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May 9, 2020 11:38 AM

COVID-19 Update for 5/9/20


• On May 4, the State of Florida initiated “Phase 1 Recovery” from the COVID-19 pandemic per Executive Order No. 20-112. The order initially excluded Palm Beach, Broward and Miami Dade counties, but at the request of County officials, Governor DeSantis has authorized Palm Beach County to initiate Phase 1 reopening regulations, effective on Monday, May 11.

• A full copy of the order can be downloaded by clicking the link at the end of this alert, but the highlights of the Phase 1 order includes the following:

o Continued limitation of personal interactions outside of the home for all persons within the state.

o Strongly encourages seniors and other individuals with significant underlying medication conditions to continue staying at home.

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.

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.

o Continued closure of bars, pubs and nightclubs.

o Continued closure of gyms and fitness centers per EO 20-71.

o Continued prohibition on vacation rentals per EO 20-87.


• Palm Beach County Order No. 2020-6 was tentatively approved by the Board of County Commissioners to reopen all public, municipal, and private beaches, including all beach parks, in Palm Beach County from sunrise to sunset for Palm Beach County residents only.

o The order will require that parties accessing the beaches shall follow CDC guidelines by limiting gatherings to no more than 10 persons and distancing themselves from other parties by 6 feet. The Order will be effective May 18.

o The Town Council will discuss at its May 13 meeting if the Town’s public beaches should remain closed, follow the County order or implement regulations that are more restrictive. In the meantime, all beaches remain closed and violators may be subject to arrest.


• All of the regulations that were outlined in Palm Beach County Order No. 2020-5, for boating and marine activities, golf courses, public parks and natural areas, tennis courts, and community pools remain in full effect.

o Please be reminded that the Par 3 Golf Course is open for golfing only. Walking/running is strictly prohibited. Please refrain from using the cart paths on the course for exercise or walking dogs.

o Players are reminded not to congregate before or after recreation activity at the Town’s tennis and golf facilities. For your health and safety, and that of our staff, once your play is completed please leave the premises.

o All public parks within the Town are open, with the exception of Phipps South Ocean Park, as “beach parks” remain closed per the County order. The playground at Seaview Park remains closed until further notice.

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

o 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.


• The May Regular Council and Development Review meetings have been combined, to take place electronically on May 13. The Regular meeting will begin at 9:30AM and Development Review will begin at 1:30PM. Please visit the Town website ( to review the agendas and back up, and to obtain instructions on how to participate in the virtual meeting.

o On the agenda are two items related to the Town’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including a proposed resolution to extend the State of Emergency and a discussion on multiple related matters, including curfew hours, beaches, outdoor seating for restaurants, retail establishments, and future board/commission meetings.


• The following numbers have been provided by the Florida Department of Health as of 11:30AM today.

 19 confirmed cases in the Town of Palm Beach, with 2 deaths.
 3,798 confirmed cases in Palm Beach County, with 237 deaths.
 40,001 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida, with 1,715 deaths.
 1,286,833 confirmed cases in the US, with 77,280 deaths.
 3,965,863 confirmed cases worldwide, with 275,527 deaths.


• Per previous State, County and Town orders, the following continue to be in effect. All orders can be found on the Town’s COVID-19 website.

 A daily curfew from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM remains in effect for the Town.

 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 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 State Executive Order No. 20-112 and its related FAQs.

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