Updated: July 30, 2021 at 12pm
Updated Policy on the Use of Facial Coverings for County Staff & the General Public in County-Owned and Leased Buildings
On July 27, 2021, the CDC updated its guidance for fully vaccinated people in order to address the rising numbers of the COVID-19 virus and its associated new variants in our area and across the county. The guidance includes a recommendation for fully vaccinated people to return to wearing facial coverings in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.
Due to the CDC's updated guidance and the rising positivity rates of COVID-19 in Palm Beach County, it is necessary to reinstate a facial covering requirement for County employees and members of the public in County-owned and leased facilities.
Effective August 2, 2021 at 12:01am and until further notice, it is the County's policy that individuals must wear facial coverings and practice social distancing from other individuals while indoors on County property. County property includes all County-owned and County-leased buildings where Palm Beach County's offices, divisions, departments or Constitutional Offices conduct business. This requirement includes vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals, per CDC guidelines. If you require a special accomodation, you should contact the approrpriate office in advance.
Further, in accordance with federal regulations, facial coverings are required on all County-operated transit vehicles and in the Palm Beach International Airport. Law Enforcement officials are authorized to issue trespass warning and remove and individuals who are not in compliance with this policy.
City of Boca Raton Facial Covering Requirements
At this time, there is not facial covering requirement in City facilities. We are monitoring and discussing the situation. In the meantime, we continue to encourage all safety precautions for our staff and residents.
Updated: May 17, 2021 at 5pm
Update On Mask Mandate in Palm Beach County
On Monday, May 3, 2021, Governor DeSantis issued executive orders 21-101 and 21-102, suspending all local COVID-19 restrictions and mandates on individuals and businesses.
On Tuesday, May 4, 2021, Palm Beach County announced that the face mask mandate is no longer in effect following the Governor's orders.
- The City has been following the County mask mandate. Now that it has been lifted, it applies to Boca Raton as well.
- Palm Beach County will still require employees and patrons to continue to wear masks inside county buildings.
- Individual businesses can continue to implement restrictions in their place of business.
- Individuals are encouraged to continue to practice safety and follow CDC guidelines.
On May 17, 2021, the County revised their policy regarding facial coverings and social distancing. The Revised Policy issued on May 17, states that until further notice, based on the most recent recommendations of the CDC citing individuals who are fully vaccinated may go without a mask inside buildings and in consultation with the Director of the Florida Department of Health for Palm Beach County, effective Tuesday, May 18, 2021, all fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask inside County buildings.
Fully vaccinated equates to:
- a person receiving both shots of Moderna or Pfizer and beyond the 14 day incubation period after the second shot
- the J&J one shot vaccine beyond the 14 day incubation period
However, the CDC further recommends that individuals who are not fully vaccinated continue to wear masks indoors and in large crowds. Masks will continue to be worn on all public transit (buses, planes and trains) transportation hubs in accordance with federal policy and all other exemptions per the CDC.
County Property includes all County-owned and County-leased buildings where Palm Beach County’s offices, divisions, and departments conduct business. Constitutional Offices that operate in County Buildings should be contacted regarding their individual mask policy.
Law Enforcement is authorized to issue a trespass warning and remove any individuals not in compliance with this policy.