More Business Closures In Palm Beach County As Well As Parks & Golf Courses

Palm Beach County is ordering more closures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

County Mayor Dave Kerner announced during a late Wednesday afternoon press conference that all golf courses, public and private, and county, regional and municipal parks will be closed, along with a number of businesses not already included in an order from the governor last week.

"It will restrict all non-critical retail and commercial business locations from operating and are ordered closed, except to the extent necessary to perform minimum basic operations."

He called it a "shelter-in-place order with minor cutouts" for the county's economic stability, but says if residents don't abide by self-isolation and social distancing guidelines, a more extensive order could be issued.

County Administrator Verdenia Baker said it's a matter of protecting the entire community.

"We want to strongly, strongly encourage our residents to remain at home. Do not come out unless you are on a critical mission."

Critical operations include hospitals and all other businesses that tend to healthcare, both physical and mental, blood banks, grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, gas stations and daycare, among others.

Restaurants may stay open as long as they are only offering take out and delivery.

Click Here for a list of the businesses that are considered critical as deemed by the county.