Published On: Sun, May 17th, 2020

Restrictions on Resident Activities Being Relaxed With Proviso to Continue Social Distancing

COVID-19 Update

Three Palm Beach County Executive Orders have been issued covering the Re-opening of beaches and expanded recreational activities were issued late Friday.

Emergency Order Number 2020-06: 

All public, municipal, and private beaches including all beach parks shall be open sunrise to sunset subject to CDC guidelines by limiting gatherings to no more than 10 persons and distancing themselves from other parties by 6 feet.

Beach concessions may operate following CDC guidelines.

County-owned South Inlet Park will remain closed until such time as the City of Boca Raton opens their beaches. This order is effective 12:01AM on May 18, 2020

Emergency Order Number 2020-07: Amends Palm Beach County Emergency Order 2020-005 for Public Parks, Private Parks and Natural Areas. Section 3a of the new Order deletes section 7 of PBC EO 2020-005 and replaces it with the following language, “Such areas may be open for the safe, responsible enjoyment of passive and limited active use. Such activities should be done in accordance with CDC guidelines and in compliance with the requirements in Attachment 4, Revision 1 (below).”

Attachment 2 – Revision 1: Boating and Marine Activities
A.1. Services Provided – allows retail in accordance with the Governor’s EO 20-112.
A.2. Restaurants – allows on-premises restaurant dining in accordance with the Governor’s EO 20-112.

Attachment 3 – Revision 1: Golf Requirements 3a: Golf Course Requirements

2. Allows golf practice facilities to fully open, with 10ft spacing.
3. Allows golf instruction and club fitting on individual basis.
4. Allows players to arrive 45 minutes prior to tee time instead of 20.
6. Allows restaurants within clubhouses and golf course restaurants to open in accordance with the Governor’s EO 20-112;
12. Allows Pro Shop retail access in accordance with Governor’s EO 20-112.
14. Minimum tee times set to 9 minute intervals (from previous 12).
15. Allows Food and Beverage carts with health and safety restrictions.
17. Touch-less ball removal device may be utilized to retrieve ball from cup.

Attachment 4 – Revision 1: Public Parks, Private Parks and Natural Areas
A.1. Allows private parks and beach parks to re-open.
A.6. Allows dog parks, supervised skate parks, and bicycle tracks as available recreation amenities provided CDC guidelines and social distancing is observed. Supervision must be present for skate parks and bicycle track.

A.7. Allows equestrian facilities to open under CDC guidelines
B.4. Basketball courts may be open
B.5. Allows doubles play for tennis, racquetball and pickleball
B.6. Recreation buildings and gyms may be open in accordance with Governor’s EO 20-112
B.13. Permits food and beverage concessions in accordance with EO 20-112.

Attachment 5 – Revision 1: Tennis Courts and Community Pools
A.1. Removes restriction on doubles play at tennis courts and outdoor racquet facilities.

A.4 Allowing tennis instruction on individual basis.

  1. B.1.  Adds definition for community pools.
  2. B.2.  Revises management and monitoring requirements for community pools.

Specific amendment changes are identified here. This order is effective 12:01 a.m. on May 18, 2020. 

Emergency Order Number 2020-08: Amends Palm Beach County Order 2020-004 for facial coverings. Effective 5PM on May 16, 2020.

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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