CORONAVIRUS: Retail Can Kinda Sorta Resume Under Phase One In Palm Beach County

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BOCA RATON, FL ( — Those unhappy store owners — miffed that they were told to close their stores in the midst of the COVID-19 initial outbreak — are now allowed to reopen on Monday, May 11th.

The catch: they can only operate at 25 percent occupancy.

At the risk of stating the obvious, if a store is permitted for 100 shoppers at any given time, that store may now have no more than 25 shoppers in your store.

Here’s the language:

“In-store retail sales establishments may open storefronts if they operate at no more than 25 percent of their building occupancy and abide by the safety guidelines issued by the CDC and OSHA.”

“The Department of Business and Professional Regulation shall utilities its authorities under Florida law to implement and enforce the provisions of this order as appropriate.”

Stores considered essential, like Target and Publix, remain exempt from these rules.

Phase Two — which is currently nowhere on the visible horizon — permits more leniency.

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