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Easing Back into Recovery Step by Step

What Boca Raton Businesses Can Expect

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.

Under the Phase 1 order , the following businesses and establishments in the City of Boca Raton are able to reopen with some limitations:

  • Restaurants and food establishments
  • May allow on-premises consumption of food and beverage, as long as they abide by appropriate social distancing measures and limit their indoor occupancy to no more than 25 percent of their building occupancy.
  • In addition, outdoor seating is permissible with appropriate social distancing. Appropriate social distancing requires maintaining a minimum of 6 feet between parties, only seating parties of 10 or fewer people and keeping bar counters closed to seating.
  • See information below about how Boca Raton restaurants may be able to expand their outdoor seating for social distancing under the City's new initiative with a temporary expansion approval.
  • In-store retail sales establishments
  • May open storefronts if they operate at no more than 25 percent of their building occupancy and abide by the safety guidelines issued by the CDC and OSHA.
  • Barbershops, hair salons, nail salons and other cosmetology salons/cosmetology specialty salons
  • May reopen as long as they adopt appropriate social distancing and precautionary measures as outlined by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation
  • Museum and library facilities
  • May reopen at no more than 25 percent of their building occupancy, however, at this time Boca Raton will not be opening City libraries.
  • Boca Raton City Library Services continue to offer a wide range of free, virtual services.
City Offers Temporary Expanded Outdoor Seating
Sipping & Savoring with Space
In an effort to assist restaurants with safe options for reopening during the Phase 1 recovery process, the City is temporarily allowing expanded outdoor seating for businesses that request it.

The required process includes a simple email and some basic information for staff to review. Appropriate social distancing for outdoor seating requires maintaining a minimum of 6 feet between parties, only seating parties of 10 or fewer people and keeping bar counters closed to seating. See the step by step process for approval.
Just because you're standing back, doesn't mean you're throwing shade.
Keep your distance while walking, dining out, standing in line, grocery shopping & working. It's the right thing to do.
Getting Back to Business
If you are a business that is reopening, view the links below for some helpful resources and information:

Additional Resources for Businesses & Those Seeking Employment
Heading Back to the Office? Tips for Water System Flushing
Refreshing water throughout a water system is very important when a large building, complex or group of buildings (system) have not been used or have only had limited water usage for an extended period of time.

To assure that your building's water system is refreshed and safe for occupancy again, the Utility Services Department has developed a list of suggestions for building managers, maintenance personnel or responsible parties to use as appropriate. Learn more...
If you're taking advantage of visiting some of our beautiful city parks, remember all residents and visitors should continue to adhere to CDC guidelines including social distancing and use of face coverings when social distancing cannot be maintained.
City Pools & Tennis Centers Now Open for Limited Use
As part of the Palm Beach County  order  easing some restrictions for recreation,  beginning Tuesday, May 12, City pools and tennis centers will be open with some limitations and restrictions .

Facilities include:
  • Meadows Park Pool
  • Swim and Racquet Center
  • Patch Reef Tennis Center
  • Memorial Park Tennis Center

 View the entire list of parks and other recreational spaces that have reopened with some restrictions.
County Beaches to Tentatively Reopen May 18
The Palm Beach County Commission announced that as part of Phase 1 , public and private beaches in Palm Beach County will tentatively reopen to Palm Beach County residents only, with limitations and restrictions, on Monday, May 18. The county commission will meet again on May 15 to confirm their decision.  (View the May 8 Palm Beach County Commission meeting) . City of Boca Raton beachfront parks, parking and facilities will remain closed until further notice.
City Summer Camps Cancelled
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 the National Recreation and Park Association on new and creative programming in the future for our Boca Raton residents and families. 

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!
For questions, please email Sara Rennert, .    
201 West Palmetto Park Road
Boca Raton, FL 33432
(561) 393-7700