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The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners will provide funding through its Youth Services Department to the Early Learning Coalition of Palm Beach County to provide child care scholarships for qualifying families with school age children grades K-5 who may be participating in the School District of Palm Beach County’s distant learning curriculum.
Monies are made available through the county’s CARES Act funding to meet the need of access to childcare services for those families affected by financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The scholarship will prioritize homeless children, children residing in families who work or attend school during the hours of the School District of Palm Beach County’s distance learning and have a household income at or below 200% of federal poverty guidelines.
Additionally, Palm Beach County Youth Services procured 1,000 headsets to be supplied to child care centers allowing students to concentrate on their individual lessons in a congregate setting.
For more information, visit https://www.elcpalmbeach.org/.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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):
On May 4, 2020, Governor DeSantis authorized Executive Order 20-112: State’s Phase 1 Safe. Smart. Step by Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery, that repealed Executive Order 20-91: Governor’s Stay at Home Order. Beginning May 11, Governor DeSantis authorized Palm Beach County to enter into Phase 1 through Executive Order 20-120: State’s Phase 1 Safe. Smart. Step by Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery.
Governor DeSantis also issued the following executive orders that expanded the phased reopenings throughout Florida.
Phase 1 also allows the reopening of beaches, parks and other recreational spaces. The City of Boca Raton continues to open many parks and open spaces with some limitations and restrictions.
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Yes, however subsequent orders have been modified or repealed due to the State’s Phase 1 opening orders.
On May 11, based on the inclusion of Palm Beach County into Governor’s Executive Order 20-120: State’s Phase 1 Safe. Smart. Step by Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery, and additional State of Florida Executive Orders to expand Phase 1, County Administrators determined that the County’s existing Emergency Order is no longer necessary. Therefore, Palm Beach County Executive Order 9 repealed County Emergency Order Number 2020-002a.
Executive Order 9 does not allow for the reopening of any additional businesses outside of the Governor’s Executive Orders 20-112 and 20-123 or entertainment/amusement venues that are subject to local review and the governor’s orders.
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Yes. City beach parks and parking are open to permit holders and patrons paying daily rates on Tuesday, May 26, 2020. Beach parks are open from 8am - sunset. Limited restrooms will be open. All City of Boca Raton beach park playgrounds and picnic pavilions will remain closed until further notice.
The Dog Beach opened on Friday, June 5, 2020 with the following hours:
The City will review this issue during the upcoming budget process which will be finalized in September.
Yes. Bark Beach opened on Friday, June 5, 2020 with the following hours:
Mizner Bark Dog Park reopened on Tuesday, May 19 for permit holders ONLY. Park hours are Sunday - Saturday from 7am - Dusk and Wednesdays from 12pm - Dusk. The port-o-let at the dog park will remain closed. CDC guidelines should be followed including wearing facial coverings when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
The Boca Raton Community Centers at Memorial Park (next to City Hall), Sugar Sand Park and Patch Reef Park will be open to the public for walk-in permit sales and customer service questions, however curbside permitting will continue. Hours of operation are:
Residents and visitors are still encouraged to complete transactions online and schedule virtual meetings when possible. Facial coverings are required in all City facilities.
Curbside Permitting at the Boca Raton Community Center (Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm) will continue:
For beach permit information, patrons can visit Beach Permits to view eligibility requirements.
No. At this time ( 5/17/20) we can only offer online renewals. If you have previously purchased a beach parking permit you can renew it online and have it mailed to you. You can also renew Mizner Bark permits online (free to City and Beach and Park District residents).
The City and Beach and Park District All Inclusive (beach/boat/Mizner Bark) and Combination (beach/Mizner Bark) passes include Mizner Bark, as well. Bark Beach has not yet opened.
If you have any questions, please contact Recreation Services at 561-393-7810.
Yes. Palm Beach County issued an order on April 29, 2020, easing some restrictions for recreation through a phased reopening of parks and other areas to recreate that included the reopening of the Silver Palm Park boat ramp. The ramp is open only to City of Boca Raton permit holders. Social distancing guidelines apply, and restrooms and picnic areas remain closed.
Yes. Recreational boating is permitted with some restrictions which are outlined in the Palm Beach County Order 5.
In addition, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has issued an order that outlines social distancing requirements (50 feet between vessels) and maximum capacity on vessels (no more than 10 people per vessel). FWC is the enforcing agency along the intracoastal waterway including Lake Boca Raton.
Yes. Building inspections and virtual building inspections are being performed on new commercial buildings and new single family homes. A drop box is located outside the front door for corrections or revisions to existing permit applications or current building permits. New permits need to be applied for online.
All permit application fees can be paid online and inspections scheduled or canceled online.
For information about Virtual Inspections: www.myboca.us/157/Building-Permits-and-Inspections
Yes. In conjunction with the reopening plans for Phase 2 in Palm Beach County, the City of Boca Raton will begin a tiered reopening of several facilities starting Tuesday, September 8, 2020.
The Boca Raton Building Department, located at 200 NW 2nd Avenue, will be open to the public Monday-Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm and Wednesday 8:00am-3:00pm starting Tuesday, September 8. 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. Facial coverings are required in all City facilities.
The City of Boca Raton Building Department is continuing to review all electronic plan submissions, online permit applications and issue approved building permits.
Additional questions can be sent to the Building Department at email@example.com or call 561-393-7930.
No. New permits need to be applied for online.
Customers can pay online.Please note: Currently, the the Building Department Lobby is not opened to the public. The Building Department is operating Monday through Friday 8am - 4:30pm with the exception of Wednesday 8am - 3pm.Questions can be sent to the Building Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 561-393-7930.
Governor DeSantis recently allowed all Florida counties into the State’s Full Phase 1 Safe. Smart. Step by Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery (EO 2020-123) on May 18, 2020. EO 2020-123 was extended to Organized Youth Activities on May 22, 2020 with EO 2020-131.
Governor DeSantis recently authorized the reopening of Palm Beach County into the State’s Phase 1 Safe. Smart. Step by Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery beginning Monday, May 11, 2020.
Businesses that are considered "critical" or "essential" and allowed to operate are listed under Palm Beach County and State orders.
Businesses impacted by COVID-19 can find resources and assistance through Palm Beach County, the City’s Office of Economic Development and the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce.
Visit our COVID-19 Business Resources page for information on:
During a news conference at the Palm Beach County Emergency Operations Center, County Mayor Dave Kerner announced the formation of the COVID Education Compliance Team (CECT) which will work to educate and bring businesses into compliance with state and local enforcement orders required by the governor.
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.
You can get more information or contact the COVID Education Compliance Team at:
Read more at pbcgov.org.
No. The City of Boca Raton is dedicated to protecting the health and well-being of our residents and team members during the COVID-19 pandemic. After careful consideration, the City of Boca Raton has decided to cancel all City facilitated summer camps and all specialty camps provided by independent contractors on City property for Summer 2020.
This includes all Camp Boca sites, Gumbo Limbo Environmental Camp, all specialty camps held at Sugar Sand Park Community Center, all sports related camps, and camps held at the beach.
The goal of our summer camp programs has always been to ensure every camper enjoys a summer that is fun, and most importantly, safe. The safety and health of our campers and their families, as well as our team members remains our priority. We are working closely with camp professionals around the country new and creative programming. Please check our website and Facebook in June for virtual summer program opportunities and camp resources. We will certainly miss seeing our campers’ smiling faces and hope you stay safe and healthy!
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Yes. Beginning Monday, April 13, City Council Meetings, CRA Meetings and City Council workshops are being held virtually with GoToMeeting. Additional Workshop meetings will be held every other Tuesday through the month of May. To learn more about the virtual meetings or how you can participate, visit Virtual Meeting Instructions.
No. Currently, there is not a curfew in place for the City of Boca Raton.
Our Citizens Information Center (CIC) is open Monday - Friday from 9am - 5pm to receive your questions: 561-982-4900.
You can also reach out to us on social media:
Additionally, you can visit the City’s website for resource links and updates or subscribe to our newsletters for news and announcements.
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.
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.
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 signage requirements on page 5 of the Emergency Order.
*Visit Palm Beach County’s website to stay updated on signs in other languages.
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.
For more compliance information or to report a violation, residents and businesses can contact the COVID Education Compliance Team at 561-24COVID (561-242-6843) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently, the City of Boca Raton and Palm Beach County have orders in effect strongly encouraging individuals to wear face coverings when social distancing cannot be maintained.
Palm Beach County Emergency Order Number 10: Additional Directive on Wearing of Facial Coverings further amends PBC Emergency Order 2020-004 as of June 8, 2020 that Every person working, living, visiting or doing business in Palm Beach County is encouraged to wear a cloth facial covering consistent with the current CDC guidelines while in any public spaces. These areas include but are not limited to:
All persons accessing, visiting, doing business, contracting, doing maintenance, delivery or any other activity requiring a presence in a Palm Beach County governmental building are required to wear facial coverings as defined by the CDC at all times while present in the building. Face coverings are not required for children under 2 years of age, public safety, fire, and other life safety personnel, and persons with medical conditions that are not compatible with masks. Face coverings shall not be required for individuals participating in indoor sporting or physical fitness events provided 6’ physical distancing between participants can be maintained. Additionally, face coverings are not required while seated and dining in restaurant and other food service venues.
Furthermore, every person utilizing the County’s Palm Tran transit services including fixed route, Palm Tran Connection, Go Glades, and any other transit service provided by Palm Tran, are required to wear facial coverings at all times when entering, riding, or exiting the bus or transit vehicle, unless a medical accommodation is arranged in advance by contacting Palm Tran at 561-841-4287.
Cloth face coverings can be made from common household items/materials and should:
Cloth face coverings recommended are NOT surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.
For more information about face covering, visit the CDC website.
Beginning September 4, the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, through its Community Services Department (CSD), will provide direct assistance for food to eligible residents of Palm Beach County under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Palm Beach County will issue pre-paid debit cards to approved residents to purchase food. Eligible residents who experienced a loss of income as a direct result of COVID-19 and who are at or below 140% Area Median Income (AMI) may apply. The one-time benefit allowance is based on household size and maximum amounts is listed. Only one card will be given out per household, and all expenditures must be made by December 30, 2020.
Applicants must present evidence their household was adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in order to qualify to receive the prepaid card. Supporting documentation must be provided to prove income eligibility, such as a last pay stub or last filed tax return, valid government issued ID and Social Security card.
Households who received assistance for rental and utility services thru COVID Cares program may apply for the food assistance without uploading additional documentation.
Eligible residents may apply for food assistance at https://www.rentalassistancepbc.org/. For more information, contact CSD’s Contact Centre at (561) 355-4792. A list of Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.
The Palm Beach County Community Services Department (CSD) will temporarily suspend the acceptance of rental and utility applications on September 1, 2020 to allow sufficient time to process applications currently in the queue. The county will reopen the application portal in October if funds are still available.
The rental and utility application portal will remain open until 11:59pm on August 31, 2020. Households seeking assistance must submit an application by that time in order to be processed. Apply by visiting www.pbcgov.com/OSCARSS.
The Palm Beach County Community Services Department (CSD) announced the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Coronavirus Relief Fund Rent and Utilities Assistance Program will be offered to residents effective June 5.
The CARES Act Rent and Utilities Assistance Program provides one-time rental and/or utility assistance to eligible Palm Beach County residents who have experienced loss of income, reduction in hours, or unemployment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds are for applicants who reside in apartments, houses, townhouses, or mobile homes.
To be eligible for this assistance program applicants must:
Assistance will be provided only for past due rents and/or utilities. The due dates must be after March 1, 2020 and before December 30, 2020.
Applications must be submitted through the CSD’s online portal. Apply at www.pbcgov.com/OSCARSS.
The Palm Beach County Department of Housing and Economic Sustainability announced the availability of $20,000,000 in CARES Act funding for temporary relief to homeowners for mortgage assistance starting Monday, June 29, 2020 and ending Friday, August 14, 2020.
CARES Act funding will provide assistance to income eligible households who are delinquent in their first mortgage and escrow payments (PITI). Additionally, funding may assist with late fees, attorney’s fees, condominium and homeowners’ association payments, special assessments, and other mortgage associated costs related to COVID-19.
Applicants must complete an online application by visiting the website at http://discover.pbcgov.org/hes/Pages/default.aspx Monday, June 29, 2020 – Friday, August 14, 2020. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first qualified, first served basis, subject to funding availability. Applicants must meet the program requirements, at the time of application submittal, and must be able to provide:
To learn more view the Palm Beach County CARES Mortgage Assistance Program PDF or call 561-233-3600.
Visit http://discover.pbcgov.org/hes/Pages/default.aspx to find the Mortgage Assistance Program in Creole, English and Spanish. There will also be "How to apply" videos uploaded in Creole and Spanish.
Other PBC Programs include:
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Yes. On April 28, 2020 Palm Beach County issued an order easing some restrictions for recreation through a phased reopening of parks and other areas to recreate. Beginning May 11, the County began to implement the Phase 1 Safe. Smart. Step by Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery, as directed by the State. In Phase 1, City of Boca Raton parks, beaches and facilities continue to open with some limitations and restrictions.
City of Boca Raton beach-front parks and parking lots opened to the public Tuesday, May 26, 2020 from 8am – sunset for permit holders and patrons paying the daily rates.
On Friday, August 28, 2020, City of Boca Raton playgrounds, splash pads, and exercise equipment will reopen to the public as permitted by Palm Beach County Order 20-21.
Visitors should wear facial coverings when social distancing can not be maintained and are encouraged to practice safety and hygiene as recommended by the CDC and Florida Department of Health. Playgrounds and park facilities will be for "use at your own risk."
Visitors should be prepared with hand sanitizer and other necessary cleaning wipes to ensure little hands are cleaned before and after play.
To view the current list of openings, please visit the Phased Park Openings newsflash. *Other parks not listed on the table remain closed.
While visiting city parks, residents and visitors should continue to adhere to CDC guidelines including social distancing and use of face coverings when social distancing can not be maintained.
While members of the Boca Raton Police Department continue to patrol the city keeping its residents safe, the lobby is closed to the public.
No. Currently all non-essential services have been temporarily suspended.
A copy of a police report or any public records request can be made via the records request section of the website. Visit www.bocapolice.com and click the Records Request icon in the middle of the page.
***Testing sites are not facilitated by the City. Please refer to the Florida Department of Health for additional questions and information regarding testing.
Town Center at Boca Raton6000 Glades RoadBoca Raton, FL 33431
In cooperation with American Medical Response (AMR), the Florida Division of Emergency Management and Florida Atlantic University, Palm Beach County opened a new community based testing site in Boca Raton.
The drive through testing site will be located at the FAU Tech Runway on the north end of the FAU campus (901 NW 35th Street, Boca Raton, 33431). Residents should enter the testing site from Spanish River Boulevard. See attached map (PDF).
Visit Palm Beach County’s website for more information on testing.
5444 Haverhill RoadWest Palm Beach, FL 33407Any age, by appointment only & need not be symptomatic(561) 642-1000
16700 Jog RoadDelray Beach, FL 33446Over age 16, by appointment only & need be symptomatic(561) 804-0250
For more information visit http://discover.pbcgov.org/coronavirus/Pages/testing-sites.aspx for more testing sites or http://discover.pbcgov.org/coronavirus/Pages/default.aspx for more information from Palm Beach County.
Yes. All four buses are back in service to accommodate an increase in ridership. Though not back to the regular schedule, Tri-Rail has added hourly service during weekday peak hours. The regular Park at Broken Sound (TPABS) routes have been restored (West route and East A and East B, and Mid-Day) and all buses will continue to follow the modified schedule until Tri-Rail restores the regular schedule. Modified schedule:
Starting at the Tri-Rail station:
:20 after the hour doing a route through The Park at Broken Sound
:45 after the hour arriving at Tri-Rail Station
:50 after the hour doing a route through The Park at Broken Sound
:15 after the hour arriving at the Tri-Rail Station
Tri-Rail originally adjusted their schedule due to the decrease in ridership because of the current COVID-19 situation.
Tri-Rail Reduced Service Weekday Schedule
In response to COVID-19 precautions, Tri-Rail’s train schedule has been modified until further notice.
View Tri-Rail’s weekly schedule.
View Tri-Rail’s weekend and holiday schedule.
For more information, visit the Tri-Rail website.
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See: A Message from the Utility Services Department Regarding the Boca Raton’s Water and Wastewater Services (PDF).
Utility Services provides this service to customers 24-hours a day, 7 days a week. To have the water turned off or schedule a time, please call 561-338-7339.
Water services remain on during transfers. To set up or finalize an account, email Customer Service at CustomerServiceWater@myboca.us. Final/initial meter readings are initiated through that contact.
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