STATE OF FLORIDA | What does Palm Beach County entering Phase 2, Step 1 mean?

Update: September 6, 2020

On September 4, 2020, Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner gave an update on local COVID-19 plans for an incremental Phase 2 reopening, allowing additional businesses and services in Palm Beach County to resume operations.

Phase 2

Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order #20-214 approving Palm Beach County to move into Step 1 of its five-step incremental Phase 2 reopening plan. Emergency Order 2020-012 requiring the wearing of facial coverings remains in full force and social distancing should be maintained.

Step 1

Beginning Tuesday, September 8, 2020, 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 (12am) Emergency Order 2020-023. Indoor dining capacity remains at 50%, 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.

Still closed:

  • bars
  • nightclubs
  • auditoriums
  • bingo parlors
  • comedy clubs
  • concert halls
  • cigar/hookah bars
  • pool/billiard halls
  • arcades

Schools: The actual opening date for schools will be determined by the Palm Beach County School Board.

Beaches: All county-owned and operated beaches and beach parks are open. City of Boca Raton beaches are open.

Visit the Palm Beach County website for more information.

Update: May 26, 2020

The Governor declared all Florida counties into Full Phase 1 on May 18, 2020. (Executive Order 2020-123)

Restaurants, Retail, Museums and Gyms

Restaurants and food establishments licensed under Chapters 500 or 509, Florida Statutes, may serve patrons at indoor seating so long as they limit indoor occupancy up to fifty (50) percent of their seating capacity, excluding employees. The requirement for a minimum of 6 feet between parties is superseded to the extent appropriate partitioning is in place. Bar counters are to remain closed to seating, and outdoor seating remains available with social distancing. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) will post and update appropriate safety measures on its website.

In-store retail sales establishments may operate up to fifty (50) percent of their building occupancy and abide by the safety guideline s issued by the CDC and OSHA.

Museums and libraries may operate up to fifty (50) percent of their building occupancy, provided, however, that local public museums and local public libraries may operate only if permitted by local government, however, at this time Boca Raton will not be opening City libraries. Services will remain virtual.

Gyms and fitness centers may operate up to fifty (50) percent of their building occupancy so long as they adopt safety measures including appropriate social distancing for classes and sufficient cleaning supplies to ensure, at a minimum, patrons’ individual self-cleaning of surfaces and machines using sanitation wipes following each use. DBPR will post and update best practices on its website.

Professional Sports Venues

Professional sports may operate in the State of Florida and venues may host training, competitions, events and games. This provision shall preempt any local rule prohibiting a professional sports team conducting, or the operations of the venue from hosting, those sports activities at facilities in the State.

Amusement Parks

Amusement parks may submit a re-opening plan to the State of Florida that includes a proposed date for resumption of operations and proposed guidelines to ensure guest and staff safety. Requests to re-open must include an endorsement letter from the County Mayor or in absence of a county mayor from the City Mayor and County Administrator.

Vacation Rentals

Counties may seek approval to operate vacation rentals with a written request from the County Administrator and the county’s safety plan for vacation rental operations submitted to the DBPR Secretary. DBPR will post and update guidance on its website.

Organized Youth Activities EO 20-131 issued May 22, 2020

Organized youth activities may operate, including youth sports teams and leagues, youth clubs and programs, and child care. Summer camps and youth recreation camps may operate including, but not limited to, those defined 409.175 and 513.02, Florida Statutes, respectively.


This order shall be enforced under section 252.47, Florida Statutes. Violation of this order is a second-degree misdemeanor pursuant to section 252.50; Florida Statutes, and is punishable by imprisonment not to exceed 60 days, a fine not to exceed $500, or both.

Barbershops, hair salons, nail salons and other cosmetology salons remain in effect from State’s Phase 1 Safe. Smart. Step by Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery (EO 20-112):

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1. STATE OF FLORIDA | What does Palm Beach County entering Phase 2, Step 1 mean?
2. STATE OF FLORIDA | Is the Governor's Stay at Home Order still in effect for our area?
3. PALM BEACH COUNTY | Is Palm Beach County's emergency order still in effect?
4. ALARM | Who do I contact about alarm registration?
5. BEACHES | Are beaches and beach parks open in Boca Raton?
6. BEACHES | Will my beach permit pass be extended?
7. BEACHES | Is the Dog Beach open?
8. BEACH & DOG PARK PERMITS | Can I purchase a beach or dog park permit?
9. BOATS | Is the Silver Palm Park boat ramp open?
10. BOATS | Is recreational boating permitted?
11. BUILDING | Is the City's Building Department still conducting inspections?
12. BUILDING | Is the City's Building Department open?
13. BUILDING | Can I drop off new permits at the City's Building Department drop box with plans?
14. BUILDING | How do I make payments to the Building Department?
15. BUSINESSES | What businesses are considered essential and allowed to operate? - May 26, 2020
16. BUSINESSES | My business was impacted by COVID-19, are there resources available?
17. BUSINESSES | How do I report a business that is not following State/County social distancing and mask mandates for COVID-19 safety?
18. CAMPS | Will the City still provide camp programs?
19. CHILDCARE | Is there financial assistance for childcare in Palm Beach County?
20. CITY COUNCIL | Are CRA, City Council Workshops and City Council meetings being held?
21. CITY | Is there a curfew in place for the City?
22. CITY | What if I have additional questions, comments or concerns?
23. FACIAL COVERINGS | Am I required to wear facial coverings?
24. MORTGAGE, RENTAL & FOOD ASSISTANCE | Can Boca Raton residents get financial assistance for food, rent and utilities?
25. PARKING | Who do I contact about parking enforcement/ticket issues?
26. PARKS | Are parks open?
27. POLICE | Is the Police Department open?
28. POLICE | Is the Police Department doing VIN checks, car seat checks or fingerprinting?
29. POLICE | How do I get a copy of my police report?
30. TESTING | Where is the nearest COVID-19 testing site?
31. TRI-RAIL | Is the City still operating its shuttle service from the Tri-Rail station through the Park at Broken Sound?
32. TRI-RAIL | What is the current schedule for Tri-Rail?
33. UNEMPLOYMENT | How can I apply for unemployment due to COVID-19?
34. UTILITY | Does COVID-19 impact my water/wastewater?
35. UTILITY | How do I get my water turned off at the meter so I can do a repair?
36. UTILITY | I’m moving in/moving out, how do I get my water turned on/off?
37. UTILITY | Who do I contact about my water bill?