In keeping with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County (health department), the City of West Palm Beach urges all residents to practice social distancing.
Social distancing measures are taken to restrict when and where people can gather to stop or slow the spread of infectious diseases. Social distancing measures include limiting large groups of people coming together, closing buildings and canceling events.
Mayor Keith A. James and West Palm Beach Emergency Manager Asst. Chief Brent Bloomfield urge robust distancing measures of no more than 10-people in an area together. Also, for any gatherings, people should have the availability to have six feet of personal space.
“We are urging residents, business owners and event planners to make responsible decisions to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James.
“To limit person-to-person contact, we urge you to follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Florida Department of Health, and the federal government. If you can conduct business online or work from home, do it. Consider ordering delivery or food pickup, instead of dining out. Avoid large gatherings of no more than 10-people in an area. Everyone should have a minimum of six feet of personal space.”
The City wants to minimize economic impacts to business owners. However, if CDC and Florida Department of Health guidelines are not followed, the City may be forced to take further action to protect the health, wellbeing, and safety of citizens and business owners.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ordered the closure of bars and nightclubs for at least 30 days effective 5:00 p.m.
City Hall remains open, and vital City services continue to be provided. Public meetings are being held. Social distancing is being practiced at City Hall, where a “handshake-free zone” has been implemented.
The health department recommends these social distancing measures:
Protect yourself and your community: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If you don’t have soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home when you’re sick.
Change your daily habits: Avoid shopping at peak hours and take advantage of delivery or pick-up services with retailers.
Work with your employer: Cooperate with leadership to change company practices, set up flexible shift plans, have employees telecommute, and cancel any large meetings or conferences.
Look for communications from universities and colleges: Regarding suspending classes, going to web-based learning and canceling all large campus meetings and gatherings.
Keep at least six feet between you and other people. Avoid Shaking hands as a social greeting.
Avoid public transit if possible: Don’t travel to areas with active outbreaks.
Avoid crowded places: Sporting events, community festivals, and concerts.
Yesterday, Mayor Keith A. James declared a State of Emergency for the City of West Palm Beach. The State of Emergency declaration gives City administration the ability to establish curfews, implement emergency procurement procedures, make provisions for the availability and use of temporary emergency housing, among other abilities. At this time, no curfew has been announced for the City of West Palm Beach.
The City will continue to update residents regularly about closures, cancellations and resources pertaining to COVID-19 through the City’s website: https://www.wpb.org/government/mandel-public-library-of-west-palm-beach
If you have any medical questions about COVID-19, please contact the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 Hotline (open 24/7) by phone at 1 (866) 779-6121 or by email COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
For the latest information and recommendations from the Florida Department of Health, please visit: http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/index.html.
For the latest information and recommendations from the CDC to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please visit: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.
Business owners with questions about these social distancing recommendations or information about federal aid/recovery programs for businesses, may contact the City’s Economic Development Director Christopher Roog at email@example.com.