Dear resident and business owner:
At City Hall, we continue to monitor the recent emergence of COVID-19. We remain vigilant and are taking steps to keep our residents, visitors and employees safe and informed.
According to the federal government, the threat to the public from COVID-19 is low. However, while data shows that the young and healthy may develop mild cases or be asymptomatic of COVID-19, the elderly and those over the age of 65, as well as those with compromised immune systems or chronic disease, can develop severe cases of COVID-19.
The City is in regular contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County (health department), and The White House. The City is following the guidelines and recommendations of the CDC and health department.
One of the ways each of us can help mitigate COVID-19 is through regular handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds at a time.
Following Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s recommendation to local municipalities to strongly consider limiting or postponing mass gatherings, the City cancelled the following City-produced events through the end of March: Clematis by Night, Screen on the Green, GreenMarket and Sunday on the Waterfront. In partnership with the organizers, the City continues to review the postponement of all large-scale events.
Additionally, out of an abundance of caution, the Mandel Public Library is postponing all programs, workshops and meetings booked at the library starting Saturday, March 14, 2020 through Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The library will remain open for use during its regular scheduled hours. The City of West Palm Beach is suspending its after-school programs at the library and at recreational centers effective Monday, March 16, 2020 – Monday, March 30th, 2020.
Vital City services and the functions of West Palm Beach municipal government continue without interruption. At all of our facilities, we have stepped up our cleaning efforts for the public and our employees.
The City will continue to share with you COVID-19 updates, specific to the City, through the local media, our website wpb.org, my weekly Insider Newsletter, the City’s television station WPB-TV (Channel 18 on Comcast), and social media. Our website features a dedicated page for COVID-19 updates, information and resources, and helpful links. I encourage you to closely monitor all of these channels for updates.
Additionally, the Florida Department of Health has established a call center that’s available 24/7 for COVID-19 questions. You may contact them at 1-866-779-6121. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org). To contact the health department in Palm Beach County, please call (561) 840-4500.
Stay informed. Stay healthy. Stay calm.
Yours in service,