Essential Businesses (COVID-19)

*May 18, 2020 (10:15am) 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.

On May 18, 2020, the City of Boca Raton, moved 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. 

Contact Information for Questions, Comments, Concerns

COUNTY

  • Palm Beach County Information and Resources webpage
  • Palm Beach County Information Line (Open Daily 8am - 6pm): 561-712-6400 or email public@pbcgov.org

STATE

  • Florida Department of Health Information and Resources webpage
  • For important updates and information on COVID-19 in Florida, text FLCOVID19 to 888-77.
  • COVID-19 Call Center Available 24/7: 1-866-779-6121 or email COVID-19@flhealth.gov
  • Report Price Gouging Call: 1-866-9NO-SCAM

CITY

  • City of Boca Raton COVID-19 updates
  • Citizens Information Center (CIC): 561-982-4900 open Monday - Friday from 9am - 4pm for questions.
  • Boca Raton Police Services Non-Emergency Number: 561-368-6201 (Please do not call for general questions. Refer to FAQ page below or CIC. Please only call if you require a police officer for a non-emergency situation).

March 19, 2020

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 of Boca Raton closed all non-essential retail and commercial establishments, effective 12:01am Wednesday, March 25, 2020, until further notice. 

As of March 30, 2020, Palm Beach County enacted an Emergency Order closing all non-essential businesses throughout the County. City of Boca Raton residents and businesses are under the jurisdiction of the Palm Beach County orders and the State orders, which are enforceable through local law enforcement agencies. 

  1. All nonessential retail and commercial business locations are ordered closed except to the extent necessary to perform Minimum Basic Operations. "Minimum Basic Operations" means the minimum activities necessary to maintain the value of inventory, preserve plant and equipment condition, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, and facilitate employees working remotely, provided such businesses shall practice, and ensure persons interacting with and within such businesses practice, social distancing and all other measures as advised by the CDC.
  2. The retail and commercial businesses listed in the Palm Beach County emergency order are deemed  essential and existing retail and commercial business locations of these businesses may remain open, but shall practice, and ensure persons interacting with and within such businesses practice, social distancing and all other measures as advised by the CDC.

For any questions regarding the status of your business, please contact Palm Beach County:

  • Palm Beach County Information and Resources webpage
  • Palm Beach County Information Line (Open Daily 8am - 6pm): 561-712-6400 or email public@pbcgov.org