March 20, 2020 2:07 PM
COVID-19 UPDATE for 3/20/20
• Governor DeSantis has issued Executive Order 20-70, requiring the closure of all non-essential businesses, effective immediately. Among businesses considered ESSENTIAL are grocery stores, gas stations, day care facilities and pet supply stores.
• Non-essential businesses including restaurants, bars, taverns, pubs, nightclubs, banquet halls, cocktail lounges, cabarets, breweries, cafeterias, movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, arcades, gymnasiums, fitness studios and beaches are potential gathering places for the spread of COVID-19. Restaurants are permitted to convert to take-out or delivery only.
• The full executive order, listing all essential and non-essential businesses, can be viewed by clicking the link below.
• The Town is closing all public building and governmental offices at 5:00pm today to cease non-essential operations. However, all departments will continue to provide essential services remotely and with minimal on-site staff. Police, Fire-Rescue, sanitation are still fully operational, as is the maintenance of critical infrastructure and utilities. Public beaches remain closed.
• The Palm Beach Police Department has received information that individuals are posing as COVID-19 testers and going door to door. Please be advised that NO public health officials are offering testing of COVID-19 or selling any testing kits door to door. This could be a distraction attempt to burglarize your home.
• The Town of Palm Beach remains in a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and a TOWNWIDE CURFEW is in effect from 9:00PM to 6:00AM until further notice.
• As of 11:00AM today the Florida Dept. of Health has REPORTED 520 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida, with 10 deaths. There are confirmed cases in 34 in Palm Beach County. HOWEVER, ONLY 79 people have been tested according to FL Dept. of Health. WE CAUTION YOU NOT TO MAKE FAMILY DECISIONS BASED ON THE NUMBER OF CONFIRMED TEST RESULTS in the county, as it is the Town’s understanding that no test kits are available in the County at this time.
• There are 14,322 confirmed cases in the US and 254,996 worldwide. These numbers DO NOT reflect actual infection rates, which are assumed to be much higher, due to infected individuals who have not been tested and/or are asymptomatic.
• Self-isolation is strongly recommended for everyone, especially for the elderly. Residents should prepare for a potential “shelter in place” order that may come from the State of Federal Government. Shelter in place means stay in your home and not leave unless necessary for a designated exception. If a shelter in place order is issued, a list of exceptions will be provided at that time, but will include necessary homebased medical staff and other essential services.
• Please consider limiting the number of domestic staff and visitors to your homes immediately and provide specific hygiene instructions, including hand washing, wearing gloves and removing shoes.
• Hours of operation for PUBLIX are now 8:00AM to 8:00PM, 7 days/week and AMICI MARKET will be open from 9:00AM – 7:00PM, Monday – Saturday. Greens Pharmacy is open 7 days a week from 8:00 AM-6:00 PM, offering free delivery. Beginning on Tuesday, March 24, PUBLIX is designating Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, 7 – 8 a.m., as senior shopping hours for customers age 65 and over.
• Town Manager, Kirk Blouin, will provide his daily update on the COVID-19 outbreak from 3:00 – 4:00PM, via live audio stream from the Town’s website today. Questions can be sent to email@example.com. Daily updates will take place Monday-Friday and archived audio for all updates can be found on the website. An FAQ section on the Town’s COVID-19 webpage can be accessed to answer frequently asked questions.
• The Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline and email is up and running 24/7. Call 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.