March 20, 2020 1:55 PM
Reopening & Resources
Last Updated: May 23, 2020
For links to specific guidelines for restaurants, gyms, retail establishments, and other businesses and amenities. Visit http://wiltonmanors.com/729/Coronavirus-Updates.
Governor DeSantis approved Phase 1 of Broward County's reopening plan. The County Administrator has issued Emergency Orders that provide responsibilities for businesses and residents to adhere to social distancing, facial covering, and sanitation requirements as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In addition, the Orders provide operational and sanitation guidelines for the following businesses and amenities:
Beaches in Broward County (authorized to reopen May 26, 2020)
Commercial Gyms & Fitness Centers (authorized to reopen May 26, 2020)
Hotels, Motels, and Lodging Establishments (authorized to reopen to general guests May 26, 2020)
Restaurants & Food Establishments
Community Rooms, Fitness Centers, and Gyms in Housing Developments
Parks in Broward County Limited Reopening Guidelines
Boating and Marine Activities Requirements
Golf Course Limited Reopening Requirements
Pool Decks, Pools, and Other Residential Recreational Amenities in Housing Developments
Public Community Pools & Private Club Pools
The current phase of the reopening plan does not include bars or large venues.
To view Broward County's Emergency Orders, checklists prepared by the City for patrons and restaurants as well as additional resources published by the CDC visit: http://wiltonmanors.com/729/Coronavirus-Updates
Wilton Manors Parks and Recreation Areas
While Hagen Park, Mickel Park, and boat ramps are now open for passive activities such as walking, jogging, tennis, and boating, please remember that the following guidelines are in place:
- Parks are to be used for short-interval activities only
- Social gatherings of groups of more than 10 people are not permitted
- All visitors must practice six-feet social distancing and wear a face covering
when social distancing is not possible
- Tennis courts may be used for singles play only
- Limited restroom facilities and water fountains will be open
Please remember that all other Wilton Manors parks remain closed, including dog parks, playgrounds, outdoor fitness zones, and volleyball and basketball courts. If you witness a violation of the above guidelines, please call Wilton Manors Police Department's Non-Emergency Hotline at (954) 390-2150. The after-hours non-emergency hotline is (954) 764-HELP.
Governor DeSantis' Re-Opening Task Force Launches Portal to Accept Public Comments
Governor Ron DeSantis’ Re-Open Florida Task Force launched a public comments submission portal. Residents are encouraged to submit feedback on any topic related to reopening Florida’s economy. To submit a public comment visit: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/publishEQBCT=59c1681fac504b6ab8da108d52501c92
SHIP Funds Provide Rental Assistance to Qualifying Residents
The State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) program serves low and moderate income families. Its primary purpose is to make housing affordable. Financial assistance via SHIP Funds are now available to qualifying Broward County residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to help pay rent, homeowners association, utilities and/or related late fees. To learn more and to apply visit https://www.broward.org/FamilySuccess/Pages/shipfunds.aspx.
Reopening Resources from Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce offers several guides and checklists filled with recommendations to help businesses and organizations reopen safely and successfully. On its YouTube channel, the Chamber has compiled podcasts and webinars from the South Florida Business Council.
- To view the Chamber's Recommendations for Safely Reopening Businesses Guide, visit https://bit.ly/WMGFLCCReopeningRecs
- To view the Chamber's Return to Work Checklist, visit https://bit.ly/WMGFLCCWorkCheckLists
- To view the Chamber's Resources and Insights Guide, visit https://bit.ly/GFLCCResourcesandInsights
- To view the Chamber's podcasts and webinars, visit https://bit.ly/GFLCCPodcasts
FOOD DISTRIBUTION EVENTS
The City of Wilton Manors in partnership with Fort Lauderdale, Oakland Park, and Feeding South Florida will host Coronavirus (COVID-19) drive-thru Food Distribution Events on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Mills Pond Park (2201 NW 9th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311).
Food will be distributed on a first come, first served basis to the first 1,000 vehicles. Before arriving to the event, recipients are asked to place an empty box or container in their trunk that can be filled with food as their vehicle passes through the distribution station. Recipients must remain in their vehicles and will be instructed to open their trunk when volunteers are ready to load it. To access the event, enter Mills Pond Park from southbound NW 9 Avenue. The food distribution events will continue weekly at the same time and location on an as needed basis. If you are food insecure and do not have a means of transportation to attend these weekly events, please reach out to Pamela Landi for assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RESOURCES FOR SENIOR CITIZENS
Food Assistance Programs
The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County is offering frozen meal delivery to seniors over the age of 60. For assistance, please call (954) 745-9779. Learn more at https://www.adrcbroward.org/foodassistance.php.
Dedicated Shopping Hours for Seniors
Many local grocers have dedicated specific shopping hours for seniors (65+) to ensure they remain as isolated as possible during this time.
The Fresh Market
Senior Citizen Shopping Hour: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Publix Super Markets
Senior Citizen Shopping Hour:
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 7 a.m. – 8 a.m.
Senior Citizen Shopping Hour: Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.
Senior Citizen Shopping Hour: Tuesdays 6 a.m. – 7 a.m.
Whole Foods Market
Senior Citizen Shopping Hour: Every day, 7 a.m. – 8 a.m.
Senior Citizen Shopping Hour: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
REEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE INFORMATION
Reemployment Assistance benefits, formerly known as unemployment compensation, can be filed online at https://connect.myflorida.com/Claimant/Core/Login.ASPX. For regular unemployment questions call 1-800-204-2418. For special cases such as legal issues, computer literacy, language barriers or disabilities call 1-800-681-8102.
Florida Unemployment Applications Dispenser
In an effort to assist our community, a dispenser with Florida unemployment applications has been placed outside the Commission Chambers. The forms are available in English, Spanish, and Creole. Individuals seeking unemployment assistance should complete the form and mail it to the address on the form. A number of participating FedEx locations will also accept the completed forms and will mail them to the State’s Unemployment Office at no charge.
BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
Business Damage Assessment Survey
Businesses adversely impacted by COVID-19 are encouraged to complete the Emergency Business Damage Assessment Survey online at: www.floridadisaster.biz
Information submitted by businesses will help the State of Florida determine the type and level of resources needed to continue to help impacted businesses. The survey does NOT serve as an application for resources. After filling out the survey, federal, state or local agencies may reach out to your business through the contact information provided if you indicate your interest.
Update on Funding Options Available for Businesses
The South Florida Regional Planning Council (SFRPC) is the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration's designated Economic Development District for South Florida. The SFRPC works with local government, public, private, non-profit, and philanthropic partners to provide information and assist with technical support. The Council compiled an update on Coronavirus (COVID-19) funding opportunities available for South Florida businesses. The update includes FAQs, deadlines, requirements, and more. To view the SFRPC update on funding opportunities available to businesses, visit https://bit.ly/SFRPCResources
SBA Economic Injury Loan
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is working directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by COVID-19. The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program offers working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
For details, visit https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources
Florida Emergency Bridge Loan
Governor DeSantis has activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program that provides short-term, interest free loans of up to $50,000 to small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Business owners in Florida with two to 100 employees are eligible. The application period ends May 8, 2020.
For more information, visit www.floridadisasterloan.org or call the Florida Small Business Development Center Network at 866-737-7232.
Florida Short Time Compensation Program
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) offers the Short Time Compensation Program, designed to help employers maintain their staff by reducing the weekly working hours during temporary slowdowns instead of temporarily laying off employees. For information on qualifications and how to apply, visit http://floridajobs.org/office-directory/division-of-workforce-services/reemployment-assistance-programs/short-time-compensation-program-for-employees
Florida Business Taxes
Governor DeSantis has directed the Department of Revenue to provide flexibility on the deadlines of taxes due such as corporate income tax and sales tax to assist businesses that are adversely impacted by COVID-19.
Small Business Resource Guide
The South Florida Business Journal has compiled a list of resources for small and midsized business owners. For the full list visit http://bit.ly/BizJournalCovid19Resources
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
The CARES Act provides more than $2 trillion in economic relief to American businesses and families to help fight the effects of the COVID-19 crisis. The Act provides funding and assistance to small businesses, non-profits, resource centers, health care workers, and seniors. It also provides assistance through stimulus checks, student loan aid, and more. To learn more about the CARES Act, visit https://www.sbc.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/guide-to-the-cares-act
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a loan program designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will forgive PPP loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities. The PPP will be available through June 30, 2020.
Who is Eligible? Small businesses and 501(c)(3) non-profits, veteran organizations, and tribal businesses with 500 employees or fewer. Sole proprietors, independent contractors, gig economy workers, and self-employed individuals are eligible too.
How much can I borrow? PPP loans are designed to cover 8 weeks of payroll. Loans used for payroll including cash tips and hourly wages, and business expenses will be forgiven.
Where can I apply? Available at SBA-approved banks with more banks and non-traditional lenders being approved quickly.
Employee Retention Tax Credit
The Employee Retention Tax Credit is a 50% tax credit for the first $10,000 of compensation, including the employer portion of health benefits, for each eligible employee. For more information regarding this tax credit and to learn about eligibility requirements visit http://bit.ly/WMEmployeeRetentionTaxCredit
Free Webinars For Small Businesses
The South Florida Emergency Response Program, powered by Axis South Florida, is a new resource for businesses and nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Offered in both English and Spanish, the free daily webinars are designed to help small businesses secure resources to withstand the current crisis. One-one-one meetings are also offered as part of the Program. For more information on the South Florida Emergency Response Program, visit https://bit.ly/WMEmergencyResponseWebinars
U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) Offering Business Assistance
The USCM Small Business and Entrepreneurship Task Force is now offering individual business assistance at no cost to small business owners. Small business owners may call (855) 876-5561 for one-on-one assistance. Owners will be connected with experts who can assist them in developing strategies for their businesses, including personnel management, operations, and liquidity. Specialists will also help owners navigate funding options at the federal, state, and local levels. For more information on the USCM business assistance for small business owners, visit https://bit.ly/WMUSCMSmallBizAssist
Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council (FSMSDC) Resources
The FSMSDC has created a list of resources and information for small businesses struggling with the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis. The resources include quick links to loans, assistance with loan packaging, technical assistance, webinars, advice on business continuity, and strategies for managing remote work forces. To view the FSMSDC list of resources, visit https://fsmsdc.org/covid19/
SBA Small Business Recovery Webinar Series
As of Monday, April 27, 20202, the SBA has resumed accepting PPP loan applications from approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrower. The SBA South Florida District Office will host a series of Small Business Recovery webinars to provide the latest information on how the SBA is helping small businesses with their economic recovery from the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). You may join the conference 10 minutes prior. Each session is limited to the first 500 callers, unless otherwise noted. Find a full list of upcoming webinars by visiting https://bit.ly/WMSmallBizRecoveryWebinars
SBA Disaster Loan Virtual Office Hours
The SBA South Florida District Office will host virtual office hours to answer questions about the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. The virtual office hours are limited to 250 callers at one time. Participants may call at anytime and are welcome to enter and exit at will. Callers will be muted upon entry and will be taken in the order they are received. Office hours will be held Monday- Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. To enter by phone: (202) 765-1264; Conference ID: 143765659. To enter by Skype, visit https://bit.ly/SBAVirtualOfficeHours
Business Resiliency Virtual Town Hall
The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development is hosting a virtual town hall to help our local business owners in developing a successful plan for business continuity and resilience in times of crisis. The virtual town hall will occur Thursday, May 7, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. via Zoom conference call. For more information and to register, visit https://bit.ly/BrowardBizResiliencyTownHall
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND INFORMATION
Broward County Resources For Residents
There are a variety of government assistance programs, financial companies, non-profit organizations, and utilities services willing to step in to help those who may be unemployed or otherwise can’t afford to pay bills due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. To review the list of resources available to Broward County residents, visit https://bit.ly/WMBrowardResResources
Applications for Sponsorship Funding from the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitor Bureau (GFLCVB) are Due by 5 p.m. on May 20
The GFLCVB has launched the 2020 Supplemental Tourism Place of Interest Sponsorship Program. The new program provides sponsorships of up to $20,000 to qualifying Broward County tourist attractions, museums and welcome centers. Funds must be used to preserve staff jobs or to support ongoing operational expenses that have been severely impacted by suspension of services as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and to enhance marketing and promotional programs to attract visitors back to Broward County and to the permanent attraction, museum, or visitor center. Additional program guidelines and application forms are currently available online. To learn more, visit https://bit.ly/WMCVBSponsorships2020
Building Permitting Services
The City is now offering building permitting services online. If you need assistance with online building permitting, please call (954) 390-2180 to leave a voicemail or email CDSinfo@wiltonmanors.com. Community Development Services staff is now available on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. for contractors and homeowners to pick up ready-to-be-issued building permits through a no contact process. Email Community Development Services staff (email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; and email@example.com) to notify them that you will be picking up your permit. At this time, all exterior inspection requests are being scheduled and interior inspection requests are being scheduled on a case-by-case basis. To access the building permitting services online, visit https://bit.ly/WMOnlineBuildingPermitServices
Broward County Arts Relief Program
The Broward Cultural Division announced the launch of the Broward Arts Relief Fund. The supplemental grant program will provide financial assistance to Broward-based nonprofit cultural organizations that have been impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The grants will range from $2,500 to $20,000 to support arts-related activities. The Fund will also cover fees for artistic contractual services that have been cut or will be cut as a result of COVID-19. https://bit.ly/WMBrowardArtsRelief
Emergency Relief Grants for Cultural Organizations
With the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) received $75 million to distribute to cultural institutions affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. As the statewide affiliate for the NEH, Florida Humanities is distributing $850,000 in emergency grants through “Florida Humanities CARES” to cultural and heritage institutions across Florida affected by the coronavirus crisis. Florida Humanities CARES provides vital funding to support general operating expenses for vulnerable cultural organizations and communities, so that they can continue to provide opportunities for our state’s diverse communities. To learn more, visit: https://bit.ly/WMResourcesforCulturalOrgs
The IRS has extended the income tax payment deadline. The filing deadline for tax returns remains April 15, 2020. Income tax payment deadlines for individual returns, with a due date of April 15, 2020, are being automatically extended until July 15, 2020, for up to $1 million of their 2019 tax due. The extended payment deadline applies to all individual returns, including self-employed individuals, and all entities other than C-Corporations, such as trusts or estates. Please visit the IRS website at https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/payment-deadline-extended-to-july-15-2020 for additional details and specific qualifications.
Florida Power & Light (FPL)
For customers experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19, FPL is suspending disconnections at least through the end of March. For additional assistance, please visit www.FPL.com/Help
Comcast Extends Service Commitments Until June 30
As safer-at-home orders remain in effect and schools stay closed across Florida, Comcast is extending its commitments for Xfinity customers through Wednesday, June 3, 2020. This includes waiving late fees and not disconnecting services, opening up WiFi hotspots to everyone, and pausing data plans.
- Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country are available to anyone who needs them for free, including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For details, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi
- Comcast is offering a low-income Internet Essentials package that includes two months of free internet. For details, visit www.internetessentials.com
- Comcast is also pausing customer data plans for 60 days, giving all customers unlimited data for no additional charge.
- Comcast will not disconnect internet service or assess late fees if customers contact the company and let it know they can’t pay their bills during the 60-day period.
- For more information regarding Comcast's Xfinity commitments through June 30, 2020, visit: https://bit.ly/WMComcastExtension630. For general updates from Comcast related to coronavirus, visit www.comcastcorporation.com/COVID-19.
Broward County Evictions Activities Suspended
The Broward Sheriff’s Office, in coordination with the 17th Judicial Circuit, is suspending all eviction activities until further notice due to the current public health crisis.
Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program
The EIDL program assists businesses, renters, and homeowners affected by disasters. Applicants can receive an emergency $10,000 grant and loans of varying amounts. For more information regarding the EIDL program and to view eligibility requirements, visit http://bit.ly/EconomicInjuryDisasterLoan
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Broward County to Offer Mobile and In-Home COVID-19 Testing
Broward County, the Florida Department of Health in Broward (FDOH-Broward), American Medical Response (AMR), and Century Ambulance Services (CAS) launched a new mobile and in-home testing program. Residents eligible for the new testing option include homebound elderly or individuals with disabilities who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and cannot leave their homes to access one of the drive-up or walk-up test collection sites. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Residents who believe they are eligible for the mobile/in-home testing option should call the Broward County COVID-19 Call Center at (954) 357-9500 for a pre-qualifying assessment. The Call Center is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. To learn more, Visit: https://bit.ly/WMCountyMobileTesting
Free Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing at Holiday Park
Free COVID-19 drive-thru swab testing is available at Holiday Park (1150 G. Harold Martin Drive) to anyone over the age of 18 with or without COVID-19 symptoms. No doctor referral is needed. The testing site is open Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Visits are by appointment only and individuals will need to bring a proper ID. To make an appointment, call (800) 209-7919.
Data Available from Florida Department of Health (FDOH)
If you have questions related to COVID-19, please call the FDOH Call Center at (866) 779-6121. The call center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You may also email COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals who are concerned that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact the FDOH in Broward County at (954) 412-7300 and their healthcare provider before traveling to any healthcare facility. To review the latest data, visit https://bit.ly/WMFDOHDashboard
Florida Department of Health Resources
The Florida Department of Health has created a website with resources for Coronavirus (COVID-19) related questions. Especially helpful is a list of mental and behavioral health organizations and resources that offer support during this challenging time. You can also monitor the number of cases statewide daily.
Find English-language resources by visiting https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/#latest-stats
Find Spanish and Creole resources by visiting https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/resources/#toolkitJump
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
There are many resources available for those seeking mental and emotional support during this crisis. Broward residents are encouraged to call 2-1-1 for immediate attention or information. You may also text your zip code to 898-211 for assistance. The Florida Department of Health has compiled a list of resources that offer mental and emotional health support as well. Learn more by visiting: https://bit.ly/WMMentalHealthAwareness2020
Mental and Behavioral Health Resources
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is offering free information, materials, and resources focusing on ways individuals and families can cope with the stress and challenges of COVID-19. SAMHSA has also created the Disaster Distress Helpline, (800) 985-5990, to provide immediate assistance to those seeking counseling and support. The help line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information and to view the list of SAMHSA resources for individuals and families, visit https://bit.ly/WMSAMHSAResources
Broward Cultural Division Offering Ten Scholarships
The Broward Cultural Division is offering scholarships to 10 individuals to attend the Miami Arts Marketing Project (MAMP) Lab: Fundraising During COVID-19. The virtual discussion will feature a panel of innovators and experts who will highlight opportunities to engage and inspire donors, sponsors, or members of your organization. One applicant may apply from each organization, and applications will be accepted through Thursday, May 21, 2020.
- For more information on the MAMP Lab: Fundraising During COVID-19, visit https://bit.ly/WMMAMPLabsInfo
- To apply for the Broward Cultural Division scholarship, visit https://bit.ly/WMMAMPScholarshipApp
- To purchase tickets for the program, visit https://bit.ly/WMMAMPTickets
Keeping Kids Engaged and Learning
Need help keeping the kids focused on learning? The Visit Lauderdale Junior Ambassador free online learning program provides compelling, tourism-themed educational lessons, for kids in 3rd to 8th grade, that are filled with fun ways to learn about math, science, history, geography, the arts and more – all brought to life through locations and experiences available in Greater Fort Lauderdale. To learn more, visit: https://bit.ly/WMVisitLauderdaleLearning
Virtual Culture from the Comfort of Your Home
Art, music, culture- you don't have to miss anything while you're at home. The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (GFLCVB) compiled a list of virtual musical performances, museum tours, and history lessons offered by organizations across Greater Fort Lauderdale to enjoy from home. The GFLCVB also created a list of of popular movies and TV shows filmed in Broward County. Cue up Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, or OnDemand and travel around South Florida without leaving the comfort of your couch.
- To visit the GFLCVB virtual arts, music, and culture web page, visit: https://bit.ly/WMVirtualCultureCVB
- To visit the GFLCVB movies and TV shows web page, visit: https://bit.ly/WMMoviesandTVCVB