Past COVID-19 Updates for the Town of Palm Beach

Public Safety  |  March 30, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE for 3/30/20 1:03 PM

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• The Town issued an Emergency Order on March 28, titled “Shelter in Place – Safer at Home”, urging residents to stay home to help flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19.

• On March 29, Palm Beach County amended its Emergency Order No. 3, now titled “Stay Home – Stay Safe: Safer at Home Policy”. This amended order strongly urges all individuals to stay home, similar to the Town’s order. Download a copy by clicking the link below. The amendment also added the following:

 All community pools must be closed, including those located in condominium complexes.
 All private parks and golf courses must also be closed, including those in condominium complexes.

• The Town has adopted the “Stay Home – Stay Safe” message to ensure consistency with the communications from the County and neighboring municipalities, but the substance of our order remains the same. 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. A daily curfew from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM remains in place.

• The Town has received numerous complaints of alleged unsafe work practices at many of the Island construction sites involving workers not following the social distancing practices. It is imperative that CDC 6-foot social distancing requirements are followed at all construction sites. The Town is seeking assistance from property owners and construction companies to help us enforce these requirements. Failure to abide may result in an order to cease construction activities until further notice.

• The Town reminds everyone that all public beaches are closed, including the areas east of the mean high tide line adjacent to private property. Notices to appear in court will be issued to violators.

• As of 1:00 PM today the Florida Dept. of Health has reported:

 10 confirmed cases in the Town of Palm Beach, with 1 death.
 423 confirmed cases in Palm Beach County, with 8 deaths.
 5,473 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida, with 63 deaths.
 144,672 confirmed cases in the US, with 2,575 deaths.
 745,308 confirmed cases worldwide, with 35,307 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, and the limited testing that has been completed.

• The following rules remain 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 everyone. 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.

 From 9:00AM – 4:00PM daily, only walkers and runners are permitted on the Lake Trail.
 Cyclists and all other permitted uses can take place outside of these times.
 Please be reminded that motorized equipment, including motorized skateboards are not permitted on the trail at any time.
 It is imperative everyone continues to stay in excess of 6 feet from one another at all times.
 Please also remember that dogs must be leashed at all times and don’t forget to clean-up after your pet.

Download Amended PBC Emergency Orders

Audio of the Town Managers Daily Briefing


COVID-19 UPDATE for 3/29/20 12:00 PM

No Video Update Today

• The Town is receiving numerous complaints about illegal use of public beach areas and the lack of social distancing, especially on the north end beaches. The Town is reminding everyone that all public beaches are closed, including the areas east of the mean high tide line adjacent to private property. Numerous warnings were issued to violators by the Police Department yesterday. Notices to appear in court will be issued to violators beginning today.

• As of 11:30 AM today the Florida Dept. of Health has reported:

o 333 confirmed cases in Palm Beach County, with 6 deaths.

o 4,246 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida, with 56 deaths.

o 125,313 confirmed cases in the US, with 2,197 deaths.

o 685,623 confirmed cases worldwide, with 32,137 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.

• The Town issued a “Shelter in Place – Safer at Home” order yesterday, urging residents to stay home to help flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19. 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. A daily curfew from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM remains in place.

• The following rules are 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 everyone. 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. Signs are in production and will be posted soon.

o From 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM 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.

• Town Manager, Kirk Blouin, and members of his team will provide an update on the COVID-19 outbreak at 3:00 PM tomorrow, via live audio stream from the Town’s website. Questions can be sent to questions@townofpalmbeach.com. Archived audio from previous updates can be found on the Town website.

Safe Grocery Shopping in COVID-19 Pandemic video mentioned by Maggie Zeidman in update video

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COVID-19 UPDATE for 3/28/20 11:40 AM

No Video Update Today

• 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 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM 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.

• Hours of operation for PUBLIX are 8:00 AM to 8:00 M, 7 days/week (age 65 and over only from 7:00 AM-8:00 AM on Tuesday and Wednesday) and AMICI MARKET will be open from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM, 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 COVID-19@flhealth.gov with questions.

Download Town Emergency Order No. 2020-01


COVID-19 UPDATE for 3/26/20 3:40 PM

• A Special Town Council Meeting was held at 11:00 AM today. During this meeting, Town Manager Blouin provided his daily community update. Daily updates will resume on Monday, March 30 at 3:00 PM. The audio from this morning’s meeting is available from the Town’s website for those who were unable to tune in and would like to listen to the update or the entire meeting.

• After considering all of the input received from the public and our Mayor and Town Council members at this morning’s Special Town Council meeting, 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.

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 anytime.

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.

• 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 short-term 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. This 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 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.

• As of 3:00PM today the Florida Dept. of Health has reported:

o 194 confirmed cases in Palm Beach County, with 3 deaths.

o 2,900 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida, with 34 deaths.

o 94,238 confirmed cases in the US, with 1,438 deaths.

o 576,859 confirmed cases worldwide, with 26,819 deaths.

Safe Grocery Shopping in COVID-19 Pandemic video mentioned by Maggie Zeidman in update video

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COVID-19 UPDATE for 3/26/20 1:49 PM

• Palm Beach County issued Emergency Orders #2 and #3 late yesterday. Order #2 mandates all non-critical retail and commercial businesses to close immediately and provides a list of businesses and services that are deemed critical and essential.

• Order #2 prohibits all hotels and other commercial lodging establishments (which includes short-term vacation rentals) from accepting any new reservations, unless they are for “critical lodgers”, as defined in the order.

• Order #3 immediately closed all public parks 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 downloaded here.

• The Town is reminding 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, as mandated by Executive Order 20-.82. This is extremely important and applies regardless of if you arrived by plane, car or other means. Failure to comply is a misdemeanor and anyone found guilty of this charge could face prison time and/or pay a fine.

• The Town has observed a reduction in groups gathering in public places and on private properties to congregate. Thank you. To stop the spread of COVID-19 and not put each other at an increased risk of infection, it is imperative everyone continues stay in excess of 6 feet from one another at all times. The current regulations are as follows:

• Town Council will consider changes during their 11:00 AM special meeting tomorrow. Any changes approved will be communicated to the community.

• As of 1:00PM today the Florida Dept. of Health has reported:

o 169 confirmed cases in Palm Beach County, with 3 deaths.

o 2,355 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida, with 28 deaths.

o 69,684 confirmed cases in the US, with 1,049 deaths.

o 495,086 confirmed cases worldwide, with 22,295 deaths.

Town Managers Daily Briefing

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COVID-19 UPDATE for 3/25/20 1:27 PM

• The Town has observed and is aware of groups gathering in public places and on private properties to congregate. This is incredibly troubling and irresponsible, and is not in accordance with social (physical) distancing guidelines of the CDC. To stop the spread of COVID-19 and not put each other at an increased risk of infection, it is imperative everyone stay in excess of 6 feet from one another at all times.

• The Town has received multiple communications about yesterday’s Lake Trail usage order, limiting cyclists during certain periods of time. Many were in support and many objected. Please be reminded that we are in a State of Emergency but understand this is not ideal and will require some personal sacrifice to assist the Town in our response efforts to slow the spread. We are doing the best we can and are in fact taking many more measures to protect our community that some of our neighboring cities.

• The Town cannot limit usage of the Lake Trail to residents only so we urge you to modify your personal trail usage schedules and abide by these regulations:

o From 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM daily, only walkers, runners and children age 12 and under on bicycles are permitted on the Lake Trail.

o Cyclists age 13 and older and all other permitted uses can take place outside of these times.

o Please also be remember that dogs must be leashed at all times and don’t forget to clean-up after your pet.

• Because usage of the Lake Trail is an important quality of life issue for our residents, we believe the community and the elected officials should have input. Therefore, a Special Town Council meeting has been set for 11:00 AM on Friday March 27. Instructions are forthcoming on how to participate, as this meeting will be help telephonically.

• As of 12:30 PM today the Florida Dept. of Health has reported:

o 118 confirmed cases in Palm Beach County, with 3 deaths. WE CAUTION YOU NOT TO MAKE FAMILY DECISIONS BASED ON THE NUMBER OF CONFIRMED TEST RESULTS in the county, as testing has been very limited and COMMUNITY SPREAD is occurring. These numbers DO NOT reflect actual infection rates, which are assumed to be much higher, due to infected individuals who have not been tested, are asymptomatic and the lack of reporting from private providers to the Dept of Health.

o 1,682 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida, with 22 deaths.

o 55,568 confirmed cases in the US, with 809 deaths.

o 441,187 confirmed cases worldwide, with 19,784 deaths.

• The Town cannot stress enough the importance of self-isolation and social distancing, especially for the elderly. Residents should continue preparing for a potential “shelter in place” order that may come from the State of Florida or Federal Government.

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COVID-19 UPDATE for 3/24/20 12:11 PM

With increased traffic and density on the Lake Trail causing people to come in unsafe, close contact, the Chief of Police has taken new measures to impose ‘social distancing’

  • From 8 am to 5 pm daily, only walkers, runners and cyclists 12 and younger will be allowed on the Lake Trail.
  • Cyclists 13 and older can ride the Trail before 8 am and after 5 pm
  • Police will restrict parking at the main entrances to the Lake Trail
  • These measures are being taken to ease the over-crowding, and help those using the trail maintain recommended social distancing of 6 feet.
  • For any of you who may have family or friends flying in from Connecticut, New Jersey or New York you should be aware of a quarantine order issued yesterday by Governor Ron DeSantis.  Any person flying into a Florida airport from those three states, where COVID-19 has reached a high level of community spread, MUST self-isolate for 14 day on entry to Florida, or you will be fined.
  • While most hotels either have closed or plan to soon, the Town of Palm Beach is asking ALL hotels and vacation rental properties to close, to limit the unintended spread of COVID-19.

• As of NOON today the Florida Dept. of Health has reported:

o 101 confirmed cases in Palm Beach County, with 3 deaths. WE CAUTION YOU NOT TO MAKE FAMILY DECISIONS BASED ON THE NUMBER OF CONFIRMED TEST RESULTS in the county, as testing has been very limited and COMMUNITY SPREAD is occurring. These numbers DO NOT reflect actual infection rates, which are assumed to be much higher, due to infected individuals who have not been tested, are asymptomatic and the lack of reporting from private providers to the Dept of Health.

o 1,412 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida, with 18 deaths.

o 46,548 confirmed cases in the US, with 592 deaths.

o 396,249 confirmed cases worldwide, with 17,252 deaths.

Listen to the March 24, 2020 Town Managers COVID-19 Briefing Here

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COVID-19 UPDATE for 3/23/20 1:35 PM

• As anticipated, the COVID-19 outbreak may be causing a lot of stress and anxiety due to the uncertainty of this evolving situation. This is understandable but the Town urges calm, kindness and respect for one another. We are all in this together and we will get through it as a community, but we need public cooperation and individual responsibility to make it happen.

• Effective immediately per Public Safety Order #1, within Palm Beach County, including all municipalities therein, all boat docks, ramps, marinas, and any other venues utilized for launching any vessels are hereby closed until further notice. All islands, sandbars, and intracoastal lands are also prohibited for use by the public. Commercial fishing, commercial marine operations, and support services related thereto are permitted to continue operating.

• Town Manager, Kirk Blouin, and members of his team will provide an update on the COVID-19 outbreak at 3:00PM, via live audio stream from the Town’s website today. Questions can be sent to questions@townofpalmbeach.com. Archived audio from previous updates can be found on the Town website.

• The Lake Trail is experiencing increasing levels of activity. The Town is requesting that cyclists avoid using the Lake Trail to assist with relieving some of the congestion and use public streets instead. The Town would also like to remind trail users to practice social distancing when walking/running and use extra caution. Use of public sidewalks is a good alternative for walkers.

• As of NOON today the Florida Dept. of Health has reported:

o 89 confirmed cases in Palm Beach County, with 2 deaths. WE CAUTION YOU NOT TO MAKE FAMILY DECISIONS BASED ON THE NUMBER OF CONFIRMED TEST RESULTS in the county, as testing has been very limited and COMMUNITY SPREAD is occurring. These numbers DO NOT reflect actual infection rates, which are assumed to be much higher, due to infected individuals who have not been tested, are asymptomatic and the lack of reporting from private providers to the Dept of Health.

o 1,171 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida, with 14 deaths.

o 35,345 confirmed cases in the US, with 473 deaths.

o 353,692 confirmed cases worldwide, with 15,436 deaths.

• The Town cannot stress enough the importance of self-isolation and social distancing, especially for the elderly. Residents should continue preparing for a potential “shelter in place” order that may come from the State of Florida or Federal Government.

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COVID-19 UPDATE for 3/22/20 12:25 PM

• As of 11:30 AM today the Florida Dept. of Health has reported:

o 59 confirmed cases in Palm Beach County, with 1 death. WE CAUTION YOU NOT TO MAKE FAMILY DECISIONS BASED ON THE NUMBER OF CONFIRMED TEST RESULTS in the county, as testing has been very limited and COMMUNITY SPREAD is occurring. These numbers DO NOT reflect actual infection rates, which are assumed to be much higher, due to infected individuals who have not been tested, are asymptomatic and the lack of reporting from private providers to the Dept of Health.

o 830 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida, with 13 deaths.

o 26,997 confirmed cases in the US, with 346 deaths.

o 316,652 confirmed cases worldwide, with 13,598 deaths.

• Beginning on Tuesday, March 24, PUBLIX is designating Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, 7 – 8 a.m., as senior shopping hours for customers age 65 and over.

• The Town cannot stress enough the importance of self-isolation and social distancing, especially for the elderly. Residents should continue preparing for a potential “shelter in place” order that may come from the State of Florida or Federal Government.

• Public beaches, Inlet Park (Annie’s Dock) and the Seaview Park playground remain closed.

• The County will be closing public boat ramps today, as recreational boaters are mooring densely near Peanut Island and other locations, and not following social distancing guidelines.

• The Lake Trail is experiencing in increased level of activity. The Town would like to remind trail users to practice social distancing when walking/running and use extra caution, especially bikers. Use of public sidewalks is a good alternative.

• The Town of Palm Beach remains in a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and a TOWNWIDE CURFEW is in effect from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM until further notice.

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COVID-19 UPDATE for 3/21/20 12:08 PM Notice #1

Town Recommendations for Residents of Multi-Family Dwellings

• Common gathering areas such as, fitness areas, activity rooms, and etc. should be closed for public use until further notice to prevent person to person spread of Covid-19.

• If Swimming pools remain open, all persons should remain 6 ft. apart in the water and on the pool deck. Building staff and residents should disinfect any “touch points” such as pool ladders, pool railings, etc… Chairs on pool decks such be positioned in a manner to maintain the appropriate social distance.

• All preventative maintenance that has been scheduled should postponed, or cancelled, restricting contractor access to emergency repairs only.

• Residents should take turn using elevators to ensure that social distancing is maintained at all times.

• Post signs urging residents to watch for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough, malaise, diarrhea, and shortness of breath.

• Post signs in the common areas with reminders to owners of the steps which owners can take to assist in mitigating the spread of infection (i.e. the reminders set out above) including social distancing, frequent handwashing, and covering any coughs.

• Urge residents who have frequent visitors to limit or reduce guest visitation.

• Curb any potential AirBnB or frequent rental activities.

• Encourage residents to stay in their home when sick.

• Encourage staff to staff home when sick. Send home employees who becomes sick.

• Make sure you have updated emergency contact information for all owners including any residents who may be particularly vulnerable.

• Let your residents know that if they are feeling ill or have any questions or concerns that they can contact the Florida Department of Health’s 24-hour hotline that can be reached at 1-866-779-6121.

• Place hand sanitizer in high traffic areas.

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COVID-19 UPDATE for 3/21/20 1:43 PM Notice #2

• All non-essential business should be closed as ordered by Governor DeSantis via Executive Order 20-70. Non-essential businesses include restaurants, bars, taverns, pubs, nightclubs, banquet halls, cocktail lounges, cabarets, breweries, cafeterias, movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, arcades, gymnasiums, fitness studios and beaches. Restaurants are permitted to convert to take-out or delivery only.

• Among businesses considered ESSENTIAL are grocery stores, gas stations, day care facilities and pet supply stores.

• The Town of Palm Beach does not have the statutory authority to close any business. The Governor’s executive order lists business that would be considered non-essential. We strongly recommend business owners who are not listed on the essential list to seriously evaluate the necessity of remaining open and serving patrons. The only way to stop the spread is to limit person-to-person contact and any business that remains open unnecessarily contributes to the spread.

• As of 1:30PM today the Florida Dept. of Health has reported:

o 45 confirmed cases in Palm Beach County, with 0 deaths. WE CAUTION YOU NOT TO MAKE FAMILY DECISIONS BASED ON THE NUMBER OF CONFIRMED TEST RESULTS in the county, as testing has been very limited. These numbers DO NOT reflect actual infection rates, which are assumed to be much higher, due to infected individuals who have not been tested, are asymptomatic and the lack of reporting from private providers to the Dept of Health.

o 658 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida, with 12 deaths.

o 22,043 confirmed cases in the US, with 275 deaths.

o 289,948 confirmed cases worldwide, with 11,921 deaths.

• The Town cannot stress enough the importance of self-isolation and social distancing, especially for the elderly. Residents should continue preparing for a potential “shelter in place” order that may come from the State of Florida or Federal Government.

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INDIVIDUALS POSING AS COVID-19 TESTERS SCAM ALERT

The Palm Beach Police Department has received information that individuals are posing as COVID-19 testers and going door to door.
Please be advised that NO public health officials are offering testing of COVID-19 or selling any testing kits door to door. This could be a distraction attempt to burglarize your home.
IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY ALWAYS DIAL 911


COVID-19 UPDATE for 3/20/20 3:00 PM

Listen to the 3-20-20 3 PM Town Update

• Governor DeSantis has issued Executive Order 20-70, requiring the closure of all non-essential businesses, effective immediately. Among businesses considered ESSENTIAL are grocery stores, gas stations, day care facilities and pet supply stores.

• Non-essential businesses including restaurants, bars, taverns, pubs, nightclubs, banquet halls, cocktail lounges, cabarets, breweries, cafeterias, movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, arcades, gymnasiums, fitness studios and beaches are potential gathering places for the spread of COVID-19. Restaurants are permitted to convert to take-out or delivery only.

• The full executive order, listing all essential and non-essential businesses, can be viewed by clicking the link below.

• The Town is closing all public building and governmental offices at 5:00pm today to cease non-essential operations. However, all departments will continue to provide essential services remotely and with minimal on-site staff. Police, Fire-Rescue, sanitation are still fully operational, as is the maintenance of critical infrastructure and utilities. Public beaches remain closed.

• The Palm Beach Police Department has received information that individuals are posing as COVID-19 testers and going door to door. Please be advised that NO public health officials are offering testing of COVID-19 or selling any testing kits door to door. This could be a distraction attempt to burglarize your home.

• The Town of Palm Beach remains in a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and a TOWNWIDE CURFEW is in effect from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM until further notice.

• As of 11:00 AM today the Florida Dept. of Health has REPORTED 520 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida, with 10 deaths. There are confirmed cases in 34 in Palm Beach County. HOWEVER, ONLY 79 people have been tested according to FL Dept. of Health. WE CAUTION YOU NOT TO MAKE FAMILY DECISIONS BASED ON THE NUMBER OF CONFIRMED TEST RESULTS in the county, as it is the Town’s understanding that no test kits are available in the County at this time.

• There are 14,322 confirmed cases in the US and 254,996 worldwide. These numbers DO NOT reflect actual infection rates, which are assumed to be much higher, due to infected individuals who have not been tested and/or are asymptomatic.

• Self-isolation is strongly recommended for everyone, especially for the elderly. Residents should prepare for a potential “shelter in place” order that may come from the State of Federal Government. Shelter in place means stay in your home and not leave unless necessary for a designated exception. If a shelter in place order is issued, a list of exceptions will be provided at that time, but will include necessary home-based medical staff and other essential services.

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UPDATE 3-19-2020 2:28 PM

• Beginning today, Town Manager, Kirk Blouin, will provide a daily update on the COVID-19 outbreak from 3:00 – 4:00PM, via live audio stream from the Town’s website. After his update, questions will be answered. Questions can be sent to questions@townofpalmbeach.com. Daily updates will take place Monday-Friday and archived audio for all updates can be found on the website. An FAQ section on the Town’s COVID-19 webpage can be accessed to answer frequently asked questions. Listen to it here.

• The Town of Palm Beach remains in a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and a TOWNWIDE CURFEW is in effect from 9:00PM to 6:00AM until further notice.

• As of 11:00AM today the Florida Dept. of Health has REPORTED 390 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida and 29 in Palm Beach County. There are 10,755 confirmed cases in the US and 229,390 worldwide. Reported numbers do not reflect actual infection rates, which are assumed to be much higher, due to infected individuals who have not been tested and/or are asymptomatic. ONLY 74 people in Palm Beach County have been tested according to FL Dept. of Health.

• Self-isolation is strongly recommended for everyone, especially for the elderly.

• Please consider limiting the number of domestic staff and visitors to your homes and provide specific hygiene instructions, including hand washing, wearing gloves and removing shoes.

• All nightclubs and bars are closed, as ordered by the State of Florida. Operations of private clubs, restaurants and all other business (including gyms) are strongly recommended to close, with the exception of delivery or curbside pick-up. Most restaurants that remain open are offering delivery and pick-up.

• Hours of operation for PUBLIX are now 8:00AM to 8:00PM, 7 days/week, beginning on Tuesday, March 24, PUBLIX is designating Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, 7 – 8 a.m., as senior shopping hours for customers age 65 and over. This change in hours will continue until further notice. AMICI MARKET will be open from 9:00AM – 7:00PM, Monday – Saturday.

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UPDATE 3-18-2020 5:02 PM

• THE TOWN IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGING ALL NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES TO CLOSE OR BEGIN PREPARING FOR CLOSURE IN THE EVENT OF A MANDATORY ORDER.

• SELF-ISOLATION IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED FOR EVERYONE, ESPECIALLY FOR THE ELDERLY.

• PLEASE CONSIDER LIMITING STAFF MEMBERS AND VISITORS TO YOUR HOMES AND PROVIDE SPECIFIC HYGIENE INSTRUCTIONS TO STAFF, INCLUDING HAND WASHING, WEARING GLOVES AND REMOVING SHOES.

• A “SHELTER IN PLACE” ORDER MAY BE ISSUED AT ANYTIME, SO WE IMPLORE EVERYONE TO ENSURE PRESCRIPTIONS HAVE BEEN FILLED AND YOU HAVE PLENTY OF SUPPLIES TO HOLD YOUR FAMILY OVER FOR SEVERAL WEEKS.

• SHELTER IN PLACE MEANS STAY IN YOUR HOME AND NOT LEAVE UNLESS NECESSARY FOR A DESIGNATED EXCEPTION. IF A SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER IS ISSUED, A LIST OF EXCEPTIONS WILL BE PROVIDED AT THAT TIME, BUT WILL INCLUDE NECESSARY HOME-BASED MEDICAL STAFF AND OTHER ESSENTIAL SERVICES.

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UPDATE 3-18-2020 3:37 PM

• The Town of Palm Beach remains in a State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and a TOWNWIDE CURFEW is in effect from 9:00PM to 6:00AM until further notice. This applies to motorists and pedestrians.

• Self-isolation is strongly recommended for everyone, especially the elderly.

• Please consider limiting the number of domestic staff and visitors to your homes and provide specific hygiene instructions, including hand washing, wearing gloves and removing shoes.

• Hours of operation for PUBLIX are now 8:00AM to 8:00PM, 7 days/week and AMICI MARKET will be open from 9:00AM – 7:00PM, Monday – Saturday.

• All public beaches and recreation facilities are closed.

• As of 11:25AM today the Florida Dept. of Health has REPORTED 314 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida and 19 in Palm Beach County. 7 people have died in Florida. There are 7,324 confirmed cases in the US and 207,518 worldwide. Reported numbers do not reflect actual infection rates, which are assumed to be much higher, due to infected individuals who have not been tested and/or are asymptomatic.

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UPDATE 3-17-2020 4:06 PM

MARCH 17: A TOWNWIDE CURFEW will begin at 9:00PM tonight and end at 6:00AM each day.

MARCH 17: Per CDC recommendations, private clubs and restaurants (including hotel based eating establishments) and all other business should greatly scale back their operations. Social gathering of more than 10 people should cease. Restaurants are strongly encouraged to close for dine-in seating but provide delivery and/or curbside pick-up.

MARCH 17: As ordered by Governor DeSantis, all bars and nightclubs must close effective at 5:00PM for 30 days, starting today.

MARCH 17: All public beaches are closed.

MARCH 18: All public recreation facilities will be closed, with the exception of the Town Docks office. All private recreation facilities are encouraged to closed as well.

MARCH 18: Hours of operation for PUBLIX will switch to 8:00AM to 8:00PM, 7 days/week and AMICI MARKET will be open from 9:00AM – 7:00PM, Monday – Saturday.

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UPDATE 3-16-2020 5:26 PM

The Recreation Department is working closely with the Town Manager’s office in response to COVID-19. The Town staff continues to stay in contact with the State Department of Health, State Fire Marshal, and State Department of Emergency Management to ensure they have the latest information and guidance.

The Mandel Recreation Center and the Seaview Park Tennis Center, located at 340 Seaview Avenue, Palm Beach, is suspending all operations until further notice starting at 8 pm on Tuesday, March 17. The Phipps Ocean Park Tennis Center, located at 2201 S Ocean Blvd, is suspending all operations until further notice starting at 5 pm Monday, March 16. The Palm Beach Par 3, located at 2345 S Ocean Blvd, is suspending all operations until further notice starting at 7 pm on Tuesday, March 17. The Town Docks, located at 500 Australian Ave, is continuing operations with social distancing in place.

Town of Palm Beach Recreation – Status of Operations as of March 16, 2020

Facility / Activity / Dept Status
Palm Beach Par 3 Closed until further notice starting at 7 pm, 3/17
Town Docks Continuing operations, social distancing
Seaview Park Tennis Center Closed until further notice starting at 8 pm, 3/17
Phipps Ocean Park Tennis Closed until further notice starting at 5 pm, 3/16
Mandel Recreation Center Closed until further notice starting at 8 pm, 3/17
Camps and Special Events Cancelled or postponed until further notice


UPDATE 3-16-2020 1:49 PM

  • As of 12:38 pm today the Florida Dept. of Health has REPORTED 137 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State of Florida and 8 in Palm Beach County. Reported numbers do not reflect actual infection rates, which are assumed to be much higher.
  • The Town of Palm Beach has issued a State of Emergency Declaration. This declaration clears the way for decisive actions the Town will need to make in the coming days in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • To protect our residents from the COVID-19 outbreak and help “flatten the curve” the following decisions have been made by the Town, effective on the dates indicated until further notice:MARCH 17: A TOWNWIDE CURFEW will begin at 9:00 PM and end at 6:00 AM each day.MARCH 17: Per the CDC recommendations, private clubs and restaurants (including hotel based eating establishments) and all other business should greatly scale back their operations and limit their capacity to 50 patrons.

 Restaurants are strongly encouraged by the Town to close for seating but provide delivery and/or curbside pick-up.

 Houses of worship are encouraged to cancel all services and programs and provide live streaming services.

MARCH 17: All public beaches and Phipps Ocean Tennis Center will be closed.

MARCH 17: Public access to all Town buildings will be limited. Town staff can still be reached by phone or email during regular business hours.

 

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Palm Beach County COVID -19 Drive Through Testing Site

The service will be offered on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and hours may be adjusted based on needs and supplies. Testing will be conducted by trained FoundCare staff members.

Prior to being tested, patients need to call 561-967-0365.

For more information about the drive-through testing, https://foundcare.org/


UPDATE 3-15-2020 1:47 PM

  • As of this morning, Florida has 106 confirmed persons with COVID-19 and 4 deaths; Palm Beach County has 5 confirmed, no deaths. Remember there has not been across the board testing and many people may be asymptomatic while carrying the virus.
  • If you have traveled to countries listed on the CDC website, a 14-day isolation is the recommendation for all ages.
  • Social Distancing is in effect: maintain 6 feet distance, no hugging, elbow bumping, no personal contact!
  • BE PREPARED: have enough medications, food, supplies to last for a few weeks.

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UPDATE 3-14-2020 12:39 PM

  • As of this morning, there are 5 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Palm Beach County and 70 in the State of Florida.
  • The Town’s Fire-Rescue teams are trained and ready to respond to health emergencies in our Town. Call 911 for emergencies or 561-838-5454 for non-emergency questions.
  • If you have traveled to countries listed on the CDC website, a 14-day isolation is the recommendation for all ages.
  • The CDC recommends maintaining 6 feet distance, so do not shake hands and avoid fist and elbow bumping. Continue personal preventive practices: social distancing, hand hygiene, and if sick stay home and self-isolate. If you are healthy, enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. Take a walk but maintain social distancing.

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UPDATE 3-13-2020 6:04 PM


We know the COVID-19 outbreak has created great cause for concern, especially with this morning’s announcement that there are two confirmed cases in Palm Beach County. Rest assured your Elected Officials and Town Staff have been working diligently over the past couple of weeks to develop response plans for dealing with this fluid situation, while maintaining our quality standards for the delivery of public services.

In our effort to minimize person-to-person contact during public meetings, the following meetings, and all associated agenda items, have been postponed for one month:

March 18 – Landmarks Preservation Commission Meeting
March 19 – Code Enforcement Meeting
March 25 – ARCOM Meeting
April 1 – ORS Committee Meeting

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UPDATE 3-12-2020

The Town continues to monitor and respond to the changes with the COVID-19 situation.

As of this update there have been 27 confirmed cases in Florida residents with 2 deaths. There are currently no confirmed positive test cases in Palm Beach County and our Fire Rescue Department has not run on any suspected cases as of yet.

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UPDATE 3-11-2020

The Town of Palm Beach continues to actively monitor and adjust our practices in light of the novel (new) coronavirus disease called “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). This coronavirus has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States and was just declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

MEETINGS POSTPONED
In an abundance of caution, the Town is promoting social distancing efforts to include the postponing of certain upcoming public meetings. Town staff will continue to evaluate the need for additional meeting cancelations. The following meetings have been canceled and will be rescheduled at later date to be determined:

March 16 – Annual Town-wide Hurricane Seminar
March 19 – Public Workshop for Boards and Commissions
March 23 – Community Input meeting for Lake Drive Park
March 31 – Citizens’ Association Hurricane Seminar

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An information webpage for the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been created as a resource to the community by the Town of Palm Beach. Town Staff will be providing updates via Town Alerts under Stay Informed on our website. Click on the link to visit the webpage.

Other COVID-19 resources

Florida Department of Health – COVID-19

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Palm Beach County Health Department COVID-19 Toolkit

World Health Organization (COVID-2019) situation reports

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