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Posted on: March 18, 2020

Stay Home, Stay Safe

Boca Raton, Stay Home Stay Safe executive order

Boca Raton, Stay Home. Stay Safe.

Effective Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 12:01 AM 

The City of Boca Raton issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” emergency order for everyone living within City limits beginning Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 12:01 AM. People should remain in their homes or on their own property. Individuals may leave their places of residence only for essential activities. Do your part. Slow the spread. Stay safe and stay home.

View the Emergency Order - "Stay Home, Stay Safe Order".

Learn more about the Order from City Manager, Leif Ahnell.

What does this mean?

The order spells out several definitions for "essential activities" you may still engage in:

Essential Retail and Commercial Activities: Residents and visitors may engage in essential retail and commercial activities and travel to or from essential retail and commercial businesses. See the detailed list that includes things like:

  • Work- if the business meets the definition of essential 
  • Groceries
  • Pet supplies
  • See a healthcare professional, if needed
  • Pickup food from a restaurant
  • Gas or repairs for your car
  • Bank or ATM
  • Obtain supplies you need to work from home
  • Any additional products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences.

Outdoor Recreational Activities: Residents and visitors may engage in outdoor activity and recreation, including, without limitation, walking, hiking, running or cycling in areas not otherwise closed to the public, while maintaining social distancing of 6 feet apart.

Personal Support Activities: Residents and visitors may travel to and from their homes to care for or support a friend, family member, or pet in another household.

All nonessential private and public gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a residence are prohibited. If you live in an apartment, condo or another area with shared spaces, you need to keep at least 6 feet away from other people while in common areas (the lobby, mailroom, courtyards, etc.). All businesses, unless defined as an essential business, must stop activities at their facilities except for minimum basic operations, but employees can continue working from home. And if you do leave your house for “essential activities,” you are expected to stay 6 feet away from others as much as possible.

Those at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and people who are sick, are strongly encouraged to stay in their homes unless they need to seek medical care.

Stay Home Stay Safe Boca Raton


Questions can be directed to the Citizen’s Information Center at 561-982-4900. Additional information can be found on the City’s website www.myboca.usFacebook, Twitter or Nextdoor or the City’s FAQ webpage.

To view all updates chronologically, visit our City update webpage.

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