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April 2, 2020 2:01 PM

COVID-19 UPDATE for 4/2/20

• On April 1, 2020, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order (EO) 20-91 (Essential Services and Activities During COVID-19 Emergency), also known as a “Stay at Home” order, and Executive Order 20-92 (Amending Executive Order 20-91).

• EO 20-91, which can be downloaded by clicking on the link below, includes the following:

o Directs “senior citizens”, which was previously defined as those 65 and older, as well as individuals with significant underlying medical conditions to stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

o Directs all persons in Florida to limit their movements and personal interactions outside their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities;

o Defines “essential services” by reference to attached documentation (U.S. Department of Homeland Security Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce and businesses and activities designated by EO 20-89 and its attachment (Miami-Dade orders)) and other essential services that may be added by state officers.

o Encourages individuals to work from home;

o Encourages businesses and organizations to provide delivery, carry-out, or curbside services;

o Recognizes specified activities as essential (attending religious services; specified recreational activities; pet care; caring for loved one or friend) and provides that the State Coordinating Officer shall maintain an online list of essential activities;

o Provides for an effective date of April 3 at 12:01 AM and an expiration of April 30, 2020, unless extended.

• EO 20-92 amended, Section 4 of EO 20-91 and now states:

o “This Order shall supersede any conflicting official action or order issued by local officials in response to COVID-19.”

o This means that the State order shall prevail when in conflict with any requirement previously ordered by Palm Beach County or the Town.

• One of many businesses/services listed as critical include construction. As stated in EO 20-92, the Town does not have the legal authority to override the State orders and deem construction as a non-essential activity. We understand that there are concerns about the lack of proper social distancing and hygiene precautions at certain construction sites. The Town issued another communication to contractors today, providing safety guidelines, and urging them to strictly monitor their job sites and limit crew movement about the island.

• Please note there is a lag in reporting, but the following numbers have been provided by the Florida Department of Health as of 1:30 PM today. Also, note the numbers for the Town may not include all positive cases due to self-transports to hospitals or private providers.

 13 confirmed cases in the Town of Palm Beach, with 2 deaths.
 630 confirmed cases in Palm Beach County, with 22 deaths.
 8,010 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida, with 128 deaths.
 226,374 confirmed cases in the US, with 5,316 deaths.
 981,221 confirmed cases worldwide, with 50,230 deaths.

• The confirmed number of cases DO NOT reflect actual infection rates, which are assumed to be much higher, due to infected individuals who have not been tested or are asymptomatic, and the limited testing that has been completed.

• The following rules remain in effect for usage of the Lake Trail, until further notice.

 From 9:00AM - 4:00PM daily, only walkers and runners are permitted on the Lake Trail.
 Cyclists and all other permitted uses can take place outside of these times.
 Please be reminded that motorized equipment, including motorized skateboards are not permitted on the trail at any time.
 It is imperative everyone continues to stay in excess of 6 feet from one another at all times.
 Please also remember that dogs must be leashed at all times and don’t forget to clean-up after your pet.

• Per previous State, County and Town orders, the following continue to be in effect, unless expressly superseded by State EO 20-91. All orders can be found on the Town’s COVID-19 website.

 The State-wide Stay Home order supersedes the Town’s “Stay Home – Stay Safe” order. A daily curfew from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM remains in place.

 As mandated by State Executive Orders, all persons whose point of departure originated from an area of substantial community spread of COVID-19, including the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey and New York), and Louisiana MUST isolate or quarantine themselves for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the State of Florida. The 14 quarantine requirement is extremely important and applies regardless of if you arrived by plane, car or other means. Failure to comply with this order may lead to arrest and incarceration.

 It is also extremely important for spouses or partners of those who have tested positive for COVID-19, to self-quarantine for 14 days.

 All non-essential retail and commercial businesses should be closed, including those listed in the State executive order as well as the Palm Beach County order.

 No new short-term vacation rentals of less than 30 days or one calendar month is permitted. Realtors are urged to advise clients from regions of high community spread that they are required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

 As ordered by Palm Beach County all public and private parks, golf courses, pools and tennis courts must be closed, including those in condominium complexes and homeowner associations.

 All public beaches are closed, including the areas east of the mean high tide line adjacent to private property. Notices to appear in court will be issued to violators.

 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.

 All Town public buildings and government offices remain closed. However, all departments continue to provide services remotely and with minimal on-site staff. Police, Fire-Rescue, and sanitation services are fully operational, as is the maintenance of critical infrastructure and utilities.

• Hours of operation for PUBLIX are 8:00AM to 8:00PM, 7 days/week (age 65 and over only from 7:00AM-8:00AM on Tuesday and Wednesday) and AMICI MARKET will be open from 9:00AM – 7:00PM, Monday – Saturday. It is EXTREMELY important that shoppers maintain 6 feet of distance from other shoppers.

• Greens Pharmacy is open 7 days a week from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, offering free delivery. Lewis Pharmacy and Fedco Drugs are open from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday-Friday and 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday.

• 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 on the link below to download a copy of Executive Order 20-91 and associated orders still in effect.

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