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Latest Update:

April 3, 2020 9:35 AM

Beginning Monday, April 6, 2020, the Planning, Code Compliance, and Building Divisions will be adjusting their schedules and closing at 2 PM, Monday - Friday. Complete schedules are as follows:

Building Division
7:30 AM – 2 PM
Monday – Friday

Planning and Code Compliance Division
8 AM – 2 PM
Monday – Friday

The Planning, Code, and Building divisions are limiting the number of customers occupying the lobby at any given time due to social distancing guidelines. Therefore, to gain access to these areas upon your arrival at City Hall, please call 954-480-4238 to reach Code/Building and 954-480-4206 for Planning. A city employee will let you know if there is space is available in either of these lobbies. If space is not available immediately, a staff member will take your phone number and call you back as soon as possible.

For additional information, contact the Planning Department at 954-480-4206 or web.planning@deerfield-beach.com.

Prior Updates

April 2, 2020 3:31 PM

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Small Business Administration have released information on the application process for the Paycheck Protection Program. The program consists of a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. The program will be available retroactive from Feb. 15, 2020, so employers can rehire their recently laid-off employees through June 30, 2020.

The loan will be fully forgiven if the funds are used for payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. Forgiveness is based on the employer maintaining or quickly rehiring employees and maintaining salary levels. Forgiveness will be reduced if full-time headcount declines, or if salaries and wages decrease.

For the full guidelines, please visit the US Department of the Treasury at https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/top-priorities/cares-act/assistance-for-small-businesses

The application will be open soon.

For additional information, contact Kris Mory at 954.480.4317or kmory@deerfield-beach.com.

April 1, 2020 2:46 PM

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, that he will sign a statewide stay-at-home order requiring the residents to limit their movement outside of their homes in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus. A complete communication will follow with additional details and instructions. Be safe Deerfield Beach!

March 30, 2020 1:56 PM

Effective Tuesday, March 31, 2020, both Deerfield Beach Express (DBE) I & II, will be suspended until further notice.

A temporary revised schedule for essential needs transportation will begin operating effective Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Monday -Friday from 8 am - 1 pm.

Deerfield Essential Needs Shuttle

Beginning March 31, 2020, until further notice.

8:00 AM to 1:00 PM



1. Center for Active Aging: 8:00 am (last 12:00 pm)

2. Palms Apartments: 8:03 am (last 12:03 pm)

3. B’nai Brith Apartments: 8:09 am (last 12:09 pm)

4. Tivoli, Siesta Natura Condos: 8:14 am (last 12:14 pm)

5. Praxis of Deerfield: 8:19 am (last 12:19 pm)

6. Highland Gardens: 8:24 am (last 12:24 pm)

7. Palm Trail Plaza/Walmart Market: 8:30 am (last 12:230 pm)

8. Century Plaza: 8:35 am (last 12:35 pm)

9. Rivertowne (Winn-Dixie/Walgreens): 8:45 am (last 12:45 pm)

10. Target/CVS-US1: 8:50 am (last 12:50 pm)

For more information call please call (954) 480-4442.

March 30, 2020 1:55 PM

Stay at Home order is still in place. It is essential to remember that a Stay-at-Home order has been issued to protect residents from the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19). This order has been passed by all 31 Broward County cities with the support of the Broward League of Cities and the Broward County City Manager’s Association. A violation of this order is enforceable and can lead to arrest, fines, or both.

The order to stay at home does not require residents to confine themselves to the interior of their homes. Residents may make use of all exterior portions of their homes, such as patios, porches, yards, and driveways. Residents may also leave their place of residence and travel to another location in accordance with the following:

Essential businesses - Residents and visitors may engage in travel to Essential Businesses and provide minimum basic operations to non-essential businesses as identified in Broward County Emergency Orders 20-01 and 20-02, as further refined in Broward County Emergency Order 20-03. (Go to dfb.city/covid19 to see these orders)
Emergency assistance.
Personal Support Activities - Residents and visitors may travel to and from their homes to care for or support a friend, companion, family member, pet or livestock, support groups, or a vulnerable person.
Outdoor Recreational Activities - In areas not otherwise closed by a separate Emergency or Executive Order, residents may engage in outdoor activity and recreation while staying six (6) feet apart from another person or group of people.
Religious Activities - Residents and visitors may travel to and from places of worship. Places of worship must comply with Social Distancing Requirements.
Government employees and emergency personnel - All first responders, emergency and mental health crisis responders, gang intervention specialists and crisis intervention workers, public health workers, emergency management personnel, emergency dispatchers, law enforcement personnel and related contractors, persons working for emergency service providers, and government employees performing work in the course and scope of their employment are categorically exempt.
Public Transit - Available public transit may be used for the above-listed activities.
Please Adhere to the Social Distancing Requirements

Practice social distancing by staying at least 6 feet away whenever practicable from another person, excluding immediate family members, caretakers or, household members;
Cover all coughs and sneezes with their elbow or tissue.

Do not shake hands.

Do not enter any public place if the person exhibits any flu or COVID-19 like symptoms and/or has a fever over 99.9 degrees Fahrenheit unless that person is traveling to or from a hospital, doctor’s office, urgent care, walk-in clinic, or pharmacy.

If a person is exhibiting flu or COVID-19 like symptoms or has a fever over 99.9 degrees Fahrenheit and is seeking medical treatment, the person shall first contact their medical provider by phone before appearing at the medical provider’s office.

If a person is exhibiting flu or COVID-19 like symptoms or has a fever over 99.9 degrees Fahrenheit and requires a prescription or a refill thereof and the pharmacy has a drive-thru window and/or delivery service, that person shall utilize the drive-thru window and/or delivery service to receive their medication.

To review Emergency Order 2020-03 and for additional information on COVID-19, visit www.dfb.city/covid19. For additional information, you are encouraged to call the Broward County COVID-19 hotline, 954-357-9500.

March 27, 2020 8:45 AM

Broward County issued Emergency Order 20-03 today, March 26, 2020. The order strongly urges individuals to remain home other than to engage in essential activities. This Safer at Home order is in place for the protection of public health and to slow the spread of the Coronavirus among the community. The World Health Organization (WHO) indicated that the United States has the potential to become the center of the COVID-19 pandemic. The State of Florida now has over 2,300 total cases. Miami-Dade, Broward County, and Palm Beach County combined have 55% of Florida cases. It is reported that there are confirmed cases in every Broward County jurisdiction. City officials strongly urge residents to take this order seriously and Stay at Home.

The County order takes effect on Friday, March 27, 2020, at 12:01 .a.m. and can found at https://www.broward.org/CoronaVirus/Documents/BC-EmergencyOrder20-03.pdf

To support the County order, the City of Deerfield Beach City Manager has issued Emergency Order 2020-03, effective Friday, March 27, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. In addition to the Executive Orders issued by the Governor, The Emergency Orders issued by the County, and the Emergency Orders issued by the City, this Order imposes the following:

· The International Fishing Pier is now closed to the public until further notice.
· To further promote social distancing and adhere to the latest CDC guidelines, areas where members from different households congregate and use shared facilities, all pools that are amenities of a hotel, motel, homeowners or condominium association, rental apartment or other multifamily development are hereby ordered closed until further notice.
· All golf courses within the City are hereby ordered closed until further notice.

For additional information on COVID-19, visit www.dfb.city/covid19. For additional information, you are encouraged to call the Broward County COVID-19 hotline, 954-357-9500.

March 24, 2020 12:29 PM

To protect the health of Deerfield Beach residents and contain the transmission of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the State and the County have issued orders directing the closure of non-essential businesses. The following is an updated list of industries that have been instructed to close until further notice.


Restaurants, Food and Alcohol Sales

All restaurants and food establishments licensed under Chapter 500 and 509, Florida Statutes, are mandated to suspend on-premises food consumption. Such establishments may continue to operate their kitchens for delivery, take-out, and exterior pick-up food services.

All vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises shall cease the sale of alcoholic beverages by the drink or in sealed containers for consumption on the premises. Such vendors may sell alcoholic beverages in sealed containers for consumption off-premises in accordance with the conditions in Governor Executive Order 20-71.

Entertainment Establishments

All bars, nightclubs, taverns, pubs, cocktail lounges, breweries, dance halls, movie theaters, concert houses, playhouses, halls for hire, auditoriums, bowling alleys, video arcades, and sports and entertainment facilities, including but not limited to such establishments contained within a hotel or other enclosed structure, are ordered closed.

Gyms and Fitness Centers

All gyms and fitness centers and fitness studios are ordered closed.

Exemptions: Gyms and fitness centers, which are amenities of hotels and have a capacity of 10 persons or less, are an amenity of a residential building, are interior to any fire or police station, or are located inside any single-occupancy office building.

Non-Essential Business Closures

All non-essential retail and commercial business locations are ordered closed except to the extent necessary to perform Minimum Basic Operations. (See County Emergency Order 2020-01 for more info on businesses deemed non-essential and essential).

Public Gatherings

All public gatherings of any type, whether organized or otherwise, of greater than 10 people are prohibited.

Exemptions: Grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores, retail stores, banks, credit unions, financial institutions, hardware stores, auto supply stores, hospitals, healthcare and medical facilities, pharmacies, drug stores, medical supply companies, and land or facilities owned and managed by the County, School Board, North Broward Hospital District, the State, or Federal Government are exempt.

March 24, 2020 12:28 PM

The City of Deerfield Beach is working very hard to do its part to control the spread of COVID-19. Therefore, all City facilities are closed to the public. Residents who need assistance with essential City functions must make an appointment with the corresponding department. Below is a comprehensive list of facilities, departments, services, and contact information. Please note these closures will remain in effect until further notice.

City Hall

City Hall is closed to the public, with limited operations by City employees.

Financial Services

The Cashier’s Office, Utility Billing, and Parking Enforcement are now taking online payments, mail-in payments, or use of the dropbox outside the main entrance of City Hall from the parking lot.

For all Finance inquiries, call 954-480-4227 or email web.finance@dfb.city.

Parks and Recreational Facilities

- All City parks and recreational facilities are closed. This includes playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis center, municipal swimming pools, pavilions, picnic tables, and recreational centers.

- The International Fishing Pier has reduced its hours of operation from 6 AM – Midnight daily and is only open to Deerfield Beach residents for fishing only. There is no sightseeing available.

- All beaches are closed.

- The Pioneer Park and Villages of Hillsboro boat ramps are closed.

- Cemetery services are available by appointment only at 954-571-2672.

All Parks & Recreation inquiries can be emailed to web.parks@dfb.city.

Planning and Development Services

- Planning, Landscape, and Certificates of Use services are available by appointment only 8 AM – 5 PM, Mon-Fri. Please call 954-480-4206 to make an appointment.

- Building Services and Code Compliance Services are available by appointment only 7 AM – 4 PM, Mon-Fri. Please call 954-480-4238 to make an appointment.

- Inspections are still taking place by appointment only.

- All payments can be made online or by use of the dropbox outside the main entrance of City Hall from the parking lot.

Planning & Development services inquiries can be sent to web.code@dfb.city

Sustainable Management

- All residential solid waste and recycling collections continue as normal until further notice.

- The Drop-Off Center is closed until further notice.

- For changes to your commercial and roll-off-services, please call 954-480-4391.

- Payments can be made by phone, online, mail, or by use of the dropbox outside the main entrance of City Hall from the parking lot.

For Sustainable Management inquires, please call 954-480-4391 between the hours 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM, Mon – Fri, or email web.solidwaste@dfb.city.

Economic Development / CRA

Economic Development is helping local businesses with disaster funding applications and business assistance by phone. To schedule an appointment or for inquiries, please call 954-857-9793.

Community Development

Community Development is not taking any new grant applications at this time. Appointments are available for those with existing applications. Please call 954-480-6420 for all inquiries, or email communitydevelopment2@dfb.city.

Center for Active Aging

The Center’s Alzheimer’s Daycare and Preschool are closed. The Community Bus Shuttles, Express I & II, are running Mon – Fri, 8 AM – 4 PM until further notice. Counseling services and meal deliveries are still taking place as needed.

For more information and referral services, please contact 954-480-4449.

Environmental Services

- Water and Waste Water Services are operating normally.

- To report street light outages, traffic and walkway hazards, and traffic signal malfunctions, or any water or wastewater issues, please call 954-480-4400/954-480-4270.

- Engineering permit services are available by appointment only. Please call 954-480-4400/954-480-4270 to make an appointment.

- The non-public safety after hours and weekend emergency services call line is 954-480-4370.

General Inquiries

For general inquires Monday through Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM, please call 954-480-4200 or email at web.cityclerk@dfb.city. All citywide communication can also be followed on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and City News on the City website www.dfb.city.

March 22, 2020 6:38 PM

The City of Deerfield Beach would like to notify residents that beginning tomorrow morning, March 23, 2020, at 6:00 AM the International Fishing Pier, 200 NE 21st Ave., will be open to ONLY Deerfield Beach residents for fishing until further notice. When anglers check-in they will be required to show an ID with their Deerfield Beach address listed on the identification card. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

March 20, 2020 5:22 PM

As the City of Deerfield Beach prepares to head into the weekend, officials want to remind residents of recent closures and other restrictions that have been enacted by the city, county, and state government to fight the spread of COVID-19. The restrictions and closures are as follows:
1. All bars, nightclubs, taverns, pubs, cocktail lounges, breweries, dance halls, movie theaters, halls for hire, auditoriums, bowling alleys, video arcades, and sports and entertainment facilities, including but not limited to such establishments contained within a hotel or other enclosed structure, shall be closed.

2. All restaurants, cafeterias, and other foodservice establishments shall cease all on-premises dining. These establishments may continue to operate drive-thru, delivery, take-out, and exterior pick-up food services during their regular permitted hours.

3. Effective Monday, March 23rd, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) bus shuttle service is suspended until further notice. Residents are encouraged to use Deerfield Beach Express I & II for their transportation needs. No changes have been made to the Express I & II service at this time. For more information on senior services in Deerfield Beach, call the Center for Active Aging at (954) 480-4449.

4. Please be reminded that all public beach areas east of the beach boardwalk are closed until further notice. Lifeguards and law enforcement are on duty to ensure that the public is aware and adheres to these beach restrictions. On-street parking and the Main Beach Parking Lot are also closed.

All public gatherings of any type, whether organized or otherwise, of greater than 10 people are prohibited.
However, grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores, retail establishments, banks, credit unions, financial institutions, hardware stores, auto supply stores, hospitals, healthcare and medical facilities, and pharmacies will remain open. Please remember to adhere to the social distancing recommendations. City officials want you to stay safe and healthy.
For additional information and resources, visit City News at dfb.city, or the Emergency Management Coronavirus webpage at www.dfb.city/COVID19.

March 20, 2020 10:46 AM

In response to the Coronavirus, the City will close the recycling drop-off center (DOC) located at 401 SW 4th Street, starting at the close of business today, March 20, 2020.

The DOC will remain closed indefinitely.

The City appreciates the patience and understanding of all our customers as we navigate this uncertain time and implement measures to reduce the transmission of the Coronavirus.

For more information, please email web.solidwaste@dfb.city

March 19, 2020 5:32 PM

The City of Deerfield Beach is working diligently with County, State, and Federal officials to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recommends that states with community spread should close certain businesses to slow the spread and transmission of the virus. Broward County currently has the highest number of confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Florida. Therefore, in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order 20-68, City Executive Order 2020-01, and City Emergency Order No. 2020-01, the City is announcing additional closures, effective 10 PM, March 20, 2020, until April 17, 2020.
Please note the following closures and restrictions:

1. Effective March 20, 2020 at 10 PM and continuing through April 17, 2020 all bars, nightclubs, taverns, pubs, cocktail lounges, breweries, dance halls, movie theaters, halls for hire, auditoriums, bowling alleys, video arcades, and sports and entertainment facilities, including but not limited to such establishments contained within a hotel or other enclosed structure, shall be closed.

2. Effective March 20, 2020, at 10 PM and continuing through April 17, 2020 all restaurants, cafeterias, and other food service establishments shall cease all on-premises dining. Such establishments may continue to operate their kitchens for drive-thru, delivery, take-out, and exterior pick-up food services during their normally permitted hours.

3. All public gatherings of any type, whether organized or otherwise, of greater than 10 persons are prohibited. Grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores, retail stores, banks, credit unions, financial institutions, hardware stores, auto supply stores, hospitals, healthcare and medical facilities, pharmacies, drug stores, medical supply companies, land or facilities owned and managed by Broward County, the Broward County School Board, the North Broward Hospital District, the State of Florida, and the Federal Government, are exempt from this paragraph.

4. Please be reminded that the Deerfield Beach Aquatics Complex, Constitution Park Community Center, Highlands Community Center, Hillsboro Community Center, Johnny Tigner Center, Pioneer Park Tennis Center, the Sullivan Park Splash Pad, and the Middle School Athletic Complex are closed until further notice.

5. Please be reminded that all public beach areas east of the beach boardwalk are closed until further notice. Lifeguards and law enforcement are on duty to ensure that the public is aware and adheres to these beach restrictions. On-street parking and the Main Beach Parking Lot are closed.

6. Please be reminded that the Center for Active Aging, the Alzheimers and Adult Daycare Center, and the Preschool/Childcare Center, located at 227 NW 2 Street are closed until further notice.
For additional information and resources, visit City News at dfb.city, or the Emergency Management Coronavirus webpage at www.dfb.city/COVID19.

March 19, 2020 3:00 PM

Vulnerable Population Shopping -

The City of Deerfield Beach has compiled a list of the local retail brands that are altering operating hours to better serve the vulnerable population. Vulnerable populations include those with underlying medical conditions and seniors.

Target
Target has already reserved the first hour of shopping each Wednesday, between 8 AM – 9AM at stores nationwide. They are encouraging other guests to plan their shopping trips around this timeframe.

Wal-Mart
From March 24 through April 28, Walmart stores will host an hour-long senior shopping event every Tuesday for customers aged 60 and older, starting an hour before the store opens. Walmart stores will adjust operating hours to 7 AM - 8:30 PM.

Publix
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 7 AM – 8 AM, customers over 65 and those with underlying health conditions are welcome to shop.

Whole Foods
Open an hour early (7 AM) for customers 60 and older. Regular hours are 8 AM – 8 PM.

Fresh Market
Shopping hours for seniors and those at risk will be between 8AM to 9AM

Dollar General
The first hour of every shopping day is available to senior shoppers. Store hours 8 AM – 10 PM.

For additional and current up-to-date City News, visit dfb.city and click the Alert Bar at the top of the page.

March 18, 2020 2:03 PM

The City of Deerfield Beach is working with local, state, and federal officials to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19. As a result, there have been many changes to our everyday life and many of those changes are happening by the hour as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis makes his regular updates.

The City wants to reiterate some of the following updates:

• The beach is closed. This means no trespassing is allowed east of the boardwalk.

• Parking on the beach is closed. Cones have been set up to indicate that there is no parking available.

• Bars and nightclubs in Deerfield Beach are closed for 30 days, per the Governor’s orders.

• Restaurants that are open must operate at 50-percent occupancy capacity, maintain social distancing, and abide by all other CDC guidelines. Restaurants are required to be closed to dining by 10:00 PM, with exceptions to takeout/delivery.

• The International Fishing Pier will be closed to sightseeing, and only fishing will be allowed from 6 AM to midnight.

Please note: these restrictions will be enforced and we need your help and cooperation to adhere to the Governor’s Executive Order Number 20-68 which was issued Tuesday, March 17. This order states that the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation shall utilize its authorities to enforce and take action. Listed is a link in which to file a complaint relative to Executive Order 20-68, http://www.myfloridalicense.com/DBPR/. The department may also be contacted at (850) 487-1395.

If you have any other questions, you may email the Public Affairs and Marketing Department at web.publicaffairs@dfb.city.

March 17, 2020 4:33 PM

The City of Deerfield Beach continues to monitor and adapt emergency plans for COVID-19 in its effort to slow the rate of transmission. The City is closing its public beach effective Wednesday, March 18, at 6:00 AM.

In a meeting held this afternoon with the mayors and city managers of Deerfield Beach and Pompano Beach, and the town manager of Lauderdale by the Sea, these cities have agreed to close their beaches effective Wednesday, March 18, at 6:00 AM.

Additional Closures and Changes:
-The Deerfield Beach Aquatics Complex is closed until further notice.
-Bars and nightclubs in Deerfield Beach are closed effective at 5 PM this evening for 30 days, per the Governor’s orders.
-Building permits, engineering permits, and inspections will be done by appointment only through those respective departments. (Building/Code 954-480-4238, Planning/Landscaping 954-480-4206)
-Restaurants that choose to remain open must operate at 50-percent occupancy capacity, maintain social distancing, and abide by all other CDC guidelines.
-All restaurants are required to be closed to dining by 10:00 PM, with exceptions to takeout/delivery.
-The International Fishing Pier will be closed to sightseeing, and only fishing will be allowed from 6 AM to midnight, effective immediately.

Utilities:
The City of Deerfield Beach will NOT be turning off any water services in the Deerfield Beach service area for overdue accounts until further notice

We want to remind residents to follow public health advice regarding hygiene, avoiding crowds, and other social distancing measures.

For more information, contact the 24-hour Florida Department of Health hotline, 1-866-779-6121 or email COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

March 17, 2020 10:24 AM

The City of Deerfield Beach will proceed with the regular City Commission meeting scheduled for tonight, March 17, 2020. However, in light of the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding public gatherings, the City will be accepting public comment on agenda items via email to the City Clerk at web.clerk@deerfield-beach.com Residents must be sure to include their name and address on each submission.

The City would also like to remind residents that they can watch the meeting, which will be streaming live. To do that, simply visit dfb.city, click Meetings and Agendas, then click the red video link.

The City appreciates the patience and understanding of residents as we navigate this uncertain time.

March 13, 2020 5:21 PM

The City of Deerfield Beach has learned that Broward County Schools has confirmed they will close effective Monday, March 16, 2020, and there will be no classes for two weeks.

As noted in previous communications, the City will follow the lead of the Broward County School Board (SBBC) regarding the cancelation of these activities. Therefore, the City’s after school and spring break camps will also be suspended.

In the City’s efforts to follow state and federal guidelines and prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) City officials have also suspended all activities and services that occur at the Center for Active Aging, the Alzheimers and Adult Daycare Center, and the Preschool/Childcare Center, located at 227 NW 2 Street. The cancelation of services and programs is effective Monday, March 16, 2020, until further notice.
Community bus services will remain operational and continue to follow the lead of Broward County Transit.
The CDC reports that older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease are at the greatest risk of serious illness from COVID-19.

City staff will continue to be responsive to the needs of the seniors and caregivers via telephone (954) 480-4449. We will continue to monitor this situation and keep you posted of any additional updates. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

March 13, 2020 12:39 PM

Deerfield Beach Update on COVID-19

On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, Broward County declared a local State of Emergency due to the regional spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and several confirmed cases in Broward County. Today, Friday, March 13, 2020, the Mayor of the City of Deerfield Beach has declared a local State of Emergency. The purpose of this State of Emergency is to provide for the necessary preparations and response to COVID-19. The City of Deerfield Beach is in regular communication with state and local health officials on mitigation strategies to slow the transmission of the disease. The best way the City and its residents can prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to take precautionary measures and adhere to the CDC’s guidelines.

Who is at Risk?
The CDC reports that older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease are at the greatest risk. If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious existing health problem, it is especially important to take actions that could reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.

What is the City of Deerfield Beach Doing?
Deerfield Beach administration and staff have taken precautionary measures to help protect its employees, residents, and visitors who rely on local government for essential services. These precautions include:
• Providing additional free-standing sanitizer dispensers and signage at all City facilities.
• Increased sanitation of all frequently touched surfaces at all City facilities (Door handles, phones, restroom fixtures, water fountains, computer keyboards, etc).
• Restrooms at all City facilities and recreational areas are undergoing daily specialized deep disinfection.

Effective immediately, all City events, programs, recreational activities, classes, and athletic events taking place at City facilities are canceled until April 13. Those with paid facility reservations can be fully refunded. Those with existing outdoor facility rentals, such as pavilions, may keep their rental for small gatherings less than 50 participants. Current paid outdoor rentals may also be canceled and fully refunded. No new rentals of any City facilities are being taken at this time. For any questions or concerns about facility rentals, please call the Parks Department at 954-480-4483. Someone will be available to take your call Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM. If the line is busy, please leave a message, and someone will call you back. The City apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and is taking these measures in the interest of public safety and based on the recommendations of federal and state health officials.

At this time, the City is planning to hold its scheduled regular City Commission Meeting on March 17, 2020. Note that the agenda has been substantially modified. Several items have been removed. The revised City Commission agenda can be found at http://www.deerfield-beach.com/1554/Meetings-Agendas

Afterschool Camp and Spring Break Camp have not yet been canceled. The City will follow the lead of the School Board of Broward County (SBBC) regarding the cancelation of these activities. If and when schools close, the City’s afterschool and spring break camps will be suspended or canceled.

What should Residents and Visitors be doing?

• Take everyday preventive actions to stay healthy per CDC recommendations.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Follow public health advice regarding school closures, avoiding crowds, and other social distancing measures.
• Stay informed. CDC’s COVID-19 Situation Summary is updated regularly as information becomes available.
• To reduce anxiety and fear rely on factual information from official sources.
Information Resources
Residents are encouraged to visit the CDC’s Coronavirus website, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html, for more information related to COVID-19.
The City of Deerfield Beach will be providing updates related to COVID-19 and impacts to the community and city services through the following social media handles:
• Facebook – @CityofDeerfieldBeachFloridaMunicipalGovernment
• Twitter – @dfb_city
• Webpage – www.dfb.city
• Please make sure you are signed up for AlertDFB. To do that now, log onto http://www.dfb.city/Alertdfb
Additional resources can be found at:
• Centers for Disease Control (CDC) hotline: 1-800-232-4636.
• Florida Health hotline: 1-866-779-6121 or email COVID-19@flhealth.gov
• World Health Organization COVID-19 Website
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
• Florida Health COVID-19 Website
http://www.floridahealth.gov/

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