Published On: Sat, Mar 21st, 2020

Update on COVID-19 from Your PBC Commissioner

By: Robert S Weinroth

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Containment is key! 

Stay home if possible. 

Stay away from large groups of people and limit group sizes to 10 people or less.  

Practice Social Distancing to avoid transmitting the disease to others.

Starting today, all Palm Beach County beaches and additional businesses (detailed below) have been ordered to close through the end of the month, pursuant to Executive Order 20-70, issued by Governor Ron DeSantis. 

The businesses the Governor ordered closed are:

  • movie theatres
  • concert houses
  • auditoriums
  • playhouses
  • bowling alleys
  • arcades
  • gyms and 
  • fitness studios. 

In addition, all restaurants, bars, pubs, cabarets, breweries and other alcohol and/or food service businesses with seating for more than 10 people in Palm Beach County must close, except for take-out and delivery services.

In addition to the closings enumerated in Executive Order 20-70 a subsequent Executive Order (20-72) was issued by the Governor whereby he ordered all hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, office surgery centers, dental, orthodontic and endodontic offices, and other health care practitioners’ offices in the State of Florida are prohibited from providing any medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedure or surgery which, if delayed, does not place a patient’s immediate health, safety, or wellbeing at risk or will, if delayed, not contribute to the worsening of a serious or life threatening medical condition.

In other words, all health care professionals licensed in the State of Florida (including dentists) shall immediately cease performing these elective services.

Most county departments are still operating (e.g., Palm Tran, Engineering, Planning, Zoning and Building Departments, Palm Beach International Airport, Parks and Recreation, and the Solid Waste Authority) to name a few. 

If you’re sick, stay at home and avoid crowds and call your doctor or healthcare provider. 

The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes are more likely to develop serious illness. 

If you have returned from any international travel or a cruise within the last 14 days and you are sick, call your health care provider or county health department. 

Palm Beach County Health Department

COVID-19 call center (24/7): 866.799.6121 or 

email: [email protected]

Information is changing rapidly and I am working with local officials in keeping the public informed with current information. 

Follow me on Facebook for up-to-date info.  

County Closures 

All county libraries are closed (the virtual library is open)

Parks are open but with restrictions and all beaches are closed. 

Click here for more information on closures.

Job Loss Benefits

Loss of job/reemployment financial assistance: www.floridajobs.org/Reemployment-Assistance-Service-Center/reemployment-assistance/claimants

Claims must be filed online, but if you need assistance or additional information you may contact Florida RA for:

General info: 800.204.2418 or www.floridajobs.org

How to file a claim: 800.681.8102 or www.floridajobs.org

To Create a PIN: 800.297.0586

Expect long delays in handling phone calls due to the surge in the number of applicants.

Important links and hotlines to other agencies 

Call 211 for mental health and community services such as food assistance, medical clinics, foreclosure prevention, parenting info on developmental concerns, special needs and senior services. 

Free meals for kids during school closures: Call 211 or text FLKIDSMEALS to 211-211 for food distribution locations.

Federal Disaster Loans for businesses, private nonprofits, homeowners and renters at US Small Business Admin. 

Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program at FloridaDisasterLoan.org.  

For eligibility requirements and necessary documentation, please visit the Florida Business Disaster website at Floridasaster.biz

Volunteer Opportunities

Boca Helps:  BocaHelps.com

Cros Ministries: www.CrosMinistries.org

Feeding South Florida: 

volunteer.feedingsouthflorida.org/?fbclid=IwAR2NsY2cRLWpZEMfQh06hDPTv-TqC86IT_CPBwvagmFkAQspA23JoDuqYPg

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. As a newly elected County Commissioner, Weinroth has been appointed Vice-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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