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Based upon the guidance of public health officials and to slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, the City of Sunrise passed a Declaration of Local Emergency effective March 18, 2020, at 5:00 pm through April 16, 2020. Answers to frequently-asked questions regarding the Declaration are below:

What businesses have to shut down and which businesses are allowed to stay open? 
Based upon the guidance of public health officials and to slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, the City of Sunrise has taken action effective March 18, 2020 at 5:00 pm through April 16, 2020 to restrict operations of certain businesses within the City of Sunrise as follows:

  1. All restaurants, cafeterias, and other food service establishments are mandated to cease all on-premises service. However, such establishments may continue to operate their kitchens for drive-thru, delivery, take-out, and exterior pickup food services. 
  2. All gyms, fitness centers, fitness studies, dance studios, and gymnasiums shall close. This regulation shall not apply to gymnasiums, fitness centers, and fitness studios which: (a) are amenities of hotels or office buildings and which have a capacity of 10 persons or less; and (b) are an amenity of residential buildings. 
  3. All bars, nightclubs, taverns, pubs, cocktail lounges, breweries, dance halls, movie theaters, halls for hire, auditoriums, bowling alleys, video arcades, and other like entertainment facilities and businesses, including but not limited to those contained within a hotel or other enclosed facility or structure, shall close.
  4. All public gatherings of any type, whether organized or otherwise, of greater than 10 persons are prohibited. 
Are any businesses exempt?
Grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores, banks, credit unions, financial institutions, hardware stores, auto-supply stores, hospital, healthcare and medical facilities, pharmacies, drug stores, medical supply companies, land or facilities owned and managed by Broward County, the Broward County School Board, the North Broward Hospital District, the State of Florida, the Federal Government, and City of Sunrise are exempt for this regulation.

Do we have to shut down our dining area? 
Yes, all restaurants, cafeterias, and other food service establishments are mandated to cease all on-premises service. However, such establishments may continue to operate their kitchens for drive-thru, delivery, take-out, and exterior pickup food services. 

How long are these restrictions being placed on businesses?
Effective at 5:00 p.m. on March 18, 2020 through and including April 16, 2020 

What do we do to help our employees? 
Some establishments are planning to shift dining room employees over to delivery and takeout to minimize the impact on the service industry personnel. 

Is the City or State offering any financial help for businesses? 
The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business owners located in all Florida counties statewide that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19. These short-term, interest-free working capital loans are intended to “bridge the gap” between the time a major catastrophe hits and when a business has secured longer term recovery resources, such as sufficient profits from a revived business, receipt of payments on insurance claims or federal disaster assistance. To learn more visit www.floridadistaterloan.org.  We will post additional information on the City’s website as they become available. 

Are Day Cares included?
Yes, they are not permitted to have more than 10 people, including employees.

Are Offices included?
No, they are not considered a public gathering place; however, employers should implement appropriate social distancing and office sanitation procedures

Is a Catering business allowed to operate? 
Yes, caterers should follow the rules that apply to restaurants. No one is allowed in premises for dine-in, but they can provide drive-thru, delivery, take-out, and exterior pickup food services. A catering company cannot provide catering to people in Sunrise, except for deliveries to residential properties. 

Is a Bakery and/or Coffee Shop allowed to operate?
Bakeries and coffee shops are considered food service establishments and should follow the rules for restaurants. No one is allowed in the premises for dine-in, but they can provide drive-thru, delivery, take-out, and exterior pickup food services.

Can a Music Studio stay open? 
A music studio can operate as long as there are no more than 10 people inside the studio at one time, including employees. 

Can Retail Stores stay open?
Yes, as long as there are no more than 10 people inside the store at one time, including employees. For example, if a store has 5 employees, only 5 customers would be allowed to also be in the store. If more than 10 employees were needed to operate a store, they would have to close. However, the store can reduce the number of employees and remain open.

Can Retail Stores do pick-up and delivery?
Any retail store can provide pick-up and delivery service options.

Can Home Depot and Lowes stay open?
Yes, because they are a hardware store and exempt from the declaration.

Can Veterinarians stay open?
Yes, because they are a healthcare provider and exempt from the declaration.

Can a Laundromat stay open?
Yes, as long as there are not more than 10 people inside the store at one time, including employees.

Who can I call for more information?
If you have questions, please call the Community Development Department Community Enhancement and Code Compliance Division at 954-572-2344 or email Code@sunrisefl.gov.