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September 28, 2020 1:45 PM

COVID-19 UPDATE - MONDAY 9/28/20

UPDATE ON PALM BEACH COUNTY PHASE 3 REOPENING

• Effective September 25, Governor Ron DeSantis moved the entire state into Phase 3 of his step-by-step reopening plan.

• Effective September 25, all businesses that had been closed in Palm Beach County may now open.

• Effective September 25, there will no longer be any hourly restrictions for the operations of restaurants. However, there is still a 50% capacity limitation for indoor seating.

• Effective September 28, bingo parlors, comedy clubs and concert halls may re-open at 50% capacity.

• Effective October 5, bars may re-open at 50% capacity.

PALM BEACH COUNTY CARES RESTART BUSINESS GRANTS AVAILABLE

• The Palm Beach County CARES Restart Business Grants Program resumed today, September 25. Interested businesses are encouraged to complete the Restart Business Grant Program Application ASAP as they will be processed on a first come, first eligible basis. The online application will be accessible through the Palm Beach County website for a two-week period closing on Friday October 9, 2020 at 11:59 P.M.

• The Restart Business Program guidelines, including eligibility criteria are outlined on the County's website. The Board gave approval for individual grants up to $25,000 to help “restart" Palm Beach County businesses forced to close by State or County Executive Order.

• Click on the link at the end of this update for application instructions.

COVID-19 INFECTION DATA

• As of Noon today, the following cumulative COVID-19 data was provided by the Florida Department of Health.

 Town of Palm Beach: 134 cases and 5 deaths.
 Palm Beach County: 46,310 cases and 1,343 deaths.
 State of Florida: 701,302 cases and 14,207 deaths.
 United States: 7,122,754 cases and 204,825 deaths.
 Worldwide: 33,173,176 cases and 998,867 deaths.

MANDATORY FACE COVERINGS ORDER REMAIN IN EFFECT

• Recently approved Palm Beach County Emergency Order No. 2020-26 extended the Mandatory Face Covering directive through at least October 22, 2020.

• Masks or face coverings MUST be worn by all persons within the Town, 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.

• MASKS MUST BE WORN PROPERLY – Please ensure masks and other acceptable face coverings are worn completely over the NOSE and MOUTH when in the presence of others. When removing masks, only touch the strings or ear loops. Do not touch the actual face covering to avoid contaminating your hands. Masks should be washed or disposed after wearing.

• 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.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

• With Step 1, Phase 2 now in effect, it is extremely important that residents, employees and visitors continue to AVOID THE THREE C’s – CLOSED spaces with poor ventilation, CROWDED spaces with many people nearby and CLOSE-CONTACT settings. Also remember to wear a mask, social distance, and wash your hands frequently.

• Download the RISK INDEX CHART at the end of this Update to see which activities put you at most risk and which ones are low risk.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

• Per Palm Beach County Order No. 6, please be reminded that all public, municipal, and private beaches are open only from sunrise to sunset, and gatherings are limited to no more than 10 people, while distancing themselves from other parties by more than 6 feet.

• Travel restrictions are in place for travelers going to Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, 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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