COVID-19 City Updates

UPDATE: July 24, 2020 (10:40am) - Palm Beach County Issues Emergency Order That Clarifies Restricting Hours for Alcohol & Food Service

Palm Beach County issued Emergency Order 2020-15 that repealed Order 2020-14 and further clarifies restrictions on the operating hours of restaurants, food establishments and other businesses.

According to the Order, the following businesses still remain closed

  • bars
  • nightclubs, establishments offering adult entertainment, strip clubs
  • hookah, cigar and smoking bars and lounges
  • bowling alleys
  • arcades
  • playhouses
  • concert houses
  • movie theaters
  • auditoriums, skating centers, trampoline centers, billiard halls, escape rooms, bingo parlors, casinos, interactive bars or lounges allowing for sports participation
  • tattoo parlors, body piercing parlors, acupuncture venues, tanning and massage parlors

For businesses that remain open, “no establishment permitted to serve alcohol for on-site consumption, whether indoor or outdoor, shall serve alcohol between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. No establishment permitted to serve food for on-site consumption, whether indoor or outdoor, shall serve food between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Delivery, drive-through, pick-up, or take-out services are permitted for off-site consumption.”

In addition, Emergency Order 2020-12: Additional Directive on Wearing of Facial Coverings, is extended until August 23, 2020 (see Order 2020-16). 

Please continue to wear facial coverings when in public, adhere to all social distancing guidelines and wash your hands.

UPDATE: July 14, 2020 (4:56pm) - Palm Beach County Issues Emergency Order Restricting Hours for Alcohol and Food Service

Effective July 16, 2020, Palm Beach County Commissioners ordered the restriction of hours for alcohol and food service, and the restriction of operating hours for certain businesses and venues. Emergency Order 14 states that:

No establishment permitted to serve alcohol for on-site consumption, whether indoor or outdoor, shall serve alcohol between the hours of 11pm and 5am. No establishment permitted to serve food for on-site consumption, whether indoor or outdoor, shall serve food between the hours of 11pm and 5am. Nothing in this section prohibits delivery, drive-through, pick-up, or take-out services, for off-site consumption. 

View Emergency Order 14 for more details.

UPDATE: June 30, 2020 (9:40am)  - Beaches Closed for 4th of July Weekend

Palm Beach County issued an Emergency Order closing all public, municipal and private beaches, including all beach parks in Palm Beach County. All beaches and beach parks, including those in the City of Boca Raton, will be closed starting at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 3, 2020 until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 5, 2020. There will be no parking along A1A or pedestrian beach access once the beaches close.

UPDATE: June 26, 2020 (1:45pm) - Suspension of On Premises Consumption of Alcohol at Bars

Effective immediately, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation is suspending on premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide. View the Emergency Order.

UPDATE: June 25, 2020 (10am) - Palm Beach County Issues Emergency Order Requiring Facial Coverings

On Tuesday, June 23, Palm Beach County Commissioners voted unanimously to mandate facial coverings while in public. The Emergency Order went into effect on Thursday, June 25 at 12:01am and requires facial coverings to be worn in indoor public spaces as well as outdoor public spaces where physical distancing, according to the CDC guidelines, cannot be maintained.

What does this mean for residents?

According to the Emergency Order, public spaces where facial coverings are required include, but are not limited to grocery stores, retail stores, restaurants, hotels, gyms, etc. For more information about public spaces where facial coverings are required, view page 3 of the Emergency Order.

Facial coverings are not required for the following person(s) such as children ages 2 and under, people exercising or maintaining physical distancing according to CDC guidelines, people with medical conditions, etc. For more information about exemptions, view page 4 of the Emergency Order.

What does this mean for businesses?

According to the County’s Emergency Order, all businesses and establishments must ensure compliance with the Order. All businesses and establishments must also post signage provided by Palm Beach County. Read more about signage requirements on page 5 of the Emergency Order. 

*Visit Palm Beach County’s website to stay updated on signs in other languages.

Reporting & Violations

For information regarding enforcement and violations, view page 6 of the Emergency Order.

Residents can report a business that is not following the State and County social distancing and mask mandates for COVID-19 by contacting Palm Beach County’s COVID Education Compliance Team (CECT). The CECT will work to educate and bring businesses into compliance with state and local enforcement orders required by the Governor and the County.

The team is comprised of representatives from state and local agencies including the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach County Code Enforcement and Fire Rescue, the Florida Department of Health-Palm Beach County and police departments from Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach. Team members will proactively conduct spot inspections of local businesses and public venues, noting where masks are not being worn and/or social distancing is not being consistently practiced.

For more compliance information or to report a violation, residents and businesses can contact the COVID Education Compliance Team at 561-24COVID (561-242-6843) or covidcompliance@pbcgov.org.

UPDATE: June 23, 2020 - New Hours for Skate Park and Shuffleboard Courts; Library Fines Set to Resume

Library Fines Set to Resume

Library fines are set to resume on Monday, July 6, 2020, even if the libraries are not open to the public. Notices have started to go out on Friday, June 19. Library staff will adjust issues on a case-by-case basis as needed. 

New Hours for Tim Huxhold Skate Park and Shuffleboard Courts

  • New Tim Huxhold Skate Park and Shuffleboard Courts hours are:
    • Beginning 6/23 until 8/6
      • Monday / Wednesday / Friday: 5pm - 9pm
      • Tuesday / Thursday / Saturday: 1pm - 9pm
      • Sunday: 1pm - 6pm
    • First come, first serve
    • To ensure social distancing, play is only allowed on a maximum of six (6) courts, on courts #1, 3, 5, 7, 9 & 11.
    • Prior to opening, equipment is to be placed at the courts and rotated out / disinfected after each use

Other Recreation Updates

Beginning Monday, June 29, 2020, The Racquet Center will move to the following hours of operation:

  • Monday - Thursday: 7:30am - 10pm
  • Friday: 7:30am - 8pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 7:30am - 1pm

Beginning June 23, Tennis Centers will offer lessons for up to four players and Pro. Tennis Centers will also begin renting ball machines.

UPDATE: June 15, 2020 - Gumbo Limbo Nature Center Boardwalk Open & Updates to Athletic Fields and Organized/Team Sports

Gumbo Limbo Nature Center boardwalk

As part of phased re-openings for City of Boca Raton parks and recreational facilities, the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center’s boardwalk opened on Friday, June 12, 2020. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the half-mile round trip walk through the Coastal Hammock Forest. Visitors to the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center boardwalk should know:

  • The boardwalk is accessible from the Red Reef West parking lot ONLY.
  • Open 7:30am - Sunset.
  • Parking fees apply.
  • Restrooms are available at the golf course.
  • Gumbo Limbo Nature centers, north trails and parking lots remain closed.

Athletics

Athletic fields are open for play with a maximum of 50 people per field, including sidelines. Organized / Team sports are allowed. Groups with City permits are allowed only Monday - Saturday from 8pm - 11pm at Countess deHoernle Park, Meadows Park, Patch Reef Park and Sand Pine Park. Other details include:

  • Water fountain usage is prohibited with the exception of bottle filler stations. Please bring your own person drinks.
  • University Woodlands Soccer Fields are CLOSED for annual maintenance.
  • Hillsboro El Rio soccer field is CLOSED for annual maintenance.

Other Recreation Services updates include:

  • Tim Huxhold Skate Park and Shuffleboard Courts
    • NEW Skate Park hours are:
      • Monday - Friday: 5pm - 9pm
      • Saturday: 1pm - 9pm
      • Sunday: 1pm - 6pm
    • Shuffleboard Courts
      • Days/Hours:
        • Monday - Friday: 5pm - 9pm
        • Saturday: 1pm - 9pm
        • Sunday: 1pm - 6pm
      • First come, first serve
      • To ensure social distancing, play is only allowed on a maximum of six (6) courts, on courts #1, 3, 5, 7, 9 & 11.
      • Prior to opening, equipment is to be placed at the courts and rotated out / disinfected after each use

UPDATE: June 10, 2020 - Shuffleboard Courts & Driving Range Now Open

As part of phased re-openings for City of Boca Raton parks and recreational facilities, the Shuffleboard Courts at Tim Huxhold Skate Park & Shuffleboard Courts (400 Crawford Blvd) are open as of Monday, June 8.

  • Days / Hours of operation:
    • Monday - Friday: 5pm - 8pm
    • Saturday: 1pm - 8pm
    • Sunday: 1pm - 6pm
  • Capacity limited to 10 players
  • First come, first serve
  • To ensure social distancing, play only allowed on a maximum of four (4) courts -- courts #1, #4, #7 & #11
  • Prior to opening, equipment will be placed at the courts and rotated out to be disinfected after each use.

The Municipal Golf Course driving range reopened on June 5 to normal operating hours of the golf course. To allow 10 ft between players and to ensure social distancing is followed, every other range mat has been removed.

UPDATE: June 3, 2020 - Spanish River Dog Beach Opening Friday, June 5

As part of phased re-openings for City of Boca Raton parks and recreational facilities, the Spanish River Dog Beach will be opening on Friday, June 5, 2020 with the following hours:

  • Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 7am - 9am & 5pm - sunset

The Spanish River Dog Beach, also known as Bark Beach, is located at 3001 N. State Road A1A, Boca Raton, FL 33487 (Between Towers 18 & 20). Get updates on City beaches here.

Other Recreation changes include:

  • Beach Permits & Spanish River Dog Beach Permits can now be purchases at the Boca Raton Community Center Monday-Saturday, 9am - 4pm. No appointment is needed.
    • For beach permit information, patrons can visit Beach Permits to view eligibility requirements.
    • Curbside processing and pick-up will take place from the west entrance of the Boca Raton Community Center. The Community Center building remains closed to the public.
    • For the health and safety of City staff and customers, all individuals must wear a face covering while speaking with City staff.
    • Credit cards will be accepted only. Cash payments will not be accepted.
    • Customers will place all required documents on a clipboard.
    • Staff will process the permit, place the documents, the permit and the receipt on the clipboard and give to the customer.
    • The clipboard/pen will be wiped down with a disinfectant between customers.
  • Summer hours begin Wednesday, June 3, 2020 for Aquatic Centers.
    • Swim Center
      • Monday - Sunday: 7:30am - 5pm (No hot tub, splash pad or playground)
    • Meadows Park Pool
      • Monday - Saturday: 8am - 6:45pm
      • Sunday: 12pm - 6:45pm
  • Expanded hours at The Racquet Center (561-367-7095) include the following times:
    • Monday - Friday: 8am - 8pm
    • Saturday & Sunday: 8am - 1pm
  • In City Parks:
    • Playgrounds closed
    • Restrooms in most parks opened 5/26
    • Athletic fields are open for individual and family play. No group play or team sports. Open green space available for play; no groups, organized play or shared equipment. Sports team use of sports fields cancelled until further notice (fields only available for individual/small family open play); tournaments cancelled until further notice.

UPDATE: May 25, 2020 - Beach Parks to Open

City of Boca Raton beach-front parks and parking lots will open to  the public Tuesday, May 26, 2020 from 8am – sunset for permit holders and patrons paying the daily rates. Daily rates: ($20/Class 1 vehicle or $65/Class 2 vehicle) with credit or cash at the gates.

  • Limited restrooms will be open.    
  • All City of Boca Raton beach parks playgrounds, picnic pavilions and the Dog Beach will remain closed until further notice.    
  • Parties accessing the beaches shall follow CDC guidelines by limiting gatherings to no more than 10 persons and distancing themselves from other parties by 6 feet.
  • Get updates on City beaches here.

City of Boca Raton beach parks include:

  • Red Reef Park    
  • South Beach Park    
  • Spanish River Park Reef Park     
  • Palmetto Park Pavilion     
  • ( Gumbo Limbo Nature Center remains closed)      
  • (Bark Beach remains closed)

Beach Permits: For beach permit information, patrons can visit  Beach Permits to view eligibility requirements. Beach permits can be purchased and picked up at the Boca Raton Community Center (Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm).

  • Curbside processing and pick-up will take place from the west entrance of the Boca Raton Community Center. The Community Center building remains closed to the public.
  • For the health and safety of City staff and customers, all individuals must wear a face covering while speaking with City staff.
  • Credit cards will be accepted only.  Cash payments will not be accepted.
  • Customers will place all required documents on a clipboard.
  • Staff will process the permit, place the documents, the permit and the receipt on the clipboard and give to the customer.
  • The clipboard/pen will be wiped down with a disinfectant between customers.

Library Curbside Pick-Up Service Begins

Beginning Tuesday, May 26, the Downtown and Spanish River Libraries will be starting new curbside holds pick-up service for new books, DVDs and other library materials that library cardholders have placed a hold on.

How does curbside pick-up service work?

  1.  Log in to your account at bocalibrary.org and place a hold on the items you’d like to reserve.
  2.  You can also call the library at 561-393-7852 and ask them to place holds for you.
  3.  When your items are ready, you’ll be notified by text or email, depending on what type of notifications you signed up for when you got your library card.
  4.  Come to the library where you requested the pick-up between 9:00am and 5:00pm, Monday-Saturday, and look for the pick-up area.
    1.  The Downtown Library pick-up area will be on the east side near the staff entrance.
    2.  The Spanish River Library pick-up area will be on the east side near the drive-through book drop.
  5.  Park at a numbered sign that tells you to call and let library staff know you’re here. A team member will verify your account and parking spot on the phone.
  6.  A library team member in a mask and gloves will bring your items out to your car. Please have the trunk of your car open to receive your materials.

Additional information:

  • Both library locations will continue to be closed inside until plans have been finalized for further phased openings.    
  • Overdue fees and penalties continue to be suspended until the branches are open to the public.    
  • The Digital Library continues to be available to BRPL cardholders, including expanded access to over 700,000 ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, music, learning resources and more. Questions? Contact Library staff via email brpl@myboca.us.

UPDATE: May 22, 2020 (12:00pm)

Drive-through book drops are now open at both library locations for returning library materials. Mizner Bark Dog Park and Tim Huxhold Skate Park are now open. Boca Raton Beach Parks and parking remain closed through Memorial Day Weekend. Curbside library pick up to open Tuesday, May 26. 

May 20, 2020 (12pm) - New Testing Site in Boca Raton

In cooperation with American Medical Response (AMR), the Florida Division of Emergency Management and Florida Atlantic University, Palm Beach County opened a new community based testing site in Boca Raton

The drive through testing site will be located at the FAU Tech Runway on the north end of the FAU campus (901 NW 35th Street, Boca Raton, 33431). Residents should enter the testing site from Spanish River Boulevard. See attached map (PDF)

Appointments

  • Appointments are REQUIRED for testing. 
  • To make an appointment, call 1-800-209-7919 Monday - Friday from 9am to 5pm. 
  • Testing is available to anyone over the age of 12, with or without COVID-19 symptoms. 
  • No doctor referral needed. 
  • Proper ID will be required with name, date of birth, and photo. 
  • Tests will be administered by healthcare professionals from AMR. 
  • Results are not immediate. 
  • Please remember to wear a face covering.

Visit Palm Beach County’s website for more information on testing.

May 18, 2020 (10:15am) - Full Phase 1

Starting May 18, 2020, the City of Boca Raton, will move into a Full Phase 1 opening in accordance with Executive Order 20-123 order from Governor DeSantis along with Palm Beach County. The order includes updated guidelines for the following:

Restaurants & Food Establishments

  • 50% of the indoor occupancy must be maintained in all restaurants. Tables and chairs should be kept 6 feet apart from one another, but if appropriate partitioning is in place then there is no requirement to maintain a 6 foot distance between parties.    
  • Outdoor seating continue to be permissible with appropriate social distancing. Appropriate social distancing requires maintaining a minimum of 6 feet between parties, only seating parties of 10 or fewer people and keeping bar counters closed to seating.
  • In an effort to assist restaurants with safe options for reopening during the Phase 1 recovery process, the City is temporarily allowing expanded outdoor seating for businesses that request it. See the step by step process for approval.

Retail

  • 50% of the indoor occupancy must be maintained in all in-store retail establishments. All retail establishments must abide by safety guidelines provided by the CDC and OSHA.

Museums & Libraries

  • 50% of the indoor occupancy must be maintained in all libraries and museums. However, at this time Boca Raton will not be opening City libraries, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center or the Children’s Science Explorium. Services for these facilities can be accessed virtually. 

Gyms and Fitness Centers

  • May operate up to 50% capacity.
  • Must adopt safety measures including appropriate social distancing for classes.
  • Must have sufficient cleaning supplies so patrons can self-clean surfaces and machines using sanitation wipes following each use.

Barber Shops and Hair and Nail Salons

  • May operate while adhering to the safety protocols established by the State of Florida on May 11, 2020.
  • View the full guidelines

Masks/Facial Coverings

  • Masks/Facial Coverings continue to be strongly encouraged.
  • Persons working in or patronizing grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, construction sites, public transit vehicles, vehicles for hire, locations where social distancing is not possible SHOULD wear facial coverings.
  • As ordered by Palm Beach County Emergency Order 8, 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 by contacting Palm Tran at 561-841-4287. 

Additionally, Palm Beach County lifted beach closures and opened hotels as well as expanded openings and guidelines for recreation and recreational activities. View Phased Recreation Openings for additional information.

May 15, 2020 (3:30pm) - Beaches

Public and private beaches in Palm Beach County will open on Monday, May 18, 2020. Pedestrians will have access to City beaches sunrise to sunset during the reopening phase, however, all City of Boca Raton beach parks including parking, facilities, restrooms, playgrounds and picnic pavilions will remain closed until further notice. No lifeguards will be on duty, swimming is at your own risk.

Beach parks include:

  • Spanish River Park    
  • Bark Beach at Spanish River Park    
  • Red Reef Park     
  • Gumbo Limbo Nature Center    
  • Alan C. Alford Golf Course at Red Reef    
  • South Beach Park    
  • South Beach Pavilion    
  • South Inlet Park (PBC Beach will remain closed) 

FAQ:

I’m a resident of Boca Raton. How can I access the beach?  You can walk or ride a bike to a beach park access point, all parking inside the parks remains closed. Beaches will be open sunrise to sunset.

What activities are allowed on City beaches in this first phase? While activities are not restricted, all social distancing guidelines should be maintained for safety. Swimming is at your own risk, as lifeguards will not be on duty.

When will beach parks and parking open? The City is evaluating the safety of this first phase of opening and will monitor and consider timing of beach openings in Broward County before a decision is made.

Will my beach permit pass be extended? The City will review this issue during the upcoming budget process which will be finalized in September.

When will Bark Beach re-open? Dog parks remained closed under the Palm Beach County order. Plans are being made to reopen Bark Beach and Mizner Bark so that the timing is coordinated with County openings.

As part of the Palm Beach County order easing some restrictions for recreation, beginning Tuesday, May 12, City pools and tennis centers will be open with some limitations and restrictions.

May 12, 2020 (10am) - Recreation Facilities (Aquatics & Tennis)

As part of the Palm Beach County order easing some restrictions for recreation, beginning Tuesday, May 12, City pools and tennis centers will be open with some limitations and restrictions.

Aquatics Facilities will open for LAP SWIMMING only.

  • Swim Center Hours from 9am-3pm (No hot tub, no splash pad, no playground)
  • Meadows Park Pool Hours 11am-5pm
  • Credit cards only, no cash will be accepted.
  • Face coverings must be worn inside buildings at all times.
  • Pool use shall be limited to one person per lane (6), at 45-minute increments - once per day. Patrons must call ahead to schedule swim- swims cannot be scheduled more than 1 day in advance.
  • Patrons must bring their own swimming equipment such as goggles, towels, kickboards, fins, noodles, and water bottles.
  • Locker rooms will be closed. 
    • Swim Center - Family restrooms will be available for use. 
    • Meadows Park Pool - patrons may only use toilets and changing area.
  • Use of showers, lockers, vending machines, ice machines, and water fountains are prohibited.
  • If there is a line for the front desk, patrons will social distance outside behind blue taped lines that will be applied at 6ft intervals on the entrance way floor and sidewalk for waiting area.

Tennis Centers will open for SINGLES PLAY only.

  • Monday – Thursday 8am-8pm, Friday – Sunday 8am-12noon
  • Credit card payments only made in advance, no cash will be accepted.
  • Face coverings must be worn inside buildings at all times.
  • Singles play only (No spectators will be allowed)
  • Reservations will only be accepted (no walk ups) beginning at 10am on Monday, May 11 to reserve and pay for courts for the following day.
  • Face coverings must be worn in the Pro Shop and restrooms at all times.
  • Bring your own tennis racquet, hand sanitizer, water, ice and towel.
  • Do not arrive more than 10 minutes before reservation time.

Palm Beach County issued an order on April 29, 2020 easing some restrictions for recreation through a phased reopening of parks and other areas to recreate. Within the City of Boca Raton, the following parks, municipal golf and boat ramps will reopen, with some limitations and restrictions. 

Residents and visitors should continue to adhere to CDC guidelines including social distancing and use of face coverings when social distancing can not be maintained.

May 11, 2020 (4:30pm) - Expanded Outdoor Seating for Restaurants

In an effort to assist restaurants with safe options for reopening during the Phase 1 recovery process, the City is temporarily allowing expanded outdoor seating for businesses that request it. The process includes a simple email and some basic information for staff to review. Appropriate social distancing for outdoor seating requires maintaining a minimum of 6 feet between parties, only seating parties of 10 or fewer people and keeping bar counters closed to seating. See the step by step process for approval.

For additional business resources, view the latest COVID-19 Update Newsletter or visit the City’s Business Resources page or the City’s Restaurants page.

View additional updates from the City of Boca Raton. 

May 11, 2020 (9:30am) - State’s Phase 1 Recovery Plan Update

Governor Desantis recently authorized the reopening of Palm Beach County into the State’s Phase 1 Safe. Smart. Step by Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery beginning Monday, May 11, 2020.

Under Phase 1, the following businesses and establishments in the City of Boca Raton are now able to reopen with some limitations:

  • Restaurants and food establishments - May allow on-premises consumption of food and beverage, as long as they abide by appropriate social distancing measures and limit their indoor occupancy to no more than 25 percent of their building occupancy. In addition, outdoor seating is permissible with appropriate social distancing. Appropriate social distancing requires maintaining a minimum of 6 feet between parties, only seating parties of 10 or fewer people and keeping bar counters closed to seating.
  • In-store retail sales establishments -  May open storefronts if they operate at no more than 25 percent of their building occupancy and abide by the safety guidelines issued by the CDC and OSHA.
  • Barbershops, hair salons, nail salons and other cosmetology salons/cosmetology specialty salons - May reopen as long as they adopt appropriate social distancing and precautionary measures as outlined by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. 
  • Museum and library facilities - May reopen at no more than 25 percent of their building occupancy, however, at this time Boca Raton will not be opening City libraries. Services will remain virtual.

Additionally, the Palm Beach County Commission announced that as part of Phase 1, public and private beaches in Palm Beach County will tentatively reopen to Palm Beach County residents only, with limitations and restrictions, on Monday, May 18. The county commission will meet again on May 15 to confirm their decision to reopen beaches on May 18. (View the May 8 Palm Beach County Commission meeting). Once we understand what this means for our City and timeframes, we will post updates. Be sure to tune in to Boca Raton City Council meetings on May 11 and May 12.

For business resources, visit the City’s Business Resources page.

For more information about the State’s Phase 1 Safe. Smart. Step by Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery, view the following documents:

May 8, 2020 (3pm) - State’s Phase 1 Recovery Plan

At a press conference this afternoon, Governor Desantis authorized the reopening of Palm Beach County into the State’s Phase 1 Safe. Smart. Step by Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery beginning May 11, 2020.

Phase 1 includes the following:

  • Reopening of restaurants at 25% capacity indoors. In addition, outdoor seating is permissible with appropriate social distancing. Appropriate social distancing requires maintaining a minimum of 6 feet between parties, only seating parties of 10 or fewer people and keeping bar counters closed to seating.    
  • Reopening of retail stores at 25% capacity.    
  • Limited reopening of beaches.

Additionally, the Palm Beach County Commission announced that as part of Phase 1, public and private beaches in Palm Beach County will tentatively reopen to Palm Beach County residents only, with limitations and restrictions, on Monday, May 18. The county commission will meet again on May 15 to confirm their decision to reopen beaches on May 18. (View the May 8 Palm Beach County Commission meeting).

Confirmed orders have not been posted by either the State or the County. Once we understand what this means for our City and timeframes, we will post updates. Boca Raton City Council will meet May 11 and May 12.

May 5, 2020 (9am) - Recreation Openings (Sugar Sand and Patch Reef Community Park)

Two additional Boca Raton parks are now open for passive use. Sugar Sand Park and Patch Reef Park are open with some limitations and restrictions. 

Sugar Sand Community Park

  • Hours: 8am - Sunset
  • Walking trails, basketball courts for limited play and hockey rink for single use play open only

Patch Reef Community Park

  • Hours: 8am - Sunset
  • Walking trails and basketball courts for limited play open only

View the updated list of parks, boat ramps, golf courses, tennis courts, basketball courts, pickleball courts, trails and walking areas included in the phased reopening.

With County and State Orders still in effect, residents and visitors should continue to adhere to CDC guidelines including social distancing and use of face coverings. There should be no more than 10 people in a social gathering with 6 feet of distance in between each person. 

Under the Palm Beach County directive to wear facial covers every person working, living, visiting, or doing business is highly encouraged to wear a cloth facial covering consistent with the current CDC guidelines while in any public place.

Individuals can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.

Cloth face coverings can be made from common household items/materials and should:

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face    
  • be secured with ties or ear loops    
  • include multiple layers of fabric    
  • allow for breathing without restriction    
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Cloth face coverings recommended are NOT surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.

April 28, 2020 (11am) - Phased Reopening of Parks and Other Areas to Recreate

Palm Beach County issued an order easing some restrictions for recreation through a phased reopening of parks and other areas to recreate. The order will go into effect on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Within the City of Boca Raton, view the list of parks, municipal golf and boat ramps that will reopen, with some limitations and restrictions.

Residents and visitors should continue to adhere to CDC guidelines including social distancing and use of face coverings when social distancing cannot be maintained

Read the full order here.  For questions regarding the PBC Order: Palm Beach County Information Line: 561-712-6400 or public@pbcgov.org. For questions about City of Boca Raton Parks and Recreation: 561-982-4900, or check the FAQ page.

April 24, 2020 (8:30pm) - No Anchoring in Lake Boca

The City of Boca Raton has issued emergency order 2020-52 prohibiting recreational vessels from anchoring in Lake Boca or any portion of the Intracoastal Waterway 500 feet to the north or south of Lake Boca. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has issued a permit to the City of Boca Raton granting a temporary exemption to establish regulations prohibiting or limiting anchoring within its jurisdiction.

Emergency Order 2020-52 is in effect from 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 25, 2020 expiring 12:01 a.m. Monday, April 27, 2020. Violation of an Emergency Order may be considered a violation of law, and the response by the police department can range from verbal warnings up to arrest. Our goal is to obtain voluntary compliance with this order.

Read the full order here.

April 21, 2020 (10pm) - Silver Palm Park Boat Ramp

As a result of of tonight’s Special City Council Workshop meeting, the Silver Palm Park Boat Ramp will be open ONLY to boaters with commercial fishing licenses beginning on Wednesday, April 22. City staff will monitor and report usage of the ramp to council at next week’s meeting.

  • NO recreational boat launches.     
  • City of Boca Raton permitted users only.     
  • NO fishing from sea wall.     
  • Restrooms closed.     
  • Ramp will be closed on Sunday, April 26.

View the meeting.

April 21, 2020 (11am) - Mayor Singer Press Conference

Mayor Scott Singer held a joint press conference on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 11am at Boca Raton City Hall located at 201 West Palmetto Park Road. The Mayor was joined by Major Fred Rondeau, South Region A Commander for Florida Fish and Wildlife (FWC) and Troy McLellan, President & CEO of the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce. 

Information regarding coordinated response efforts, local concerns about Boca Bash and moving business in Boca Raton forward was addressed. 

To view the press conference, visit City of Boca Raton Facebook.

April 13, 2020 (4pm ) - Masks/Facial Coverings

Palm Beach County issued Emergency Order 20-004 effective as of 12:01am Monday, April 13, 2020. The Emergency Order states all persons working in, patronizing, or otherwise physically present in grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, construction sites, public transit vehicles, vehicles for hire, and locations where social distancing measures are not possible should wear facial coverings as defined by the CDC. All other persons physically present in any public place in Palm Beach County are strongly urged to wear facial coverings as defined by the CDC. 

A facial covering includes any covering which snugly covers the lower face, nose, and mouth, whether store bought or homemade mask, or clothing covering, including but not limited to, a scarf, bandana, handkerchief or other similar cloth covering and which is secured in place.  Examples of compliant homemade facial coverings may be found on the CDC website: CDC Face Coverings

Residents utilizing facial coverings should not use surgical masks or N95 rated masks, as those are critical supplies for health care workers, law enforcement, fire-rescue, emergency management, or other persons engaged in life and safety activities.

The City issued a similar Order on April 9.

April 9, 2020 (12pm) - City Order for Use of Cloth Face Masks

Effective Thursday, April 9, the City has issued an order for the Use of Cloth Face Masks. Every person working, living, visiting, or doing business in the City of Boca Raton is encouraged to wear a cloth facial covering consistent with the current CDC guidelines while in any public place.

Individuals can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.

Cloth face coverings can be made from common household items/materials and should:

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face    
  • be secured with ties or ear loops    
  • include multiple layers of fabric    
  • allow for breathing without restriction    
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Cloth face coverings recommended are NOT surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.

For more information about face covering, visit the CDC website or view the video below.


April 6, 2020 (10:30am) - Testing Sites in Palm Beach County

Delray Beach: Open at 10 am on Monday, April 6, 561-804-0250

A Palm Beach County COVID-19 drive thru testing site in collaboration with the Board of County Commissioners, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Florida National Guard, and the Florida Division of Emergency Management will open on Tuesday, April 7 at 8:00 A.M. The testing site is located at the South County Civic Center, 16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach, FL 33446. The Cleveland Clinic Florida will be scheduling appointments and handling testing and Palm Beach County, with the assistance of the National Guard, will handle the operation and logistics of the site. Testing kits will be obtained through the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

Telephone registration and appointment scheduling will begin on Monday, April 6, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. Beginning Tuesday, April 7, the phone line will be open 7: 00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M., seven days a week. Following Tuesday’s opening, testing will be available Monday through Friday from 8 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. and Saturday from 8 A.M. to 12 P.M. Preapproval and appointments are required. Individuals requesting testing will be approved through telephone screening conducted by Cleveland Clinic Florida. Screening criteria will include presence of symptoms, exposures, and risk factors.

A brief telephone interview will be conducted to determine eligibility for COVID-19 testing. There may be a high volume of calls, but staff will get to them as quickly as possible. Callers approved for testing will be given an appointment date and time slot for arrival at the testing site. Appointments can be made at 561-804-0250. Upon arrival at the site, a rapid check-in procedure will be conducted that will include verification of appointment time.

Individuals without appointments will be turned away and directed to call Cleveland Clinic of Florida to schedule an appointment. The check-in procedures and the testing (swab sample collection) will be conducted through an open window of the vehicle. No one will be permitted to leave their vehicle

Testing results will be reported to Cleveland Clinic Florida who will notify the patient and the Palm Beach County Health Department. Results can be expected in up to five days, however, it may take longer. Individuals testing positive will be advised of isolation and quarantine protocols and referred for medical care if necessary.

April 3, 2020 (6pm) - Masks/Face Coverings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing non-medical masks and face coverings when out in public as an additional effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. According to their website, the CDC is advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. 

The cloth face coverings recommended are NOT surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

The City’s Stay Home, Stay Safe Emergency Order is still in place. Residents should remain in their homes or on their own property as much as possible. Residents may leave their home only for "essential activities." 

Do your part. Slow the spread. Stay safe and stay home.

For more information on non-medical masks and face covering recommendations, visit the CDC website.

April 1, 2020 (5pm) - A letter from City Manager Leif Ahnell 

Residents of Boca Raton,

The number of COVID-19 cases in South Florida continues to increase rapidly. As a result, federal, state, county and municipal governments have put enforceable executive orders in place for the health, safety and welfare of our citizens. 

Most recently, Governor DeSantis issued the Stay-at-Home Order, which will go into effect at 12:01am on April 3, 2020. Now more than ever, we’ve got to work together to get through this national health emergency and we all need to make sacrifices. 

While many of you have been practicing social distancing and leading by example, unfortunately others have not, and that puts us all at risk. 

During this COVID-19 emergency and Stay-at-Home Order you cannot:

  • Go to the beach - public or private
  • Launch your boat from Silver Palm Park
  • Go to the parks, playgrounds, recreation facilities or natural areas - public or private
  • Play golf, tennis or basketball - public or private
  • Visit community pools - public or private
  • Make unnecessary trips from your home

The only way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is social distancing done right, by everyone. 

Here’s how you can do your part while keeping 6 feet apart:

  • Only leave your home to obtain or provide essential services.
  • Work from home if you can.
  • Limit your grocery shopping to one day a week or opt for delivery. 
  • Exercise near your home or in your neighborhood.
  • Do not drive around because you’re bored. Traffic stops and small fender-benders put our Police and Fire Departments at risk unnecessarily. 
  • Adhere to social distancing- strictly. 
  • Wash your hands, don’t touch your face and sanitize surfaces. 
  • Limit family interaction unless you live in the same household. Family get togethers can wait. 
  • If you are sick, stay home and call your health provider. There are many telemedicine options available.

We need to slow the spread and decrease the death toll of COVID-19 and we must be strict and disciplined in our actions now. Let’s recommit for the next 30 days, together. As new information becomes available we will continue to communicate with residents and update resource links at www.myboca.us. Stay Home and Stay Safe Boca Raton.

Sincerely,
Leif J. Ahnell
City Manager

March 27 (10am) - City Stay Home. Stay Safe. Order

Boca Raton, Stay Home. Stay Safe. Effective Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 12:01 AM 

The City of Boca Raton issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” emergency order for everyone living within City limits beginning Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 12:01 AM. People should remain in their homes or on their own property. Individuals may leave their places of residence only for essential activities. Do your part. Slow the spread. Stay safe and stay home.

View the Emergency Order - "Stay Home, Stay Safe Order."

Learn more about the Order from City Manager, Leif Ahnell

What does this mean?

The order spells out several definitions for "essential activities" you may still engage in:

Essential Retail and Commercial Activities: Residents and visitors may engage in essential retail and commercial activities and travel to or from essential retail and commercial businesses. See the detailed list that includes things like:

  • Work- if the business meets the definition of essential 
  • Groceries
  • Pet supplies
  • See a healthcare professional, if needed
  • Pickup food from a restaurant
  • Gas or repairs for your car
  • Bank or ATM
  • Obtain supplies you need to work from home
  • Any additional products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences.

Outdoor Recreational Activities: Residents and visitors may engage in outdoor activity and recreation, including, without limitation, walking, hiking, running or cycling in areas not otherwise closed to the public, while maintaining social distancing of 6 feet apart.

Personal Support Activities: Residents and visitors may travel to and from their homes to care for or support a friend, family member, or pet in another household.

All nonessential private and public gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a residence are prohibited. If you live in an apartment, condo or another area with shared spaces, you need to keep at least 6 feet away from other people while in common areas (the lobby, mailroom, courtyards, etc.). All businesses, unless defined as an essential business, must stop activities at their facilities except for minimum basic operations, but employees can continue working from home. And if you do leave your house for “essential activities,” you are expected to stay 6 feet away from others as much as possible.

Those at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and people who are sick, are strongly encouraged to stay in their homes unless they need to seek medical care.

Questions can be directed to the Citizen’s Information Center at 561-982-4900. Additional information can be found on the City’s website www.myboca.us or on Facebook, Twitter or Nextdoor.

March 25, 2020 (3pm) - State Public Health Advisory (65+)

Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-83 directing the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer to issue a public health advisory to everyone over the age of 65 and those with serious underlying medical conditions, urging them to stay home and to take such other measures as necessary to limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19. Additionally, the Order directs the State Surgeon General and State Health Officer to issue a public health advisory against all social or recreational gatherings of 10 or more people and to those who can work remotely urging them to do so. 

The full executive order can be viewed in the Office of the Governor Executive Order Number 20-83 (PDF).

March 24, 2020 (11:15am) - Closure of Nonessential Businesses

In the interest of the health, safety and welfare of our community, we are taking every responsible action to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The COVID-19 pandemic is an urgent issue and has not yet shown any indication of slowing.

On March 19, 2020, Miami-Dade County enacted an Emergency Order imposing restrictions on all nonessential businesses and services, and Broward County enacted similar restrictions effective on March 23, 2020. This public health emergency created by COVID-19 is not limited to one county or municipality in South Florida and therefore; the City is directing the closure of all nonessential retail and commercial establishments, effective 12:01am Wednesday, March 25, 2020, until further notice.

This order is intended to save lives and prevent the long-term devastating impacts that COVID-19 could have on our residents, businesses and visitors. Do your part. Slow the spread. Stay at home.

Retail and commercial businesses that are considered essential, and can remain open, include, but are not limited to, healthcare providers and equipment suppliers, grocery stores and pharmacies, businesses that provide food, shelter, social services and other necessities for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, banks, gas stations and media. Additional businesses deemed essential can be found on the City’s website.

View the full Emergency Order (PDF) here.

March 22, 2020 (2pm) - Boat Ramps and Marinas Closed to Recreational Boating

Palm Beach County issued a new order, all boat ramps and marinas will be closed to all recreational boating activities to include boat launching, in/out storage activities, and boat rentals in Palm Beach County until further notice. This order is necessary in response to people gathering in large groups on the sandbars, Intracoastal lands and waterways without observing social distancing to prevent community spread of COVID-19.  For additional information, view the County Order.

March 20, 2020 (5pm) - Gov. DeSantis Executive Order

Governor Ron DeSantis issued new Executive Orders on Friday affecting gyms, fitness centers, restaurants, health care professionals, entertainment venues and Palm Beach County beaches. For additional information about closures and restricted businesses view the Executive Orders.

March 17, 2020 (3:15pm) - City Declares Local State of Emergency

EMERGENCY DECLARATION

On Monday, March 16, 2020, the City of Boca Raton declared a Local State of Emergency due to the threat of COVID-19 and is implementing additional closures and safety measures in order to slow the spread of the virus.

EFFECTIVE TODAY AT 5:00 PM - ALL BARS AND NIGHTCLUBS ARE REQUIRED TO CLOSE FOR 30 DAYS. RESTAURANTS ARE REQUIRED TO CLOSE EXCEPT FOR DRIVE THROUGH, TAKE-OUT AND DELIVERY SERVICES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

CLOSURES

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, all City facilities, parks and beaches will be CLOSED until further notice including the following:

  • All Beaches
  • Alan C. Alford Golf Course at Red Reef
  • Bark Beach at Spanish River Park
  • Boca Raton Community Center
  • Boca Raton Municipal Golf Course
  • Boca Raton Tennis Center
  • City Administration Building “Building Department”
  • City Hall
  • Downtown Library
  • Fire Rescue Administration Building
  • Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
  • Hillsboro El Rio Park North and South
  • Meadows Park Pool
  • Mizner Bark Dog Park
  • Mizner Park Amphitheater
  • Municipal Services Building
  • Ocean Rescue Center/Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • Patch Reef Park Community Center and Tennis Center
  • Police Department Lobby
  • Silver Palm Park
  • Spanish River Athletic Complex
  • Spanish River Library
  • Sugar Sand Park
  • Swim & Racquet Club
  • Wildflower Park

*Today, Tuesday, March 17 is Election Day and all of the Boca Raton Community Centers and libraries are designated polling locations. Libraries and community centers will be closed on Wednesday, March 18 until further notice.

MEETINGS

All meetings have been canceled until further notice, including the CRA, Council Workshop and City Council Meetings on March 23 and March 24, 2020.

ESSENTIAL SERVICES

The City will be operating Critical Infrastructure services only:   

  • Police Services
  • Fire Rescue Services
  • Water Sewer
  • Sanitation Services (Regular Schedules)
  • Building Permitting
  • Inspections

PANDEMIC PLAN SAFETY MEASURES ISSUED

  • All bars and nightclubs are required to close at 5:00 pm today, March 17, and remain closed for the next 30 days.
  • Restaurants are required to close today except for drive through, take-out and delivery services until further notice.
  • Avoid social gatherings of 10 or more people.
  • Practice social distancing - 6 feet apart from others.
  • Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips and social visits.
  • Work from home whenever possible.     
  • Critical Infrastructure industry employees should maintain normal work schedule.
  • Do not visit nursing homes, retirement or long-term facilities.
  • Practice good hygiene.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Wash your hands and don’t touch your face. 

COMMUNICATION

The Citizen’s Information Center (CIC) will open Wednesday, March 18 from 8am - 5pm and is available for residents to talk with City staff regarding any concerns, questions or information. The CIC can be reached at 561-982-4900.

Additionally, residents can stay updated on City information and alerts on the following platforms:

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CANCELED EVENTS 

The City has a list of current closures and cancellations that is continuously updated at www.myboca.us

We understand these are unprecedented measures, and we appreciate the efforts by those who have already led by example. We will be providing additional information as stages of our Pandemic Plan go into effect.

March 16, 2020 (5:45pm) - New CDC Guidelines

In light of new CDC guidelines, people should do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19. Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do your part to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
  • Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible.
  • If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule. You and your employers should follow CDC guidance to protect your health at work.
  • Avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts -- use drive-thru, pickup or delivery options.
  • Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips and social visits.
  • DO NOT VISIT nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
  • Practice good hygiene:
    • Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.
    • Avoid touching your face.
    • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
    • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

New closures include...

  • Gumbo Limbo Nature Center will close tomorrow, March 17, until further notice.

See the list of facilities now closed.

March 15, 2020 (6:16pm) - Message from Mayor Scott Singer

Boca Raton residents, please take a few minutes to listen to a very important message from Mayor Scott Singer about social distancing and how our community can lead by example. 

Sugar Sand Park playground has been added to the list of facilities now closed.


March 14, 2020 - Protecting Yourself in Gatherings and Crowds

As we all recognize, there should be no large social gatherings and we should be practicing social distancing. However, gatherings and crowds also exist in other places, like stores and restaurants.

March 13, 2020 - Updated Canceled and Postponed mass gatherings, City events and programs

The City has added more facilities and services to the list of Canceled & Postponed mass gatherings, City events and program. The Police Department has temporarily suspended citizen fingerprinting at the main police department and mall annex until further notice, and beginning Saturday, March 14, Gumbo Limbo Nature Center’s indoor facilities will be closed. Aquariums, grounds and outdoor areas remain open to the public. 

To learn more about City information, community mitigation efforts and reliable resources, view the City of Boca Raton Community Mitigation Strategies for COVID-19 newsletter that was sent out today. Topics covered include:

  • Steps the City is taking in our organization and our community
  • Doing business with the City online
  • How to protect yourself
  • Reporting price gouging
  • Election Day polling changes
  • Additional resources and staying connected...

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March 12, 2020 - City Cancellations and Closures

In an abundance of caution, all special events, performances, programs, classes, athletics, clinics, rentals, camps and meetings have been postponed or canceled through April 30th, 2020.

*For the most recent updates, please visit Florida Department of Health (FDOH) or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .

March 11, 2020 - City of Boca Raton Monitoring COVID-19

The City of Boca Raton is coordinating with all our community partners while closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation for our area. Our City staff is continuously assessing and adapting emergency plans for COVID-19.

The City is making determinations about mass assemblies including concerts and large events. If, and when we decide to cancel any events, we will use all our communication tools to inform the public. In the meantime, according to the CDC guidelines, people who are considered to have a higher risk should take extra precautions to reduce their risk. Currently, those individuals include:

  • Older adults
  • People who have underlying health conditions 

If you are in a high risk category, this may be the time to evaluate your exposure and take all precautions necessary to reduce your chances of getting sick. Be sure to avoid close contact with people who are sick, take everyday precautions like washing your hands and disinfecting your home, avoid large crowds, especially in poorly ventilated areas and take extra measures to put distance between yourself and other people to further reduce your exposure to the virus.

For more information, on who is at risk and how to prepare, visit the CDC.

March 10, 2020 - City of Boca Raton Monitoring COVID-19

The City is being proactive and following CDC and FDOH recommendations and guidelines in preparation for potential cases of COVID-19. While our City is functioning as normal, we are working hard to ensure emergency plans are in place. As recommended by the CDC, we are asking all residents to take the following preventative actions:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home if you are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol-based sanitizer with 60% alcohol if soap is not readily available.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

As recommended by the FDOH, if you think you may have COVID-19 or are showing any symptoms, please call your doctor or local hospital before you go in. For any questions or concerns you may have regarding COVID-19, FDOH has a call center available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-866-779-6121 or email at COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

For up to date information, please visit FDOH or CDC.

March 9, 2020 - Gov. DeSantis Issues Public Health Emergency

Last week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued a public health emergency designating the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) as the lead state agency to coordinate an emergency response. In an abundance of caution, the Governor declared a Public Health Emergency allowing the State Health Officer to take any action necessary to protect the public health of its citizens. 

Things to know:

  • The FDOH is your point of contact for any questions or concerns regarding COVID-19.
  • The FDOH now has a call center available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1 (866) 779-6121 or email at COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

Visit the city’s website for more resources from the FDOH and CDC

Feb. 26, 2020 - City of Boca Raton Monitoring COVID-19

As a large employer and a provider of public programs, services and facilities, the City of Boca Raton is monitoring the messaging and information about COVID-19 from the Florida Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an emerging disease and there is more to learn about its transmissibility and severity, but the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Those with cardiopulmonary disease, weakened immune systems, infants, and older adults have an increased risk. Symptoms may include fever, cough and shortness of breath which can progress to bronchitis or pneumonia. 

For information, situation updates and the latest news on COVID-19, visit the Florida Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Additional information and resources

For more information,  visit our Coronavirus COVID-19 webpage

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