Broward County eases restrictions amid two-week decline in coronavirus positivity

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Broward County Mayor Dale Holness held a news conference Friday morning to announce changes to the current emergency orders in place.

Holness said he is proud of residents for doing their part to continue the decline in COVID-19 cases, and said the county now has had a positivity rate of less than 5% for the past two weeks.

“We’re all in this together. All of us. All of us are in this together,” Holness said. “And COVID has taught us this: that as human beings, we are interconnected. What affects one, can and often does affect the other. So we must all work together to create more safety, limit the spread of COVID-19, which will allow us to reopen our economy and get us to where we can work toward prosperity for all the people of Broward County.”

Some of the adjustments that have been approved are that banquet facilities, catering halls and ballrooms may now operate at 50% capacity. There can be no more than 100 people in a room, however, no matter how large the facility is.

Holness said non-professional sports activities, like high school sports and Little League, can operate with fans and spectators present, with 25 percent capacity allowed.

Non-organized sports can resume at parks with a 10-person limit.

He said restaurant bar counters may also reopen to patrons, although there must be plexiglass between people and no alcohol may be served in those areas.

Restaurants can also now have live performers, providing those performers be at least 10 feet away from patrons. Holness said everyone must still wear facial coverings unless they are seated at a table.

Homeowner’s associations may now allow residents to bring guests to pools and common areas. Any pool equipment must be sanitized on a regular basis.

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