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On June 15, 2020 Broward County Administrator, Bertha Henry, ordered Food and Retail Establishments to post COVID-19 signage in a place of easy visibility throughout the establishment, including at all entry points, preferably in color and at least 8 1/1” x 11 inches in size. The Signage must be at a minimum in English, Spanish and Creole.



WHEREAS, COVID-19, a respiratory illness caused by a virus that spreads rapidly from person to person and may result in serious illness or death, constitutes a clear and present threat to the lives, health, welfare, and safety of the people of Broward County;

WHEREAS, on March 1, 2020, Governor Desantis declared a Public Health Emergency as a result of COVID-19, and on March 9, 2020, Governor Desantis issued Executive Order 20-52, declaring a State of Emergency as a result of COVID-19;

WHEREAS, on March 10, 2020, I declared a Local State of Emergency; WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the

spread of COVID-19 to be a global pandemic;

WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a national emergency concerning COVID-19;

WHEREAS, to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and the Florida State Department of Health recommend implementation of community mitigation strategies to increase containment of the virus, including cancellation of large gatherings and social distancing of at least six (6) feet between persons in smaller gatherings;

WHEREAS, on March 10, 2020, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners authorized me to take any appropriate and necessary action to protect the health and safety of Broward County residents and visitors in connection with COVID19, and other emergency powers, including under the state-approved emergency management plan, had previously been delegated to me (as further outlined below);

Broward County Emergency Order 20-17

WHEREAS, on April 28, 2020, as part of a coordinated effort with the local municipalities and the adjoining counties, I reopened certain parks, golf courses, and other recreational facilities in Broward County pursuant to the guidelines in Broward County Emergency Order 20-08, as amended by Broward County Emergency Order 20-09;

WHEREAS, beginning on April 29, 2020, Governor Desantis issued a series of Executive Orders, including Executive Orders 20-112, 20-120, and 20-123, establishing Phase 1 of a step-by-step plan for Florida’s recovery (initially excluding Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties) and permitting certain additional activities for individuals;

WHEREAS, on May 14, 2020, Governor Desantis issued Executive Order 20-122 permitting Broward and Miami-Dade Counties to participate in the Phase 1 reopening;

WHEREAS, beginning on May 21, 2020, I have issued a series of Emergency Orders including Emergency Orders 20-12, 20-13, 20-14, and 20-15, which outline the establishments currently permitted to operate in Broward County and incorporate guidelines and requirements for safe operations for opened businesses, amenities, and services; and

WHEREAS, in order to increase public awareness of the safety and sanitation measures required to protect public health, I find that requiring retail establishments and restaurants to post signage containing information regarding sanitization, social distancing, and facial covering requirements will increase compliance with applicable guidelines, further mitigating the spread of COVID-19,

Broward County Emergency Order 20-17

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Bertha Henry, the Broward County Administrator, pursuant to my emergency authority under Sections 8-53 and 8-56 of the Broward County Code of Ordinances, as well as the authority granted to me by the Declaration of Emergency issued by Governor Desantis in Executive Order 20-52, by Chapter 252, Florida Statutes, by the Board of County Commissioners, and by the Broward County Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, hereby order as follows:

Section 1.   Signage Requirements for Retail and Restaurant


All establishments required to comply with Attachment 2 (Restaurants and Food Establishments) or Attachment 3 (Retail Establishments), as applicable, of EO 20-12, as amended, must conspicuously post signage in compliance with this Emergency Order

  1. The signage requirements of this Emergency Order also apply to any mixed-use establishments that have a retail or food area within the establishment.

Signage requirements are as follows:

A.Restaurants and Food Establishments must post the signage attached hereto designated “Restaurants and Food Establishments Required Signage” (also available for download at generalDeclarations.aspx).

  1. Retail Establishments must post the signage attached hereto designated Retail Establishments Required Signage (also available for download at
  2. Signage required in subsections and B. above must be:
  3. At least 8½ ” x 11″ in size, but larger if possible (each sign);

Broward County Emergency Order 20-17

  1. Printed in color when possible;
  2. Posted in multiple language versions available at ( at a
    minimum (at a minimum, English, Creole, and Spanish); and
  3. Placed conspicuously for easy visibility throughout the establishment, including at all entry points.

Section 2.      Applicability; Severability.

This Emergency Order supersedes and replaces any contrary provision in any prior Broward County Emergency Order. Except as superseded, all Broward County Emergency Orders remain in full force and effect. This Emergency Order applies to incorporated and unincorporated areas within Broward County, but has no application outside of Broward County. The provisions of this Emergency Order shall serve as minimum standards, and municipalities within Broward County may establish more stringent standards within their jurisdictions, to the extent permitted by law. Any provision(s) within this Emergency Order that (i) conflict(s) with any state or federal law or constitutional provision, or (ii) conflict(s) with or are superseded by a current or subsequently-issued Executive Order of the Governor or the President of the United States solely to the extent such Executive Order (a) expressly preempts the substance of this Emergency Order or (b) imposes stricter closures than set forth herein, shall be deemed inapplicable and deemed to be severed from this Emergency Order, with the remainder of the Emergency Order remaining intact and in full force and effect. To the extent application of some or all of the provisions of this Emergency Order is prohibited on the sovereign land of a federally or state recognized sovereign Indian tribe, such application is expressly excluded from this Emergency Order.

Broward County Emergency Order 20-17