Town COVID-19 Update: Public Beaches Closed

Our Town  |  August 31, 2020

PUBLIC BEACHES CLOSED FROM SEPTEMBER 5 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 7

• Consistent with the Town’s ongoing efforts to minimize the risk of COVID-19 infection transmission, per Emergency Order No. 2020-04 the Town has decided to close all public beaches (guarded and unguarded) and public access points 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.

• Considering the fact that Labor Day weekend traditionally attracts very large crowds of beachgoers, the decision to close the beaches was made to avoid “super spreader” events.

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

COVID-19 STATISTICS

• As of 11:30 AM today, the following cumulative COVID-19 data was provided by the Florida Department of Health.

 Town of Palm Beach: 121 cases (7.1% increase from 1 week ago) and 5 deaths.
 Palm Beach County: 41,965 cases (3.0% increase from 1 week ago) and 1,119 deaths.
 State of Florida: 623,471 cases (3.4% increase from 1 week ago) and 11,331 deaths.
 United States: 5,999,464 cases (5.1% increase from 1 week ago) and 183,083 deaths.
 Worldwide: 25,254,339 cases (7.6% increase from 1 week ago) and 846,985 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.

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