March 28, 2020 11:40 AM
COVID-19 UPDATE for 3/28/20
• The Town of Palm Beach Chief of Police has issued Emergency Order No. 2020-01, urging residents of the Town to “Shelter in Place”. Residents and visitors may continue to engage in travel to and from critical retail and commercial business locations, to obtain emergency services, work in support of essential businesses, engage in outdoor recreational activities not closed to the public, and visit religious institutions, subject to CDC requirements. The order includes guidelines for the public as well as essential businesses. This is effective immediately, until terminated by the Chief of Police. The Emergency Order can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.
• The following rules are now in effect for usage of the Lake Trail, until further notice. We know that these rules will not make everyone happy but believe them to be a fair compromise to improve the safety for all trail users. Signs are in production and will be posted soon.
o From 9:00AM – 4:00PM daily, only walkers and runners are permitted on the Lake Trail.
o Cyclists and all other permitted uses can take place outside of these times.
o Please be reminded that motorized equipment, including motorized skateboards are not permitted on the trail at any time.
o It is imperative everyone continues to stay in excess of 6 feet from one another at all times.
o Please also remember that dogs must be leashed at all times and don’t forget to clean-up after your pet.
• If trail users fail to abide by these regulations and Town officials deem the trail to be unsafe, it will be closed through the duration of this COVID-19 pandemic.
• As clarified by State Executive Order No. 20-87 issued late yesterday, vacation rentals is defined as any short-term rentals of less than 30 days or one calendar month. Therefore, no new short-term rentals are permitted. Realtors are urged to advise clients from regions of high community spread that they are required to self-quarantine for 14 days, as required by State Executive Order No. 20-82. All State orders can be found on the Town website.
• As of 11:30 AM today the Florida Dept. of Health has reported:
o 292 confirmed cases in Palm Beach County, with 5 deaths.
o 3,763 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida, with 54 deaths.
o 104,865 confirmed cases in the US, with 1,709 deaths.
o 618,043 confirmed cases worldwide, with 28,823 deaths.
• The confirmed cases numbers DO NOT reflect actual infection rates, which are assumed to be much higher, due to infected individuals who have not been tested or are asymptomatic, the limited testing that has been done, and the delayed reporting from private providers to the Dept of Health.
• Per previous State, County and Town orders, the following are still in effect:
o Per Palm Beach County Emergency Order #2 all non-critical retail and commercial businesses should be closed. Order #2 prohibits all hotels and other commercial lodging establishments (which includes vacation rentals) from accepting any new reservations, unless they are for “critical lodgers”, as defined in the order.
o Per Palm Beach County Emergency Order #3 all public parks are closed, including all parks within the Town. This includes, but is not limited to, Seaview, Lake Drive (adjacent to Marina), Bradley, Phipps Ocean, and the grassy areas adjacent to the Mid-Town public beach. Both orders can be found on the Town website.
o As mandated by State Executive Order 20-82, all persons whose point of departure originated from outside the State of Florida in an area of substantial community spread of COVID-19, including the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey and New York), MUST isolate or quarantine themselves for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the State of Florida. State Executive Order 20-86, expanded to require 14 days of quarantine for individuals arriving from the State of Louisiana.
o The 14 quarantine requirement is extremely important and applies regardless of if you arrived by plane, car or other means. Failure to comply with this order may lead to arrest and incarceration.
o A Statewide Public Health Advisory remains in effect for all persons over 65 years of age, urging them to stay at home. The Town continues to strongly recommend this for all ages.
o All non-essential businesses should be closed, including those included in the State executive order as well as the Palm Beach County order. Restaurants are permitted to convert to take-out or delivery only.
o All boat docks, ramps, marinas, and any other venues utilized for launching any vessels are closed until further notice. All islands, sandbars, and intracoastal lands are also prohibited for use by the public.
o All public beaches remain closed, including areas east of the mean high tide line adjacent to private property.
o All Town public buildings and governmental offices are closed for non-essential services. However, all departments will continue to provide essential services remotely and with minimal on-site staff. Police, Fire-Rescue, and sanitation are still fully operational, as is the maintenance of critical infrastructure and utilities.
• Hours of operation for PUBLIX are 8:00AM to 8:00PM, 7 days/week (age 65 and over only from 7:00AM-8:00AM on Tuesday and Wednesday) 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 to 6:00 PM, offering free delivery. Lewis Pharmacy and Fedco Drugs are open from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Monday-Friday and 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday.
• 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.
• Click the link below to download the Town of Palm Beach Shelter in Place Order.