Broward County now under nightly curfew to battle coronavirus

Broward County now under nightly curfew to battle coronavirus

Beginning (Friday, July 17th) at 11 p.m., a curfew will be in place from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily in Broward.

The new restrictions come under an emergency order issued Friday afternoon by County Administrator Bertha Henry.

Broward County Mayor Dale Holness said the curfew lasts through Aug. 1, giving the county time to gauge if it helps reduce the spread of the virus. If necessary, Holness said the curfew could be extended if the numbers don’t improve.

Broward now joins Miami-Dade County in having a curfew. Palm Beach County doesn’t have one, though it’s requiring all restaurants to close at 11 p.m., and it’s possible the county could enact tighter restrictions if conditions worsen.

Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner on Friday afternoon called it a “big deal” to limit residents’ travels at night, but if it means protecting the public’s health, he said he “absolutely would vote for a curfew.”


People who break Broward’s curfew or ignore other measures could end up facing civil and criminal penalties, Holness said at a news conference Friday afternoon. These penalties could include fines starting at $500 and up to six months in jail, depending on the circumstances.

“I’m imploring the public to take responsibility, personal responsibility, to safeguard the health of yourselves and each other,” Holness said.

This marks the second time that Broward County enacted a nightly curfew in recent weeks. The county had one that lasted three nights in early June, put in place to boost public safety. It came as protests were underway across the country over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minnesota police officer.

Under Broward County’s new order, it also will crack down on the “large social gatherings” that are still happening in the streets and peoples’ homes, despite the number of cases continuing to rise.

“The number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb, along with positivity rates,” the county said in a statement. “In the past week, Broward has experienced more than 1,300 new cases each day and positivity rates as high as 16.58%. Our hospitals are either at or are exceeding their bed capacity.”

Through July 15, Broward County’s code and law enforcement teams issued a total of 57 citations and 768 warnings, the statement said.

In addition, the order says private gatherings at residential properties, whether they may be inside or outside, cannot have more than 10 people. People who decide to go to these gatherings could face individual civil and criminal penalties.

Vacation rentals have proven to be sites for “huge parties,” Holness said.

So starting on Monday, any short-term vacation rentals that are not “actively managed by on-site owners” or management or do not have on-site security 24 hours a day to ensure compliance will have to close. This will last through Aug. 20, the order says.

“I’m even hearing that some young people are having parties, gatherings and daring to see who would get the virus first,” Holness said.

“That’s a little bit crazy to think that someone would risk their life by doing that. But that’s what I’m hearing from various sources, and I’ve been hearing that for a little while now,” Holness said.

Ordering food or drink at any restaurant bar will also have to stop, too. The order says only those seated at tables can be served. And in gyms, people must still wear a mask at all times.

No establishment can serve or do business with any customer who is not following the county’s mask requirement, according to the order.

Before Holness’ news conference, a man who identified himself as Chris Nelson was taken into custody in the lobby of the government center. The man had been shouting about how the new restrictions were intrusions on citizens’ Fourth Amendment rights.

Police ordered him to leave, saying he was causing a disturbance. he initially refused to leave but complied once the officer ordered him to place his hands behind his back.

It was the second person to disrupt a planned news conference this week. At Gov. Ron DeSantis’ conference on Monday, a heckler shouted over DeSantis as he started speaking, calling him an embarrassment, Newsweek reported.

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Dine-in Service and Serving of Alcohol Prohibited Between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

Dine-in Service and Serving of Alcohol Prohibited Between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.


Dine-in Service and Serving of Alcohol Prohibited Between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

Effective 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 10, 2020, per Broward County Emergency Order 20-21, businesses permitted to serve alcohol for on-site consumption may not do so between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. for on-site consumption.

In addition, no establishment that provides on-site dining shall permit on-site dining between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., and must limit the party size to a maximum of 6 people, or 10 people if all are from the same household. Drive-through, take-out or pick-up service may continue. Additional restrictions apply. This Emergency Order will also affect the City’s Temporary Café Zones.

Reminder: Emergency Orders Requiring Facial Coverings in Effect County-wide City of Hollywood Emergency Order 20-06 requires all persons outside their homes to wear a facial covering consistent with current CDC guidelines that cover the nose and mouth, including individuals within the common areas of all buildings with multiple residences and at their place of employment unless otherwise exempted.  Please be sure to review the emergency orders in place, as there will be strict enforcement and violators of the facial covering orders may be subject to fines, civil and/or criminal penalties.

Source: City of Hollywood website

Temporary Beach Closure July 3rd – 5th, 2020

Temporary Beach Closure July 3rd – 5th, 2020

The City of Hollywood has joined with Broward County and other coastal communities to temporarily close the sandy beach from 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 3rd until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 5.

During this time, businesses along the Broadwalk will remain open with existing restrictions related to facial coverings, capacity limitation, etc. The Broadwalk may only be used to access these business establishments. All recreational uses of the Broadwalk shall be prohibited during this period. In addition, the walking/bicycling area north of North Beach park from Freedom Street to Perry Street will also be closed to recreational use.

All are encouraged to read Broward County Emergency Order 20-19, which can be found here:…/…/EmergencyOrder20-19.pdf
City of Hollywood Emergency Order 2020-06 Requiring Public Use of Facial Coverings:

Beach restrictions to be lifted,  Wednesday  June 10th

Beach restrictions to be lifted, Wednesday June 10th

Hollywood Beach

City of Hollywood COVID-19 Update

Monday, June 8, 2020 Hollywood Beach is Open for Limited Active Recreation

Hollywood Beach remains open with limited recreational use at this time. Permitted uses include limited ocean activities (such as surfing, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, body surfing) as well as limited active recreation and exercise (such as walking, running, biking).

Restrictions for sunbathing, beach chairs and blankets, etc. are scheduled to be lifted on Wednesday, June 10th.

For additional information about the current restrictions in place on Hollywood

Beach, please visit:

Frank De Risi Pres. HBCA

City of Hollywood Hurricane Preparedness Guide

City of Hollywood Hurricane Preparedness Guide

City of Hollywood
2020 Hurricane Season
Preparedness Guide

Download the full printable PDF booklette here

Broward County General Population and Pet-Friendly Shelters

  1. Arthur Ashe/Rock Island 1701 NW 23 Avenue, Fort Lauderdale 33311
  2. Lyons Creek Middle School 4333 Sol Press Blvd., Coconut Creek 33073 *
  3. Coral Glades High School 2700 Sportsplex Dr., Coral Springs 33065
  4. Everglades High School 17100 SW 48 Ct., Miramar, FL 33027 *
  5. New Renaissance Middle School 10701 Miramar Blvd., Miramar 33025
  6. Falcon Cove Middle School 4251 Bonaventure Blvd., Weston 33332 *
  7. Monarch High School 5050 Wiles Rd., Coconut Creek 33073
  8. West Broward High School 500 NW 209 Ave., Pembroke Pines, FL 33029
  9. Pines Middle School 200 NW Douglas Rd., Pembroke Pines 33024
  10. Orange Brook Elementary School 715 S 46 Ave., Hollywood 33021
  11. Panther Run Elementary School 801 NW 172 Ave., Pembroke Pines 33029
  12. Parkside Elementary School 10257 NW 29 St., Coral Springs 33065
  13. Park Trails Elementary School 10700 Trails End Rd., Parkland 33076
  14. Silver Lakes Elementary School 2300 SW 173 Ave., Miramar 33027
  15. Plantation Elementary School 651 NW 42nd Ave., Plantation 33317
  16. Liberty Elementary School 2450 Banks Rd., Margate 33063
  17. Beachside Montessori School 2230 Lincoln St., Hollywood 33020
  18. Dolphin Bay Elementary School 16450 Miramar Pkwy., Miramar 33027
  19. Tradewinds Park 5400 Johnson Rd., Coconut Creek 33073
  20. Park Lakes Elementary School 3925 N State Rd. 7, Lauderdale Lakes 33319
  21. Gator Run Elementary School 1101 Glades Pkwy., Weston 33327
  22. Coconut Palm Elementary School 13601 Monarch Lakes Blvd., Miramar 33027
  23. Coral Cove Elementary School 5100 SW 148 Ave., Miramar 33027
  24. Everglades Elementary School 2900 Bonaventure Blvd., Weston 33331
  25. Silver Shores Elementary School 1701 SW 160 Ave., Miramar 33027
  26. Sunset Lakes Elementary School 18400 SW 25 St., Miramar 33029
  27. Manatee Bay Elementary School 19200 Manatee Isles Dr., Weston 33332
  28. Lakeside Elementary School 900 NW 136 Ave., Pembroke Pines 33026
  29. Pompano Beach High School 600 NE 13 Ave., Pompano Beach 33060
  30. Fox Trail Elementary School 1250 Nob Hill Rd., Davie 33324
  31. Silver Palms Elementary School 1209 NW 155 Ave., Pembroke Pines 33028
  32. Watkins Elementary School 3520 SW 52 Ave., Pembroke Park 33023
  33. Hallandale Elementary School, 1000 SW 8 St., Hallandale 33009
  • Pet-Friendly Shelter
    IMPORTANT NOTE: Not all shelters may be opened during a hurricane.
    Broward County will announce which shelters will be opened.

Important Telephone Numbers

Emergency – 911
Hollywood General Information Hotline – 954.967.4362
Hollywood Police Dept. non-emergency – 954.764.4357
Broward County American Red Cross – 954.797.3800
Broward County Emergency Manage-ment Hurricane Hotline – 954.831.4000 or 311
Broward County Special Needs – 954.831.3902
Registry – TTY 954.831.3940
Humane Society of Broward County – 954.989.3977
FEMA Hotline – 800.621.3362
State Attorney General’s Price Gouging Hotline – 866.966.7226
Florida Dept. of Financial Services Consumer Hotline – 800.342.2762
AT&T Repairs – 877.737.2478
Florida Power and Light – 800.468.8243

June 1 marks the beginning of hurricane season. Due to COVID-19 impacts on supplies, it is strongly recommended that you prepare your home and family early for what is expected to be an above average season. The following are a few guidelines to help you through the preparation process.


Develop a hurricane plan
• Meet with your family to discuss the dangers of hurricanes and what everyone needs to do to stay safe.
• Determine if you live in an evacuation zone. If you do, decide where you and your family will go if you need to evacuate.
• Protect your assets.
• Determine whether your home has vulnerable areas – check roofs, doors, and windows. Make necessary repairs.
• Plan to protect your vehicles. Decide where you will park or store your cars, boats and RVs.
• Detail the actions you will take to secure your home.
• Make arrangements for those who have special needs.
• Plan for your pets.
• Gather your supplies. (See the hurricane kit check list on the next page)
• Inform family and friends about your hurricane plan so they can check on you after the storm. Determine an out-of-town contact.

Download the full printable PDF booklette here

City of Hollywood – Travel Experiences, Tourist Attractions, Resorts/Hotels

City of Hollywood – Travel Experiences, Tourist Attractions, Resorts/Hotels



The Sun-Sentinel is compiling a list of travel experiences, tourist attractions and resorts/hotels offering deals or discounts to South Floridians this summer.

If your Hollywood business falls into one of the above categories and you would like your deals and/or discounts to be featured in the article, please email the below information by 3:00 p.m. today, Thursday, June 4 to

  • Business Name
  • Street Address
  • Phone Number
  • Website
  • Normal Price for Experience/Reservation
  • Discounted Price for Experience/Reservation
  • Detailed Description of Experience/Reservation

Take advantage of this free marketing opportunity and share your Hollywood staycation deals!

Questions? Contact the City of Hollywood Economic Development team at 954.921.3620.

Beginning Monday, May 18th, the Broadwalk will be open

Beginning Monday, May 18th, the Broadwalk will be open

Dear All:

Hollywood Broadwalk

o     Beginning Monday, May 18th, the Broadwalk will be open for exercising only including walking, jogging and bike riding* (No time restrictions ) (*bike riding will be prohibited from Harrison St. to Carolina St. when Temporary Cafe Zone is in use Thursday 2pm through Monday 5am)
o     Beginning Monday, May 18th, the Broadwalk will be open to access and patronize restaurants/food establishments and retailers
o      No rollerblading, skating or skateboarding
o      No loitering
o     Social distancing of at least 6 feet between individuals
o      No groups larger than 1O people
o    Facial coverings must be worn when at least 6 feet social distancing cannot be maintained and when patronizing retail businesses

Beach remains closed

Frank De Risi Pres. HBCA

Broward County Recreational Facilities to Reopen Today

Broward County Recreational Facilities to Reopen Today

Hollywood Beach

County and City to reopen at different times:

Broward County Recreational Facilities to Reopen Wednesday, April 29/2020. Broward County has issued a new Emergency Order that allows for the reopening of some recreational facilities tomorrow, Wednesday, April 29th including certain county parks, golf courses, boat ramps, marinas, and pools in multifamily developments. All of the openings will come with specific restrictions including limited hours, usage guidelines, social distancing requirements and other regulations to limit interaction. All beaches in Broward County will remain closed, as well as non-essential businesses. For additional information about which facilities will reopen tomorrow, please visit the County’s COVID-19 website.

City of Hollywood Planning for Reopening of Recreational Facilities Next Week

Due to the current number of new COVID-19 cases in South Florida as documented by the Florida Department of Health each day, the City of Hollywood will not be reopening City parks, public or private golf courses, or boat ramps or marinas at this time. The City will continue to monitor the case data in preparation for the possible phased reopening of certain recreational amenities starting Wednesday, May 6, 2020.

Source: City of Hollywood website
Frank De RisiPres, HBCA

Free Marketing – Let the Public Know You Are Open For Business

Free Marketing – Let the Public Know You Are Open For Business

Dear Downtown Hollywood and Hollywood Beach Business Owner,

Please remember to continue to submit business specials through the below link for our monthly e-blast, App and Florida’s Hollywood website.  You may simply want to submit that your business is open for business!  A deal is not necessary.  (All posts are reviewed and approved prior to going live.)

To submit that your business is open and/or your business specials and deals visit:

In addition, if you are posting on Facebook and Instagram please remember to tag us @floridashollywoodshare this information with your business neighbors located within the CRA Districts.  If they are not receiving these messages, please have them contact me so that we may include them in our database for announcement and information.

Last, but certainly not least, please stay safe and healthy.

City of Hollywood CRA

COVID-19 – Economic Assistance for Businesses from the City of Hollywood

COVID-19 – Economic Assistance for Businesses from the City of Hollywood


Dear HBBA Members,

Your Hollywood Beach Business Association is continuing to be very active for you, our members with the city of Hollywood, the county and other local institutions.  We have been posting updates on the HHBA website and social media of the latest news that affects our area such as government notices on programs that can help your business, as well as events and business seminars which will be instrumental to re-launching Hollywood Beach.

We appreciate the feedback and support we’ve received.  Our governmental affairs coordinator, Debra Case has been engaged with the city on a daily basis, our president Dan Serafini was interviewed by the Miami Herald early on regarding the beach closure and Kathy Di-Bona is keeping tabs on local announcements and breaking news.  We are maintaining contact with partners like the convention and visitor’s bureau in order to have our voice included and to participate in promotional opportunities as the situation improves.

To find out more, visit or our website at or on Facebook.  If you have any news or wish to communicate with us please use the form at

Here’s a resource we encourage you to take advantage of –

COVID-19 – Economic Assistance for Businesses from the City of Hollywood

The City of Hollywood’s Office of Communications, Marketing and Economic Development has information to assist your business during the COVID-19 crisis. They also offer other programs that can help you develop or grow your business in Hollywood with city and third-party programs.  The economic development team can assist you with any of your business-related issues. Contact them using any of these methods:

Phone: 954-921-3620

Thank you for being a member of the HBBA.  We are looking forward to ramping up and planning the relaunch of our businesses here on Hollywood Beach in the near future.

Take care and stay safe!

The HBBA Board of Directors