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COVID-19 UPDATE #30

CITY HALL ACTIONS

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: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/prevention/.

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. 

COVID-19 TESTING

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. 

NEW CLOSURES/CANCELLATIONS

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.

 U.S. CENSUS

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:

https://2020census.gov/?cid=20002:%2Bcensus:sem.ga:p:dm:en:&utm_source=sem.ga&utm_medium=p&utm_campaign=dm:en&utm_content=20002&utm_term=%2Bcensus.

 

E-NOTIFICATIONS

Get the latest City of West Palm Beach news on COVID-19 sent directly to your email. e-Notifications from WPB.org keep you updated on the very latest developments from City Hall. To sign up for updates, please visit https://www.wpb.org/things-to-do/sign-up-for-enotifications-from-the-city-of-wpb.

 

COVID-19 UPDATE #29

 

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (March 28, 2020)- On March 27, 2020, a fourth West Palm Beach Firefighter Paramedic was taken out of service and placed on quarantine. The firefighter will be sent for testing. Results are still pending for the other three firefighters currently placed on quarantine. If you feel you are experiencing signs and symptoms of COVID-19, contact the Palm Beach County Department of Health at (561) 840-4500. Information on COVID-19 is available on the CDC website at www.cdc.gov

COVID-19 UPDATE #28

 

  • Social Distancing for HOAs, Condo Associations
  • Closures for Golf Courses
  • Updated City Events Cancellations/Postponements
  • Social Distancing
  • Reemployment
  • Assistance
  • 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).

 

Reemployment Assistance

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/

 

Assistance

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.

COVID-19 UPDATE # 27

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (March 27, 2020) --  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.

During his remarks, Mayor James highlighted the devastating effects of COVID-19 on citizens, families and the local economy. He strongly urged the public to take precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“We will likely be dealing with COVID-19 and its effects for some time,” said Mayor James. “In order to ‘flatten the curve’ to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, we all need to work together to practice social distancing. The actions that we all are taking today are difficult, but they will help save lives.”

Mayor James provided critical updates about his administration’s response to the crisis, which included the following:

  • The establishment of a COVID-19 Rental Eviction Protection Program to help eligible residents with temporary rental assistance to avoid displacement due to loss of income as a result of COVID-19.
  • The approval by Commissioners of a COVID-19 Economic Recovery Fund consisting of $259,000 to help small businesses with micro-loans of $10,000 or less.
  • Strategies to help make it easier for online ordering with local businesses and a marketing campaign to promote West Palm Beach businesses.

Mayor stated that the COVID-19 Response Unit expands the City’s resources during this emergency. The plan is a collaborative effort that is supported by his administration with guidance and oversight from West Palm Beach Fire (WPBFD) Chief Diana Matty and input from national crisis management experts. The unit is made up of groups with key focus areas. The unit takes models and best practices from other cities and looks ahead to what things will be needed.

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 as part of a public-private partnership. The groups and their leaders are as follows:

  • Housing and Homeless Group, led by Commissioner Cory Neering. This group will focus on:
    • Programs to help those experiencing financial hardships to say in their home.
    • Shelter and support programs for the homeless and those who cannot go home due to quarantine issues.
  • Economic Support and Recovery Group, led by Commissioner Kelly Shoaf. This group will focus on:
    • Small business and job relief programs and services, and
    • Recovery strategies including regulatory and permitting issues.
  • The Seniors, Children and Families Group, led by Commissioner Joe Peduzzi. This group will focus on:
    • Coordination with local and state agencies, including our schools.
    • Resources, programming and safety and support strategies for our most vulnerable communities.
  • The Food, Water and Medicine Group, led by Commissioner-Elect Christy Fox. They will focus on:
    • Identifying sponsorship and relief programs, and
    • Coordination of services, programs and solutions to help those who need help now.
  • The Community Services and Volunteer Engagement Group, led by Commission President Christina Lambert. This group will focus on:
    • Neighborhood services, good neighbor programs, and consumer tips and strategies, and
    • Coordination of volunteer services and opportunities.
  • The Non-profits and Faith-Based Outreach Group, led by Former Mayor Jeri Muoio. This group will focus on:
    • Coordination with our non-profits and outreach, and
    • Supporting our faith-based communities and recovery strategies.

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.

Each of the groups will be scheduling a weekly community meeting online so that residents can get updates and provide input on issues that are important to them.

“I want to ask our residents to stay safe and stay close to home as much as possible,” Mayor stated. “We can each do our part in our neighborhoods and our city to make a difference. The day WILL come when we have the upper hand on COVID-19. There will be a life after COVID-19 in our City and Community. We will get through his together, no matter what it takes.”

               

To view Mayor’s COVID-19 State of the City.

For additional information about the City’s response to COVID-19, please visit our website: https://www.wpb.org/ or contact the Mayor’s Response Hotline at (561) 822-2222 (TTY 800-955-8771).

 

VIDEO: Mayor Keith A. James Delivers COVID-19 State of the City Address (March 27, 2020)

Mayor Keith A. James updates the public on the City of West Palm Beach COVID-19 response and relief efforts. Mayor James states that residents must continue to practice social distancing. The City has recently implemented several programs to respond to the crisis: a COVID-19 Rental Eviction Protection Program, a COVID-19 Economic Recovery Fund, a 'West Palm Eats' program, and a marketing campaign to promote WPB businesses. The City is also launching the West Palm Beach COVID-19 Response Unit.

COVID-19 UPDATE #25

  • State Public Health Advisory Issued for persons 65+
  • WPB Rental Eviction Protection Program Established
  • City Conducts Needs Assessment of WPB Businesses
  • FREE, Designated Parking for Food Pickup Customers, Delivery Drivers

 

**A state public health advisory has been issued stating that all persons age 65 and older or with high risk underlying medical conditions are to stay at home and self-quarantine to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19**

**To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, please remember to practice social distancing in our parks and public spaces. Please remember to avoid groups of 10 or more people and maintain a distance of at least 6 feet. Recreational facilities in our parks are closed to the public. ***

**Those who need to do business with the City of West Palm Beach may do so online. For a list of online City services including bill pay, please visit:  https://www.wpb.org/our-city/mayor-s-office/covid-19-updates-and-information/online-city-services***

Mayor Keith A. James, City of WPB Establish COVID-19 Rental Eviction Protection Program

The City of West Palm Beach Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) department works to connect West Palm Beach residents and businesses to housing, social, and economic opportunities.

Due to the hardships many are facing due to recent impacts of COVID-19, Mayor Keith A. James and the City’s HCD department have established the COVID-19 Rental Eviction Protection Program to be administered by the City’s HCD department.

The COVID-19 Rental Eviction Protection Program was created to assist eligible City of West Palm Beach households with temporary rental assistance to avoid displacement due to a loss of income as a direct result of COVID-19. The assistance is limited to a one-time payment equal to a maximum of 2 months’ rent. Applicants must be able to evidence loss of income due to COVID-19 and have no other available resources. They must not have utilized any other services for the timeframe of payment request.

For additional information, please visit: https://www.wpb.org/government/housing-community-development or call (561) 822-1250.

Residents may also take advantage of the Serving Our Seniors (SOS) program offered through the City’s Vickers House. The program provides financial relief from high-energy costs to prevent service disconnection for seniors 62 and older in crisis. The assistance is limited to a one-time payment not to exceed $600. Applicants must not have any other resources available. For more information, please call the HCD at (561) 804-4970.

“Because of COVID-19, these are challenging times for residents and business owners alike,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James. “Now, more than ever, it is important for our citizens to know that we are here for you. The economic effects of COVID-19 are catastrophic. Therefore, we must do what we can to support our citizens, including our most vulnerable, by providing access to resources offered by the City and partner agencies.”

For more information about the City’s Housing & Community Development department, please visit: https://www.wpb.org/government/housing-community-development. Please call (561) 561-822-1250 (TTY 1-800-955-8771) or email HCD_Help@wpb.org.

For a list of resources made available by our partner organizations, please visit: https://www.wpb.org/our-city/mayor-s-office/covid-19-updates-and-information/assistance.

 

City Conducts COVID-19 Needs Assessment of West Palm Beach Businesses

The City of West Palm Beach invites West Palm Beach business owners to participate in the City’s COVID-19 Business Needs Assessment Survey. The City has created a survey to offer West Palm Beach businesses an opportunity to share their issues, problems and concerns. The results of the survey will better help the City to understand the needs of the West Palm Beach business community so that the City can help devise an economic development strategy to best help our local businesses and effectively deploy resources. To take the survey, please visit: https://polco.us/surveys/6520512d-3087-415a-af62-89c8c5b558aa or www.polco.us/wpb.

 

City of West Palm Beach Creates FREE, Designated Parking for Food Pickup

To support West Palm Beach restaurants affected by COVID-19 dining-in closures and to expand access to food for residents, the City of West Palm Beach has established several “pickup zones” in the downtown to facilitate easy pickup of takeout orders from restaurants for customers and delivery drivers. The zones have been designated as FREE 3-minute parking for only carry-out customers and delivery drivers.

The pickup zones are in the following locations:

  • Clematis Street Blocks 100 N., 100 S., 200, 300, 400, 500
  • Evernia Street 400 Block
  • N. Olive 100 Block
  • S. Olive 200 Block
  • S. Dixie 100 Block

While dining-in areas remain closed due to efforts to limit the spread COVID-19, many restaurants in the City welcome take-out or delivery orders. A directory of restaurants can be found here: https://www.wpb.org/WPB-Eats.

For information about the City of West Palm Beach, please visit: wpb.org or call (561) 822-2222. (TTY-Voice: 800-955-8770, Florida Relay-TTY: 800-955-8771).  

 

Closures/Cancellations

The West Palm Beach Fishing Club Open House planned for March 26 and 27 in celebration of our City’s 125th anniversary has been CANCELED.

 

For More Information:

COVID-19 UPDATE #24

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (March 24, 2020) – The City of West Palm Beach continues to monitor the recent emergence of COVID-19. As part of the City’s emergency response plan to combat this pandemic, the public is reminded to follow the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as it pertains to hand hygiene, disinfection and social distancing.

Wash or Sanitize Your Hands

Wash your hands, multiple times throughout the day, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after you have been in a public place, blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

If you don’t have access to soap and water, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Make sure to rub all surfaces of your hands until they feel dry again. Avoid touching any part of your face with unwashed hands.

City Hall, which is now a “handshake-free zone,” has located various hand sanitizing stations throughout the building, all of which are available to visitors and employees.

Keep Your Distance

The CDC and Florida Department of Health have recommended “social distancing” yourself from others by staying at least 6 feet away from others. Additionally, social gatherings are not to exceed a capacity of 10 people until further notice.

In compliance with these recommendations, the City has cancelled or postponed all mass gatherings for the next several weeks. Local restaurants have also been instructed to provide carry out and delivery services only, and establishments that have lobbies or seating areas (apart from essential businesses) have been ordered to close these options.

Make Sure Your Surroundings are Clean

Remember to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces on a daily basis. These include doorknobs, countertops, light switches, desks, phones, keyboards faucets and more. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Disinfection and cleaning measures have been expanded throughout City Hall.

Protect Others Around You

If you are sick or have symptoms that are closely associated with COVID-19, please stay home unless you are seeking medical treatment.

Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing with your elbow or a tissue, and immediately dispose of used tissues. Wash your hands according to the previously mentioned routine.

If you are sick, it is appropriate to wear a face mask in public places or when around others. If you are not sick, please only wear a mask only if you are caring for someone who is sick and unable to wear a mask. Mask supplies should be saved for healthcare workers and first responders.

The City of West Palm Beach and its dedicated first responders are committed to the safety of community members. For more information on helpful resources, closures and more, visit the City’s dedicated COVID-19 page at www.wpb.org

COVID-19 UPDATE #23

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (March 24, 2020) – The City of West Palm Beach values the safety of its customers and employees. To help keep these groups safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City’s development services department asks that users conduct their business through the department’s online portal. This online system allows customers to pay or apply for a permit without the need for face-to-face interaction. As an added measure, drop-off mailboxes will be available for those who submit their documents at City Hall to either the Building Division on the first floor or the Planning Division on the second floor. These mailboxes will be available as of Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

The online portal for the West Palm Beach Development Services Department can be found at https://www.wpb.org/government/development-services/permits. The department can also be reached by calling (561) 805-6700 (TTY: 800-955-8771).

For more information on COVID-19 and the City of West Palm Beach, please visit the City’s dedicated COVID-19 web page at www.wpb.org.

COVID-19 UPDATE #22

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (March 24, 2020) – West Palm Beach businesses impacted by COVID-19 will soon get a boost from the City of West Palm Beach. Last night, Mayor Keith A. James and City Commissioners reviewed a marketing campaign to support local restaurants and shops. Additionally, Commissioners unanimously (4-0) approved a resolution creating an economic recovery fund to provide financial assistance to businesses adversely affected by COVID-19.

The marketing campaign, originating in the City’s Department of Economic Development, aims to encourage residents to support local businesses from the comfort of their own home while maintaining social distancing. Called “West Palm Eats,” the campaign encourages users to dine and shop from home while supporting their local business community. Residents can expect to start seeing web-based and social media-based ads targeting online users in West Palm Beach and surrounding zip codes. 

Additionally, the City has created a landing page on its website, where residents can locate a list of businesses that are offering pickup and delivery options. To visit: https://www.wpb.org/our-city/west-palm-eats.

Restaurant and business owners are invited and welcome to participate. To be a part of the campaign, please send your business name, web address, and menu to ecodev@wpb.org. (To help us ensure ADA compliance on our website, please provide your menu in Word as we are unable to accept PDF files.)  

A COVID-19 Economic Recovery Fund is now being established by the City of West Palm Beach. Last night, Commissioners approved setting aside $259,000 to be used to help small businesses in the form of short-term micro-loans of $10,000 or less. The funds will be allocated through a local community bank where the terms and conditions will be defined. Additional details will soon follow on how to apply for this assistance.

“We know that many business owners, employees and residents are suffering greatly right now as a result of COVID-19,” said Mayor Keith A. James. “Beyond its health impacts, COVID-19’s economic impacts are being felt throughout our city. We are committed to doing everything we can to support our local business community. The establishment of a marketing campaign and recovery fund are two of the ways the City of West Palm Beach is rising to that challenge.”

“The pandemic is requiring all levels of government to come forward with resources and assistance to help our community and work together with our local businesses to ensure that all come out stronger after these difficult times pass,” said Economic Development Director Christopher Roog. 

Restaurants nationwide are urging people to participate in The Great American Takeout on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 to support the restaurant industry.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES:

COVID-19 UPDATE #21

West Palm Beach, FL (March 23, 2020) – On March 16, 2020, West Palm Beach Firefighters responded to an emergency medical call for person who fell, but was uninjured. Dispatch screened the patient with a series of questions to rule out possible infection with COVID-19. Based on the patient’s response to the questions, the patient was not suspicious for possible infection. When crews arrived, they repeated the screening questions. Once again, based on the patient’s answers, the patient was not suspected of possible infection and the patient was helped up.

 The patient refused transport to the hospital. Later that evening, the patient fell again, and again only wanted help up. The patient then called a third time and was transported to the hospital. It was not until the patient was in the truck that they stated a family member had traveled recently. The firefighters then alerted the hospital of the possible infection with COVID-19 prior to arrival at the emergency room.

 On March 20th, 2020, the Fire Department was notified by the hospital that the patient tested positive. Three firefighters have been taken out of service and placed on home quarantine out of an abundance of caution. None of these firefighters are exhibiting any symptoms as of today, seven days past the patient contact.

 If you feel you are experiencing signs and symptoms of COVID-19, contact the Palm Beach County Department of Health at 561-840-4500.

 Information on Coronavirus, COVID-19 is available on the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/.

 

An Open Letter from Mayor Keith A. James
March 23, 2020

 

Dear resident or business owner:

Your City government is focused on the safety and well-being of West Palm Beach residents, businesses, and employees.

The COVID-19 pandemic presents a significant health and economic threat to our community. COVID-19 knows no boundaries, whether by geography, race or socio-economic status. We are in this together, and are working collaboratively with National, State and County leaders to provide a coordinated response and plan. 

HEALTH SERVICES

COVID-19 is expected to spread, and the number of COVID-19 cases is expected to rise. Therefore, we continue to encourage everyone to practice social distancing by avoiding crowds, staying indoors and limiting travel for essential needs only. It’s important for everyone to follow this.

Our Emergency Operations management team is working with local healthcare providers and non-profits to ensure the city is prepared and ready.  If you are sick, please call your doctor or medical provider before going to the hospital. To protect our police and fire personnel, please be honest in your response to questions about COVID-19 symptoms.

IMPORTANT UPDATES

  • To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, our parks remain open but are now closed to any recreational activities. Closures include basketball courts, soccer fields, tennis courts, dog parks, and playgrounds.

CITY EMERGENCY OPERATIONS

A State of Emergency remains in effect for our City. Our Emergency Operations Center remains activated at Level 2. We are operating within the emergency-response framework set forth by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

DOING BUSINESS IN WEST PALM BEACH

We are coordinating efforts with our Chamber of Commerce, merchants associations, and local business leaders to minimize the impacts that COVID-19 will have on local businesses and employees.

Last week, Governor DeSantis issued an executive order closing all Palm Beach County beaches, movie theatres, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, arcades, gyms, and fitness studios.  Also, any restaurants, bars, taverns, pubs, night clubs, banquet halls, cocktail lounges, cabarets, breweries, cafeterias and any other alcohol and/or food service businesses with seating for 10 or more are closed. These closures are in effect through March 31st.  These establishments can remain open for takeout, pickup or delivery service. Businesses not outlined in the Governor’s executive order can remain open, and that decision should be made by each individual business owner.

My administration is developing short-term and long-term strategies to support our local business community.   We immediately developed pick-up zones for restaurants. We are also connecting businesses to information about federal loans and financial assistance. We are working with our local banks on financial assistance to local businesses. We are also developing a marketing campaign to promote West Palm Beach businesses during and after COVID-19.  More information will be made available once these efforts are completed.

The City is implementing extra security measures with our police department to protect local businesses and residents. Looting will not be tolerated.

RESIDENTIAL AND NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES

We are working with our Emergency Operations Management Team on ensuring our City’s most vulnerable are protected. Coordinated efforts are in place to check on nursing and senior facilities. Food distribution options for the elderly are being put in place with assistance from the private sector.

During this time, it is important that we continue to be good neighbors with each other. Check on your neighbors, support local businesses where you can, and if you are sick, please contact your doctor or medical provider first.

FOOD AND GROCERY UPDATES

  • Publix Stores and Pharmacies will be open early from 7 am – 8 am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for customers 65+ to shop ahead of the crowds.
  • Whole Foods will open at 7 am daily for customers 60+.
  • Target will allow for the first hour of shopping on Wednesdays only for the most vulnerable customers –  65+, pregnant women and CDC-defined vulnerable or at-risk.
  • Walmart, beginning on Tuesday, March 24th and for each Tuesday after through April 28, will open one hour early for customers 60+.
  • Please check with your local grocery to confirm these details.

As information and recommendations change, we will keep you updated. Please stay informed by visiting https://www.wpb.org/, following us on social media, or subscribing to the Insider Newsletter.

West Palm Beach is working to make sure our city is prepared, coordinating efforts with other governmental organizations, and making the safety of our community a top priority. 

 

Yours in Service,

 Keith A. James, Mayor

 

COVID-19 UPDATE #20

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (March 23, 2020) – The City of West Palm Beach values the safety of the public and our employees. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the City announces the following closures and service suspension:

  • City of West Palm Beach Parks – Our parks remain open but are now closed to any recreational activities. Closures include basketball courts, soccer fields, tennis courts, dog parks, and playgrounds.
  • The Currie Park Boat ramp is closed to ALL boaters. 
  • City of West Palm Beach Trolley Service—Suspended effective immediately.  

The City will continue to regularly update residents and business owners about City closures, cancellations and resources pertaining to COVID-19.

 

COVID-19 UPDATE #19.5

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (March 20, 2020) –  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 theatres, concert houses, auditoriums, play houses, bowling alleys, arcades, gymnasiums, fitness studios, and beaches.) effective immediately. 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.

Short-term solutions for businesses include:

Businesses that would like to be included in the West Palm Beach Eats campaign, are providing pickup and delivery services, or would like more information about financial assistance can email EcoDev@wpb.org.

Consumers and merchants can stay up to date with local business happenings on the City’s dedicated COVID-19 update page at www.wpb.org.   

COVID-19 UPDATE #19

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (March 20, 2020) – Following the latest guidance from Governor Ron DeSantis to shut down all non-essential businesses, the City of West Palm Beach is imposing business closures Citywide, as well as implementing a “pickup only” status for restaurants. Beginning at 9pm on Saturday, March 21, all restaurants are required to close to dine-in options, even if previous social distancing guidance had been followed.

Below are some examples of essential and non-essential businesses:

 Essential

  • Convenience stores
  • Gas stations
  • Grocery stores
  • Medical offices
  • Pharmacies

 Non-Essential:

  • Bars
  • Beaches
  • Gyms
  • Recreation
  • Theaters

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.

Short-term solutions for businesses include:

Businesses that would like to be included in the West Palm Beach Eats campaign, are providing pickup and delivery services, or would like more information about financial assistance can email EcoDev@wpb.org.

Consumers and merchants can stay up to date with local business happenings on the City’s dedicated COVID-19 update page at www.wpb.org.   

COVID-19 UPDATE #18

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (March 20, 2020) – 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 UPDATE #17

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (March 19, 2020) – The Mandel Public Library will close on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.  The library will remain closed until further notice.  No materials will be due at this time.  Please take advantage of our online e-books, movies, music & more.  Call 561-868-7701 (TTY: 800-955-8771) for more information.  We know that many of you who use our library services may have some questions.  Below is a list of services still available to you:

DIGITAL LIBRARY:

If you are interested in using our library services virtually, 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 https://www.wpb.org/government/mandel-public-library-of-west-palm-beach/e-books-movies-music  for more information on how to Connect 24/7 to the library.

MATERIALS CURRENTLY CHECKED OUT
If you have an item that is currently checked out, you will have a new due date of June 1, 2020.

GET A FREE LIBRARY CARD
Those who don’t have a library card may apply for one by visiting  https://www.wpb.org/government/mandel-public-library-of-west-palm-beach/support-the-library/get-a-library-card-copy 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!

MATERIALS ON HOLD
You will not be able to place holds on physical materials at this time. Holds currently in the system will be honored once we resume normal operations.

GET IN TOUCH!

If you need to update your library card, get a card, get help downloading movies or books, ask a question or want to learn about our online resources, call (561) 868-7701 or (TTY: 800-955-8771). You may also email MPL@wpbcitylibrary.org, and we will get back to you within 24 hours. 
 
We will continue to update you on any changes in our operations as warranted and encourage you to visit the City of West Palm Beach web page https://www.wpb.org/ for related COVID-19 updates.

 

COVID UPDATE #16

City of West Palm Beach Offers COVID-19 Updates Via Email

eNotify service allows subscribers to receive latest news in their in-box.

 WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (March 19, 2020) -- The City of West Palm Beach is offering a new way to stay informed about the City’s response to COVID-19. The City’s Website www.wpb.org now offers eNotifications, a feature that will email subscribers as soon as updates are published to the Website. Subscribing to the service is free. The subscription page is available on the City Website.

 The City will continue to regularly update residents and business owners about City closures, cancellations and resources pertaining to COVID-19 through:

Mayor James Radio Interview on COVID-19

Mayor Keith James talked with the morning team at NewsTalk 850 WFTL on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Here is a recording of the interview.

COVID-19 UPDATE #15

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (March 18, 2020) – With our residents’ well-being and safety at the forefront, West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James and the City of West Palm Beach continue to monitor the recent emergence of COVID-19. The City is following the guidance set forth by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County, who are leading the efforts in our state to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The City’s Emergency Operations Center remains activated at Level 2 operations.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, the public is strongly encouraged 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.

The City advises social 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. For information on social distancing, please download the following guide.

Updates:

  • WPBPD: During this time, West Palm Beach Police Department 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.
  • BUILDING INSPECTIONS: Building and code inspections are ongoing. However, if you suspect that you may have COVID-19, please refrain from in-person contact with Development Services when requesting an inspection to avoid exposing City employees to potential virus symptoms. For Development Services’ resources contact information.
  • PUBLIC UTILITIES: To ensure that our wastewater system functions properly, Public Utilities urges residents to avoid flushing wipes, including wipes advertised as ‘flushable’.
  • VICKERS HOUSE: Vickers House, the City’s social services resource center, is now seeing clients on an appointment-only basis. To make an appointment, please call: (561) 804-4970 (TTY: 800-955-8771)
  • ON-STREET MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR HOMELESS: Mental Health America on-street services to the City’s homeless population are suspended until further notice. In addition, the City’s homeless engagement team, provided by the Lord’s Place, will provide virtual services until further notice. To reach the Lord’s Place community outreach department, call (561) 234-6752 or email outreach@thelordsplace.org.
  • GRASSY WATERS PRESERVE NATURE CENTER: The Grassy Waters Preserve Nature Center is now closed through March 31. All Nature Center programs for the remainder of March have been postponed. The Grassy Waters hiking and nature trails will remain open for use during regular scheduled hours.
  • PUBLIC MEETINGS: Public meetings are continuing as planned. Social distancing is strongly encouraged at public meetings.
  • LIBRARY: Closed to the public.
  • CITY HALL: Open to the public
  • SPRING BREAK CAMPS: Spring Break camps previously scheduled for the week of 3/23-3/27 at City community/recreation centers have been canceled. Contact your respective community center for refund information. To contact the Department of Parks and Recreation, please call (561) 804-4900 (TTY 800-955-8771).
  • QUESTIONS FOR THE CITY?: Call the Mayor’s Response Hotline: (561) 822-2222 (TTY: 800-955-8771).
  • BUSINESSES: 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 croog@wpb.org.

Resources:

Mayor James applauds and thanks West Palm Beach businesses who have followed social distancing recommendations and have responsibly chosen to self-regulate, including (but not limited to):

  • Civil Society Brewing,
  • E.R. Bradley’s,
  • West Palm Beach Brewery and Pankauski Law,
  • Aioli,
  • Florida Crystals, and
  • Rybovich.

The City will continue to regularly update residents about actions taken by the City pertaining to COVID-19 through the City’s website: . For questions, please call City Hall at (561) 822-1200 (TTY: 800-955-8771)

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 COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

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.

COVID-19 UPDATE #14

GRASSY WATERS PRESERVE NATURE CENTER CLOSED THROUGH MARCH

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (March 18, 2020) – Out of an abundance of caution for the health and well being of our visitors and employees, the Grassy Waters Preserve Nature Center is now closed through March 31 due to the recent emergence of COVID-19. All Nature Center programs for the remainder of March have been postponed. The Grassy Waters hiking and nature trails will remain open for use during regular scheduled hours. For more information, Grassy Waters Nature Center staff can be reached at (561) 804-4895 (TTY: 800-955-8771). For information about Grassy Waters Preserve.

COVID-19 UPDATE #13

West Palm Beach Spring Break Camps Cancellations

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (March 17, 2020) -- The City of West Palm Beach announces that spring break camps previously scheduled for the week of 3/23-3/27 at City community/recreation centers have been canceled. If you pre-registered for a spring break camp session, please reach out to your respective community center for refund information.

 City of West Palm Beach Community Recreation Centers:

  • Coleman Park Community Center: (561) 804-4965
  • Gaines Park Community Center: (561) 804-4960
  • Howard Park Community Center: (561) 804-4950
  • South Olive Community Center: (561) 804-4945

 For more information, please visit the City’s website: https://www.wpb.org/ or call the City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation at (561) 804-4900  (TTY 800-955-8771).

 The City of West Palm Beach will provide regular updates, specific to COVID-19 and the City, on its website: https://www.wpb.org/. The City has also created a resource page with links to information provided by the health department and the CDC, which can be found here.

COVID-19 UPDATE #12

Helpful Links and Contacts for WPB Residents | Grocery Delivery, WPB Restaurant Carryout/Delivery, Business Resources, SDPBC Meal Pickup Sites

GROCERY DELIVERY SERVICES:

 

WPB RESTAURANTS OFFERING CARRYOUT & DELIVERY OPTIONS:

Special thanks to the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) for compiling this list.

 

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PALM BEACH COUNTY MEAL PICKUP SITES (561) 969-5840:

 

 

FOR BUSINESSES

 

DID YOU KNOW: A Lot of City Business Can Be Done Online

 

COVID-19 RESOURCES:

COVID-19 UPDATE #11

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA (March 17, 2020) –  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/our-city/mayor-s-office/covid-19-updates-and-information

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 COVID-19@flhealth.gov

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 croog@wpb.org.

COVID-19 UPDATE #10

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (March 16, 2020) -- The City of West Palm Beach cares about its local businesses and their sustainability during these difficult times. To aid our business community, the City will be in regular contact with other economic development organizations including the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Florida Atlantic University. Together, a series of resources and assistance are being developed to respond to the challenges brought on by COVID-19. Below are a series of resources and tools that businesses can use to help prepare, respond and recover from the recent emergence of COVID-19.  

 

Additionally, the SBDC is encouraging small businesses to complete the business damage assessment. This survey helps determine the need for COVID-19 Federal, State disaster assistance. The survey can be found here.

 

For General Information and Updates for Businesses:

 

For information and to apply for aid:

 

Any other questions or to provide additional information to help your small business needs:

 

The City will continue to regularly update residents and business owners about closures, cancellations and resources pertaining to COVID-19 through the City’s website: https://www.wpb.org/our-city/mayor-s-office/covid-19-updates-and-information

 

COVID-19 UPDATE #9

 

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (March 16, 2020) – On March 16, 2020, West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James declared a State of Emergency to prepare for and respond to the threat of COVID-19.

For several weeks, Mayor James—along with the City’s Emergency manager and Administration--  has coordinated the monitoring, preparations and communications in regard to COVID-19.  City staff have been preparing for a potential increase in demand for services, especially regarding public safety/health.

The City previously cancelled large gatherings including Clematis by Night, Screen on the Green, GreenMarket and Sunday on the Waterfront through the end of March. The City also worked with producers of large-scale events to postpone, cancel or reschedule their event on City-owned property until further notice.

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.  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

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DRIVE-THRU TESTING: According to Palm Beach County, a health center is now offering free drive-thru testing for COVID-19. FoundCare, a nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Center, is setting up a testing station in the FoundCare building parking lot at 2330 S. Congress Ave. in West Palm Beach. The testing will be open to Palm Beach County residents who have called to complete a screening process and have made a scheduled appointment. Prospective patients must call (561) 967-0365 for the screening and to schedule an appointment.

PRICE GOUGING: Price gouging can be reported by calling 1-866-966-7226 or by visiting MyFloridaLegal.com. Florida’s Attorney General is urging the public to report any coronavirus-driven price gouging.

QUESTIONS ABOUT COVID-19? 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 COVID-19@flhealth.gov. For the latest information and recommendations from the CDC to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please visit: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

CITY CLOSURES/CANCELLATIONS:

  • Youth Athletic Programs- Suspended until the end of March. The City will reevaluate future programming at that time. For more information, please visit the City’s website: https://www.wpb.org/ or call the City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation at (561) 804-4900  (TTY 800-955-8771).
  • Mandel Public Library Programs, Workshops, and Meetings - Postponed through Tuesday, March 31, 2020.  The library will remain open for use during its regular scheduled hours.
  • After-School Programs – Suspended at the library and at recreational centers through Monday, March 30th, 2020.
  • City Events Cancelled through March: Clematis by Night, Screen on the Green, GreenMarket, and Sunday on the Waterfront. (For non-City events, please contact the producer for event status.)

 

DID YOU KNOW: A Lot of City Business Can Be Done Online

 

COVID-19 RESOURCES: Please visit:

 

COVID-19 UPDATE #8

City of West Palm Beach Youth Athletic Programs Suspended

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (March 16, 2020)The City of West Palm Beach announces that all youth athletic programs have been suspended until the end of March. The City will reevaluate future programming at that time. For more information, please visit the City’s website: https://www.wpb.org/ or call the City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation at (561) 804-4900  (TTY 800-955-8771).

The City of West Palm Beach will provide regular updates, specific to COVID-19 and the City, on its website: https://www.wpb.org/. There, the City has created a resource page with links to information provided by the health department and the CDC, which can be found here: https://www.wpb.org/our-city/mayor-s-office/covid-19-updates-and-information/covid-19-helpful-links.

COVID-19 – UPDATE #7

Cancellations, Postponements, Programming Changes in the City of West Palm Beach (Updated: March 13, 2020, 5:00 p.m.)

City-produced Events/Programs

  • After-school Programs: 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.

 

  • Clematis by Night (3/19 and 3/26) – CANCELED
  • Mandel Public Library’s programs, workshops and meetings booked March 14th through March 31st (library will remain open for use during its regular scheduled hours) – CANCELED
  • Origami Sculpture Unveiling (3/27)- CANCELED
  • Pleasant City Sign Unveiling (3/26)- CANCELED
  • Screen on the Green (3/13) – CANCELED
  • Sunday on the Waterfront (3/15) – CANCELED
  • Vision Zero Spring Break Bike Safety Fair (3/23) – CANCELED
  • West Palm Beach Bike to Work Week (3/16-3/20) – POSTPONED
  • West Palm Beach GreenMarket (3/14, 3/21, 3/28) – CANCELED
  • West Palm Beach Sustainability’s Wasted! The Story of Food Waste Film Screening (3/14) – POSTPONED
  • West Palm Beach Sustainability’s Our Earth, Our Home (3/25) – CANCELED
  • West Palm Beach Sustainability’s e4 Life: Green, Health & Wellness Expo (4/4) – POSTPONED

Privately-produced events in the City of West Palm Beach

(Please follow up with event organizers for scheduling updates and refunds.)

  • 500 Block Merchant Weekend Street Closure (3/13-3/15, 3/20-3/22) – CANCELED
  • Afternoons in the Village (3/21, 3/28) – CANCELED
  • Art Night Out (3/27) – CANCELED
  • Barrett-Jackson 2020 Palm Beach Auction (4/16-4/18)– POSTPONED
  • Brew at the Zoo (4/4) – POSTPONED
  • Downtown West Palm Beach Bike Valet (3/14, 3/21) – CANCELED
  • Downtown West Palm Beach Bike Valet at Currie Park (3/28) – CANCELED
  • Farmer’s Market at Currie Park (3/28) – CANCELED
  • Fiesta on Flagler (3/13) – CANCELED
  • Marlon Wayans at the Palm Beach Improv (3/13-3/15)– CANCELED
  • Mercedes-Benz Corporate Run (4/14-4/16) – POSTPONED
  • Norton Museum (3/13-3/31)– CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC
  • NFL annual meeting in Palm Beach – CANCELED
  • O’Sheas St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Party (3/17) – CANCELED
  • Palm Beach International Boat Show (3/19-4/4) – POSTPONED
  • Palm Beach Walk to Defeat ALS (3/14) – POSTPONED
  • Philanthropy Tank’s Live Event VIP reception with Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Donald Fennoy (3/19) – CANCELED
  • Roxy’s Pub St. Patrick’s Day Block Party (3/17) – CANCELED
  • Spring Training at the FITTeam Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach – SUSPENDED
  • SunFest (4/30-5/3) – POSTPONED
  • True Fast Outreach Ministries Health Fair (3/21) – POSTPONED
  • West Palm Beach Antique Flea & Craft Market (3/14, 3/21) – CANCELED
  • West Palm Beach Antique Flea & Craft Market at Currie Park (3/28) – CANCELED

COVID-19 UPDATE #6: 

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (March 13, 2020) – The City of West Palm Beach announces the following programming changes:

  • MANDEL PUBLIC LIBRARY OF WEST PALM BEACH:
    • 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 library has stepped up cleaning efforts in common areas, and hand sanitizer is being made available for public usage, subject to availability.
    • If you are interested in using our library services virtually, you can connect with your library 24/7. The Mandel Public Library has a wide variety of digital offerings for library cardholders, including e-books and audiobooks, movies, music and more. Visit the library’s website at https://www.wpb.org/government/mandel-public-library-of-west-palm-beach for more information on how to connect 24/7 with the library.
  • AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS:
    • The City of West Palm Beach is suspending its after-school programs at the library and at City recreational centers effective Monday, March 16, 2020  – Monday, March 30th, 2020.

 COVID-19 UPDATE #5

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (March 12, 2020) --  Following Governor Ron DeSantis’s recommendation to local municipalities to strongly consider limiting or postponing mass gatherings in the State of Florida, Mayor Keith A. James and the City of West Palm Beach have ordered the cancellation of the following city 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 is in the process of reviewing the postponement of all large-scale events which include, but are not limited to, the Palm Beach International Boat Show and Sunfest.

Events and programming at Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach are currently being evaluated. 

Mayor Keith A. James and City of West Palm Beach Emergency Manager Chief Brent Bloomfield continue to monitor the recent emergence of COVID-19.

The City is in regular contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County, and other federal and state partners. This week, members of City leadership participated in an informational conference call held by The White House. Last week, West Palm Beach Fire Rescue Chief Diana Matty and City Emergency Manager Brent Bloomfield participated in two round tables hosted by Palm Beach County and Members of Congress Representatives Lois Frankel (District 21) and Ted Deutch (District 22). 

The City of West Palm Beach will provide regular updates, specific to COVID-19 and the City, on its website: https://www.wpb.org/. There, the City has created a resource page with links to information provided by the health department and the CDC, which can be found here: https://www.wpb.org/our-city/mayor-s-office/covid-19-updates-and-information/covid-19-helpful-links.

To help raise awareness of COVID-19, the City is sharing the following information published by the health department and the CDC:

SYMPTOMS: Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever,
  • Cough, and
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • (Source: Florida Department of Health)

HOW DOES COVID-19 SPREAD?  The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:

 

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • (Source: CDC)

 

HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF?

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK I (OR SOMEONE IN MY FAMILY) MIGHT HAVE COVID-19?

  • Contact your county health department.
  • Consult a health-care provider as soon as possible. Call ahead, and tell them before you visit that you think you might have COVID-19, so they can take precautions to prevent exposing other people.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • If you have a surgical mask, wear it during close contact with other people. A mask can reduce the number of droplets coughed into the air.
  • Remember, very few respiratory infections will be COVID-19.
  • Please review your signs, symptoms and travel history thoroughly with your physician.
  • (Source: Florida Department of Health)

COVID-19 UPDATE #4 

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (March 11, 2020) – West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James and West Palm Beach Emergency Manager Asst. Chief Brent Bloomfield continue to monitor the recent emergence of COVID-19. To date, there are NO reported positive cases of COVID-19 in Palm Beach County, according to the health department. 

The City of West Palm Beach will follow the guidelines and recommendations of the Florida Department of Health (health department) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for any potential closures of special events due to concerns about COVID-19. At this time, the health department and CDC have not recommended closures of public events in our city. 

Nevertheless, the City is working with producers of large-scale, public events to underscore the importance of prevention options such as handwashing stations, sanitizers, and additional cleaning crews. Additionally, the City’s Community Events Division will be deploying portable handwashing stations to City events including Clematis by Night, GreenMarket and Sunday on the Waterfront. Hand sanitizer stations will also be deployed at City events, subject to availability. Already, the City’s community centers and Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach have stepped up their cleaning efforts in common areas and are making available hand sanitizer for public usage, subject to availability.  

The City is in regular contact with the CDC, the health department, and other federal and state partners. Today, members of City leadership participated in an informational conference call held by The White House. On Friday, West Palm Beach Fire Rescue Chief Diana Matty and City Emergency Manager Brent Bloomfield participated in two round tables hosted by Palm Beach County and Members of Congress Representatives Lois Frankel (District 21) and Ted Deutch (District 22).  

“We remain vigilant about COVID-19 and are taking steps to keep our residents safe,” said Mayor Keith A. James. “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.” 

“According to the federal government, the threat to the public is low,” continued Mayor James. “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. We will continue to work with our partners at the state and federal levels and share information from the CDC and the health department about prevention, symptoms, and what to do when sick.” 

The City has created a resource page with links to information provided by the health department and the CDC, which can be found here.

To help raise awareness of COVID-19, the City is sharing the following information published by the health department and the CDC:

SYMPTOMS: Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection may develop mild or severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever,
  • Cough, and
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • (Source: Florida Department of Health)

HOW DOES COVID-19 SPREAD?  The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:

 Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • (Source: CDC)

 HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF?

 WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK I (OR SOMEONE IN MY FAMILY) MIGHT HAVE COVID-19?

  • Contact your county health department.
  • Consult a health-care provider as soon as possible. Call ahead, and tell them before you visit that you think you might have COVID-19, so they can take precautions to prevent exposing other people.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • If you have a surgical mask, wear it during close contact with other people. A mask can reduce the number of droplets coughed into the air.
  • Remember, very few respiratory infections will be COVID-19.
  • Please review your signs, symptoms and travel history thoroughly with your physician.
  • (Source: Florida Department of Health)

 

COVID-19 UPDATE #3

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (March 3, 2020, 4:00 p.m.) – West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James, West Palm Beach Emergency Manager Assistant Chief Brent Bloomfield, and the West Palm Beach Police and Fire Departments continue to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. To date, there are NO reported positive cases in Palm Beach County, according to the Florida Department of Health (health department) in Palm Beach County. The City is currently following the guidelines and recommendations from the health department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“The City’s emergency response teams have taken all the necessary steps to prepare and are ready to respond should COVID-19 directly impact our city,” said Mayor James. “We are in regular contact with our partners at the CDC and the Florida Department of Health and are providing additional training and resources to our first responders. We are committed to working with the health department to ensure our residents have the facts, information and resources they need to protect themselves and their families.” 

“Your first responders are working diligently to prepare for impacts of COVID-19,” said West Palm Beach Fire Chief Diana Matty. “Each part of the 911 chain from Dispatch to Police and Fire to area hospitals are involved to ensure a community-wide approach. Residents are encouraged to review information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health.”

The City of West Palm Beach will provide regular updates, specific to COVID-19 and the City, on this page.

A selection of useful links and educational videos can be found here.

To help raise awareness of COVID-19, the City is sharing the following information published by the health department and the CDC.

SYMPTOMS: Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever,
  • Cough, and
  • Difficulty breathing.
    (Source: Florida Department of Health)

HOW DOES COVID-19 SPREAD?  The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person: 

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
    (Source: CDC)

 

HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF?

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I THINK I (OR SOMEONE IN MY FAMILY) MIGHT HAVE COVID-19?

  • Contact your county health department.
  • Consult a health-care provider as soon as possible. Call ahead, and tell them before you visit that you think you might have COVID-19, so they can take precautions to prevent exposing other people.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • If you have a surgical mask, wear it during close contact with other people. A mask can reduce the number of droplets coughed into the air.
  • Remember, very few respiratory infections will be COVID-19.
  • Please review your signs, symptoms and travel history thoroughly with your physician.
    (Source: Florida Department of Health)