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As Palm Beach County Extends Mask Mandate, Medical Providers Fear “New York Arrogance”

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“Bringing the whole family to sit in a booth in a deli for brunch — because you’ve always done that with your grandmother in Boca — is a not well thought out plan.”

Concern continues over visitors who forget Palm Beach County is a home, not vacation land.

FLORIDA COVID-19 reporting from BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — As the Palm Beach County “Mask Mandate” is extended to January 20th, doctors, nurses and other health care practitioners speaking with BocaNewsNow.com say a mandate with no enforcement is of marginal value when vacationers from New York fly down for the holidays and engage in unsafe behavior.

“We saw it over Thanksgiving,” said one area health care practitioner, “and we’ll no doubt see it over the next two weeks. There’s a special New York arrogance where these vacationers think that rules don’t apply to them. They walk around without masks over both their nose and mouth. They are seen in supermarkets with masks on their chins but not covering the body parts that matter. They inexplicably need to eat bagels in a restaurant instead of taking them home. It’s selfish. I like bagels as much as anyone, but bringing the whole family to sit in a booth in a deli for brunch — because you’ve always done that with your grandmother in Boca — is a not well thought out plan.”


“…bringing the whole family to sit in a booth in a deli for brunch — because you’ve always done that with your grandmother in Boca — is a not well thought out plan.”


The issue, according to those speaking with BocaNewsNow.com, is a mentality that Boca Raton is synonymous with “vacation.”

“People who live here, for the most part, have been trying very hard to take care of each other,” said another provider who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the comments provided. “With a few notable exceptions, people wear masks and do what is asked of them. But then come the vacationers from New York and New Jersey who act like they own the place.”

In the weeks since Thanksgiving, area ICU and hospitalization counts rose, dropped a bit, and have started to rise again. The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration reported 291 people were hospitalized in Palm Beach County with a “primary diagnosis of COVID-19” as of 6 a.m Monday morning.

There is such concern over the impact of visitors and vacationers that area country clubs and large homeowners associations have enacted rules prohibiting guests and visitors, closing communal areas like club houses, and limiting access to other amenities like restaurants, golf courses and pools.

At Delaire Country Club in Delray Beach, visitors are largely prohibited, including family members who do not live in the community. We reported Sunday on a significant COVID-19 outbreak in the community.

”It’s a typical New York state of mind,” said a practitioner who is originally from the northeast. “The rules don’t apply to them. They come down, they do what they want to do and they couldn’t care less about anyone else. This isn’t a time for vacation. This is a time to follow rules and regulations so we can all get back to normal for the holidays next year.”

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