Using powers delegated by a recent executive order by Governor Ron DeSantis, Broward County Administrator Bertha Henry has ordered “all nonessential retail and commercial business locations” closed as of 12:01 AM Monday March 23, 2020. The move comes as President Donald Trump and the Center For Disease Control (CDC) limited public gatherings to stop the spread of the Chinese Coronavirus/COVID-19.

Bertha Henry

For the last week, Governor DeSantis and Broward leaders urged nonessential businesses to voluntarily shutter. Businesses allowed to remain open included grocery stores, pharmacies, hardware stores, gas stations, banks and restaurants for takeout and delivery service only. However, Bertha Henry’s list of essential businesses allowed to remain open is lengthy.

These “essential” businesses include:

Groups which provide food/shelter/social services to needy.

Auto dealerships

Insurance firms

Open construction sites

Gardening stores

Newspapers, television, radio and media services

Contractors and tradesmen

Landscaping companies

Pool service companies

Mailing services and mailbox stores


Dry cleaners



Taxis, trains, buses

Legal services


Animal hospitals


Assisted living facilities

So, what exactly is closed?