Town of Palm Beach COVID-19 Alerts

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March 23, 2020 1:35 PM

COVID-19 Notice for 3/23/20

• As anticipated, the COVID-19 outbreak may be causing a lot of stress and anxiety due to the uncertainty of this evolving situation. This is understandable but the Town urges calm, kindness and respect for one another. We are all in this together and we will get through it as a community, but we need public cooperation and individual responsibility to make it happen.

• Effective immediately per Public Safety Order #1, within Palm Beach County, including all municipalities therein, all boat docks, ramps, marinas, and any other venues utilized for launching any vessels are hereby closed until further notice. All islands, sandbars, and intracoastal lands are also prohibited for use by the public. Commercial fishing, commercial marine operations, and support services related thereto are permitted to continue operating.

• Town Manager, Kirk Blouin, and members of his team will provide an update on the COVID-19 outbreak at 3:00PM, via live audio stream from the Town’s website today. Questions can be sent to Archived audio from previous updates can be found on the Town website.

• The Lake Trail is experiencing increasing levels of activity. The Town is requesting that cyclists avoid using the Lake Trail to assist with relieving some of the congestion and use public streets instead. The Town would also like to remind trail users to practice social distancing when walking/running and use extra caution. Use of public sidewalks is a good alternative for walkers.

• As of NOON today the Florida Dept. of Health has reported:

o 89 confirmed cases in Palm Beach County, with 2 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 1,171 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida, with 14 deaths.

o 35,345 confirmed cases in the US, with 473 deaths.

o 353,692 confirmed cases worldwide, with 15,436 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 8:00AM to 8:00PM, 7 days/week and AMICI MARKET will be open from 9:00AM – 7:00PM, Monday – Saturday. Greens Pharmacy is open 7 days a week from 8:00 AM-6:00 PM, offering free delivery.

• Beginning tomorrow, March 24, PUBLIX is designating Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, 7 – 8 a.m., as senior shopping hours for customers age 65 and over.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• The Town has closed all public buildings 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 with questions.

• Questions for the Town can be emailed to 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.

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