Broward still ‘tweaking’ new guidelines for Monday reopening

Broward admin: 31 municipalities agree to start reopening Monday

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry told commissioners Tuesday there is a consensus among the county’s 31 municipalities to begin the Phase 1 reopening of museums, restaurants, hair and nail salons and other non-essential businesses on Monday.

Henry made the announcement during a commission’s workshop meeting. She said the commissioners’ feedback will help her “tweak” the county-wide guidelines, which will allow restaurants to reopen at 25% capacity and to expand outdoor seating areas.

Henry said Broward has met the federal requirements to start reopening and Gov. Ron DeSantis will likely be approving the county’s plan and executive order just in time for Monday.

“I am coordinating with Miami-Dade this afternoon just to see where they are,” Henry said about strategies to reduce the spread of the coronavirus disease in South Florida.

Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry answered commissioners' questions on Tuesday about reopening plans. (Broward County)

Broward County Mayor Dale Holness said there aren’t enough policing resources to make sure residents are following safety measures such as wearing a face mask, yet getting people back to work is necessary.

“We have to balance the health, but also the economy, and I know many people are hurting with the economy out there,” Holness said citing the April unemployment report.

District 5 Commissioner Steve Geller, who was sworn in as vice mayor in November, and Henry both said this is why there is a need for a public service announcement strategy.

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