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April 28, 2020 12:03 PM

COVID-19 UPDATE for 4/28/20

• EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 2020-5, issued yesterday by Palm Beach County, outlines requirements (including CDC guidelines) for the reopening of boating and marine activities, golf courses, public parks and natural areas, tennis courts, and community pools. The order is effective at 12:01AM on April 29, 2020, but owners and management will determine the actual reopening dates for public and private facilities within the County and Town. Download a full copy of the Emergency Order by clicking the link at the end of this alert.

o Boat ramps and public docks may allow the launching of vessels.
o Restaurants shall remain limited to take-out or delivery service only.
o Activities such as fishing, jet skiing and recreational boating is permitted but flotillas are not allowed and vessels must remain at least 50 feet away from other vessels.
o The maximum number of passengers permitted on vessels will be determined by size (25’ or less = 6 people, 36’ – 36’ = 8 people, 37’-60’ = 10 people, over 60’ = 10 people, not including crew).

o The Par 3 Golf Course will reopen on Thursday, April 30 at 7:15 a.m., but tee times can be made beginning today at or by calling 561-547-0598.
o Private courses will make reopening announcements directly to their members.
o All golf courses will be required to limit golf cart to single riders, unless carts are shared by family members living in the same household.
o Driving ranges may only be used by golfers for warm up prior to their round and tee stations must be 10 feet apart.
o Golfers shall arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to tee times.
o Clubhouses shall remain closed, including locker rooms, with the exception of rest rooms.
o Golfers will be responsible for handling their own golf equipment, as staff will not be permitted to do so.
o Caddy service is not permitted.
o Restaurants shall remain limited to take-out or delivery service only.
o A comprehensive list of other requirements are provided in the County order.

o All public parks within the Town will reopen on Wednesday, April 29, with the exception of Phipps South Ocean Park, as “beach parks” must remain closed per the County order.
o Access to the Phipps Tennis Center will be permitted once that facility reopens.
o The playground at Seaview Park will remain closed until further notice, but the activity court and field will be open for individual play only utilizing one’s own equipment.
o Use of water fountains is prohibited.
o Basketball courts shall be open for individual practice only.
o Groups of 10 or more people are prohibited.

o The Seaview and Phipps tennis centers will reopen on Friday, May 1, and courts may be booked for residents beginning April 29 at noon.
o Please call 561-227-7081 to book courts at Seaview and 561-227-7082 to book courts at Phipps.
o Private clubs and condominium complexes will make reopening announcements directly to their members/residents.
o Singles play only will be permitted and no congregating on the court, sidelines or under shade shelters will be allowed.
o Locker rooms and shower facilities must remain closed but restrooms may be open.

o Community pools at clubs and at condominium complexes may reopen but pool capacity shall be limited to ensure compliance with CDC social distancing guidelines.
o Locker room and shower facilities shall remain closed, but restrooms may be open.
o Pool deck seating and lounge furniture must be rearranged and limited to ensure proper CDC social distancing and cleanliness.

o Per County order all recreations buildings shall remain closed, including the Mandel Rec Center.

o No changes to the current Lake Trail rules are begin made at this time.
o From 9:00AM - 4:00PM daily, only walkers and runners are permitted on the Trail.
o Cyclists and all other permitted uses can take place outside of these times.

o All beaches remain closed. Violators may be subject to arrest.

• The following numbers have been provided by the Florida Department of Health as of NOON today. Please note that these numbers lag and are not in real time.

 18 confirmed cases in the Town of Palm Beach, with 2 deaths.
 2,877 confirmed cases in Palm Beach County, with 173 deaths.
 32,846 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida, with 1,171 deaths.
 990,135 confirmed cases in the US, with 56,475 deaths.
 3,063,814 confirmed cases worldwide, with 212,345 deaths.

• The only proven way to slow the infection rate and flatten the curve according to the CDC is through social distancing, physical isolation, frequent hand washing, and not touching your face.

• 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.

 A Statewide “Stay at Home” order remains in place, all non-essential businesses are closed and a daily curfew from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM remains in place for the Town.

 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.

 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.

 Please be reminded that all persons working in, patronizing, or otherwise physically present in grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, construction sites, public transit vehicles, vehicles for hire, and locations where social distancing measures are not possible should wear facial coverings as defined by the CDC.

 All other persons physically present in any public place in Palm Beach County are strongly urged to wear facial coverings as defined by the CDC.

 All Town government offices remain closed. However, all departments continue to provide services remotely and with minimal on-site staff.

• Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline is 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 full copy of Palm Beach County Emergency Order No. 2020-5.

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