States come from Florida, California, Texas, and other neighboring states.
In spite of this, the Florida government is not imposing stricter rules on its people. Closing of bowling alleys, fitness centers, summer camps, entertainment facilities, and food services won’t be seen in the near future. This means that residents and tourist people alike will not be forced to stay at home especially during times that curfew is lifted.
Even if South Florida, Pompano Beach city, Fort Lauderdale city, Miami Dade county including Miami Beach will be open, an emergency order can still come up in cases when information on the spread of the COVID 19 shows that the current order is not effective.
Rest assured that the curfew as well as executive orders and the emergency order on curbing the COVID 19 in South Florida will be regularly evaluated. The 4th of July guidelines will also be evaluated by the city and Broward County.