Boca Raton Beach May 22 Readers say they are concerned about social distancing on beaches in Boca Raton. This photo was taken around 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 22nd, 2020.


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[Beaches are now closed to avoid scenes like this as COVID-19 spreads. This photo was taken around 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 22nd, 2020 via Boca Beach Cam].

BOCA RATON, FL ( — All beaches in Palm Beach County are now closed by executive order.

The beaches officially closed at 12:01 this morning (Friday, July 3rd, 2020), and will remain closed at least until 11:59 p.m. Sunday night. Palm Beach County joins Miami-Dade and Broward Counties in closing all beaches for the July 4th holiday weekend.

“The beaches are closed, and it is done by executive order, and it is by the force of law,” said Kerner during a Thursday afternoon news conference in advance of the EO taking effect. “Having consulted with the Sheriff and several police departments, a plan is in place to enforce compliance with the law.”

Fines run as high as $500 for violations. Local police departments and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office will be enforcing the order.

The closures are to discourage group gatherings as COVID-19 continues to spread unabated across Florida.

Mayor Kerner said that Palm Beach County will hit a milestone today — 15,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Palm Beach County.


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