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Posted on: March 12, 2020

All City Events, Programs, Meetings Canceled, Beaches Closed

City of Boca Raton, Florida Events, Programs, Meetings postponements and cancellations

*Palm Beach County issued an order easing some restrictions for recreation through a phased reopening of parks and other areas to recreate. Within the City of Boca Raton, some parks, municipal golf and boat ramps have reopened, with some limitations and restrictions. View the updated list.

Residents and visitors should continue to adhere to CDC guidelines including social distancing and use of face coverings when social distancing can not be maintained.

March 17, 4:00pm

The City of Boca Raton is coordinating with all of our community partners while closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation for our area. City staff is continuously assessing and adapting emergency plans for COVID-19 and is implementing mitigation strategies to slow the transmission of the disease, in particular to protect individuals at increased risk for severe illness, including older adults and those with underlying health conditions, as well as the healthcare of critical infrastructure workforces. 

In an abundance of caution, all special events, performances, programs, classes, athletics, clinics, rentals, camps and meetings have been postponed or canceled until further notice. The Police Department has also temporarily suspended citizen fingerprinting at the main police department and mall annex until further notice.

*This list will be updated as more events/programs are postponed or canceled. As parks, facilities and City departments re-open, please see updated news flash information.The information below is current for 5/12/20 and may change.


Any questions regarding Recreation Services Events & Programs, please contact the appropriate facility directly.

Postponed

  • March 14 - Police Shred Event, Town Center Mall (postponed - Date TBA)
  • March 14 - WPEC Health and Wellness Experience, Mizner Park Amphitheater (postponed - Date TBA)
  • March 20 - A Night Featuring the Music of Queen by Absolute Queen, Mizner Park Amphitheater (postponed - Date TBA)
  • March 21 - Touch a Truck, Spanish River Library (postponed until Fall 2020)
  • March 28 - A Night Featuring the Music of ABBA with Almost ABBA, Mizner Park Amphitheater (postponed - Date TBA)

Canceled

  • All events including but not limited to:
    • Every Saturday - Green Market, City Hall Parking Lot
    • March 13 - Food Truck Friday, Memorial Park
    • March 13-April 9 - AARP Tax Prep, Boca Raton Community Center
    • Friends of the Library Sunday Speaker Series
      • March 15 - Alessandra Tamerin – The Butterfly with Town Wings: A Memoir of Staying Alive, Spanish River Library
      • March 22 - Rose Feinberg – A presentation on the lives and careers of three singing women: Bette Midler, Carole King and Barbara Streisand, Downtown Library
    • March 17, March 23-27 - All Camps
    • March 24-27 - Census Training
    • March 29 - Boca Raton Summer Camp Expo, Boca Raton Community Center
    • March 30 - Annual Miami Open Bus Trip, Boca Racquet Center
    • April 4 - SpringFest, Countess de Hoernle Park 
    • April 5 - Run for Sea Turtles 10K, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
    • Easter Services and Hunts
    • April 18 - Great American Cleanup, Spanish River Park
    • April 19 - AACY 5K Race, Spanish River Athletic Complex
    • April 26 - Run From the Rays 5K, Spanish River Athletic Complex
    • May 15 - Boca Raton Police Memorial
  • All programs including, but not limited to:
    • Spring Break Camps
    • Field trips
    • Classes
    • Lessons
    • Drop-in programs
    • Athletic Programs and Leagues
    • Meets, Clinics and Tournaments
    • Events, Performances and Productions
    • Birthday Parties
  • All indoor and outdoor rentals and spaces including but not limited to:
    • Room rentals
    • Weddings
    • Birthday Parties
    • Coast Guard Auxiliary
    • Pavilions

Facilities: Closed

Beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, all City parks, beaches, libraries and community centers will be CLOSED to the public until further notice due to serious threat of COVID-19: 

  • All Beaches
  • All Parks (ALL 47 parks are CLOSED, including, but not limited to the parks listed below.)
  • As of 4/29/20 please see list of phased park openings https://www.myboca.us/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=645
  • Alan C. Alford Golf Course at Red Reef
  • Bark Beach at Spanish River Park
  • Boca Raton Community Center
  • Boca Raton Municipal Golf Course ** open with restrictions as of 4/29/20
  • Boca Raton Tennis Center
  • City Administration Building “Building Department” ** Open for business online only, building closed to the public
  • City Hall
  • Downtown Library
  • Fire Rescue Administration Building
  • George Snow Park *open with restrictions 4/29/20
  • Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
  • Lake Wyman/Rutherford Park
  • Meadows Park Pool
  • Mizner Bark Dog Park
  • Mizner Park Amphitheater
  • Municipal Services Building
  • Ocean Rescue Center/Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • Patch Reef Park Community Center and Tennis Center
  • Police Department Lobby
  • Spanish River Athletic Complex
  • Spanish River Library
  • Sugar Sand Park
  • Swim & Racquet Club

Meetings  

All meetings have been canceled until further notice, including the CRA, Council Workshop and City Council meeting on March 23 and March 24. All meetings of City Boards or Committees and the hearings of the Special Magistrates scheduled for any time between today through Sunday, March 29, 2020, are hereby canceled. Matters scheduled for any meeting or hearing during that time will be rescheduled at such time that the City is no longer under a declared State of Emergency or until other arrangements can be made. Further direction regarding meetings currently scheduled after Sunday, March 29, 2020, will be forthcoming.  ** Virtual meetings began on 4/13/20 https://www.myboca.us/1843/Virtual-Meeting-Instructions**

These canceled meetings include but are not limited to:

  • Art in Public Places Advisory Board
  • Boca Raton Airport Authority
  • Builder’s Board of Adjustment and Appeals
  • Citizens’ Pedestrian and Bikeway Advisory Board
  • Community Advisory Panel
  • Education Task Force
  • Environmental Advisory Board
  • Financial Advisory Board
  • Historic Preservation Board (March 17 meeting canceled)
  • Library Board
  • Marine Advisory Board
  • Parks and Recreation Board
  • Planning and Zoning Board
  • Sustainability Advisory Board
  • City Council Workshop Meetings
  • City Council Regular Meetings
  • CRA Regular Meetings
  • Community Appearance Board
  • Executive Employees Retirement Plan
  • General Employees’ Pension Board
  • Police and Firefighters Retirement System Board of Trustees
  • Special Magistrates Code
  • Special Magistrates Parking

*Today, Tuesday, March 17 is Election Day and all of the Boca Raton Community Centers and libraries are designated polling locations. Libraries and community centers will be closed beginning Wednesday, March 18 until further notice.

Police Services

The Boca Raton Police Department has temporarily suspended citizen fingerprinting at the main police department and mall annex until further notice. The Police Department lobby is closed until further notice.

Essential Services

The City will be operating Critical Infrastructure services only:

  • Police Services
  • Fire Rescue Services
  • Water Sewer
  • Sanitation Services (Regular Schedules)
  • Building Department & Inspections


The City will continue to make determinations about future mass assemblies including concerts and large events. In the meantime, according to the CDC guidelines, people who are considered to have a higher risk should take extra precautions to reduce their risk. Currently, those individuals include:

  • Older adults
  • People who have underlying health conditions

If you are in a high-risk category, this may be the time to evaluate your exposure and take all precautions necessary to reduce your chances of getting sick. Be sure to avoid close contact with people who are sick, take everyday precautions like washing your hands and disinfecting your home, avoid large crowds, especially in poorly ventilated areas and take extra measures to put distance between yourself and other people to further reduce your exposure to the virus.

As recommended by the FDOH, if you think you may have COVID-19 or are showing any symptoms, please call your doctor or local hospital before you go in. For any questions or concerns you may have regarding COVID-19, FDOH has a call center available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-866-779-6121 or email at COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

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