September 11, 2020 4:44 PM
COVID-19 UPDATE – FRIDAY 9/11/20
REPORT FROM THE SEPTEMBER 10 TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
• At the September 10 Town Council meeting, staff provided reports on COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, as well as compliance and enforcement of local, county and state emergency orders. Council received input from the business community and approved Resolution No. 93-2020 extending the Declaration of a State of Emergency until October 13, 2020.
• Town Council also decided to resume in-person council meetings beginning in October. Boards and commissions will continue meeting virtually via Zoom until the end of this year due to the many members who would be required to travel in order to attend in-person meetings.
• Click on the link at the end of this alert to download the report from Fire-Rescue Chief Donatto and Resolution No. 93-2020.
• As of 4:30 PM today, the following cumulative COVID-19 data was provided by the Florida Department of Health (FDOH).
Town of Palm Beach: 127 cases (corrected from last FDOH update) and 5 deaths.
Palm Beach County: 43,724 cases and 1,193 deaths.
State of Florida: 658,381 cases and 12,658 deaths.
United States: 6,430,860 cases and 192,616 deaths.
Worldwide: 28,287,928 and 911,591 deaths.
• For additional daily information provided by the State of Florida, beyond the summary provided by the Town, please visit the FDOH website at: http://floridahealthcovid19.gov/
PHASE 2, STEP 1 REOPENING IN PALM BEACH COUNTY
• Palm Beach County Emergency Order Number 2020-24, is in full effect for the Town of Palm Beach. Below is a summary of what’s included in Step 1 of the Phase 2 Incremental Re-opening Plan.
• Restaurants and other food establishments including clubhouses, banquet halls and ballrooms MUST continue to operate at 50% capacity for indoor service but may now provide bar top meal service. Full capacity seating for outdoor dining is permitted. For both indoor and outdoor seating, 6-feet of separation must still be maintained between parties and parties may not exceed 10 people.
• Per Palm Beach County Emergency Order Number 2020-23, restaurants and other dining establishments are restricted from serving food and/or alcohol between the hours of 12:00 AM and 5:00 AM.
• In-store retail establishments, museums, libraries, gyms & fitness centers, and other personal service establishments may open at 100% capacity, but is limited to parties of no more than 10 and ensuring that parties maintain 6-feet of separation.
• A variety of indoor entertainment venues that may reopen at 50% capacity, including bowling alleys, escape rooms, trampoline centers, and movie theaters.
• Playhouses (venues with less than 400 seats) may re-open at 33% capacity and skating centers are permitted to accommodate up to 25 skaters at a time.
MANDATORY FACE COVERINGS ORDER REMAIN IN EFFECT
• Palm Beach County approved Emergency Order Number 20-20 REQUIRES masks or face coverings to be worn by all persons 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.
• 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.
WORKING TOGETHER TO KEEP THE INFECTION RATE DOWN
• With Step 1, Phase 2 now in effect, it is extremely important that residents continue to AVOID THE THREE C’s – CLOSED spaces with poor ventilation, CROWDED spaces with many people nearby and CLOSE-CONTACT settings such as close-range conversations. Also remember to wear a mask, social distance, and wash your hands frequently.
• Download the RISK INDEX CHART at the end of this Alert to see which activities put you at most risk and which ones are low risk.
• Per Palm Beach County Order No. 6, please be reminded that all public, municipal, and private beaches are open only from sunrise to sunset, with certain limitations. Beachgoers must follow CDC guidelines by limiting gatherings to no more than 10 people, while distancing themselves from other parties by more than 6 feet.
• Travel restrictions are in place for travelers going to Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois (Chicago only), 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, per Palm Beach County Orders 20-07 and 20-21.
• The Town’s public golf course and tennis facilities are open but usage must comply with restrictions outlined in Palm Beach County Order No. 2020-11.
• 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 links below for more information.