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CORONAVIRUS: Is Delray’s Atlantic Avenue An Out Of Control COVID Breeding Ground?

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[Are tables too close together? Readers contacting say they are concerned that restaurants are playing fast and loose with “reopening rules” on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. (Courtesy: reader).]

DELRAY BEACH, FL ( — Is Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach a Wild West of out of control restauranteurs placing business over public safety? Readers and viewers of TV sending photos and emails say “yes,” and Delray Police are apparently looking the other way.

To be clear: the “reopening rules” are open for interpretation. The State of Florida “rules” language includes words like “should” and “may” which potentially gives restaurant owners and managers cover if they end up being cited by the City or sued down the road by patrons who trace COVID-19 exposure to their restaurant.

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[Six feet apart or not? Sanitized menus or not? Face masks on workers or not? Readers are concerned that Atlantic Avenue restaurants are a breeding ground for COVID-19. (Courtesy: reader).

Rocco’s Tacos on Atlantic is being lauded for following the rules. Others, however, are not.

From an UBER Eats driver who contacted

”I think the bigger issue though is the lack of enforcement of the new guidelines. many establishments had staff walking around inside and out with no masks on. this included waiters, waitresses and managers,” wrote the UBER Eats driver. “One young lady, a hostess, was the only person working at one of the restaurants wearing a mask. I thanked her for wearing one then asked why she was the only one and she said “I don’t want to die.” then she told me that the rest of the staff makes fun of her for wearing one. she also stated she thought it was a mistake to reopen so soon.”

Wrote another reader:

“The full tables are right NEXT TO EACH OTHER.  They are not seperated by 1 empty table. Roccos Tacos is a great example as they left every other table empty. But others did not.”

There are reports that Delray Beach Police have at the very least “warned” managers, but those contacting say they are seeing no mass enforcement over several nights.

We are seeking warning and citation information from Delray Beach Police and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation — check back for updates.


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