Intl Boat Show Allowed To Happen In West Palm Beach With COVID Protocols

The city of West Palm Beach has granted approval to the 35th annual Palm Beach International Boat Show this month.

After the event was skipped last year due to the pandemic, city officials required organizers to present an extensive COVID-19 mitigation plan. That will include requiring all participants to wear face coverings and have their temperatures taken at one of four entrances, which were expanded to allow for social distancing.

There will be hand cleaning and sanitation stations throughout the event space, along Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach and on the waterfront. The number of people allowed aboard a boat at one time will be restricted.

Attendance topped 53,000 in 2019 and the boat show is considered one of the biggest draws to the downtown area.

The largest draw, Sunfest, was canceled again this year. After 2020's Sunfest was called off, organizers had planned to hold the music and art festival this spring, but announced earlier this year that it was being shut down after having trouble getting singers and bands to commit to the event.

The Palm Beach International Boat Show will run from Thursday, March 25 through Sunday, March 28.

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