In a press conference Wednesday afternoon, leaders in Palm Beach County announced that they will allow the reopening of parks, golf courses, marinas, boat ramps, community pools, and tennis courts beginning on Wednesday. “At 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday of this week, the county will have an order executed opening up different facets of our recreational activities here in Palm Beach County,” Mayor Dave Kener. Though these sites will be allowed to reopen, they will due so under strict social distancing guidelines expected to enforced by police but also by those who are in charge of said areas. Parks will be open to the public for activities such as walking, running, strolling, biking, and equestrian riding and fishing, canoeing, kayaking, water skiing, wake boarding, and bicycle rentals were permitted. Playgrounds, picnic pavilions, campgrounds, dog parks, skate parks, field sports, organized sports, recreational buildings, gymnasiums, and concession stands, however, will remain closed. Basketball courts will be opened for single player use only, and up to three players per half court will be allowed. Competitive team games are prohibited. In addition to that, tennis, pickle ball courts, and racquetball courts will be open for singles play only. Both private and public golf courses will be allowed to reopen, however, play will be set up for walking or for single rider golf carts. Shared golf-carts will only be permitted for those who reside in the same house hold. ID will be required as proof. Practice facilities, clubhouses, and pro shops will remain closed. Marinas, boat docks, ramps, and any other venues used for launching any vessels will also be allowed to reopen on Wednesday, however, will only be used for recreational purposes. Boats must maintain a distance of 50 feet apart at all times, boats cannot link to one another, and no gatherings of more than 10 people will be allow. Beaching, landings, anchoring, or mooring on sandbars, islands, and open shorelines will be prohibited. Leaders also clarified that the state of emergency will be extended until May 1st so that Palm Beach County has access to more resources from the federal and state governments to fight the coronavirus.
As of Monday, Palm Beach County had 2,763 cases with 156 deaths. The county currently ranks third for the most cases in Florida.