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September 4, 2020 4:28 PM

COVID-19 UPDATE – FRIDAY 9/4/20


PUBLIC BEACHES CLOSED FROM SEPTEMBER 5 THROUGH 7

• REMINDER - per Town of Palm Beach Emergency Order No. 2020-04 all public beaches (guarded and unguarded) and public access points will be closed during the Labor Day weekend (September 5-7). Phipps Ocean Park (except for Tennis Center) as well as the green spaces adjacent to Mid-Town Beach will be also be closed on these dates.

• Public beaches will reopen on Tuesday, September 8, under limitations outlined in Palm Beach County Executive Order Number 20-06.

PHASE 2 REOPENING IN PALM BEACH COUNTY

• Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-214 today, which approved Palm Beach County to incrementally move into Phase 2 of the Governor's Safe, Smart, Step-by-Step Plan for Florida's Recovery, beginning on Tuesday, September 8.

• A detailed County Order is forthcoming, but a tentative summary of the transition plan is outlined below. The schedule is approximate and assumes that local health metrics as outlined in the COVID-19 Phased Restart (CPR) Program continue to move in a desirable direction, and that resurgence is not a factor.

o STEP 1 – On September 8 indoor entertainment may reopen, with most at 50 percent capacity, including bowling alleys, escape rooms, movie theaters, playhouses (33% capacity), and skating centers; allow restaurants to serve at bar tops, but keeps 50% limitations for restaurants, and full capacity outdoor seating for restaurants.

o STEP 2 - Recommends the reopening of in-classroom instruction 3 or 4 weeks after Step 1, but the decision to reopen public brick-and-mortar campuses should be made by the County School District.

o STEP 3 - If COVID numbers continue downward trend, auditoriums, bingo parlors, comedy clubs, and concert houses can operate at 50% capacity beginning on October 19.

o STEP 4 - After a COVID-19 "evaluation period", the plan allows entertainment businesses identified in Step 1 to operate at up to 75% capacity beginning on November 2. A capacity of 66% would apply to playhouses.

o STEP 5 - Reduces capacity restrictions on businesses in Steps 1, 3, and 4, with possible reopening of arcades, bars, billiard halls, hookah and smoking lounges, and nightclubs.

• Click on the link at the end of this alert for additional details about the Phase 2 Re-opening Plan.

SEPTEMBER 10 TOWN COUNCIL MEETING

• The next Regular Town Council will take place electronically on THURSDAY, September 10, beginning at 9:30 AM. Use the following link to join the meeting: https://zoom.us/j/99395140283 or listen by phone 312-626-6799. Meeting ID 993 9514 8782.

• The meeting agenda includes an update and discussion on matters including, but not be limited to, a report on COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, a report on compliance and enforcement, and a resolution to extend the Declaration of a State of Emergency until October 13, 2020. Input from the business community will also be received on matters related to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19 STATISTICS

• As of 4:00 PM today, the following cumulative COVID-19 data was provided by the Florida Department of Health.

 Town of Palm Beach: 127 cases and 5 deaths.
 Palm Beach County: 42,762 cases and 1,160 deaths.
 State of Florida: 640,211 cases and 11,903 deaths.
 United States: 6,183,405 cases and 187,347 deaths.
 Worldwide: 26,427,137 cases and 870,948 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/

• To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Town continues to urge residents 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.

• The Town also encourages you to stay active and stay engaged, but do so safely. Individuals 65 and older, as well as individuals with significant underlying medical conditions, should take extra measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

COMPLIMENTARY CAR MAGNETS STILL AVAILABLE

• Palm Beach branded car magnets with the message – “Social Distance, Wear a Mask” - are available for residents and may be picked up at the Mandel Recreation Center, Town Hall lobby or Al Fresco at the Par 3 Golf Course. Help use spread the message and get your car magnet while supplies last.

MANDATORY FACE COVERINGS ORDER 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.

DOWNLOAD “COMBAT COVID PBC” CONTACT TRACING APP

• The CombatCOVID app is the Official COVID-19 notification and information app of Palm Beach County Government, which was funded through the CARES ACTS. The app is free for users to download from the Apple or Google Play stores “Combat COVID PBC”.

• HERE’S HOW IT WORKS: If a person tests positive, they must enter the information into the app. The app then uses Bluetooth to detect other phones that passed within 6 to 13 feet within the past 14 to 21 days. If the app determines the phones were in contact long enough to be a risk, it sends an alert warning that the person may have been exposed.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

• Curfew remains in effect from 11:00 PM – 6:00 AM until further notice.

• 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.

• The Town’s Emergency Order No. 2020-03 supersedes all County orders pertaining to hours of operation for restaurants and other establishments with food service. Establishments within the Town of Palm Beach are currently prohibited from serving alcohol or food for on-site consumption, whether indoor or outdoor, between the hours of 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM.

• Travel restrictions are in place for travelers going to Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois (Chicago only), Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, 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 COVID-19@flhealth.gov with questions.

• Questions for the Town can be emailed to questions@townofpalmbeach.com. A Town Hotline is also available for questions 561-227-7070.

• Click the links below for more information.

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