The City of Boca Raton is now able to reopen with some limitations in Phase 1

Palm Beach County, which includes the city of Boca Raton, has officially entered into the State’s Phase 1 Safe. Smart. Step by Step Plan of reopening. While the county may be open part way, there are multiple limitations that are still in place during this time.

  • 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.

  • 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. 
  • Holders of the following state-issued barber or cosmetology licenses may provide services at establishments that adopt appropriate social distancing and precautionary measures directed in Executive Order 20-120: Barber; Restricted Barber; Cosmetologist; Nail Specialist; Facial Specialist; Full Specialist; Hair Braider; Hair Wrapper; and Body Wrapper. These license holders are permitted to perform the barbering or cosmetology services as authorized by their respective license or registration.
  • Executive Order 20-120 does not restrict the hours of operation of a barbershop or salon. License holders are encouraged to monitor any local government restrictions that may impact the hours of operation of businesses in their area.
  • A mask must be worn by an employee while providing personal services in the barbershop or salon. The requirement to wear a mask while providing services remains in effect until a subsequent order modifies or rescinds this precautionary measure.
  • Barbershops and salons should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to reopening, and disinfection practices should be repeated, at minimum, between each day of operation. All surfaces, tools, and linens should be disinfected, even if the items were cleaned before the barbershop or salon was closed.
  • The Department of Business and Professional Regulation maintains routine inspection practices at licensed barbershops and salons, which will continue during the effect of this order. The Department will incorporate the restrictions of this order in compliance inspection activities.
  • Businesses cannot exceed 25% capacity and enforcement penalties remain in place including a second-degree misdemeanor with a fine up to $500. Certain regulated businesses may face enforcement action for violations from their regulatory agency.

  • 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. Services will remain virtual.

Additionally, 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 to reopen beaches on May 18.

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