Palm Beach County has issued Emergency Order Number 10, which provides additional directives regarding wearing face coverings. The Executive Order states, in part:
- All persons working in, patronizing, or otherwise physically present in grocery stores, restaurants while not seated, pharmacies, construction sites, vehicles for hire, and locations where social distancing measures are not possible should wear facial coverings as defined by the CDC;
- All persons utilizing the County’s Palm Tran transit services including fixed route, Palm Tran Connection, Go Glades, and any other transit service provided by Palm Tran, shall wear facial coverings at all times when entering, riding, or exiting the bus or transit vehicle, unless a medical accommodation is arranged in advance; and
- All persons accessing Palm Beach County governmental buildings for the purposes of conducting public business, visitation, contracting and maintenance, delivery, or any other activity requiring a presence in a county governmental building shall wear facial coverings as defined by the CDC at all times while present in the building.
To read the full text of the Emergency Order, please click the link below.
The Palm Beach County Community Services Department is offering a Rental Assistance Program beginning June 5. To be eligible for this program, applicants must:
- Be a resident of Palm Beach County;
- Provide documentation to prove loss of income, reduction in hours, or unemployment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic;
- Provide documentation to show they have applied for or are receiving state or federal unemployment benefits;
- Meet gross Area Median Income (AMI) limit not exceeding 140% AMI for the household;
- Have a lease and other utilities in their or a household member’s name;
- Not have received any other financial assistance for rent and/or utilities for the period payment is requested;
- Have less than $5,000 in liquid assets in checking, savings, and cash card balances;
- Note – other restrictions may apply.
Benefits are available up to $7,000 ($5,800/up to 3 months’ rent and $1,200/electric, water and gas combined). Assistance will be provided only for past-due rent and/or utilities with due dates after March 1, 2020 and before December 30, 2020.
For more information, including a list of FAQs, the link to apply, and more helpful information, please click here.
Governor DeSantis has issued Executive Order 20-139, which will bring most of Florida, excluding Palm Beach County, Broward County and Miami-Dade County, into Phase 2 of his recovery plan beginning Friday, June 5. This phase will allow entertainment venues including, but not limited to, bars, bowling alleys, concert venues and movie theaters to reopen at 50% capacity; allow restaurants to seat people at bars and operate at 100% capacity as long as social distancing is maintained; and allow retail establishments to operate at 100% capacity. In addition, personal services, including but not limited to tattooing, body piercing, acupuncture, tanning and massage, may operate with appropriate safety guidelines. The Executive Order also increases limitations on social gatherings to groups of 50 or less, but continues to stress social distancing and other safety precautions. The Mayor of Palm Beach County must submit a written request to the Governor for the County to be considered for approval to enter Phase 2. To read the full text of this Executive Order, please click the link below.
Governor DeSantis has issued Executive Order 20-137, which provides a limited extension of mortgage foreclosures and eviction relief until July 1, 2020. To read the full text of the Executive Order, please click the link below.
Governor Ron DeSantis has issued Executive Order 20-131, which allows for youth sports and summer camps to reopen while following CDC guidelines. To read the full text of the Executive Order, please click the link below.
Palm Beach County has added an interative testing map with over 50 testing sites and locations to the comprehensive COVID-19 website located here. This map will help residents find the closest private or community based testing location for them. Several of the sites are government supported and have free testing with a variety of restrictions and processes. Many others are private labs, urgent care facilities or pharmacies that will bill your insurance.
On May 22, 2020, Palm Beach County issued Emergency Order 9 repealing Palm Beach County Emergency Order 2020-002a effective from 12:00 p.m. on May 22, 2020. This new order repeals the previous order that closed noncritical retail and commercial businesses. To read the full text of the Emergency Order, please click on the link below.
On May 21, 2020, Palm Beach County extended the State of Emergency until May 29, 2020 unless further extended or terminated. To read the full text of the Declaration, please click on the link below.
The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners has approved the CARES Restart Business Grants Program to accelerate the reopening of businesses hardest hit by COVID-19. The $60 million Business Restart Program allocates $50 million for businesses with 25 or fewer employees and $10 million for businesses with greater than 25 employees. Individual grants up to $25,000 will be available to help Palm Beach County businesses that were forced to close or limit operations and are now planning to “restart” based on the county’s phased opening process.
Applicants will need to submit a fully executed application from the county’s online portal, certifications, affirmations and acknowledgements, tax returns, payroll reports, an active Palm Beach County Business Tax Receipt and an active registration on SunBiz. These documents will be required to be uploaded into the system by the applicant. Interested businesses are encouraged to prepare for the Restart Program Application as they will be processed on a first come, first eligible basis. The online application is expected to launch on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 8:00 A.M. and will be accessible through the Palm Beach County website. Additional information, including program guidelines and eligible criteria, can be found at http://pbcgov.com/hes.