September 30, 2020 3:12 PM
UPDATE ON PALM BEACH COUNTY PHASE 3 REOPENING
UPDATE ON PALM BEACH COUNTY PHASE 3 REOPENING
• Effective September 29th at 5:00 p.m., County Administrator Verdenia Baker has issued Emergency Order 2020-028.
• The County order rescinds all previous restrictions except social distancing, face masks use when unable to social distance, and sanitizing requirements. All businesses may open at 100%, including community pools and recreation facilities. CDC guidelines of social distancing, wearing masks, and sanitizing must continue to be maintained.
• Facial coverings must be worn in all businesses and establishments; in public places where social distancing is not possible; and in common areas within private communities accessible to more than one housing unit;
MANDATORY FACE COVERINGS ORDER REMAIN IN EFFECT
• Recently approved Palm Beach County Emergency Order No. 2020-26 extended the Mandatory Face Covering directive through at least October 22, 2020.
• Masks or face coverings MUST be worn by all persons within the Town, 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.
• MASKS MUST BE WORN PROPERLY – Please ensure masks and other acceptable face coverings are worn completely over the NOSE and MOUTH when in the presence of others. When removing masks, only touch the strings or ear loops. Do not touch the actual face covering to avoid contaminating your hands. Masks should be washed or disposed after wearing.
• 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.
• Exemptions to the facial coverings requirements can be found at https://discover.pbcgov.org/PDF/COVID19/PBC-EO-12.pdf
HOW YOU CAN HELP
• With restrictions being lifted, it is important to AVOID THE THREE C’s – CLOSED spaces with poor ventilation, CROWDED spaces with many people nearby and CLOSE-CONTACT settings. Also remember to wear a mask, social distance, and wash your hands frequently.
• Download the RISK INDEX CHART at the end of this Update to see which activities put you at most risk and which ones are low risk.
COVID-19 INFECTION DATA
• As of the latest report, the following cumulative COVID-19 data was provided by the Florida Department of Health.
Town of Palm Beach: 133 cases and 5 deaths.
Palm Beach County: 46,552 cases and 1,368 deaths.
State of Florida: 706,516 cases and 14,488 deaths.
United States: 7,199,139 cases and 206,351 deaths.
Worldwide: 33,743,035 cases and 1,009,593 deaths.
PALM BEACH COUNTY CARES RESTART BUSINESS GRANTS AVAILABLE
• The Palm Beach County CARES Restart Business Grants Program have resumed. Interested businesses are encouraged to complete the Restart Business Grant Program Application ASAP as they will be processed on a first come, first eligible basis. The online application will be accessible through the Palm Beach County website for a two-week period closing on Friday October 9, 2020 at 11:59 P.M.
• The Restart Business Program guidelines, including eligibility criteria are outlined on the County's website. The Board gave approval for individual grants up to $25,000 to help “restart" Palm Beach County businesses forced to close by State or County Executive Order.
• Click on the link at the end of this update for application instructions.
• Travel restrictions are in place for travelers going to Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, 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.
• The Town’s public golf course and tennis facilities are open with play restrictions lifted. Mask mandates and social distancing guidelines must be adhered to.
• Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline is 866-779-6121 or email COVIDemail@example.com with questions.
• Questions for the Town can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. A Town Hotline is also available for questions 561-227-7070.
• Click the links below for more information.