May 18, 2020 5:31 PM
COVID-19 UPDATE for 5/18/20
FULL PHASE 1 REOPENING: STATE EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 20-123
• Per State Executive Order No. 20-123, effective May 18, Governor DeSantis ordered a Full Phase 1 Reopening of most of the state, including Palm Beach County. This Executive Order approves the following, in addition to what was previously approved in Executive Order No 20-112:
o Limited re-opening of restaurants, to include a maximum occupancy of 50% for indoor dining and minimum spacing of 6 feet for outdoor dining, with no more than 10 people per table. Counter seating is prohibited. (CDC social distancing guidelines must be followed and indoor seating spacing should exceed 6 feet to permit enough room for patrons to move safely between tables).
o Limited reopening of retail establishments, museums and libraries, to include a maximum occupancy of 50%, per CDC social distancing guidelines.
o Limited reopening of gyms and fitness center, to include a maximum occupancy of 50%, per CDC social distancing guidelines.
• Executive Order 20-112 strongly encourages continued limitation of personal interactions outside of the home for all persons within the state. It also strongly encourages seniors and other individuals with significant underlying medication conditions to continue staying at home and avoid unnecessary exposure in public places.
PALM BEACH COUNTY ORDERS
• Palm Beach County Order No. 2020-6 reopened all public, municipal, and private beaches, including all beach parks, in Palm Beach County from sunrise to sunset, effective May 18.
o Town beaches remain closed until May 26. Once open, only active uses will be permitted. Passive activities will be prohibited, including, but not limited to, sunbathing, lounging (whether on towels, blankets, chairs, or the like), grilling, congregating in groups of more than 10. No coolers will be permitted.
• Palm Beach County Order No. 2020-7 amended the County’s previous order regarding recreation facilities to permit use of golf course practice facilities, golf lessons, doubles tennis, along other things.
• Palm Beach County Oder No. 2020-8 amended its previous order regarding facial coverings to recommend the following: All persons working in, patronizing, or otherwise physically present in grocery stores, restaurants while not seated, pharmacies, construction sites, vehicles for hire, and locations where social distancing measures are not possible should wear facial coverings as defined by the CDC.
• The Town strongly recommends that all other persons physically present in any public place wear facial coverings as defined by the CDC.
TOWN RECREATION FACILITIES AND PARKS
• The Par 3 Golf Course is now open for lessons and individual practicing, along with regular play per CDC social distancing and hygiene guidelines. Please refrain from using the cart paths on the course for exercise or walking dogs.
• Tennis centers remain open and doubles play is now permitted at Seaview and Phipps Ocean Park per CDC social distancing and hygiene guidelines.
• All public parks within the Town are open, with the exception of Phipps South Ocean Park, which will reopen on May 26. The Seaview Park playground remains closed until further notice.
• Lake Trail rules remain in effect. From 9:00AM - 4:00PM daily, only walkers and runners are permitted. Cyclists and all other permitted uses can take place outside of these times.
• As of 5:00 PM today, the following information was provided by the Florida Department of Health.
25 confirmed cases in the Town of Palm Beach, with 2 deaths.
4,658 confirmed cases in Palm Beach County, with 275 deaths.
46,442 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida, with 1,997 deaths.
1,500,753 confirmed cases in the US, with 90,312 deaths.
4,7775,000 confirmed cases worldwide, with 317,515 deaths.
• No new short-term vacation rentals of less than 30 days or one calendar month is permitted.
• All Town government offices remain closed to the public. However, all departments continue to provide services.
• 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 link below to visit the Town’s COVID-19 Website for more information, including copies of State and County orders.