What’s open and closed in South Florida due to Eta?

Chris Perkins, South Florida Sun Sentinel
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Tropical Storm Eta could strengthen into a hurricane before reaching Florida late Sunday night, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday afternoon, and local businesses and governments are taking precautions and, in many cases, closing.

Broward and Miami-Dade counties remain under a hurricane watch with other areas, including Palm Beach County, under a tropical storm warning. The Florida Keys are under a hurricane warning.

COVID-19 test sites

All COVID-19 test sites in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties will be closed Monday.

Schools

The Broward County School District announced Sunday that all classes will shift online for Monday due to Eta, while both in-person and My School Online were canceled in Miami Dade and Palm Beach County.

American Heritage School will close its Broward and Palm Beach County schools Monday. Classes will not be held online.

Barry University is suspending all operations at its facilities in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

Miami-Dade College suspended all classes, including online instruction, for Sunday and Monday.

Keiser University is also closing its West Palm Beach and Port St. Lucie campuses Monday.

The Archdiocese of Miami announced that all elementary and high schools in Miami-Dade and Broward counties will be closed on Monday, as will the pastoral center.

The Pembroke Pines Charter School system will also close Monday.

Shelters

Miami-Dade County has opened its hurricane shelters. Broward and Palm Beach Counties’ shelters remain closed Sunday, but that could change, depending on the track and strength of the storm.

Other closures

A number of services are being suspended and facilities being closed Monday in anticipation of Eta, which could become a hurricane Sunday night or Monday morning.

Tri-Rail service closed on Sunday as a result of Eta. The South Florida Regional Transportation Authority will monitor the storm before making a decision when to resume service.

Miami-Dade County’s departments of transportation and public works have suspended all transit operations Sunday.

Broward County will close all libraries Monday.

Palm Beach County is closing Parks and beaches, libraries, Department of Health facilities and clinics and suspending Palm Tran operations.

Port Everglades in Broward County is closed to incoming marine traffic.

State drawbridges in Broward and Palm Beach counties must be locked down eight hours before tropical-storm-force winds arrive. The bridges will be closed to marine traffic and will remain closed until they are assessed for damage.

All federal courthouses in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Monroe Counties will close Monday.

The city of North Lauderdale will close its city hall, parks and recreation facilities starting Monday.

The city of Pembroke Pines will close the west and central campuses of its Early Development Centers, city hall, building permits department, and city parks and golf courses Monday. Garbage, recycling and bulk-pickup has been suspended for the day.

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Austen Erblat can be reached at aerblat@sunsentinel.com, 954-599-8709 or on Twitter @AustenErblat.

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