By Phillip Dunlap
Director, Broward Cultural Division
Dear Arts Community,
As we enter Phase 1 of re-opening, I want to share some helpful resources to help our arts and cultural organizations navigate the process. Remember, just because businesses and venues are allowed to open according to the Executive Order, you are not required to do so. Opening your doors to guests is a decision that needs to be made by you and your board. Timing is yours to decide and should only be established when you feel comfortable that you are able to ensure the health and safety of your employees and guests while meeting state and local social distancing requirements.
Museums Allowed to Open
Currently, museums are able to open, per the Broward County Administrator’s Emergency Order, 20-10, effective Monday, May 18, 2020. The section of the order pertaining to museums can be found on page 8 with specific guidelines on page 24.
To aid businesses in re-opening, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce has created an online guide to help ensure the health and safety of your employees and guests. That guide can be found at www.FTLChamber.com → Resources → Coronavirus (COVID-19) → scroll down to “Resources for Businesses & Employees.”
Securing Personal Protective Equipment
In my discussions with many in the arts community, ensuring safety has been the top concern, which means knowing where to purchase hand sanitizer and other PPE. The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance has put together a helpful guide for businesses in South Florida to help you secure PPE, which can be found at www.GFLAlliance.org/ClientUploads/Coronavirus/SFMA_Supplier_Catalog.pdf?mc_cid=ac8e4a4d47&mc_eid=6f8e43d8e8.
In addition, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance has a brief survey for area businesses. It only takes a few minutes and I urge you to take it. I know we all have been asked to complete a lot of surveys, but I assure you, they are all important. You can find the survey at www.SurveyMonkey.com/R/GFLAllianceBusiness_Impact_2.
We continue to monitor the situation and will communicate as we have more information. A reminder that additional resources and events are available at www.ArtsCalendar.com/COVID, www.ArtsCalendar.com/Categories/Online-Streaming, and www.ArtsCalendar.com/OnlineResources.
As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or anyone else on the Cultural Division team. We are here to help.