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Posted on: March 22, 2020

Palm Beach County Issues Emergency Order Requiring Facial Coverings

Palm Beach County Mask Order

June 26, 2020 (1:45pm)

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

June 25, 2020 (10am)


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 compliance and 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 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.

View additional updates from the City of Boca Raton. 

Contact Information

COUNTY

  • Palm Beach County COVID-19 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). 
  • Additional information can be found on the City’s website www.myboca.usFacebook, Twitter or Nextdoor or the City’s FAQ webpage.

City Resource Pages 

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