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COVID-19 Update #30

Emergency Food Assistance Program Funded, Social Distancing to Continue, New Closures Announced

Post Date:03/30/2020 4:40 PM


Social Distancing: At a special City Commission meeting on March 30, 2020, Mayor Keith A. James continues to urge the public to practice social distancing and to stay at home to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are around other people, keep six feet between you when possible. Avoid hugs, handshakes, large gatherings, and close quarters. For more information, please visit:


Emergency Food Assistance Program: City Commissioners unanimously approved the allocation of an additional $18,000 to the COVID-19 Emergency Food Assistance Program. The allocation brings the total City funding for the program to $30,000. The program provides temporary food assistance to households impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The City will partner with existing food providers, volunteers, and non-profits to provide the funding to help provide prepared meals to City residents impacted by job loss and to low-income elderly. The intent is to also provide some restaurant workers with an opportunity for short-term employment. This program is meant to fill the assistance gaps until state and federal funds begin to be distributed locally.



A COVID-19 drive-thru testing site has been established at FitTeam Ballpark of the Palm Beaches located in the City of West Palm Beach. The site has been established by Palm Beach County, the Health Care District of Palm Beach County and other partners. Individuals requiring testing must be prescreened. Tests are conducted by appointment only.  To schedule an appointment, please call (561) 642-1000.




Neighborhood Meetings with the Mayor: The regularly scheduled Neighborhood Meetings with the Mayor with the North End and the Downtown/South End neighborhoods for the month of April have been cancelled. For more information, please contact Neighborhood Services Coordinator Jose Tagle at (561) 822-1412.


Grassy Water Nature Preserve Closed: The City of West Palm Beach is temporarily closing all public boardwalks, docks, biking, and walking/hiking trails at Grassy Waters Preserve, located at 8264 Northlake Blvd., through April 15, 2020. The Preserve closures include: The Nature Center (including Kayak and Canoe docks), Hog Hammock Trail, Eagle Trail, Gator Lake, Cypress Boardwalk Trail, Owahee Trail. Grassy Waters Preserve is located at 8264 Northlake Blvd.



As we face the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, your response to the U.S. Census is needed now more than ever. By now, you may have received an invitation from the U.S. Census to participate. The Census is a count of our nation’s population, and results help guide decisions about planning, education, redistricting, federal funding for our community and much more. To complete the Census, please visit:



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