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With the state limiting restaurants to 25 percent of their dining rooms, West Palm Beach officials Monday unveiled a plan to make the businesses more viable by letting table service spill out onto sidewalks, streets, alleyways, and nearby lots.

The “Dining on the Spot” plan comes as the state eases mandates of business closings but seeks to maintain social-distancing and other hygienic requirements to prevent a resurgence of COVID-19 cases.

It could take effect as soon as Friday, city officials said.

Under the plan, announced at a mayor-commission work session, the Downtown Development Authority would shift money in its budget to lease tables and chairs for well-spaced use on Clematis Street sidewalks and parking spaces, as well as on nearby…

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Although Salons and barbershops were not initially included in Palm Beach County’s “Phase 1” reopening, The governor did decide to make an exception. As with restaurants and retail businesses, salons and barbershops are reopening their doors around Palm Beach County, but under some very heavy restrictions. These include:

  • All customers will be by appointment only

  • Allow at least 15 minutes between the conclusion of an appointment and the beginning of the next appointment for proper disinfecting practices

  • No group appointments are permitted

  • Masks must be worn by all employees while performing personal services.

In addition, salons are being asked to remove all frequently touched items like magazines or service…

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The 35th annual Palm Beach International Boat Show, but not in the way Palm Beach residents are used to.

Because of the coronavirus, the actual show scheduled this past March was canceled by the show owner, the Marine Industries Association of Palm Beach County, Inc. and the producers, Informa Markets, for the safety and wellbeing of staff, exhibitors, partners, attendees and members.

This week on Thursday, May 14, guests are invited to tour the Palm Beach International Boat show, including many of the event’s superyachts virtually.

Because Palm Beach County safe harbor marinas, local law enforcement boats, towing boats, marine exhibitors, and area boaters plan to sound their boat horns for 30 seconds at 10 a.m. on Thursday. Area residents…

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Today - Monday, May 11 - Palm Beach County has begun easing business restrictions and allowing responsible individual activity. 

Keep in mind that the state of Florida continues to encourage senior citizens and people with underlying medical issues to stay home.

Here's what is open, or is soon to open, in Palm Beach County.

Restaurants

Starting Monday, May 11, restaurants can reopen sit-in dining, but with restrictions, such as indoor seating limited to 25% capacity and outdoor seating with six feet of space between tables.

Prior to Friday's announcement, only the kitchen portions of restaurants could remain open for take-out, delivery or drive-thru. Dining rooms were ordered closed.

Beaches

Starting Monday, May 18, public and…

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Gov. Ron DeSantis agreed to allow Palm Beach County restaurants and retailers to reopen in a limited capacity starting this Monday, the 11th. The move puts the Palm Beaches on the “phase 1” track along with most of the other counties. Miami-Dade and Broward counties will remain closed.

“I think Palm Beach is incredibly important for our state,” DeSantis said earlier today. “It’s not like flipping a switch ... but we’ll be able to get people back to work.”

The governor’s decision to let the Palm Beach County split from Broward and Miami-Dade counties came a day after county commissioners formally asked him to lift restrictions that are shackling the local economy.

Like restaurants and retailers in 64 other counties, those in Palm Beach County…

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Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner sent a letter to the governor Thursday asking for permission to begin reopening non-essential businesses.

“We are recommending you consider and grant our county the opportunity to reopen in Phase 1 of your plan in a similar fashion to other counties of the state outside of South Florida,” Kerner wrote, noting that the county’s commissioners have deemed them ready. “We would like to engage in discussions with you regarding the acceleration of this at the earliest possible date.”

As of Thursday, Palm Beach has reported 3,587 cases of COVID-19, with 222 deaths and 577 hospitalizations.

The numbers are fewer than those in Miami-Dade (13,585 cases, 454 deaths, 1,942 hospitalizations) and Broward (5,677 cases,…

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The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners are holding a special meeting Friday morning. Commissioners will discuss a plan to reopen beaches in Palm Beach County.

They will also consider how to spend $261 million dollars awarded to the county by the federal government as part of the $2 trillion relief package.

"We have many miles of beaches on our eastern coast. It stands all the way from the Broward County line all the way up to Highland Beach," Boca Raton City Councilman Andy Thomson said.

On March 20, Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered all beaches in Palm Beach County to close.

Thomson thinks Boca Raton has to be careful in its approach to allowing people back on beaches.

"Given our proximity to Broward and in particular Dade too,…

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Florida has reported only 37,439 positive coronavirus cases, ranking it eighth in the U.S. for the number of confirmed cases despite being the nation’s third most populated state. 

The case and death numbers point to something many may find surprising: Florida has not become as much of a hot spot as other states such as New York, California, and Michigan.

The state has fewer cases per capita than other heavily impacted states, such as Louisiana. According to Johns Hopkins University, Florida has had a total of 176 cases per 100,000 people compared to Louisiana, which has had 644 per 100,000 people.

Most of the Sunshine State entered its first phase of reopening on Monday, with restaurants, retail stores and museums allowed to operate at no…

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The COVID-19 response in Miami-Dade got two upgrades Wednesday: the opening of a mask decontamination facility at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens and a mobile testing laboratory that can process 500 tests per day from long-term care facilities around the county.

“We believe this will be a game-changer,” said Gov. Ron DeSantis, who toured the facilities Wednesday.

The decontamination facility is made up of four shipping containers that can clean 80,000 N95 respirator masks per day, at no charge to healthcare personnel and hospitals or long-term care facilities. The system uses hydrogen peroxide vapor to clean used masks, which can be cleaned and reused up to 20 times.

According to the Miami Herald, While the decontamination facility is only…

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says he's in "discussions" with local officials to add Palm Beach County to Phase One of the state's reopening plan.

Speaking at a coronavirus testing site at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Wednesday, the governor said he hopes Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties will be added to the first phase "soon," but did not give a specific date.

"We'll hopefully be able to go forward soon in southern Florida, and I think that we can look to South Florida to really help lead Florida back," DeSantis said.

Currently, Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties are excluded from all areas of Phase One of the reopening plan, with the exception of elective surgeries.

Phase 1 Florida Reopening

Under the first…

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