Local Palm Beach, Broward Camps Announcing Opening Are Premature
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The Executive Order issued by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Friday, lifting all restrictions on child activities, does NOT mean camps in Boca Raton or Delray Beach may open. At least not yet.
As we’ve reported throughout the COVID-19 crisis, Palm Beach County and local municipalities have the authority to issue their own, more restrictive orders. At this time, permission has not been granted by leaders in the City of Boca Raton, the City of Delray Beach, Broward County and Palm Beach County.
During a Friday afternoon news conference, Palm Beach County Administrator Verdenia Baker said county leaders are “reviewing” the Governor’s order.
That means emails being blasted out by local gymnastics camps — including Twisters and Gymnastics Plus — may be premature. All camps may be told they may not start camp operations on June 1st, as many are advertising.
Broward County as well is also “reviewing” the Governor’s order and has not granted permission for camps to open, despite email blasts from camps in Broward stating that they will open in early June.
For most executive orders issued in Florida, including the “child activity” executive order, County, Town and City leaders have the option to impose “more restrictive” but not “less restrictive” rules. DeSantis specifically stated that local leaders statewide are allowed to impose restrictions on child activities, regardless of his order.
The Palm Beach County School District has canceled all summer camps and activities.
Here is the official order from Governor Ron DeSantis:
WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-52 declaring a state of emergency for the entire State of Florida as a result of COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, on April 29, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-112 initiating Phase 1 of the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery; and
WHEREAS, on May 14, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-123, bringing all Florida counties into Full Phase 1.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, RON DESANTIS, as Governor of Florida, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article IV, Section (l)(a)of the Florida Constitution and Chapter 252, Florida Statutes, and all other applicable laws, promulgate the following Executive Order:
Executive Order 20-123 is extended, with the following modification:
Section 1. Organized Youth Activities
Organized youth activities may operate, including youth sports teams and leagues, youth clubs and programs, and child care. Summer camps and youth recreation camps may operate including, but not limited to, those defined 409.175 and 513.02, Florida Statutes, respectively.
Section 2. Effective Date
This order is effective immediately.