March 21, 2020 1:43 PM
COVID-19 Notice #2 for 3/21/20
• All non-essential business should be closed as ordered by Governor DeSantis via Executive Order 20-70. Non-essential businesses include 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.
• Among businesses considered ESSENTIAL are grocery stores, gas stations, day care facilities and pet supply stores.
• The Town of Palm Beach does not have the statutory authority to close any business. The Governor’s executive order lists business that would be considered non-essential. We strongly recommend business owners who are not listed on the essential list to seriously evaluate the necessity of remaining open and serving patrons. 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.
• Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-71 late in the afternoon on 3/20/20, outlining directives regarding alcohol sales and additional requirements for restaurants, bars, gyms, and fitness centers.
• The Governor also issued Executive Order 20-72 late yesterday, providing directives and guidelines pertaining to non-essential medical procedures.
• Click on the link at the end of this alert to download all three executive orders.
• Public beaches remain closed and the Inlet Park (Annie’s Dock) is closed effective today.
• As of 1:30PM today the Florida Dept. of Health has reported:
o 45 confirmed cases in Palm Beach County, with 0 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. 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 658 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida, with 12 deaths.
o 22,043 confirmed cases in the US, with 275 deaths.
o 289,948 confirmed cases worldwide, with 11,921 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.
• Please consider limiting the number of domestic staff and visitors to your homes immediately and provide specific hygiene instructions, including hand washing, wearing gloves, removing shoes, etc.
• Hours of operation for PUBLIX are 8:00AM to 8:00PM, 7 days/week and AMICI MARKET will be open from 9:00AM – 7:00PM, Monday – Saturday. Beginning on Tuesday, March 24, PUBLIX is designating Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, 7 – 8 a.m., as senior shopping hours for customers age 65 and over. 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.
• The Town has closed all public building and governmental offices 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. Public beaches remain closed.
• 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 9:00PM to 6:00AM 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.