May 15, 2020 4:08 PM
COVID-19 UPDATE for 5/15/20
SUMMARY OF TOWN COUNCIL APPROVALS ON MAY 13
• Local State of Emergency Declaration extended until June 9.
• Continue curfew hours from 11:00 PM – 6:00 AM until June 9, which may be further extended at that time.
• Reopen beaches on May 26 for active uses only. Activities shall be limited to activities consistent with social distancing and exercise, including but not limited to, walking, running, biking, swimming, and surfing. Passive activities are prohibited, including, but not limited to, sunbathing, lounging (whether on towels, blankets, chairs, or the like), grilling, congregating in groups of more than 10. Coolers are prohibited.
• Permit temporary usage of outdoor public and private spaces for expanded restaurant seating and retail displays through an administrative application process.
• Transition to limited in-person public meetings in Council Chambers, beginning with the ARCOM meeting on May 27. Details on meeting participation for the public will be provided next week.
PHASE 1 REOPENING: STATE EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 20-120
• Per State Executive Order No. 20-120, effective May 11, Palm Beach County was removed from the list of counties restricted from implementing the state’s “Phase 1 Recovery” reopening plans outlined in Executive Order No. 20-112. This Executive Order continues to strongly encourage limiting personal interactions outside of the home for everyone, especially seniors and approves the following:
o Limited re-opening of restaurants, to include a maximum occupancy of 25% for indoor dining and minimum spacing of 6 feet for outdoor dining, with no more than 10 people per table. (CDC social distancing guidelines must be followed and indoor seating spacing exceed 6 feet to permit enough room for patrons to move safely between tables).
o Limited reopening of retail establishments, museums and libraries, to include a maximum occupancy of 25%.
o Re-opening of nail salons, hair salons and barbershops per CDC guidelines.
o Resumption of elective medical procedures with certain conditions.
GOVERNOR ANNOUNCEMENTS TODAY
• In a press conference today, Governor DeSantis announced that he would permit restaurants and retail establishments to increase its indoor capacity to 50% beginning on Monday, May 18.
• The Governor also announced that fitness centers would be permitted to reopen on May 18 at 50% capacity.
• The Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners discussed the Governor’s announcements at its meeting today and decided not to impose stricter regulations, so new orders from the State regarding restaurants, retail establishments and fitness centers will apply to the Town of Palm Beach, including increased capacities.
PALM BEACH COUNTY DECISIONS
• Palm Beach County Order No. 2020-6 was approved by the Board of County Commissioners at today’s meeting to reopen all public, municipal, and private beaches, including all beach parks, in Palm Beach County from sunrise to sunset, effective May 18.
o As approved by the Town Council, Town beaches will not reopen until May 26. Once open, only active uses will be permitted. Passive activities will be prohibited, including, but not limited to, sunbathing, lounging (whether on towels, blankets, chairs, or the like), grilling, congregating in groups of more than 10.
• At today’s meeting the County Commission also approved revising the Palm Beach County Order 2020-2a, eliminating the “critical travelers” restriction to permit new hotel reservations, effective immediately.
RECREATION FACILITIES AND PARKS
• Please be reminded that the Par 3 Golf Course is open for golfing only. Please refrain from using the cart paths on the course for exercise or walking dogs.
• Players are reminded not to congregate before or after play at tennis and golf facilities. For your health and safety, and that of our staff, once your play is completed please leave the premises.
• All public parks within the Town are open, with the exception of Phipps South Ocean Park, which will reopen on May 26. The Seaview Park playground remains closed until further notice.
• Lake Trail rules remain in effect. From 9:00AM - 4:00PM daily, only walkers and runners are permitted. Cyclists and all other permitted uses can take place outside of these times.
• 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.
• As of 3:00 PM today, the Florida Department of Health has not updated its statistics. The information below is as of 12:30 PM yesterday.
21 confirmed cases in the Town of Palm Beach, with 2 deaths.
4,278 confirmed cases in Palm Beach County, with 263 deaths.
43,210 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida, with 1,875 deaths.
• The following numbers have been provided by John Hopkins University as of 4:00PM today.
1,432,045 confirmed cases in the US, with 86,851 deaths.
4,516,360 confirmed cases worldwide, with 306,051 deaths.
• No new short-term vacation rentals of less than 30 days or one calendar month is permitted.
• All Town government offices remain closed to the public. However, all departments continue to provide services.
• Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline is 866-779-6121 or email COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
• Questions for the Town can be emailed to email@example.com. 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, including answers to FAQs.