Adult leisure venues are allowed to reopen in Broward County


BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. Broward County’s Administrator Bertha Henry enacted Emergency Ordinance 20-26 Friday night that allows adult entertainment and other nightlife establishments to reopen during the pandemic. Performers providing live entertainment must be at least 10 feet apart.

Governor Ron DeSantis temporarily suspended Broward County’s ability to punish those who did not wear face-covering during the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Friday. But Henry’s orders still enforce social distancing and capacity constraints in companies.

“When we reopened, our community has taken reasonable steps to better promote public health and control our COVID-19 numbers,” Henry said in a statement. “Due to the governor’s order, I am forced to expedite the opening of certain facilities.”

According to Lori Shepard, a Broward County spokeswoman, officials can enforce certain local rules regarding the reopening of Phase 3. Henry’s emergency order emphasizes the importance of the U.S. Centers’ Guidelines for Disease Control and Prevention.

Henry’s order limit table uses six people. Also, unless there is a plexiglass partition and customers are 6 feet apart, the counters must remain closed. The dining areas must remain closed from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

“Local jurisdictions retain some rights, guidelines and restrictions,” Shepard said.

Broward County’s Mayor Dale VC Holness said that as any remaining stores reopen, it is still important to adhere to local emergency orders, including wearing face coverings, practicing social distancing and good personal hygiene.

“This is a very important time in the recovery process to understand that we must not give up our vigilance,” said Holness.

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