Update June 25, 2020 (10am)- Palm Beach County Issues Emergency Order Requiring Facial Coverings
On Tuesday, June 23, Palm Beach County Commissioners voted unanimously to mandate facial coverings while in public. The Emergency Order went into effect on Thursday, June 25 at 12:01am and requires facial coverings to be worn in indoor public spaces as well as outdoor public spaces where physical distancing, according to the CDC guidelines, cannot be maintained.
What does this mean for businesses?
According to the County’s Emergency Order, all businesses and establishments must ensure compliance with the Order. All businesses and establishments must also post signage provided by Palm Beach County. Read more about signage requirements on page 5 of the Emergency Order.
*Visit Palm Beach County’s website to stay updated on signs in other languages.
Reporting & Violations
For information regarding enforcement and violations, view page 6 of the Emergency Order.
Residents can report a business that is not following the State and County social distancing and mask mandates for COVID-19 by contacting Palm Beach County’s COVID Education Compliance Team (CECT). The CECT will work to educate and bring businesses into compliance with state and local enforcement orders required by the Governor and the County.
The team is comprised of representatives from state and local agencies including the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach County Code Enforcement and Fire Rescue, the Florida Department of Health-Palm Beach County and police departments from Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach. Team members will proactively conduct spot inspections of local businesses and public venues, noting where masks are not being worn and/or social distancing is not being consistently practiced.
For compliance information or to report a violation, residents and businesses can contact the COVID Education Compliance Team at 561-24COVID (561-242-6843) or email@example.com.
Governor’s Phase 1 Safe. Smart. Step by Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery
Governor Desantis authorized the reopening of Palm Beach County into the State’s Phase 1 Safe. Smart. Step by Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery beginning Monday, May 11, 2020.
On May 18, 2020, the City of Boca Raton, moved into a Full Phase 1 opening in accordance with Executive Order 20-123 order from Governor DeSantis along with Palm Beach County. The order includes updated guidelines for the following:
Restaurants & Food Establishments
- 50% of the indoor occupancy must be maintained in all restaurants. Tables and chairs should be kept 6 feet apart from one another, but if appropriate partitioning is in place then there is no requirement to maintain a 6 foot distance between parties.
- Outdoor seating continue to be permissible with appropriate social distancing. Appropriate social distancing requires maintaining a minimum of 6 feet between parties, only seating parties of 10 or fewer people and keeping bar counters closed to seating.
City Offers Temporary Expanded Outdoor Seating
In an effort to assist restaurants with safe options for reopening during the Phase 1 recovery process, the City is temporarily allowing expanded outdoor seating for businesses that request it. The process includes a simple email and some basic information for staff to review. Appropriate social distancing for outdoor seating requires maintaining a minimum of 6 feet between parties, only seating parties of 10 or fewer people and keeping bar counters closed to seating. See the step by step process for approval.
For additional business resources, visit the City’s Business Resources page.
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Restaurants in the City of Boca Raton
Now, more than ever, it’s time to support our local restaurants. Check to see if dine-in, carry out, delivery or drive through services are available in the links below. Leave a generous tip, if you can. Purchase a gift card for future use to show your support.
The Boca Chamber has compiled a list of its member restaurants that provide delivery and carry out as well as dine-in availability. Additionally, you can check out Downtown Boca and Economic Development and their list of restaurants.
- The City has temporarily suspended restrictions on A-Frame signs for restaurants until further notice. Let customers know what services you have available.
- In order to make curbside pickup easier, the City of Boca Raton has temporarily suspended parking meters.
Socially Distanced Supper Club
Checkout the Socially Distanced Supper Club, a Delray-based effort the encourages the community to support local restaurants.
Downtown Boca Dining
With nearly 100 restaurants and eateries featuring cuisine and gourmet treats from around the world, Downtown Boca is a foodie’s dream come true. See the list of restaurants...
Economic Development Essential Businesses and Restaurants
Economic Development is working to compile a list of all open essential local businesses. The goal is to provide a business resource guide so we can support one another during these very challenging times. If we missed your business, please let us know. The list will be updated at the end of each business day. You can reach us at EconomicDevelopment@MyBoca.us. See the Economic Development list...