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Delray Beach Covid-19 Update

Post Date:03/20/2020 2:31 PM

Today, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Delray Beach is closing all non-essential retail and commercial establishments, effective immediately, until March 31, 2020. The decision was made in coordination with Palm Beach County Emergency Management and in accordance with State and Federal guidelines to ensure the health and safety of those most at risk of contracting COVID-19, including seniors and those with pre-existing health conditions. 

Medical facilities, doctors’ offices and pharmacies are not affected by this order and will remain open. Restaurants may provide delivery or take-out only. 

Delray Beach is closing these businesses based on recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Palm Beach County and the State of Florida Department of Health. These recommendations may become more stringent as the number of COVID-19 cases in Palm Beach County grows.

Essential Businesses Remaining Open Per Delray Beach Resolution 75-20

Healthcare providers, including, but not limited to, hospitals, doctors' and dentists' offices, urgent care centers, clinics, rehabilitation facilities, physical therapists, mental health professionals, psychiatrists, therapists, and pharmacies

Grocery stores, farmers' markets, farm and produce stands, supermarkets, food banks and convenience stores

Food cultivation, including farming, livestock, and fishing

Businesses that provide food, shelter, social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals

Newspapers, television, radio, and other media services

Automobile dealerships

Gas stations and auto-supply, auto-repair, and related facilities

Banks and related financial institutions

Hardware stores

Contractors and other tradesmen, appliance repair personnel, exterminators, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and other structures

Mailing and shipping services, including post office boxes

Private colleges, trade schools, and technical colleges, but only as needed to facilitate online or distance learning

Laundromats, dry cleaners, and laundry service providers 

Restaurants and other facilities that prepare and serve food, may continue to do so on the condition that the food is provided to members of the public on a pick-up and takeaway basis only

Businesses that supply office products needed for people to work from home

Businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate, and which do not interact with the general public

Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, goods, or services directly to residences

Airlines, taxis, and other private transportation providers providing transportation services via automobile, truck, bus, or train

Home-based care for seniors, adults, or children

Assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and adult day care centers, and senior residential facilities

Professional services, such as legal or accounting services, when necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities

Landscape and pool care businesses, including residential landscape and pool care services

Childcare facilities

Businesses operating at any airport, seaport, or other government facility, including parks and government offices;

Pet Supply stores

Logistics providers, including warehouses, trucking, consolidators, fumigators, and handlers

Telecommunications providers, including sales of computer or telecommunications devices and the provision of home telecommunications

Provision of propane or natural gas

Office space and administrative support necessary to perform any of the above- listed activities

Open construction sites, irrespective of the type of building

Architectural, engineering, or land surveying services

Factories, manufacturing facilities, bottling plants, or other industrial uses

Waste management services, including collection and disposal of waste

Any business that is interacting with customers solely through electronic or telephonic means, and delivering products via mailing, shipping, or delivery services

Private and municipal marinas and boat launches, docking, fueling, marine supply and other marina services

Mortuaries, funeral homes, and cemeteries

Hotels, motels, and other commercial lodging establishments and temporary vacation rentals.  However, restaurants, bars, and fitness centers in hotels, motels, and other lodging establishments remain closed or restricted

Veterinarians and pet boarding facilities


All Delray Beach parks, beaches, beach parking and recreational facilities in the City of Delray Beach shall close effective immediately. Parking enforcement will be suspended until March 31, 2020.

Preventive measures include regular hand washing, sanitizing all frequently touched surfaces, and strict social distancing of at least six feet between people.

For the most recent updates on the situation and a complete list of the businesses being closed, go to:


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