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September 8, 2020 10:26 AM

COVID-19 UPDATE – TUESDAY 9/8/20


PHASE 2, STEP 1 REOPENING IN PALM BEACH COUNTY EFFECTIVE TODAY

• Palm Beach County Emergency Order Number 2020-24, goes into effect today, and includes details on what’s included in Step 1 of the Phase 2 Incremental Re-opening Plan.

o Restaurants and other food establishments including clubhouses, banquet halls and ballrooms MUST continue to operate at 50% capacity for indoor service but may now provide bar top meal service. Full capacity seating for outdoor dining is permitted. For both indoor and outdoor seating, 6-feet of separation must still be maintained between parties and parties may not exceed 10 people.

o In-store retail establishments, museums, libraries, gyms & fitness centers, and other personal service establishments may open at 100% capacity, but is limited to parties of no more than 10 and ensuring that parties maintain 6-feet of separation.

o A variety of indoor entertainment venues that may reopen at 50% capacity, including bowling alleys, escape rooms, trampoline centers, and movie theaters.

o Playhouses (venues with less than 400 seats) may re-open at 33% capacity and skating centers are permitted to accommodate up to 25 skaters at a time.

• The Town’s Emergency Order No. 2020-03 supersedes all County orders pertaining to hours of operation for restaurants and other establishments with food service. Establishments within the Town of Palm Beach are currently prohibited from serving alcohol or food for on-site consumption, whether indoor or outdoor, between the hours of 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM.

• All other applicable State Executive Orders, County Emergency Orders, and Town Orders remain in effect until further notice.

MANDATORY FACE COVERINGS ORDER REMAIN IN EFFECT

• Palm Beach County approved Emergency Order Number 20-20 REQUIRES masks or face coverings to be worn by all persons while visiting or working in any businesses, establishment or residential buildings. This includes, but is not limited to, restaurants, retail establishments, hotels, grocery stores, gyms, pharmacies, indoor recreational facilities, houses of worship, government buildings, multifamily buildings, and vehicles for hire.

• Face coverings MUST also be worn by all persons in outdoor public places where social distancing of 6 feet or more is not possible.

• The types of masks that are acceptable, include cloth, surgical, dust, and N95 masks without vents. Masks with vents or exhalation valves are not acceptable, as they allow unfiltered exhaled air to escape.

COVID-19 STATISTICS

• As of 12:30 PM YESTERDAY, the following cumulative COVID-19 data was provided by the Florida Department of Health.

 Town of Palm Beach: 128 cases (5.8% increase from 1 week ago) and 5 deaths.
 Palm Beach County: 43,187 cases (2.9% increase from 1 week ago) and 1,168 deaths.
 State of Florida: 648,269 cases (4.0% increase from 1 week ago) and 12,023 deaths.

• As of 10:00 AM TODAY, the following cumulative COVID-19 data was provided by the Florida Department of Health.

 United States: 6,301,649 cases and 189,226 deaths.
 Worldwide: 27,364,931 and 893,219 deaths.

• For additional daily information provided by the State of Florida, beyond the summary provided by the Town, please visit the FDOH website at: http://floridahealthcovid19.gov/

SEPTEMBER 10 TOWN COUNCIL MEETING

• The next Regular Town Council will take place electronically on THURSDAY, September 10, beginning at 9:30 AM. Use the following link to join the meeting: https://zoom.us/j/99395140283 or listen by phone 312-626-6799. Meeting ID 993 9514 8782.

• The meeting agenda includes an update and discussion on matters including, but not be limited to, a report on COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, a report on compliance and enforcement, and a resolution to extend the Declaration of a State of Emergency until October 13, 2020. Input from the business community will also be received on matters related to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

COMPLIMENTARY CAR MAGNETS STILL AVAILABLE

• Palm Beach branded car magnets with the message – “Social Distance, Wear a Mask” - are available for residents and may be picked up at the Mandel Recreation Center, Town Hall lobby or Al Fresco at the Par 3 Golf Course. Help use spread the message and get your car magnet while supplies last.

DOWNLOAD “COMBAT COVID PBC” CONTACT TRACING APP

• The CombatCOVID app is the Official COVID-19 notification and information app of Palm Beach County Government, which was funded through the CARES ACTS. The app is free for users to download from the Apple or Google Play stores “Combat COVID PBC”.

• HERE’S HOW IT WORKS: If a person tests positive, they must enter the information into the app. The app then uses Bluetooth to detect other phones that passed within 6 to 13 feet within the past 14 to 21 days. If the app determines the phones were in contact long enough to be a risk, it sends an alert warning that the person may have been exposed.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

• Curfew remains in effect from 11:00 PM – 6:00 AM until further notice.

• Per Palm Beach County Order No. 6, please be reminded that all public, municipal, and private beaches are open only from sunrise to sunset, with certain limitations. Beachgoers must follow CDC guidelines by limiting gatherings to no more than 10 people, while distancing themselves from other parties by more than 6 feet.

• Travel restrictions are in place for travelers going to Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois (Chicago only), Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, and Washington D.C. Please plan accordingly if you plan to travel to one of these locations.

• All public parks and playgrounds within the Town are open, but CDC social distancing guidelines must be followed, per Palm Beach County Orders 20-07 and 20-21.

• The Town’s public golf course and tennis facilities are open but usage must comply with restrictions outlined in Palm Beach County Order No. 2020-11.

• Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline is 866-779-6121 or email COVID-19@flhealth.gov with questions.

• Questions for the Town can be emailed to questions@townofpalmbeach.com. A Town Hotline is also available for questions 561-227-7070.

• Click the links below for more information.

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