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With the exception of Palm Beach County Emergency Orders Nos. 2020-012 (facial coverings) and 2020-017 (enforcement), as extended and as may be amended, all prior Palm Beach County emergency orders imposing COVID-19 related restrictions on individuals, businesses, and/or establishments are hereby repealed and replaced with the instant Order.

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 below is approximate and assumes that local health metrics as outlined in the COVID-19 Phased Restart (CPR) Program continue to move in a desirable direction, and that resurgence is not a factor. Additionally, the schedule below is subject to approval by the Board of County Commissioners and Governor DeSantis.

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 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.
  • Social or physical distancing in accordance with CDC Guidelines shall be adhered to in all businesses.
  • Sanitation procedures shall be implemented in all businesses in accordance with CDC Re- opening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools and Homes.
  • Questions regarding Phase 2 openings should be directed to the Division of Emergency Management, telephone (561) 712-6400 or e-mailed to

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Palm Beach County issued three Executive Orders on the following: 

Emergency Order Number 6 – Beaches: All public, municipal, and private beaches including all beach parks shall be open sunrise to sunset subject to CDC guidelines by limiting gatherings to no more than 10 persons and distancing themselves from other parties by 6 feet. Beach concessions may operate following CDC guidelines. County-owned South Inlet Park will remain closed until such time as the City of Boca Raton opens their beaches. This order is effective 12:01 a.m. on May 18, 2020 

Emergency Order Number 7 – Recreational Facilities: Amends Palm Beach County Emergency Order 2020-005 for Public Parks, Private Parks and Natural Areas. Specific amendment changes are identified here. This order is effective 12:01 a.m. on May 18, 2020. 

Emergency Order Number 8 – Additional Directive on Wearing of Facial Coverings: Amends Palm Beach County Order 2020-004 for facial coverings. Effective 5:00 p.m. on May 16, 2020.

View Executive Order 20-112

Palm Beach County will begin reopening pursuant to the State of Florida Executive Order 20-112 as amended by order 20-120 effective 12:01 a.m. on May 11. Residents may provide or obtain services at the following establishments authorized to proceed to Phase 1:

    • Restaurants and food establishments licensed under Chapters 500 or 509, Florida Statutes, may allow on-premises consumption of food and beverage, so long as they adopt appropriate social distancing measures and limit their indoor occupancy to no more than 25 percent of their building occupancy. In addition, outdoor seating is permissible with appropriate social distancing. Appropriate social distancing requires maintaining a minimum of 6 feet between parties, only seating parties of 10 or fewer people and keeping bar counters closed to seating.


    • In-store retail sales establishments may open storefronts if they operate at no more than 25 percent of their building occupancy and abide by the safety guidelines issued by the CDC and OSHA.



  • Museum and library facilities may open at no more than 25 percent of their building occupancy, however, at this time Palm Beach County will not be opening these establishments and County library services remain virtual.

View Emergency Order 2020-005

Highlights of Order Restrictions on Recreational Activities

Boating – capacities are based on the size of the boat:

  • 25-foot or less: maximum 6 persons (4 adult passengers plus 2 children 17 & under)
  • 26- to 36-foot: maximum 8 persons (6 adult passengers plus 2 children 17 & under)
  • 37- to 60-foot: maximum 10 persons (8 adult passengers plus 2 children 17 & under)
  • 60-foot and larger: maximum 10 passengers plus crew
  • Beaching, landings, anchoring or mooring of vessels on sandbars, islands, and open shorelines will be prohibited.
  • Fish cleaning/bait stations limited to one person at a time
  • Single riders only on rented personal watercraft
  • Recreational charter boats, drift fishing and dive boats, marinas, boat docks, boat ramps, and other launching venues will be allowed to operate in adherence to CDC and specific county guidelines.

Golf courses – There will be rules for the courses themselves, such as play limited to walking and single-rider golf carts only. Locker rooms will be closed except for restroom use. Limited warm-ups on driving ranges are allowed but congregating after play is not.

Tennis courts and community poolsEmergency Order 2020-005 also allows for limited play at outdoor tennis and racquet sports facilities as well as limited use of public and privately owned community pools.

Pool capacity shall be limited to ensure that social distancing in accordance with CDC Guidelines is maintained at all times.

  • To practice social or physical distancing:
  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people
  • Do not gather in groups
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings
  • Locker room and shower facilities shall remain closed. Restrooms shall be cleaned and disinfected regularly throughout the day. Soap and water or hand sanitizer and/or disinfectant wipes shall be provided in each restroom.
  • Pool deck seating or lounging shall be restricted to ensure social distancing in accordance with CDC Guidelines.
  • One or more facility staff or management must be present at each facility location to monitor and ensure compliance with the restrictions within this order.
Pool Monitoring Clarification: It is acceptable for staff or management to delegate monitoring and compliance responsibilities to board members and community volunteers if they believe the pool can be operated safely and in compliance with the Executive Order.  If these accommodations are unsuccessful, the pool should be closed until alternate monitoring arrangements are put in place. (Order No. 2020-005)

Phil Foster Park and Dubois Park are considered beach parks, and will, therefore, remain closed as long as public beaches are closed. The boat ramp at Phil Foster will be open, but not the beach.

Beaches – Restrictions and conditions for reopening beaches are still being coordinated with Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe counties. For now, all beaches remain closed.

Beach Reopening


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