Insider Newsletter March 20, 2020

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Mayor James Updates Residents on WPB Response to COVID-19


Recently, West Palm Beach Mayor James shared the City’s response to COVID-19 with WPTV/WFLX.


Update on COVID-19 and Businesses

West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James signed an Executive Order mandating that all West Palm Beach restaurants are to close effective 9:00 p.m. March 21, 2020. This does not prohibit the restaurant from providing takeout, delivery and pickup only services.  The City of West Palm Beach Police Department shall use its authorities under Florida law to implement and enforce the provisions of this Executive Order to protect the public health, safety and welfare.

Simultaneously, Governor Ron DeSantis issued an order –effective immediately -- to shut down all non-essential businesses (restaurants, bars, taverns, pubs, nightclubs, banquet halls, cocktail lounges, cabarets, breweries, cafeterias, movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, play houses, bowling alleys, arcades, gymnasiums, fitness studios) and beaches. This order shall not apply to delivery services, pickup, or takeout services provided by any of the establishments listed.

The City of West Palm Beach is committed to working with the local business community to provide assistance during this time of emergency. Signage identifying business pickup locations will soon be deployed to help streamline consumers to their destination. Efficient carry out protocols are imperative during this time to ensure continuous traffic flow.

Additionally, the City will soon launch “West Palm Beach Eats,” a campaign centered around supporting local restaurants during times of unprecedented hardship. Customers will be directed to a landing page detailing nearby establishments that are providing carry out services. In order to participate, business must provide their website, menus and hours of operation. As the campaign develops, a badge will be created that establishments can use to signal their participation in this campaign.


COVID-19 and the Safety of Our First Responders

The West Palm Beach Police and Fire Departments are committed to keeping West Palm Beach safe now more than ever. During this time, emergency dispatchers are asking callers screening questions regarding COVID-19. It is imperative to answer these questions with complete honesty to avoid exposing first responders to potential virus symptoms or being placed on an extended quarantine. The City is currently experiencing a high volume of medical need from community members and requires all available personnel to ensure that these needs are met. By keeping first responders safe, they can continue to keep our City safe.


COVID-19: Resources


Looking for some in home entertainment?

The library has a wide variety of digital offerings for library cardholders. These offerings include e-books and audiobooks, streaming TV and movies, music downloads, databases and more. Visit for more information on how to Connect 24/7 to the library.

For those don’t have a library card, you can apply for one by visiting or calling (561) 868-7701 (TTY: 800-955-8771). This card will provide immediate access to the library’s digital content for a year. Your new card will be mailed to you. Once the library is back open, use your card to check out books at the library!


Census 2020 and COVID-19

According to The U.S. Census Bureau, "the 2020 Census is underway and the most important thing you can do is respond online, by phone, or by mail when you receive your invitation. Responding now will minimize the need for the Census Bureau to send census takers out into communities to follow up."



Questions? Contact us today: 1-561-822-2222 (TTY: 800-955-8771)