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COVID-19 Travel Information 

Greater Fort Lauderdale welcomes visitors while taking necessary precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Pledge sealThe Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau's highest priority is the safety and well-being of visitors and residents. Hotels, beaches and businesses have reopened for visitors. Wearing masks in public spaces and distancing is required. Rules are in place to ensure Safe + Clean experiences throughout Greater Fort Lauderdale (Broward County) and its 31 cities. 

VISITOR GUIDELINES

Greater Fort Lauderdale COVID-19 guidelines include:

  • Social distancing - keep six feet apart from others and no groups larger than 10 people.
  • Masks are required when entering all buildings, at attractions and inside hotel lobbies and public spaces. You must wear a mask when entering a restaurant (remove while eating). You may remove your mask while exercising outdoors, but you need to carry one and put on when you can't maintain social distance. 
  • Wash hands frequently, use hand sanitizer and follow CDC guidelines for protecting yourself and others

HOTELS  

Hotels are open for all visitors. Be sure to check directly with your preferred hotel, since a few have not fully reopened.   

VACATION RENTALS

Short-term vacation rentals are open for all visitors.

4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS SHOWS

Fireworks shows by the City of Fort Lauderdale and the City of Pompano Beach are closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings. All are encouraged to enjoy the fireworks safely from their balconies, backyards, porches, patios or virtually beginning at 9 p.m.

BEACHES

Greater Fort Lauderdale beaches are open June 29 through July 2. All area beaches will close July 3-5 for the July 4th holiday weekend for the safety of visitors and residents by preventing crowded conditions that may lead to spread of COVID-19. Hotels (including pool areas), restaurants and shops throughout Greater Fort Lauderdale will remain open over the holiday weekend. 

Beach Activities Allowed (except for the holiday closure):

  • Sunbathing, picnicking, sitting or lying on the beach.
  • Use of umbrellas, canopies, chairs, loungers, and coolers.
  • Walking, running, biking.
  • Surfing, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, body surfing, fishing.

Beach Activities NOT Allowed: 

  • No group or organized sports including volleyball, soccer or football.
  • No group gatherings or events of more than 10 people.
  • Individuals must maintain a minimum distance of six feet from others, including in the water, except between members of the same household or group.

Open Beach Areas in Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County:

  • Dania Beach
  • Deerfield Beach 
  • Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
  • Hallandale Beach
  • Hillsboro Beach
  • Hollywood
  • Lauderdale-By-The-Sea
  • Pompano Beach

City of Fort Lauderdale Beach Parking is available at city parking garages, surface lots and on-street metered parking areas along Fort Lauderdale beach. Find a map, rates and more info here.

RESTAURANTS

On-premise dining service is available at restaurants throughout Greater Fort Lauderdale with rules for 50% seating capacity in dining areas. You must wear a mask when entering restaurants or when walking to pickup counters or restrooms. Alcohol, beer and wine may be served to seated diners. No bar seating is allowed in restaurants at this time. 

Pickup and delivery options remain available at many locations. Find details about restaurants offering take out and delivery on our dining page or on @VisitLauderdale Facebook and @VisitLauderdale Instagram stories. With high-demand grocery items in short supply, some area restaurants have turned into community markets selling fresh meats, seafood, produce and even paper goods and cleaning products. Read more about it here

BARS

Bars and nightclubs focused on serving alcoholic beverages, where the service of food is merely incidental, must remain closed at this time in South Florida, including the Greater Fort Lauderdale area. 

PARKS

Broward County has opened most county-owned parks, nature trails, golf courses and marinas for outdoor recreation with social distancing rules in place. Find the list of open county parks and recreation areas, as well as guidelines here. Each of Broward County's 31 cities has its own rules for city-managed parks and recreation. Check each city's website for specific information.

 Broward County Parks that Remain Closed:

  • C.B. Smith Park - COVID-19 drive-though test site
  • Boulevard Gardens Community Center
  • Carpenter House
  • Deerfield Highlands Nature Preserve
  • Deerfield Island Park
  • Franklin Park
  • Lafayette Hart Park
  • Roosevelt Gardens Park

ATTRACTIONS

Open Attractions & Activities

Closed Attractions

  • AllGolf at C.B. Smith Park
  • BB&T Center
  • Broward Center for the Performing Arts - Opening in July
  • Carrie B Sightseeing Cruises
  • NSU Art Museum
  • Parker Playhouse
  • Young At Art Museum
  • Many attractions and museums continue to offer virtual tours, entertainment, performing arts videos, science lessons for kids and more. Check sunny.org/VirtualVacations and our social media channels for more information.

SHOPPING & SERVICES

Open

  • Banks
  • Doctor's offices
  • Gas stations
  • Grocery stores
  • Hair and Nail Salons
  • Hardware, gardening and building material stores
  • Hospitals, Urgent Care Centers, COVID-19 public testing sites
  • Pharmacies
  • Post offices and shipping centers
  • Restaurants for dine-in service
  • Retail stores
  • Shopping Malls
  • Spas
  • Youth summer camps at museums and parks

Open Shopping Areas

TRANSPORTATION

  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is open but many airlines have reduced service. Check with airlines for changes. 
    • Valet parking service at the airport is temporarily suspended.
    • FLLy Safer, FLLy Smarter, FLLy Better campaign implements CDC best practices to provide a safe and clean experience from
      check-in to departure and at the auto rental center. 
  • Port Everglades is open but cruise lines have suspended service.
    • Balearia Caribbean Fort Lauderdale-Freeport ferry service resumes July 2
    • Balearia Caribbean Fort Lauderdale-Bimini ferry service resumes July 1
    • Cruise line service suspended through September 15
  • Brightline train service is suspended indefinitely.
  • Broward Transit hours now operate on the Saturday schedule Monday through Saturday and the same Sunday schedule. as usual. Riders are asked to use the service for essential travel only and practice social distancing.  
  • Sun Trolley is operating on an adjusted schedule and with social distancing policies. Check the website for latest information.
  • TriRail is open on a limited-service schedule. 

PUBLIC EVENTS

*All event dates are subject to change.

  • Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival – Rescheduled for August 5-9, 2020
  • FemAle Brew Fest – Postponed until further notice
  • Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration (March 28-29) – Postponed until further notice
  • Las Olas Wine & Food Festival (April 3) – Postponed until Fall 2020
  • Tortuga Music Festival (April 17-19) – Rescheduled to October 2-4, 2020 with headliners Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan and Tim McGraw
  • Pride of the Americas (April 21-26) – Postponed
  • Weekley Brothers Davie Pro Rodeo (June 26-27) - Cancelled 
  • Inter Miami CF home games in Fort Lauderdale suspended
  • Florida Panther hockey games (along with all NHL games) suspended until further notice
  • Fort Lauderdale Air Show (May 2-3) – Postponed until November 2020
  • Fleet Week (May 4-10) – Cancelled
  • Stonewall Pride Parade & Festival (June 19-20) - Postponed
  • OutShine Film Festival Fort Lauderdale Edition - October 8-18, 2020
  • Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - October 28-November 1
  • Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival - November 6-22, 2020
  • Winterfest Boat Parade - December 12, 2020
  • RipTide Music Festival - Dates under discussion
     

SAFETY 

  • Locations throughout Greater Fort Lauderdale have adopted Safe + Clean practices. Look for the Visit Lauderdale Safe + Clean signage at hotels, restaurants, shops and other businesses. 
  • The CVB's highest priority remains the safety and well-being of our visitors and residents and we continue to monitor information from local, state and federal health and government officials.
  • Every traveler should monitor news and notifications and make decisions based on their needs.

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