Published On: Tue, Mar 17th, 2020

City of Boca Raton Declares a State of Emergency

On Monday, March 16, 2020, the City of Boca Raton declared a Local State of Emergency due to the threat of COVID-19 and is implementing additional closures and safety measures in order to slow the spread of the virus.

EFFECTIVE TUESDAY MARCH 17TH AT 5PM GOVERNOR DeSANTIS HAS ORDERED ALL BARS AND NIGHTCLUBS, STATEWIDE, TO CLOSE FOR THIRTY (30) DAYS.

WITHIN THE CITY OF BOCA RATON, AT 5PM TONITE, RESTAURANTS ARE REQUIRED TO CLOSE EXCEPT FOR DRIVE THROUGH, TAKE-OUT AND DELIVERY SERVICES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. 

CLOSURES

On Wednesday, March 18th, 2020, all City facilities, parks and beaches will be CLOSED until further notice including the following:

  • All Beaches
  • All Parks
  • Alan C. Alford Golf Course at Red Reef
  • Bark Beach at Spanish River Park
  • Boca Raton Community Center
  • Boca Raton Municipal Golf Course 
  • Boca Raton Tennis Center
  • City Administration Building “Building Department”
  • City Hall
  • Downtown Library
  • Fire Rescue Administration Building
  • Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
  • Hillsboro El Rio Park North and South
  • Meadows Park Pool 
  • Mizner Bark Dog Park
  • Mizner Park Amphitheater
  • Municipal Services Building
  • Ocean Rescue Center/Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • Patch Reef Park Community Center and Tennis Center 
  • Police Department Lobby
  • Silver Palm Park 
  • Spanish River Athletic Complex
  • Spanish River Library
  • Sugar Sand Park
  • Swim & Racquet Club
  • Wildflower Park

*Today, Tuesday, March 17th is Election Day and all of the Boca Raton Community Centers and libraries are designated polling locations. Libraries and community centers will be closed on Wednesday, March 18th until further notice.

MEETINGS

All meetings have been canceled until further notice, including the CRA, Council Workshop and City Council Meetings on March 23rd and March 24th, 2020.

ESSENTIAL SERVICES

The City will be operating Critical Infrastructure services only:

  • Police Services
  • Fire Rescue Services
  • Water Sewer
  • Sanitation Services (Regular Schedules)
  • Building Permitting
  • Inspections

PANDEMIC PLAN SAFETY MEASURES ISSUED

For Boca Raton Businesses and the Public

  • All bars and nightclubs throughout the state are required to close at 5PM today, March 17th, and remain closed for the next 30 days pursuant to an order issued by Governor Ron DeSantis.
  • Restaurants within the City of Boca Raton are also required to close today at 5PM (except for drive through, take-out and delivery services) until further notice.
  • Avoid social gatherings of 10 or more people.
  • Practice social distancing – 6 feet apart from others.
  • Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips and social visits. 
  • Work from home whenever possible. 
  • Critical infrastructure industry employees should maintain normal work schedule. 
  • Do not visit nursing homes, retirement or long-term facilities. 
  • Practice good hygiene.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Wash your hands and don’t touch your face.

COMMUNICATION

The Citizen’s Information Center will open Wednesday, March 18th from 8AM – 5PM and is available for residents to talk with City staff regarding any concerns, questions or information. The Center can be reached at 561.982.4900.

Additionally, residents can stay updated on City information and alerts on the following platforms:

CANCELED EVENTS

  • The City has a list of current closures and cancellations that is continuously updated at www.myBoca.us.

About the Author

- Robert Weinroth is a 27 year resident of Boca Raton where he is an attorney, businessman, former member of the City Council (where he served for four years) and currently serves as an elected member of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. Commissioner Weinroth went to Boston’s Northeastern University where he earned a BSBA in Management. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor at New England School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and the Supreme Court of the United States. Weinroth served as president and general counsel of Freedom Medical Services Inc, an accredited medical supply company in Boca Raton. FREEDOMED® represented the realization of an entrepreneurial dream. Weinroth, and his wife Pamela operated the company for 16 years, eventually selling the business in 2016. Weinroth takes great pride in his past work as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for the 15th Judicial Circuit, advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children deemed dependent by the Court. After serving on multiple community boards and committees, Weinroth was elected to the Boca Raton City Council in 2014. During his tenure, he served as CRA Vice-chair and Deputy Mayor and was appointed to a number of county boards including the Boca Raton Airport Authority, the Palm Tran Service Board, the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, the Treasure Coast Planning Council and was elected a board member of the Palm Beach County League of Cities. Commissioner Weinroth serves as County Vice-Mayor and has been appointed Chair of the Solid Waste Authority, a board member of the PBC Transportation Planning Agency, and alternate representative on the Treasure Coast Planning Agency and several other county and regional boards. Robert, Pamela and their two dogs, Sierra and Siggy, are proud to call Boca Raton home.

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