Although the Palm Beaches seem to be doing an increasingly good job of social distancing, there are still areas around the country where people are ignoring CDC warnings and are continuing to gather in groups.
Here are answers to some of the most common important social distancing questions:
Can I order takeout?
There's no evidence as of yet that the virus can live in food, so whatever you eat should be safe. Ordering takeout and curbside pickup options are still a perfectly fine idea and are actually a good way to help support your local businesses.
Can I go to the grocery store?
Yes. The grocery store is one of the few public places you can still go -- just be strategic about it. This means going to the store when you suspect less people will be shopping. This could be late at night or early in the morning. Certain grocery store chains like Publix have set times for elderly shoppers to protect them from infection. Please abide by these policies as they are good for everyone.
Should I use public transportation?
You absolutely should not be using public transportation. There are certainly situations where public transportations may be a necessity but saving an absolute necessity you should avoid public transportation at all costs.
Can I travel?
The short answer is NO, you shouldn't.
The US State Department issued a Level 4 "Do Not Travel" advisory, the most severe warning, urging Americans to cancel travel abroad.
Airplanes, trains, buses and cruise ships can pack a lot of people in close quarters for long periods of time, which is a recipe for virus transmission.
Should I wear a face mask in public?
Maybe. Masks keep germs in by preventing sick people from coughing or sneezing into the air. But they don't protect healthy people from coming into contact with those germs.
Sick people should stay home and avoid in-person contact with others until they've recovered. If available, sick people and those who live with them can wear masks at home, the CDC says.
Can I go to the doctor or dentist?
Not unless you have an urgent appointment or are seeking help due to coronavirus symptoms. It's best to cancel any appointments or elective procedures that aren't critical.