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Take the Palm Beaches Pledge

Together as a community, we are working hard to prevent the spread of COVID-19. To show our support, the City has proudly signed The Palm Beaches Pledge. To demonstrate our collective, unwavering commitment to the community’s well-being, we invite you to join us and other businesses across Palm Beach County as we make a unified promise to follow guidelines from health and government officials that are designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Take the pledge...

Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR Accreditation Program

Discover The Palm Beaches is pursuing the Global Biorisk Advisory Council’s (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation for a broad spectrum of hospitality businesses in Palm Beach County. The program is performance-based and designed to help facilities establish a comprehensive system of cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention for their staff and their building. The County is one of the first destination in the US to pursue the accreditation on a destination-wide basis. 

Learn more about the program and guidance criteria. 

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Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

COVID-19 Updates for Businesses

State

  • Update September 4 - Palm Beach County is Approve to Move Into Phase 2
    • Effective immediately, Palm Beach County is approved to move into Phase 2 of the Governor's Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida's Recovery.  View the Emergency Order.
  • Update June 26, 2020 (1:45pm) - Suspension of On Premises Consumption of Alcohol
    • Effective immediately, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation is suspending on premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide. View the Emergency Order.

Palm Beach County

  • Update: September 4, 2020 - Palm Beach County Phase 2, Step 1 Re-openings
    • Palm Beach County issued Emergency Order 24 implementing Phase 2, Step 1 for Palm Beach County effective Tuesday, September 8, 2020.
    • Beginning, Tuesday, September 8, retail stores, museums, libraries, personal services not already open, and gyms and fitness centers may operate at full capacity. Movie theaters, bowling alleys, and other indoor entertainment centers may operate at 50% capacity; playhouses at 33%. Skating rinks are limited to a maximum of 25 skaters. Escape rooms can host private parties only, no more than 6 people per room, with staggered start times.
    • Restaurants may serve food and alcohol on premises until midnight. Indoor dining capacity remains at 50 percent, but full capacity is allowed in outdoor areas if social distancing protocols are met. Patrons will be allowed to order food and beverages at the bar inside the restaurant.
    • Bars, nightclubs, auditoriums, bingo parlors, comedy clubs, concert halls, cigar/hookah bars, pool/billiard halls and arcades are still closed.
  • Update: September 4, 2020 - Palm Beach County Issues Emergency Order that Revises Hours for Alcohol and Food Service
    • Palm Beach County issued Emergency Order 23 effective 12:01 A.M. on September 4, 2020. This order revises an earlier order that restricted operating hours on serving food and/or alcohol for on premises consumption and other business hours. EO 23 amends sections 4 and 5 of Emergency Order 2020-018 to replace all hour references from "between the hours of 11:00pm and 5:00am" to "between the hours of 12:00am and 5:00am." Food and alcohol can now be served for on premises consumption until 12:00am, resuming at 5:00am.
    • Subsection 6k of EO 2020-018 is also amended to remove the references to tattooing, body piercing, and tanning business establishments, which are no longer closed within Palm Beach County.
  • Update August 31, 2020 - Reopening of Certain Personal Services
    • Palm Beach County issued Emergency Order 22 effective 12:01 A.M. on August 31, 2020 reopening tanning establishments, tattooing establishments and body piercing establishments with appropriate safety guidelines as outlined by the Florida Department of Health. These establishments have a low risk of transmission or low risk of community spread when facial coverings, physical distancing, enhanced cleaning protocols and proper guidelines are followed.
  • Update July 16, 2020 - Restricted Hours for Alcohol and Food Service
    • Palm Beach County issued an Emergency order restricting the hours for alcohol and food service and restricting the operating hours for certain businesses and venues. View the Emergency Order.
  • Update June 25, 2020 - Palm Beach County Issues Emergency Order Requiring Facial Coverings

City & Community Services

  • Expanded Outdoor Seating - To assist restaurants with safe options for reopening, the City is temporarily allowing expanded outdoor seating for businesses that request it. See the step by step process for approval.
  • A-Frame Signs - The City has temporarily suspended restrictions on A-Frame signs for restaurants until further notice.
  • City of Boca Raton Utility Services -No water cut offs and no late fees from March 18, 2020 until further notice.
    • View the video from our Utility Services Department on how to properly prepare your building by flushing out your water system.
  • Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is working to support our businesses to overcome the impact of COVID-19. Please use this link to request online consulting from the Small Business Development Center at FAU.

Here are some resources and best practices for businesses that are reopening:

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