Coronavirus Updates

Tamarac is closely monitoring and quickly responding to rapidly changing information and guidelines to stop the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The health and well-being of the community is our highest priority. 

This web page will be updated regularly as new information becomes available. For links to information and resources from the CDC, Florida Department of Health and Broward County, please visit www.Tamarac.Org/CoronavirusResources.

City of Tamarac Coronavirus Update

Update: April 8, 7:15 pm

Tamarac City Manager Michael C. Cernech issued an emergency order that all citizens and residents of Tamarac, as well as all visitors to the City, are strongly urged to use cloth face coverings while utilizing essential services or engaging in essential activities, in addition to other recommended social distancing measures, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission, including, but not limited to grocery stores, hardware stores and pharmacies. This order is effective immediately and available at https://www.tamarac.org/DocumentCenter/View/8200/Tamarac-EO-2020-02.

City Updates

City flags are currently flying at half-staff in honor of BSO Deputy Shannon Bennett who passed away due to the pandemic.

All City of Tamarac magistrate hearings, red light camera hearings, planning board meetings, development review committee meetings and public art committee meetings in May are canceled.

Wellness Resources

As we adapt to a new normal of staying at home, the uncertainty and stress caused by the pandemic can take a toll mentally and physically. Here are some resources that can help you take care of yourself.

Online Fitness Classes:

The City has introduced additional online fitness classes and a creative writing class that allow you to move your body, exercise your mind and engage with others safely. Visit www.Tamarac.org/Parks  for an updated list.

Crisis Intervention, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Resources:

Broward County’s 2-1-1 Broward is a live, 24-hour comprehensive helpline, providing all people with crisis support and health and human services. Call 2-1-1 or visit http://211-broward.org/service/.

Those suffering with mental health or substance abuse issues can call Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration at (800) 662-HELP or visit www.Samhsa.gov.

The Broward Addiction Recovery Center, or BARC, provides addiction recovery services for the residents of Broward County. Call (954) 357-4880 or visit https://www.broward.org/AddictionRecovery/Pages/Default.aspx.

There are concerns that a combination of pandemic-related stress, people staying at home and economic impacts from the situation will lead to an increase in domestic violence. Any victims or witnesses to domestic violence are encouraged to call law enforcement or Florida’s Abuse Hotline, available 24 hours a day at (800) 962-2873.

Update: April 7, 6:45 pm

While staying home is vitally important to stop the spread of COVID-19, doing so may have financial repercussions for many. If you find that you may be in that category, we have compiled a list of programs and resources that are available for individuals and small businesses. Here are some suggestions to get started!

Personal Financial Resources and Assistance:

Reemployment Assistance:

Tax Stimulus Checks:

Bill Deferment:

Avoiding Scams:

 Small Business Resources and Assistance

Webinars This Week:

  • “How to Navigate Small Business Resources” webinar on Thursday, April 9 at 10 am by the Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development. It will be live streamed on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BrowardCountyOESBD and Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/404673176
  • Small Business webinars by the SBA South Florida District Office are limited to the first 1,000 callers. Dial-in information for meetings below is (888) 251-2949 or (215) 861-0694.

Wednesday, April 8, 9 – 11 am. Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/824072. Code: 1671546
Wednesday, April 8, 1 – 3 pm. Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/823970. Code: 5550236

Free Broward Small Business - Virtual Webinars/Consultation (April 6-17): Through a partnership with Microsoft, Citi and Axis South Florida, gener8tor is hosting emergency one-week virtual programs for Broward small businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Register at www.axishelps.org/generator.

Small Business Financial Resources and Assistance

U.S. Small Business Administration: https://www.sba.gov/ 
Paycheck Protection Program: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/paycheck-protection-program-ppp
U.S. Chamber of Commerce-PPP Guide and Checklist:
https://www.uschamber.com/sites/default/files/023595_comm_corona_virus_smallbiz_loan_final.pdf 
Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL): https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/economic-injury-disaster-loan-emergency-advance
Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at FAU http://www.fau.edu/sbdc/consulting/
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity:

Update: April 6, 6:40 pm

This week we remain under a statewide order to stay home as the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 continues. Additional information explaining the order is available at https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/covid19/Exec%20Order%2020-91%20FAQs.pdf.

The pandemic requires us all to make changes to our daily routines and has created financial hardships for some. Even though we are social distancing, there are resources available that will help our community get through this challenging time, together. 

Those experiencing food insecurity can contact Tamarac’s Social Services division at (954) 597-3620 for information and referrals, or reach out to the following organizations:

The following food pantries are offering food on a first-come, first-served basis:

  • St. Malachy Catholic Church (Tamarac residents only): 6200 N. University Dr., Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 - 11 am 
  • Korean United Methodist Church (6501 W. Commercial Blvd.), Saturdays, 9 -11 am
  • Calvary Chapel (2401 W. Cypress Creek Rd.), Saturdays, 3 -5 pm

*Together4Broward is a taskforce of Broward service organizations supporting and sustaining our community during extraordinary times. To join the taskforce, visit https://tinyurl.com/browardfoodsites.

Update: April 2, 5:45 pm

The reported number of Coronavirus cases in Florida reached more than 8,000 today. This emphasizes the critical need for everyone to follow the statewide executive order from Governor DeSantis (effective at 12:01 am tomorrow, April 3) and stay home.

Cancellation and Postponement Notices:

  • All City special events have been postponed through the first week of May.
  • Tamarac’s Community Shuttle services are canceled effective Friday, April 3, until further notice. Call (954) 597-3649 for additional information.
  • The 9th Annual P.A.R.O.T. golf tournament, scheduled for Friday, April 24, has been postponed.
  • The April 25 Household Hazardous Waste Event hosted by the City of Fort Lauderdale is canceled.

We urge everyone, especially seniors as well as individuals with significant underlying health conditions, to only go out in public for the bare minimum of essential services and activities as defined in the executive order. For more detail, you can read the order at https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-91-compressed.pdf.

We’d like to thank essential workers for all you are doing during these challenging times. THANK YOU to our first responders, law enforcement officers, doctors and nurses. We’d also like to thank those who are often overlooked but are taking care of our essential needs. THANK YOU to our pharmacists and medical staff, grocery store workers, cleaning people, home health aides, childcare workers, delivery people and restaurant staff, utilities employees, government employees, IT professionals and all the many unsung heroes that keep our community together.  

Important reminder! CareerSource Broward is hosting a FREE virtual job fair on Friday, April 3, from 9 am – 11 pm. Companies scheduled to participate include Amazon, Walgreens, GEICO, Walmart, Broward County Government and ShipMonk. Visit www.CareerSourceBroward.com.

BIG NEWS for SMALL BUSINESSES! You can apply for the Small Business Assistance/ Paycheck Protection Program starting Friday, April 3. The forgivable SBA loan application and related guidance for lenders and banks are now live. You can get information and download a sample application now at www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/paycheck-protection-program-ppp.

Update: April 1, 4:20 pm

To help fight the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), Florida’s Governor, Ron DeSantis, issued a statewide Stay at Home executive order today. The order goes into effect at 12:01 am Friday and continues through April 30. For more details, the complete order can be viewed at https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-91.pdf.

As news and guidelines for the Coronavirus pandemic continue to evolve, one message remains constant: stay home. One of the most critical steps we as individuals can take to prevent community spread is to stay home and, when we can’t, to practice social distancing and hand washing.  

Everyone Counts in Tamarac, and we want everyone to be counted. Today is officially Census Day. That means today is the day on which you base your response. So, while staying home, please take a few minutes to respond to the 2020 Census.

Completing the census is quick, safe, easy and translates into real dollars used to provide services right here in your community.  You can respond online, by phone or mail, and the questionnaire is available in more than 12 different languages. So, whether you are a citizen or not, own or rent your home, it is important that everyone in your household, including young kids, are counted. The privacy of your census information is protected by law for 72 years.  For more information, visit www.2020Census.gov  or www.Tamarac.org/2020Census.

Update: March 31, 6:15 pm

Urging people in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe Counties to stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-89 emphasizing the importance of all four counties being under a uniform policy. The order, which will remain in place until April 15, is available at www.FLgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-89.pdf.

Tamarac buildings and facilities remain closed, and the City has canceled the April 6 City Commission Workshop and April 7 City Commission Meeting.

There is virtual help available for people whose employment or small businesses have been negatively impacted by the pandemic.

Employment Assistance:

CareerSource Broward is hosting a virtual job fair on Friday, April 3, from 9 am – 11 pm. Companies scheduled to participate include Amazon, Walgreens, GEICO, Walmart, Broward County Government and ShipMonk. FREE. Visit www.CareerSourceBroward.com/.

Small Business Assistance:

The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at FAU is offering virtual consultations for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Get advice on the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, the US SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and more. Visit http://www.fau.edu/sbdc/consulting/.

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s South Florida District Office is offering seminars in English and Spanish on recovering from the effects of COVID-19. These calls are free to attend; each is limited to the first 750 callers.

English:

Wednesday, April 1, 9 – 11 am. Call: (877) 369-5243 or (617) 668-3633; Code: 0329536 Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/823652

Wednesday, April 1, 1 – 3 pm. Call: (877) 369-5243 or (617) 668-3633; Code: 0849083 Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/823654

Thursday, April 2, 9 – 11 am. Call: (877) 369-5243 or (617) 668-3633; Code: 0368196 Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/823655

Thursday, April 2, 1 -3 pm. Call: (877) 369-5243 or (617) 668-3633; Code: 0915149 Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/823656

Friday, April 3, 9 – 11 am. Call: (877) 369-5243 or (617) 668-3633; Code: 0420385 Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/823448

Friday, April 3, 1 – 3 pm. Call: 1-877-369-5243 or 1-617-668-3633; Code: 0698553 Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/823657

Spanish:

Spanish-language webinars are available April 1, 2 and 3, from 11 am – 1 pm. Free to attend. Limited to the first 250 callers. Skype: https://meet.lync.com/sba123/aaharris/S7BA3WKK. Phone: (202) 765-1264; Conference ID – 892635472

Update: March 30, 5:30 pm

We thank community members who are staying home and doing their part to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Unfortunately, there are always those who to try take advantage of others – especially during times of emergency.

In addition to remaining healthy, BSO Tamarac District wants everyone to stay vigilant for COVID-19 related scams and price gouging (unreasonable price increases for essential products during an emergency).

BSO warns there are fake online offers for “CORONAVIRUS TESTS,” “CURES” or “GREAT DEALS” for Coronavirus protective products, such as face masks, gloves and face shields and asks you to be wary of products touted as preventatives or cures. According to the Better Business Bureau, there aren’t any FDA-approved vaccines or drugs to prevent Coronavirus.

If you suspect a COVID-19-related website is not legitimate or if you encounter price gouging, please call BSO’s non-emergency line at (954) 764-4357, or visit the BBB website at www.BBB.org/Council/Coronavirus. There are also numerous tips to help you recognize and avoid scams at www.BBB.org/Council/Coronavirus.   

Parks and Recreation added two classes to its roster of free virtual fitness classes. Just download the Zoom app or visit www.Zoom.us and enter the information below to join the class of your choice. Please do so 10 minutes before the start time, instructors can’t authorize participants once classes begin!

  • New! Zumba Kids classes on Wednesdays, 4 – 4:45 pm. Enter meeting ID, 402-780-1889. Password: zumbalove.
  • New Starting April 6! Strength and Stretch classes on Mondays, 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Enter meeting ID: 952-568-678. No password required.
  • Zumba classes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 – 10:30 am. Enter Meeting ID, 402-780-1889. Password, zumbalove.
  • Yogaletes classes on Saturday mornings at 9 am. Enter Meeting ID: 413-083-794. No password required.
  • Zumba classes on Saturday mornings at 10:30 am (scheduled through May 2). Enter meeting ID: 361 782 315. No password required.

Update: March 27, 6:45 pm

Tamarac Emergency Order Supplements Broward County Order

With the number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases surging in South Florida, everyone must stay home to stop community spread. Broward County issued Emergency Order 20-03 directing a safer at home policy this week. Tamarac joined other Broward cities in issuing a Safer at Home Emergency Order supplementing the County’s order.

Tamarac’s order, which goes into effect at 12:01 am on Saturday, March 28, 2020, includes a requirement to remain at home. Exceptions are made to allow residents to visit essential businesses, seek emergency assistance, care for family members and more. Tamarac’s order is available at https://www.tamarac.org/DocumentCenter/View/8190/Emergency-Order-2020-01-Safer-At-Home-Order.

The County’s Emergency Order 20-03 is at https://www.broward.org/CoronaVirus/Documents/BC-EmergencyOrder20-03.pdf.

In other news, Tamarac’s Community Shuttle schedule will change effective Monday, March 30. The Red Route will operate Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only from 7 am to 4 pm. The Red Route Extension will operate Thursdays only from 9 am to 1 pm.

Update: March 26, 5 pm

Broward County issued Emergency Order 20 – 03, implementing a safer at home policy that strongly urges individuals to stay home except when engaging in essential activities or exercising outdoors following CDC social distancing guidelines. The order updates the list of essential businesses and clarifies certain provisions. Residents and business owners/operators should read the full emergency order for details and consult with their attorney for further clarification if needed. All businesses that continue to operate throughout the COVID-19 crisis must operate in full compliance with CDC social distancing guidelines. The order also defines “essential employees.” For complete information, read the order at https://www.broward.org/CoronaVirus/Documents/BC-EmergencyOrder20-03.pdf.

This initiative by the County confirms the seriousness of the pandemic and how paramount it is for everyone to stay home to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

If you are not already receiving the City’s CodeRED notifications, now’s the time to visit the City’s homepage, www.Tamarac.org, and click the red Emergency Services button to sign up. You can opt to receive automated phone calls, emails and/or text messages during critical situations such as this pandemic, hurricanes and more. 

City Parks will be closed effective Friday, March 27, but the Parks and Recreation department is offering online fitness classes to provide fun and engaging opportunities to exercise at home. Just download the Zoom app or visit Zoom.us and enter the information below for the class of your choice 10 minutes before the start time. Don’t be late; instructors can’t authorize you once classes begin! Here’s what’s available with log-in details:

Our Parks and Recreation department also offers transportation and social services. Residents who need social services, such as assistance with food, can call (954) 597-3620 for information and referrals.

Tamarac’s community shuttle fares have been suspended until further notice. During this time, we’re implementing measures such as a reduced schedule, barriers, increased sanitizing and social distancing to reduce the spread of Coronavirus. The Red Route schedule is Monday – Friday, from 7 am – 4 pm and the Red Extension Route is only operating on Thursdays, 9 am – 4 pm.

Finally, our Economic Development division wants local businesses to be aware that the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at FAU is offering virtual consultations for those small businesses impacted by COVID-19. You can get advice on the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, the US SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan program and more. Visit http://www.fau.edu/sbdc/consulting/.

When ordering food for takeout or delivery visit www.Tamarac.org/Food for a list of Tamarac restaurants providing these services.

Update: March 25, 4:15 pm

As we continue to fight the Coronavirus pandemic, the City urges all residents to stay at home as much as possible. Social distancing is critical for our senior community and those with certain health conditions. Please do your part to protect yourself and others by limiting the spread of COVID-19.

Tamarac’s Public Services department continues to ensure that essential services are unaffected by the pandemic. Our water is still safe and tasty, and garbage, recycling and bulk collections are following the regular schedule. However, Waste Management’s call center is temporarily closed. Call Public Services at (954) 597-3750, submit a ticket using the trackEZ portal, or report an issue directly to Waste Management via email at flswcs@wm.com, if you have questions or concerns.

As a reminder, the March 28 Household Hazard Waste drop off event in Lauderdale Lakes has been canceled.

If you start spring cleaning or home projects during this time, Public Services reminds you that standard bulk collection guidelines apply. The allowed quantity for single-family home pickup is 3 cubic yards per week. Loose items like lumber and tree limbs must be cut, tied and bundled, so they are no longer than 4 feet and no heavier than 50 pounds. General contractors doing work on your property are responsible for the disposal of debris from their work. Visit www.Tamarac.org/SolidWaste for more information.

Finally, you should have received your 2020 Census letter and are encouraged to take the opportunity to respond during this time at home. You can do so online, by phone or email.  Visit www.Tamarac.org/2020Census for information on the census and how it helps the community. Remember, Everyone Counts in Tamarac!

Update: March 24, 4:15 pm

Health experts warn that the Coronavirus pandemic is going to get worse before it gets better. Now is the time to do all we can to stop the spread in our community by social distancing and staying home as much as possible, even if you’re feeling well.

The City is doing its part to follow social distancing guidelines while continuing to meet your needs.  While City buildings are closed, we are still working for you.

Need assistance with a building permit? Building department employees are available at (954) 597-3420 and Permit@Tamarac.org. Our ePermits electronic permitting system is always open for you to submit permits online, view plan reviews, pay permit fees and schedule inspections, when possible. Visit www.Tamarac.org/Building or call or email for details.

The City changed the schedule for community shuttle service and suspended fares until further notice. Effective today, the Red Route will operate Monday – Friday, from 7 am – 4 pm.  The Red Extension Route will only operate on Thursdays, 9 am – 4 pm. 

Playgrounds, basketball courts, fitness equipment, bathrooms and other amenities are closed at the City’s parks. However, the parks are still open from 8 am – 6 pm for passive use of green spaces and walking paths.

Don’t miss a beat in your exercise routine due to social distancing! Zumba classes are now being offered online on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 – 10:30 am. Just download the Zoom app to your phone or computer, enter the ID, 4027801889, and password, zumbalove. The instructor will authorize everyone starting 10 minutes before each class.

Public Services asks residents to follow normal restrictions on our weekly bulk waste collection for single-family homes. The allowed quantity is 3 cubic yards per week. Loose items like lumber and tree limbs must be cut, tied and bundled, so they are no longer than 4 feet and no heavier than 50 pounds. General contractors are responsible for the disposal of debris from their work. 

For updates from Broward County visit www.Broward.org/Coronavirus, and visit www.BrowardSchools.com for the latest from Broward County Public Schools.

Update: March 23, 1 pm

Broward County issued Emergency Order 20-01, closing non-essential retail and commercial businesses effective today. Read the order for details on which businesses are considered essential and directed to remain open, such as healthcare providers and equipment suppliers, grocery stores and pharmacies, banks, gas stations and many more.

Broward County established a new COVID-19 call center number, (954) 357-9500, to assist the Florida Department of Health in Broward County. It is answering public questions about the Coronavirus and providing over-the-phone pre-screenings to determine eligibility for testing. This call center will be open from 8 am – 8 pm, seven days a week.

City of Tamarac buildings, including City Hall, remain closed. Residents can call or email departments for services. For a list of all City department phone numbers, visit www.Tamarac.org/ContactUs

Residents who need to set up new utility services, make payments or ask questions can call (954) 597-3590 or visit www.Tamarac.org/CustomerService. Please continue to pay your bill by mail, online or by dropping it off at drop boxes in the City Hall parking lot at 7525 NW 88th Ave., the parking lot behind the Community Center, 8601 West Commercial Blvd., and at the City’s Water Treatment Plant parking lot, 7803 NW 61st St.  To help people who may be experiencing health or financial challenges during this pandemic, the City suspended any water service shut offs for 90 days at the Special Commission meeting on Thursday, March 19.

FPL has also suspended service shut offs, and asks customers who are experiencing COVID-19 related hardships to visit https://www.fpl.com/help.html to learn about available resources.

While most Tamarac City parks remain open, all outdoor fitness equipment areas, basketball courts, playgrounds, the skateboard park and the splash pad are closed. The Caporella Aquatic Complex is closed. The Colony West golf course closed today, March 23, and the Gary B Jones Park for People and Pups will be closed as of Tuesday, March 24.

All Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) are closed through April 15. This week (March 23 – 27) is spring break so district phone services and food services are suspended. Spring break camps have been canceled.

BCPS classes resume ONLINE March 30 and the school district announced two free months of Internet access for qualified low-income households are available through COMCAST. For details and eligibility requirements, visit www.internetessentials.com  or call (855) 846-8376.

BCPS academics updates are available here and updates on State testing and other requirements are here.

The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced that the federal income tax filing due date is extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020. Details are available on the IRS website.

Those who have questions regarding unemployment claims/benefits can visit www.FloridaJobs.org or call (800) 204-2418.

Update: March 20, 6:45 pm

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order Number 20-70 and 20-71 restricting activity for certain businesses, including bars and restaurants, and places that promote large gatherings of people such as gyms, movie theatres, bowling alleys and beaches. Read Executive Orders

The Florida National Guard opened a testing site at CB Smith’s Park and Ride lot in Pembroke Pines in collaboration with Memorial Healthcare System. The test will be provided only to those who are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms and are either first responders, over age 65, have traveled internationally to affected areas or immune-compromised. Click here for details.

In addition, Broward Health opened a mobile testing unit in Pompano Beach for registered patients only, call (954) 320-5730 for details. Cleveland Clinic in Weston also opened a site for patients with scheduled appointments. Call (954) 659-5951 for information.

Many grocery stores, including Publix and Winn Dixie, are dedicating specific shopping hours for individuals over the age of 60. Please contact stores directly for details.

The City Commission Workshop Monday, March 23, and City Commission Meeting, Wednesday, March 25, have been canceled.

Tamarac is modifying our community shuttle service hours. Starting Monday, March 23, the red route will operate Monday – Friday from 7 am - 5 pm. The red extension route will only run Thursdays from 9 am - 5 pm.

The March 28 Household Hazardous Waste/E-Waste drop-off event in Lauderdale Lakes has been canceled.

Blood drives are being canceled throughout the county, but the need for blood remains. On March 23, the American Red Cross is hosting a blood drive at its Broward Chapter, 600 NE 3rd Ave. in Fort Lauderdale, from 9:30 am – 5 pm. To book an appointment, click here.

Update: March 19, 3:15 pm

Tamarac is suspending its weekly Community Farmers Market starting Sunday, March 22, and the Caporella Aquatic Complex, including the pool, will be closed effective Friday, March 20. City parks remain open, but basketball courts, playgrounds, the skateboard park and the splash pad will be closed beginning Friday, March 20.

While you can still respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone or mail, please be aware that the U.S. Census Bureau has suspended all field operations for two weeks.

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) announced an initiative to distribute computer devices for students in need starting Friday, March 20. BCPS also added new distribution sites for its food and nutrition services program. Information on all this and more is available at www.BrowardSchools.com/Coronavirus.

People over age 60, who need information about food assistance, transportation services and more can call the Aging & Disability Resource Center at (954) 745-9779, email them at helpline@adrcbroward.org or visit www.ADRCBroward.org.

In a recent update, Broward County asked residents ages 60 and up who don’t participate in meal programs but are experiencing a food shortage due to COVID-19 to call the Area Agency on Aging of Broward’s helpline at (954) 745-9779. The County also confirmed that South Florida Meals on Wheels service will continue. People who normally take meals at a congregate meal site or senior center that has closed, will receive home-delivered meals until their regular facility re-opens.

Big news for small businesses! The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has begun offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Florida small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Small businesses, private non-profit organizations of any size, small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture enterprises that have been financially impacted since January 31 may qualify. Details are available at https://DisasterLoan.sba.gov/ela. Those who are interested can also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email DisasterCustomerService@SBA.gov.

Eating out? Consider supporting a Tamarac restaurant; visit www.Tamarac.org/Food for a list of restaurants in the City. Make sure to call to confirm they are open.

Update: March 18, 5 pm

As a reminder, a Special Commission Meeting is taking place at 4 pm on Thursday, March 19 in the Commission Chambers at City Hall. This meeting is open to the public, but you can watch it live on Facebook and at www.Tamarac.org/CityCommissionMeetings. If you plan to attend the meeting in person, please make sure to follow the CDC guidelines recommended for social distancing.

The City’s Planning Board meeting on April 1st has been postponed.

The Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County offers a wealth of information and resources about COVID-19 for people over age 60 at www.ADRCBroward.org

The Florida Governor issued an executive order that all bars and nightclubs in Florida must close. It also instituted requirements on restaurants, which include limiting customer entry to 50% of capacity.

Publix has announced that its adjusting store hours to 8 am – 8 pm, to allow additional time for sanitation and restocking.

Tamarac reminds the community that our drinking water is safe and great tasting. Individuals who want to set up new utility services, make payments or ask questions can call (954) 597-3590 or visit www.Tamarac.org/CustomerService.

Waste Management is continuing trash and recycling services at this time, but its call center is temporarily closed. If you have an issue to report, please submit a ticket using their trakEZ portal, or use their Virtual Assistant at www.WM.com. Residents can also contact Public Services at (954) 597-3750 with concerns.

The wastewater division asks that everyone be careful what they flush. Items that should not be flushed include paper towels, disposable cleaning rags, dust rags and diapers. “Flushable wipes” really aren’t. All these products get tangled in impellers at the pump stations, slowing their capacity and, in some cases, disabling them completely until repairs are made.

To keep the City’s updates at your fingertips, download the free Tamarac To Go Mobile App from your App store. There is a convenient link to this page, and you can also send questions, comments or concerns to City staff through the “How Can We Help” feature.

Update: March 17, 2:30 pm

All City of Tamarac buildings will be closed effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at 5:30 pm. Employees will be working, and available by phone, during normal business hours. The City encourages residents to use our available web services at www.Tamarac.org when possible.

The City’s parks and pool will be open until further notice. 

There will be a Special City Commission Meeting, in Commission Chambers, Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 4 pm. City Hall is located at 7525 NW 88th Avenue, Tamarac, FL. 33321. City Commission meetings are broadcast live at www.Tamarac.org/CityCommissionMeetings or on the City’s Facebook page.

March 25, Broward College Land that Job Workshop at Tamarac Park Recreation Center (Postponed)

Florida has activated the Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program. Here is the link for businesses: https://FloridaDisasterLoan.org/

New guidelines from the White House. https://www.Whitehouse.gov/Briefings-Statements/Coronavirus-Guidelines-America/

Update: March 16, 3:30 pm

To help stop the spread of Coronavirus, Tamarac is canceling, postponing and suspending the following activities.

All City Parks will close at dusk.

Canceled: 

Spring Break camp
Vita Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program
Youth Recreation Classes
Adult Recreation Classes
Adult Trips
Senior program activities
Fitness classes
Adult Open Gym Sundays
March 20 Concert in the Park
March 21 Garage Sale
March 28 Wet & Wild Egg Splash
April 3 Movie in the Park
April 4 Springfest

Postponed: 

All magistrate hearings for red light camera, code and building cases
Public Art Committee meeting
Waters Edge Park Grand Opening
Youth basketball and baseball programs
Savor the Flavor TAMARAC
Tamarac University

Suspended:

Adult co-ed softball
Adult men’s basketball
Facility rentals

Update: March 16, 11:45 am

Information is rapidly evolving regarding the Coronavirus pandemic, but the need for people to continue following personal hygiene guidance and practicing social distancing remains. Following are some important updates for the community.

Election Information:

Florida’s primary election on Tuesday, March 17, will continue as planned. A statement from Florida’s Chief Elections Official and additional information is available at www.BrowardSOE.org.

Broward County Public Schools Programs:

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) updates can be found at www.BrowardSchools.com/Coronavirus. Recent announcements include details about a food and nutrition services to students and families, which include breakfast between 8 – 10 am and lunch between 11 am – 1 pm on regular school day closures this week, which are: March 16, 18 and 19. These meals will be available at Taravella High School, Boyd Anderson High School and a number of other schools throughout the county.

BCPS is also offering free child care assistance for first responders, medical personnel and essential BCPS personnel this week, and posted an update about fee-based spring break camps.

Florida Department of Health: 

The Florida Department of Health recently released helpful information on the Protection, Planning and Care for Older Adults and how to Protect Yourself in Gatherings & Crowds.

Business Resources:

Local businesses can get guidance to plan and respond to the Coronavirus from the CDC, and help the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity assess the impact of COVID-19 on local businesses by participating in the Business Damage Assessment Survey.

Update: March 14, 4:30 pm

Tamarac City Manager, Michael C. Cernech, declared a State of Emergency Friday, March 13, in response to the nationwide pandemic Coronavirus (COVID-19). The declaration enables staff to continue preparations and enables the City to take additional measures to protect our vulnerable populations.

Broward County Public Schools announced they will be closed for two weeks effective Monday, March 16. For additional information from the school district, visit https://www.browardschools.com/coronavirus.

Update: March 13, 1:30 pm

Tamarac is closely monitoring the rapidly changing conditions and information about the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our highest priority is the health and well-being of the community. While the City remains open for business, we are following recommendations from the State Director of Emergency Management and postponing or canceling a number of events and activities. 

Effective immediately, unless otherwise noted, the following activities and events are canceled or postponed. 

Activities:

  • All magistrate hearings for red light camera, code and building cases (postponed until further notice)
  • All senior program activities, effective Monday, March 16 (canceled)
  • Youth soccer closing ceremonies and championship games on Saturday, March 14 (canceled)
  • Youth basketball and baseball programs (postponed until further notice)
  • Fitness classes, effective Monday, March 16 (canceled)
  • Adult open gym, starting Sunday, March 15 (canceled)
  • Tamarac University (postponed until further notice)
  • Adult co-ed softball, effective Saturday, March 14 (postponed until further notice)
  • Adult men’s basketball (postponed until further notice)
  • Public Art Committee meeting (postponed until further notice)
  • Savor the Flavor TAMARAC (postponed until further notice)
  • Waters Edge Park Grand Opening on Sunday, March 29 (postponed until further notice)

Special Events:

  • March 20: Concert in the Park (canceled)
  • March 21: Garage Sale(canceled)
  • March 28: Wet & Wild Egg Splash (canceled)
  • April 3: Movie in the Park (canceled)
  • April 4: Springfest (canceled)

We urge everyone to follow healthy habits that prevent the spread of the flu and other respiratory diseases, including:

  • Washing your hands frequently.
  • Maintaining at least a 3-foot distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • Seeking medical care early if you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing. If you have returned from ANY international travel or a cruise within the past 14 days and are sick, call the Florida Department of Health’s Broward County office at (954) 412-7300 BEFORE traveling to any healthcare facility.
  • Staying home from work if you are sick, so you don’t spread your infection to others.
  • Social distancing when possible, especially for the senior and high-risk communities.

The following websites provide detailed information about the Coronavirus and its spread.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Coronavirus Updates: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Coronavirus Disease and You:
  English:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf
  Spanish: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/315446-B_FS_ShareFactsAboutCOVID-19.pdf
  Simplified Chinese: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet-chinese.pdf 

What to Do if You are Sick with COVID-19 Flyer:
  English:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf
  Spanish: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet-sp.pdf
  Simplified Chinese:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet-chinese.pdf 

Stop the Spread of Germs Flyer:
  English:   https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/stop-the-spread-of-germs.pdf
  Spanish:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/stop-the-spread-of-germs-sp.pdf
  Vietnamese: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/stop-the-spread-of-germs-vietnamese.pdf 
  Simplified Chinese:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/stop-the-spread-of-germs-chinese.pdf 

Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019 Flyer:
  English:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/COVID19-symptoms.pdf
  Spanish: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/COVID19-symptoms-sp.pdf
  Simplified Chinese: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/COVID19-symptoms-chinese.pdf 

Information for Higher Risk & Special Populationshttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html

Handwashing Guidancehttps://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html

Mitigation Strategies for Communities: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/community-mitigation-strategy.pdf

Florida Department of Health:

http://www.floridahealth.gov/

COVID-19 Prevention Flyer:
  English:  https://s33330.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/covid19_resp_prevent_11x17.pdf
  Creole:    https://s33330.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/covid19_resp_prevent_11x17_hc.pdf
  Spanish:  https://s33330.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/covid19_resp_Span.pdf

Broward County: 

https://www.broward.org/Pages/coronavirus.aspx