March 17, 2020 4:06 PM
COVID-19 Notice 3/17/20
• The Town of Palm Beach issued a State of Emergency Declaration on March 16 in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
• To protect our residents from the COVID-19 outbreak and help “flatten the curve”, and slow the infection growth rate, the following are effective on the dates indicated until further notice:
MARCH 17: A TOWNWIDE CURFEW will begin at 9:00PM tonight and end at 6:00AM each day.
MARCH 17: Per CDC recommendations, private clubs and restaurants (including hotel based eating establishments) and all other business should greatly scale back their operations. Social gathering of more than 10 people should cease. Restaurants are strongly encouraged to close for dine-in seating but provide delivery and/or curbside pick-up.
MARCH 17: As ordered by Governor DeSantis, all bars and nightclubs must close effective at 5:00PM for 30 days, starting today.
MARCH 17: All public beaches are closed.
MARCH 17: Public access to all Town buildings will be limited. Town staff can still be reached by phone or email during regular business hours. PZB customers can submit plans in the Town Hall lobby drop box. Simple permit applications can be emailed (PZB@townofpalmbeach.com) or faxed (561-835-4621) to PZB.
MARCH 18: All public recreation facilities will be closed, with the exception of the Town Docks office. All private recreation facilities are encouraged to closed as well.
MARCH 18: Hours of operation for PUBLIX will switch to 8:00AM to 8:00PM, 7 days/week and AMICI MARKET will be open from 9:00AM – 7:00PM, Monday – Saturday.
• Police, Fire-Rescue and Sanitation operations continue as normal. Town management is evaluating the need to scale back non-essential services.
• As of 11:58AM today the Florida Dept. of Health has REPORTED 173 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida and 9 in Palm Beach County. 6 people have died in Florida. There are 5,702 confirmed cases in the US and 194,873 worldwide. Reported numbers do not reflect actual infection rates, which are assumed to be much higher, due to infected individuals who have not been tested and/or are asymptomatic.
• 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.
• “Flattening the curve” refers to reducing the rate of infections, to minimize the impact on healthcare facilities. We need everyone’s help to help reduce infections, minimize impact to hospitals and save lives.