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Delray Beach Coronavirus Update: May 16, 2020

Post Date:05/16/2020 10:42 AM

Public and private beaches in Palm Beach County will reopen on Monday, May 18, 2020. The City of Delray Beach will begin a phased reopening of its municipal beach as well as its adjacent park on Monday, May 18, 2020. The municipal beach and Atlantic Dunes Park will be open from 9am to 6pm every day. Lifeguards will be monitoring the beach.  

Media outlets have reported that the Palm Beach County commissioners approved reopening the beaches with no restrictions, allowing for sunbathing and other forms of congregating. While the COUNTY is not including limitations to beach activity, the City of Delray Beach has decided to limit beach use to walking, jogging, and swimming. While the City must comply with all superseding County, State and federal orders, it can also establish more restrictive measures.

While the City recognizes the significance of moving forward to reopen the beach, we also understand that the beach will not be open to the level that everyone would like at this time. The counties of Miami-Dade and Broward are not planning to reopen their beaches until May 26th, AFTER the Memorial Day weekend. Boca Raton, the City just south to Delray Beach, is also reopening with beach use restrictions. Given our county’s proximity to Boca Raton and Broward, the City is carefully assessing safety concerns with crowds that may form if our beach receives an influx of visitors. Were the City to reopen without restrictions, the beach would likely experience large crowds arriving from communities to the south, putting significant pressure the City’s resources. We thank you for your continued patience while the city undergoes its phased beach reopening.

How beachgoers can access beaches: 

Pedestrians and bicyclists can access the municipal beach at beach access points.

Beaches will be open 9am to 6pm.   

Lifeguards will be monitoring the beach. 

Parking is allowed along A1A. Parking meters on A1A will resume operation. Paying to park is required, and time limits will be enforced. Parking enforcement will resume. 

The Anchor Park parking lot will be limited to vehicles whose drivers are Delray Beach residents. All drivers attempting to park at Anchor Park must present driver licenses with Delray Beach addresses. Parking is free. Posting time limits will be enforced.  

At Atlantic Dunes Park, half of the parking lot will be available for parking but will be open to all. Parking is free. Posted time limits will be enforced. 

The Delray Beach Pavilion will remain closed. 

All beach restrooms will remain closed.  

 

Beach parks that will be open: 

Atlantic Dunes Park 

 

Activities allowed while visiting the beach: 

Walking 

Jogging 

Swimming 

 

Activities prohibited while visiting the beach: 

Surfing 

Sunbathing 

Volleyball

Group fitness 

Organized activities 

Congregating  

Chairs, tents and cabana rentals 

 

Beach opening: 

The City is evaluating the safety of this first phase of reopening. The City will enforce any social distancing requirements established by Palm Beach County. The City urges beachgoers to follow CDC guidelines during the continued COVID-19 pandemic, which can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov.  

 

 

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