March 25, 2020 1:27 PM
COVID-19 UPDATE for 3/25/20
• The Town has observed and is aware of groups gathering in public places and on private properties to congregate. This is incredibly troubling and irresponsible, and is not in accordance with social (physical) distancing guidelines of the CDC. To stop the spread of COVID-19 and not put each other at an increased risk of infection, it is imperative everyone stay in excess of 6 feet from one another at all times.
• The Town has received multiple communications about yesterday’s Lake Trail usage order, limiting cyclists during certain periods of time. Many were in support and many objected. Please be reminded that we are in a State of Emergency. This is not ideal and will require some personal sacrifice to assist the Town in our response efforts to slow the spread. We are doing the best we can and are in fact taking many more measures to protect our community than some of our neighboring cities.
• The Town cannot limit usage of the Lake Trail to residents only so, we urge you to modify your personal trail usage schedules and abide by these regulations:
o From 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM daily, only walkers, runners and children age 12 and under on bicycles are permitted on the Lake Trail.
o Cyclists age 13 and older and all other permitted uses can take place outside of these times.
o Please also remember that dogs must be leashed at all times and don’t forget to clean-up after your pet.
• Because usage of the Lake Trail is an important quality of life issue for our residents, we believe the community and the elected officials should have input. Therefore, a Special Town Council meeting has been set for 11:00 AM on Friday March 27. Instructions are forthcoming on how to participate, as this meeting will be held telephonically.
• As outlined in Executive Order 20-83, issued by Governor DeSantis late yesterday, a Public Health Advisory has been issued to all persons over 65 years of age urging them to stay at home. The Town has strongly recommended this for over a week and thank those who have abided.
• Per previous State, County and Town orders, the following are still in effect:
o All persons whose point of departure originates from outside the State of Florida in an area of substantial community spread of COVID-19, to include the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey and New York), and entering the State of Florida through airports should isolate or quarantine themselves for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the State of Florida.
o All non-essential business should be closed, including restaurants, bars, taverns, pubs, nightclubs, banquet halls, cocktail lounges, cabarets, breweries, cafeterias, movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, arcades, gymnasiums, fitness studios and beaches. Restaurants are permitted to convert to take-out or delivery only.
o Among businesses considered ESSENTIAL are grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, day care facilities and pet supply stores. We strongly recommend business owners who are not listed on the essential list to seriously evaluate the necessity of remaining open and serving patrons.
o Most hotels have acted responsibly and have either already closed or will soon close. The Town urges all other hotels and short-term vacation rentals to strongly consider closing in advance of a potential order to do so. The only way to stop the spread is to limit person-to-person contact and any business that remains open unnecessarily contributes to the spread.
o All boat docks, ramps, marinas, and any other venues utilized for launching any vessels are closed until further notice. All islands, sandbars, and intracoastal lands are also prohibited for use by the public.
o All Town public buildings and governmental offices are closed for non-essential services. However, all departments will continue to provide essential services remotely and with minimal on-site staff. Police, Fire-Rescue, sanitation are still fully operational, as is the maintenance of critical infrastructure and utilities.
• As of 12:30 PM today the Florida Dept. of Health has reported:
o 118 confirmed cases in Palm Beach County, with 3 deaths. WE CAUTION YOU NOT TO MAKE FAMILY DECISIONS BASED ON THE NUMBER OF CONFIRMED TEST RESULTS in the county, as testing has been very limited and COMMUNITY SPREAD is occurring. These numbers DO NOT reflect actual infection rates, which are assumed to be much higher, due to infected individuals who have not been tested, are asymptomatic and the lack of reporting from private providers to the Dept of Health.
o 1,682 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida, with 22 deaths.
o 55,568 confirmed cases in the US, with 809 deaths.
o 441,187 confirmed cases worldwide, with 19,784 deaths.
• The Town cannot stress enough the importance of self-isolation and social distancing, especially for the elderly. Residents should continue preparing for a potential “shelter in place” order that may come from the State of Florida or Federal Government.
• Hours of operation for PUBLIX are 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, 7 days/week (age 65 and over only from 7:00 AM-8:00 AM on Tuesday and Wednesday) and AMICI MARKET will be open from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Monday – Saturday. Greens Pharmacy is open 7 days a week from 8:00 AM-6:00 PM, offering free delivery.
• It is EXTREMELY important that shoppers maintain 6 feet of distance from other shoppers while standing in line. The Town has asked the management of Publix to adhere to this recommendation.
• Town Manager, Kirk Blouin, and members of his team will provide an update on the COVID-19 outbreak at 3:00 PM today, via live audio stream from the Town’s website. Questions can be sent to email@example.com. Archived audio from previous updates can be found on the Town website.
• The Town of Palm Beach remains in a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and a TOWNWIDE CURFEW is in effect from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM until further notice.
• The Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline and email is up and running 24/7. Call 866-779-6121 or email COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
• Questions for the Town can be emailed to email@example.com. A Town Hotline is also available for questions 561-227-7070.
• Click the link below to visit the Town’s COVID-19 Website for more information, including answers to FAQs.