BY MARIE PULEO | DEERFIELD BEACH NEWS REPORTER
DEERFIELD BEACH PARTIAL REOPENING: The City of Deerfield Beach has announced the first phase of its plans to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. This initial phase, which starts today, April 29, coincides with an order issued by Broward County, which also took effect today, for the gradual reopening, on a limited basis, of certain county parks, natural areas, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses and residential pools.
“This is the first step to reopening our city with a long road ahead of us,” said Deerfield Beach Mayor Bill Ganz in a statement. “If all goes well and we continue to see a drop in the number of cases, we will be able to loosen even more restrictions when deemed appropriate by the healthcare community.”
In the Deerfield Beach partial reopening first phase, beaches will remain closed.
The International Fishing Pier will open for Deerfield Beach resident anglers only (no sightseers) from 6am to 8pm daily. Capacity will be limited to a maximum of 25 anglers with a 10-foot distancing requirement. There will be no fishing equipment rentals.
Also reopening are Deerfield Beach passive parks with open green space and trails. Playgrounds, pavilions and other park structures will remain closed, and recreational programs and events continue to be suspended. Social gatherings of groups of more than 10 people continue to be prohibited, and social distancing of six feet continues to be required.
The following parks will reopen from dawn to dusk daily for walking, running, skating, cycling, or general exercise, as permitted at the park:
Branhilda Richardson Knowles Park
North Crystal Heights
Central Crystal Heights
South Crystal Heights
Deer Run Park,
Johnie McKeithen Park
Mayo Howard Park
Pastor Willie James Ford Sr. Linear Park
Tennis Center at Pioneer Park
Trailhead Linear Park
Villages of Hillsboro Park
SE 15 Street Park
SE 19 Street Park
The Pioneer Park boat ramp will be open only to residents and boat trailer parking pass holders. Only one boat per launch ramp will be permitted at a time, and the vessel must be prepared in advance to launch. The boat ramp will be open from 6am to 7pm daily.
Tennis facilities will be open for singles play only. The Deerfield Beach Tennis Center will be open 7:30am to 8pm, Monday through Friday, and 7:30am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday; Constitution Tennis Courts will be open 7:30am to 8pm; and other park tennis courts will be open from dusk to dawn.
All parks will be heavily monitored by City staff and the Broward Sheriff’s Office, according to the City’s announcement.
Golf courses will be opened to members only, and with restrictions.
Swimming pools located within multi-family developments, condominium developments, condominium hotels, or single-family homeowner associations will be permitted to open, while maintaining six-foot social distancing guidelines and a maximum 50% capacity.
Management at these developments must ensure that the pool and pool deck are used only by current residents and that face coverings are worn at all times by individuals seeking to access the pool or pool deck through areas where such social distancing cannot be maintained, including in elevators, doorways, and hallways. Face coverings do not need to be worn while swimming.
Employees of a housing development must sanitize the pool chairs, railings, gates, tables, showers and other equipment after each individual use or all furnishings must be removed from the pool deck.
Pool and pool deck areas must be supervised during all opening hours by a sufficient number of employees or other person(s) designated by the housing development to ensure appropriate social distancing as per current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
For more information regarding COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) website.
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