CORONAVIRUS: Palm Beach County Emergency Order Extended To May 8, Non-Essential Businesses Stay Shut

Florida Covid-19 News

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — It’s so routine now that there was no fanfare when Palm Beach County extended its executive order on May 1st for another week. The current order expires May 8th, and is a continuation of rules, regulations and closures that have been in effect for several weeks at this point.

While some are apparently finding it difficult to follow along, the order of orders work like this: local orders can be MORE restrictive, but not LESS restrictive the State orders. Currently, Palm Beach County is NOT a part of “Phase One” reopening which is taking part across much of Florida.

For those confused about retail stores, what can and can not be open is below. Simply put: if it’s essential — like food or medicine, you can open but you must follow social distancing rules. If it’s non-essential, like a boutique selling clothes, you’re closed.


ALTHOUGH there is nothing stopping you from taking online orders, or walking with shoppers through your store remotely by using services like FaceTime, and then placing their purchases in their car.


Permitting shoppers IN your store, however, is prohibited.

As a service, here is a republishing of the Palm Beach County executive order regarding retail. We have cut and pasted here so any errors or unclear language is directly from Palm Beach County’s original document.


All noncritical retail and commercial business locations (meaning all that are not expressly deemed critical as stated in Section 4 below) are ordered closed except to the extent necessary to perform Minimum Basic Operations. “Minimum Basic Operations” means the minimum activities necessary to maintain the value of inventory, preserve plant and equipment condition, engage in on-line shipping of goods without having customers in the business location, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, and facilitate employees working remotely, provided such Minimum Basic Operations shall practice, and ensure employees and persons interacting with and within such businesses practice, social distancing and all other measures as advised by the CDC and FDOH.

The following retail and commercial businesses are deemed critical and existing retail and commercial business locations of these businesses may remain open, but are responsible for and shall ensure employees and all persons interacting with and within such businesses practice social distancing, and all other measures as advised by the CDC and FDOH and that special care and attention is given to safeguarding all persons aged 60 and over that may come in contract with the business or work in the business; and

a. Except to the extent precluded by the Governor’s Executive Order 20-70, 20-71, 20-72, 20-83 or any previous or subsequently issued Executive Order, or order of the President, healthcare providers and public health operations, including but not limited to: hospitals; doctors’ and dentists’ offices; urgent care centers, clinics, and rehabilitation facilities; physical therapists; mental health professionals; psychiatrists; therapists;research and laboratory services; blood banks, medical cannabis facilities; medical

equipment, devices, and other healthcare manufacturers and suppliers; research, testing and laboratory facilities; reproductive health care providers; eye care centers; home healthcare services providers; substance abuse providers; medical transport services; and pharmacies;

b. Grocery stores, farmers’ markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores, and other establishments primarily engaged in the retail sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, baby products, pet supply, liquor, fresh or frozen meats, fish, and poultry, and any other household consumer products (such as cleaning and personal care products). This authorization to remain open includes stores that sell groceries and also sell other non-grocery products, and products necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and critical operations of residences and other structures;

c. Businesses engaged in food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing;

d. Businesses that provide food, shelter, social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals;

e. Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services;

f. Gas stations, new and used automobile dealerships, and auto-supply, auto- repair, and related facilities;

g. Banks and related financial institutions, including insurance firms and pawn shops;

h. Hardware, gardening, and building material stores;

i. Contractors and other tradesmen, building management and maintenance (including janitorial companies servicing commercial businesses), home security firms, fire and water damage restoration, public adjusters, appliance repair personnel, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to

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maintaining the safety, sanitation, and critical operation of residences and other structures;

j. Businesses primarily providing mailing, logistics, pick-up, and shipping services including post office boxes;

k. Private colleges, trade schools, and technical colleges, but only as needed to facilitate online or distance learning, perform critical research, or perform critical functions, and university, college, or technical college residence halls, but only to the extent needed to accommodate students who cannot return to their homes;

I. Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers;

m. Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, but subject to the limitations and requirements of the Governor’s Executive Orders now existing or subsequently issued, including but not limited to Executive Orders 20-68, 20-70, 20-71, and20-83. Schoolsandotherentitiesthattypicallyprovidefreefoodservicestostudents or members of the public may continue to do so on the condition that the food is provided to students or members of the public on a pick-up and takeaway basis only. Schools and other entities that provide food services under this exemption shall not permit the food to be eaten at the site where it is provided, or at any other gathering site under their control;

n. Businesses that primarily supply office products needed for people to work from home (but not including businesses that primarily sell or lease furniture unless the business is operating on-line service only);

o. Businesses that primarily supply other critical businesses, as stated in this Emergency Order, with the support or supplies necessary to operate, and which do not interact with the general public, including cybersecurity firms (but not including businesses that primarily sell or lease furniture unless the business is providing on-line service only);

p. Businesses that primarily ship or deliver groceries, food, goods, or services directly to residents;

q. Airlines, taxis, and other private transportation providers providing transportation services via automobile, truck, boat, bus, or train;

r. Businesses engaged in providing home-based care for seniors, adults, or children;

s. Assisted living facilities, nursing homes, adult day care centers, and home- based and residential settings for adults, seniors, children, and/or people with disabilities or mental illness, providing however, that such business is responsible for and must ensure compliance with all CDC and FDOH guidelines and has implemented education of employees, contractors and visitors as to CDC and FDOH requirements; and

t. Businesses providing professional services, such as legal or accounting services, to the extent those services are provided in accordance to CDC and FDOH guidelines by maintaining social distancing requirements for employees and customers and not allowing congregating of groups of clients or employees;

u. Landscape and pool care businesses, including residential landscape and pool care services, provided however, all employees must be educated on CDC and FDOH guidelines including social distancing and such businesses are responsible for ensuring compliance with such guidelines and in particular, with regard to interactions with customers age 60 or over;

v. Childcare facilities providing services that enable employees exempted in this Emergency Order to work as permitted. To the extent possible, childcare facilities should operate under the following conditions: Childcare must be carried out in stable groups of 10 or fewer (inclusive of childcare providers for the group); children and child care providers shall not change from one group to another; if more than one group of children is cared for at one facility, each group shall be in a separate room. Groups shall not mix

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or interact with each other. All play equipment used by one group of children must be cleaned and sanitized before use by another group of children. Any child exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 illness shall not be allowed to stay in the childcare facility;

w. Businesses operating at any airport, seaport, or other government facility, except as provided in the Governor’s Executive Order 20-71, which requires all restaurants and food establishments licensed under Chapters 500 and 509 to suspend on-premises food and alcohol consumption, and except as to businesses operating from Palm Beach County facilities as to which separate directives have or will be issued;

x. Logistics providers, including warehouses, trucking, consolidators, fumigators and handlers;

y. Telecommunications providers, including sales of computer or telecommunications devices and the provision of home;

z. Businesses engaged in the provision of propane or natural gas;

aa. Businesses engaged in the provision of office space and administrative support necessary to perform any of the above-listed activities;

bb. Open construction sites, irrespective of the type of building;

cc. Businesses providing architectural, engineering, or land surveying services provided that such businesses operate in full compliance with all measures advised by the CDC and FDOH regarding social distancing;

dd. Factories, warehouses, manufacturing facilities, bottling plants, or other industrial distribution and supply chain facilities used for critical products and industries for the U.S. domestic market;

Waste management services, including business engaged primarily in the collection and disposal of waste;

ff. Hotels, motels, other commercial lodging establishments, and temporary vacation rentals, subject to the limitations stated in the Governor’s Executive Order 20- 70 and Executive Order 20-87 Hotels, motels, and other commercial lodging establishments shall not accept new reservations for persons other than Critical Lodgers. “Critical Lodgers” are defined as: (1) healthcare professionals; (2) first responders; (3) National Guard members; (4) law enforcement; (5) state or federal government employees; (6) airline crewmembers; (7) patients; (8) patients’ families; (9) journalists; (10) others providing direct services in response to COVID-19; (11) displaced residents or visitors; (12) persons utilizing hotels as transitional living arrangements; (13) persons sheltering in hotels due to domestic violence; (14) hotel employees, service providers, and contractors; or (15) individuals who, for any reason, are temporarily unable to reside in their home due to exigent circumstances;

gg. Veterinarians, mobile pet groomers and pet boarding facilities;

hh. Mortuaries, funeral homes, crematories, and cemeteries including funeral and cremation services and suppliers of funeral products to funeral service providers, and related services such as body transport or disposal services, and organ donation related service providers and services;

ii. Firearm and ammunition supply stores:

jj. Businesses providing services to any local, state, or federal government, pursuant to a contract or order with such government and provided such services relate directly to a governmental response to the COVID-19 crisis;

kk. Any business that employs five (5) or fewer persons, including management/ownership, where the employees do not come in regular contact with the general public in the regular course of business and the business can conduct its business

in a manner that complies with the recommended social distancing and other requirements of previous executive orders, except to the extent inconsistent with any Executive Order or regulation issued by the Governor of Florida, the state, or any federal authority;

II. Electrical production and distribution services;

mm. Moving, storage, and relocation services;

nn. Business deemed critical for national security including, but not limited to defense, intelligence and aerospace development, manufacturing and testing^

Section 5. Notwithstanding the foregoing and in addition to any permitted Minimum Basic Operations, all retail and commercial businesses may perform remote work so that a business’s employees may interact with each other and/or with customers solely through electronic or telephonic means, and deliver services or products via only electronic means or mailing, shipping, or delivery services. This includes realtors who will not conduct any open houses, but may remain open to the extent that business can be conducted remotely and electronically and as may be done in compliance with CDC and FDOH requirements to close and finalize existing in process transactions.


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