Where We Are Today

City of Boca Raton: Phase 3

On September 25, 2020 Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-244 moving all of Florida’s 67 counties into Phase 3 of the Governor’s Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan.  

Executive Order 20-244 does the following: 

  • Removes state-level restrictions on businesses, such as restaurants. 
  • Provides that no COVID-19 emergency ordinance may prevent an individual from working or operating a business, giving Floridians and business owners needed certainty and the ability to provide for themselves and their families. 
  • Provides that restaurants may not be limited by a COVID-19 emergency order by any local government to less than 50% of their indoor capacity
  • Suspends all outstanding fines and penalties, and the collection of such moving forward, applied against individuals related to COVID-19. 

Effective September 29, 2020 at 5pm, Palm Beach County leadership issued Executive Order 20-28 (Phase 3 Reopenings) to repeal and replace some of the prior Palm Beach County emergency orders imposing COVID-19 related restrictions on individuals, businesses and establishments, while making clear that certain restrictions are still in effect to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

All prior Palm Beach County emergency orders imposing COVID-19 related restrictions on individuals, businesses and/or establishments are repealed and replaced with Order 2020-28 except the following two orders, which are still in effect:

The requirements of Emergency Order 2020-012 are still in place and all individuals, businesses and establishment must use facials coverings in all businesses and establishments, and social distancing guidelines issued by the CDC shall be followed.

Learn more about where we are today in reopening efforts in accordance with State and Palm Beach County Executive and Emergency Orders.

Facial Coverings

  • Palm Beach County's facial covering mandate remains in place. The County’s Emergency Order went into effect on Thursday, June 25. 
  • Although the Governor’s order suspends the collection of fines and penalties enforced upon individuals, it does not preempt local governments from assessing fines or otherwise penalizing businesses that violate emergency orders including mask mandates. Palm Beach County has in the past, and will continue as long as the facial covering order is in place, to educate and assist with compliance before fines or penalties against businesses are levied.
Boca Raton let's do our part. Palm Beach County order for facial coverings now in effect.

City Facilities

The City of Boca Raton began a tiered reopening of several facilities on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. The following facilities will be open to the public with some modified hours of operation and limited programs. Residents and visitors are still encouraged to complete transactions online and schedule virtual meetings when possible. Facial coverings are required in all City facilities. 

  • Boca Raton City Hall, located at 201 West Palmetto Park Road, is now open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to make appointments for in-person business meetings. Customer Service operations will be open to receive in-person payments, however, residents and visitors are still encouraged to complete transactions online at www.myboca.us when possible.  Public meetings, including City Council meetings, will continue to be held virtually until further notice. Call 561-393-7700 for additional information or to make an appointment.
  • The Boca Raton Building Department, located at 200 NW 2nd Avenue, is now open to the public Monday-Friday 8am - 4pm and Wednesday 8am-3pm. Residents and visitors are still encouraged to complete transactions online at www.myboca.us and schedule virtual meetings and inspections when possible by calling 561-393-7930.

Recreation

  • All city beaches and beach parks are open.
  • City parks are open with regular hours. Playing courts, playgrounds, splash pads and sports fields are also open for use. 
  • Golf courses, swim centers and tennis centers are open with some modifications.
  • The Boca Raton Community Centers at Memorial Park (next to City Hall), Sugar Sand Park and Patch Reef Park are open to the public for walk-in permit sales and customer service questions with social distancing and facial coverings required. Curbside permitting will be suspended. Hours of operation are:
    • Boca Raton Community Center: Monday – Friday: 9am - 6pm; Saturday: 9am - 4pm
    • Patch Reef and Sugar Sand Park Community Centers: Monday – Friday: 9am - 6pm    
  • The Boca Raton Public Library at the Spanish River and Downtown branches are open to the public.
    • Hours of operation are Monday - Saturday: 9am - 3pm for both Spanish River and Downtown library branches for Express Services. Express Services include: new/renewal of library cards, book drop off, hold pick-up and 30-minute limit for browsing and checkout.
    • Occupancy will be limited to 50 patrons at one time. 
    • Curbside service continues Monday -Saturday 9am - 5pm.

Visit Recreation Updates for the latest updates on the hours of operation and permitted activities for various parks and recreational facilities .

Local Businesses

  • All restrictions related to operating hours of establishments have been lifted by Palm Beach County.
  • Businesses and restaurants are allowed to operate at 100% capacity. 
    • The requirements of Emergency Order 2020-012 are still in place and all individuals, businesses and establishment must use facials coverings in all businesses and establishments, and social distancing guidelines issued by the CDC shall be followed.
  • Full capacity outdoor seating is permissible with appropriate physical distancing. Bar top meal service permissible with appropriate physical distancing.
    • 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.
  • All retail may operate up to 100% capacity indoors.
  • Auditoriums, bingo parlors, comedy clubs, concert houses and playhouses may open at 50% capacity with other guidelines to be issued by Palm Beach County accordingly.
  • Bars, hookah, cigars and other smoking bars will be able to re-open effective October 5 at 50% capacity with other guidelines to be issued by Palm Beach County accordingly.

Barber Shops, Salons & Other Personal Care Services

  • Barber shops, hair salons and nail salons may operate while adhering to safety protocols.
  • Tanning establishments, tattooing establishments and body piercing establishments are now allowed to operate with appropriate safety guidelines as outlined by the Florida Department of Health.

Organized Youth Activities

  • Organized youth activities may operate, including youth sports teams and leagues, youth clubs and programs and childcare.
  • City summer camps and youth recreation are canceled until further notice.