BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Phase One of Florida’s reopening plan is now officially underway in Palm Beach County. Beaches remain CLOSED until next Monday (May 18th). Here’s a quick look at what you need to know for today, May 11th, 2020.
Barber Shops and Beauty Salons: Barber Shops and Beauty Salons are allowed to open. The rules are strict: only one customer in the shop at a time. The salon was be sanitized after each client. While the customer does not need to wear a facial covering, the service provider does. We have the complete Q&A list produced by the State of Florida below — it’s a PDF download.
Restaurants: Restaurants may open but only at 25-percent capacity. Simply put, there has to be massive social distancing. Without over simplifying, if your restaurant normally has 100 customers allowed, it now has 25 allowed. We understand that the county Business and Professional Regulation inspectors WILL be inspecting restaurants to enforce compliance.
Gyms: Gyms remain closed.
Vacation Rentals: Vacation rentals, like VRBO, are still prohibited.
Bars/Nightclubs: Most bars and nightclubs remain closed. Here’s the metric: if your club or bar earns more than 50-percent of its gross revenue from alcohol, you are not allowed to serve alcohol.
Offices: Most offices are expected to continue to tele-work whenever possible. Any employee who needs to be home for childcare or other reasons is required to be allowed to remain home.
Schools: The Palm Beach County School District remains in “distance learning mode” at least through the end of the school year. All Palm Beach County School District summer activities have been cancelled.
Face Coverings: There is some ambiguity when it comes to face coverings. The City of Delray Beach inexplicably issued a statement on Friday saying that Governor DeSantis said face coverings are no longer needed. He did NOT say that, it is not true. However, Palm Beach County has not updated its executive order on Face Coverings for Phase One. The common sense/smart thing to do: wear a face covering when you are in public. Remember: it protects other people. You could be keeping someone’s grandparent alive. Many stores require you to wear a face covering — they are allowed to prohibit you from entering without a face covering. Palm Tran also now requires a face covering.
Phase One is clearly a work in progress. If you have questions, email us at news(at)BocaNewsNow.com. And remember: local towns/cities may issue their own orders, but the “strictest” order is the one that applies. So if your town says it’s okay to have a group of 50 people but Palm Beach County says the maximum group gathering should be no more than 10 people — which is the rule — the “10 people” maximum is what applies.
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