COVID-19 Update #28
Update from City Hall
- Social Distancing for HOAs, Condo Associations
- Closures for Golf Courses
- Updated City Events Cancellations/Postponements
- Social Distancing
- Reemployment Assistance
- COVID-19 Response Unit
City Urges HOAs, Condo Associations to Practice Social Distancing
The City of West Palm Beach urges HOAs and Condo Associations to practice social distancing in their communities. Condominium and homeowner’s associations are governed by state law and the association governing board, meaning that they are responsible for adopting an emergency plan when needed. Some associations may have already implemented these plans and should have detailed emergency preparedness and response procedures. Many have policies in place to restrict or close the use of community amenities, such as gyms, pools and clubhouses in the name of social distancing.
Whether it be a public or neighborhood common area, all residents should stay at least six feet away from others and avoid groups of more than 10 people. Persons aged 65 years or older, or with a pre-existing condition placing them at higher risk of contraction, should continue to shelter in place.
To know more about what steps your neighborhood is taking to manage COVID-19, contact your property manager.
Closures for Golf Courses
Pursuant to the newest executive order issued by Palm Beach County, public and private golf courses are now closed.
Updated City Events Cancellations/Postponements
The City has extended its cancellation of City-produced community events through the first week in April. There will be no Clematis by Night on Thursday, April 2nd and no GreenMarket on Saturday, April 4th. Please stay tuned on social media for the latest updates on community events.
Social Distancing is Key to Help Stop Spread of COVID-19
City Hall remains open, and the public is encouraged to do business with the City online. For a list of some of the many services offered online, including utility payment options, please visit: https://www.wpb.org/our-city/mayor-s-office/covid-19-updates-and-information/online-city-services.
For the safety and wellbeing of the public and our employees, please practice social distancing when interacting with our employees. For questions about doing City business online, please contact City Hall at (561) 822-1200 (TTY 800-955-8771).
If your employment has been negatively impacted as a result of the COVID-19 mitigation efforts in Florida, you may be eligible to receive Reemployment Assistance. For more information, please visit the Florida Dept. of Economic opportunity website: http://www.floridajobs.org/
The City of West Palm Beach wants to ensure that our residents, business and employees have access to community programs and services aimed at helping those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For a list of resources available in our community, please visit: https://www.wpb.org/our-city/mayor-s-office/covid-19-updates-and-information/assistance
Mayor Keith James Rolls Out COVID-19 Response Unit for West Palm Beach
On Friday, West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James delivered the first of a new, regularly scheduled COVID-19 ‘State of the City’ address to update the public on the City’s response and relief efforts, which include recent policy adjustments and initiatives. Mayor James announced the launch of the COVID-19 Response Unit—the first of its kind in the State of Florida—in cooperation with the City Commission and the private sector. The COVID-19 Response Unit is a public-private partnership that expands the City’s resources by creating groups focused on these areas:
- Housing & Homelessness,
- Economic Support & Recovery,
- Seniors, Children & Families,
- Food, Water & Medicine,
- Community Services & Volunteer Engagement, and
- Non-Profits & Faith-Based Outreach Group.
The unit takes models and best practices from other cities and looks ahead to what things will be needed for our City. Each group has a leader who will be supported by City staff and will include members from the private sector who have expertise and resources to help the City. These groups will support the work already being done by our emergency management team to support the health and public safety of our community. The City of West Pam Beach emergency management team is led by WPBFD Chief Diana Matty, WPBFD Asst. Chief Brent Bloomfield, and West Palm Beach Police Department Chief Sarah Mooney.