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COVID-19 phase 2

On September 1, 2020, the County Administrator provided the Board of County Commissioners this Incremental Phase 2 Re-opening Plan to be submitted to Governor DeSantis with a request to move Palm Beach County to an incremental Phase 2 re-opening. It is anticipated that movement would occur after Labor Day weekend, in a step-by-step fashion as outlined below, consistent with Governor DeSantis’ direction and authorization.

The schedule and associated strategies outlined in this plan are based on Florida Department of Health (FDoH) and CDC guidelines and recommendations based on growing evidence that the more a person interacts with others in an enclosed and crowded area and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread . The strategies listed herein work to either limit indoor capacity, reduce opportunities for close contact, and/or decrease the amount of prolonged periods (>15 minutes) of interaction with others. Limiting close face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of the disease

FACIAL COVERINGS REQUIRED

Facial coverings are required in all businesses permitted to operate under Phase 2 subject to the restrictions and limitations included in County Emergency Order 20-012, Additional Directive on Wearing of Facial Coverings.

STEP 1

Re-open certain indoor entertainment venues and other businesses.

Re- open entertainment venues that have moderate-to-high risk of community spread at reduced capacity. Entertainment venues will be permitted to re-open with facial coverings, physical distancing, and enhanced cleaning protocols, but must operate temporarily at reduced functional capacity as indicated below:

  • Bowling alleys
  • Escape rooms
  • Movie Theaters
  • Playhouses
  • Skating Centers
  • Trampoline Centers
  • Other indoor entertainment venues.
  • Restaurants and Food establishments

The following may operate at full capacity with appropriate physical distancing and with enhanced sanitization protocols implemented:

  • In-store retail sales establishments
  • Museums and libraries
  • personal services establishments not opened by prior orders
  • gyms and fitness centers

Re-open public schools
In Classroom

Palm Beach County is recommending that the School District of Palm Beach County consider re-opening brick & mortar schools to conduct in-person/in-classroom instruction at all public schools 3-4 weeks following Phase 2, Step 1. The School District and the Department of Health-Palm Beach County should gather and analyze health metrics data to determine any public health impact of this step of re-opening. Palm Beach County will continue to gather and analyze countywide health metrics data to monitor for significant resurgence or any negative public health impacts of steps 1 and 2.

The School District of Palm Beach County and the Department of Health-Palm Beach County will collaboratively gather and analyze districtwide health metrics data to assess and monitor for any significant resurgence or negative public health impacts associated with the re-opening of [in-classroom] public schools. The County will consider this data, along with other countywide health metrics data, in its analysis, determination, and timing to advance to Step 3.

STEP 2

STEP 3

Re-open other entertainment venue

Re-open other entertainment venues that have higher risk of community spread due to exposure to congregation of larger numbers of people in close proximity for extended periods of time. These venues will be initially opened at a reduced capacity of 50%.

  • Auditoriums
  • Bingo Parlors
  • Comedy Clubs
  • Concert Houses

Further reduce restrictions on entertainment venues

Further re-open entertainment venues by reducing some operational and capacity restrictions: All businesses opened in Step 1 (above) may operate at expanded occupancy:

  • Bowling alleys: All lanes may be operational, 4 players/lane maximum;
  • Escape rooms: No mixed-player games; only private parties; Staggered reservations or start times.
  • Movie theaters (75% total seating capacity);
  • Playhouses (66% total seating capacity);

  • Skating centers: Maximum of 50 skaters per standard rink;
  • Trampoline centers: Limit to 75% of equipment/venue capacity; No groups/parties/activities >15 people.

  • Other indoor entertainment venues offering, either for participation or observation, recreational opportunities or games of skill in an enclosed building: 75% equipment/venue capacity; No group activities >15 people.

STEP 4

STEP 5

Further reduce restrictions on entertainment venues and other businesses.

All businesses opened in Step 1, 3, and 4 (above) may operate at further expanded occupancy;  Pending specific authorization of the Governor, the following may be re-opened with capacity restrictions: 

  • Arcades
  • Bars
  • Billiard halls licensed as a bar
  • Hookah, cigar, and other smoking bars and lounges
  • Nightclubs, establishments offering adult entertainment, strip clubs.

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Incremental Phase 2 Re-opening for Palm Beach County

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