Coronavirus - CoVid19

TEMPORARY BEACH CLOSURES FOR JULY 4TH WEEKEND

All public, municipal, and private beaches, including all beach parks, in Palm Beach County shall be closed from 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 3, 2020 until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 5, 2020. Restaurants and retail establishments within beach parks may remain open subject to the restrictions included in current State and local emergency orders applicable to Palm Beach County, including, but not limited to, any occupancy restrictions.

Applicability. This Order applies in all incorporated and unincorporated areas of Palm Beach County.

Fines are included in Palm Beach Emergency Order 13


Department of Business & Professional Regulation(DBPR) has issued an Executive Oder Suspending Alcohol Sales for Certain Businesses

Vendors licensed to sell alcohol for consumption on premises who derive more than 50% of gross revenue from such sales shall suspend such sales of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises. Such vendors may continue to sell alcoholic beverages in sealed containers for consumption off premises.

Public food service establishments or restaurants may continue to operate for on-premise for consumption of food and beverages at tables as long as these vendors derive 50% or less of gross revenue from the sale of alcohol for on premises consumption.

Emergency Order 2020-09

MASK ORDER PER PALM BEACH COUNTY EMERGENCY ORDER 2020-12Emergency-Order-PBC Number-2020-012_Ex

Businesses and Establishments:

Facial coverings must be worn by all persons, other than those specifically exempted in Section 4e of the emergency order while obtaining any good or service or otherwise visiting or working in any business or establishment, including entering, exiting, and otherwise moving around within the establishment.

Public Places:  

Facial coverings must be worn by all persons in public places where social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines is not possible or not being practiced. For purposes of this provision, public places shall include any outdoor areas that are open and regularly accessible, including, but not limited to, common areas within private communities accessible to more than one housing unit.

County and Municipal Governmental Facilities:

All persons accessing governmental buildings for the purposes of conducting public business, visitation, contracting and maintenance, delivery, or any other activity requiring a presence in a governmental building shall wear facial coverings as defined by the CDC at all times while present in the building.

Exemptions:

Facial coverings are not required for the following persons:

  • Children under two (2) years of age and any child while under the custody of a licensed childcare facility, including daycare centers;
  • Persons prohibited from wearing facial coverings by Federal or State safety or health regulations;
  • Public safety, fire, or other life safety personnel that have personal protective equipment requirements governed by their respective agencies;
  • Individuals while actively engaged in exercise and maintaining social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines;
  • Persons receiving goods or services from a business or establishment for the shortest practical period of time during which the receipt of such goods or services necessarily precludes the wearing of a facial covering such as, but not limited to, consuming food or beverage or receiving a facial grooming or treatment;
  • Persons who have a medical condition that makes the wearing of a facial covering unsafe such as, but not limited to, asthma, COPD, other conditions that reduce breathing or lung capacity;
  • Persons for whom wearing a facial covering conflicts with their religious beliefs or practices; and
  • Facial coverings may be removed temporarily while assisting persons who are hearing impaired or who rely on reading lips in order to communicate.



COVID EDUCATION COMPLIANCE TEAM (CECT)

During an afternoon news conference at the Palm Beach County Emergency Operations Center, County Mayor Dave Kerner announced formation of the COVID Education Compliance Team (CECT) which will work to educate and bring businesses into compliance with state and local enforcement orders required by the governor.

The team is comprised of representatives from state and local agencies including the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach County Code Enforcement and Fire Rescue, the Florida Department of Health-Palm Beach County and police departments from Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach. Team members will proactively conduct spot inspections of local businesses and public venues, noting where masks are not being worn and/or social distancing is not being consistently practiced.

“The emphasis of the COVID Education Compliance Team will be education first,” said Mayor Kerner. “However, there are some bad actors out there. So there will be an enforcement aspect.”

Dr. Alina Alonso, director of the Florida Department of Health-Palm Beach County reported current numbers regarding recent cases of COVID-19. At the time Phase 1 reopening began, the county averaged 68 new cases per day. That number has more than tripled to 220 per day. The countywide positivity rate continues to increase, as well, she said, an indication the virus is again thriving.

For more information or to contact the COVID Education Compliance Team, please call 561-24COVID (561-242-6843), covidcompliance@pbcgov.org


YOUTH ACTIVITIES

Palm Beach County issues order 2020-011, effective today, to authorize operation of the youth activities described in Governor’s order 20-131 including youth sports teams and leagues, youth clubs and programs, childcare, summer camps and youth recreation camps. Palm Beach County’s order 2020-011 also adjusts the requirements related to boating and marine activities, golf courses, and use of public and private parks. It permits field and lawn sports and other activities with appropriate social distancing measures and limitations on congregating.

Palm Beach County remains in Phase I of the Governor’s reopening plan and leaders are monitoring the number of positive COVID-19 closely. Safe, smart compliance with the CDC considerations for participation in these activities should be practical and tailored to each sport.

A summary of the changes is attached.

The Tequesta Friends of Public Safety Cares Package program is now open to all incorporated Tequesta residents and seniors living in Little Club.  Please contact Kelley today (June 9) as packages will be delivered tomorrow (June 10). 

Care Package flyer for all Tequesta residents

TEQUESTA BUSINESS OPERATIONAL INFORMATIONWe have returned - OPEN

Village staff is compiling a list of Tequesta business operational information.  We have reached out to all store front businesses via a phone call and/or email requesting the information on the attached list.  

The information contains business name, open/closed status, hours, phone, email, website, number of people allowed in the store, and precautionary measures being taken to ensure safety.

If your store front business is not listed, please fill out the business operational information form.  

Check the list frequently as it is a flexible document that may change daily. 

PALM BEACH COUNTY DOES NOT ENTER PHASE 2 AT THIS TIME

Today Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-139 entering most of Florida, with the exception of Palm Beach County, Broward County and Miami/Dade, into Phase 2 effective at 12:01 am on June 5, 2020. Re-opening provisions for the three counties mentioned will be considered after each county seeks approval via a written request though the county mayor. 

At this time, no changes have been made for Palm Beach County and we remain under Phase 1 rules as listed in the below picture.

Full Phase 1

CARES RESTART BUSINESS GRANT PROGRAM OFFERED FROM PALM BEACH COUNTY


The Palm Beach County Restart Business Program application portal closes this Friday, June 12, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) approved the CARES Restart Business Grants Program to accelerate the reopening of businesses hardest hit by COVID-19. The $60 million Business Restart Program uses a portion of the county’s $261 million allocation from the Federal CARES Act approved by Congress.  The BCC has dedicated $50 million toward businesses with 25 or fewer employees and $10 million towards businesses with greater than 25 employees. Grant criteria 

REOPENING YOUR BUSINESS AND QUALITY WATER

If you’re planning to reopen your local business after some time off here are some steps to take make sure you have the great water quality you’ve come to expect from Tequesta when returning buildings to service.  

PBC RESTART BUSINESS GRANT PROGRAM

Beginning tomorrow at 8:00 a.m., Palm Beach County (PBC) will begin accepting applications for its PBC Restart Business Grant Program via its online portal.  Under the program, PBC has set aside $50 million for businesses employing 25 or fewer people, and $10 million for businesses with more than 25 employees.  Completed applications, only, will be processed on a first-come, first-eligible basis.  Businesses accepted into the Program can receive up to $25,000 in grant funds, however, businesses are not eligible if they have received $25,000 or more from any other COVID -19 related grant and/or forgivable loan.

Grant funds can be used for payroll, rent, utilities and other expenses that have come with addressing COVID-19.  To complete an application, the following documents will be required to be uploaded into the PBC portal by the applicant:

•    A fully executed application from PBC’s online portal;
•    Certifications;
•    Affirmations and acknowledgements;
•    Tax returns;
•    Payroll reports;
•    An active PBC Business Tax Receipt;
•    An active registration on SunBiz.

For more information, please visit the PBC Website.

CARES ACT DOLLARS AVAILABLE FOR PALM BEACH COUNTY

CARES ACT DOLLARS AVAILABLE FOR PALM BEACH COUNTY

PBC ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTIVE ON WEARING OF FACIAL COVERS

Emergency Order Number 8 – Additional Directive on Wearing of Facial Coverings amends Palm Beach County Order 2020-004 for facial coverings. Effective 5:00 p.m. on May 16, 2020.

RECREATIONAL FACILITIES

Palm Beach County Emergency Order Number 7 – Recreational Facilities amends Palm Beach County Emergency Order 2020-005 for Public Parks, Private Parks and Natural Areas. Specific amendment changes are identified here. This order is effective 12:01 a.m. on May 18, 2020.

BEACH OPENING EMERGENCY ORDER 6

Per Palm Beach Emergency Order 6, all public, municipal, and private beaches including all beach parks shall be open sunrise to sunset subject to CDC guidelines by limiting gatherings to no more than 10 persons and distancing themselves from other parties by 6 feet. Beach concessions may operate following CDC guidelines. County-owned South Inlet Park will remain closed until such time as the City of Boca Raton opens their beaches. This order is effective 12:01 a.m. on May 18, 2020

FULL PHASE 1 OPENS FOR PALM BEACH COUNTY

Starting on Monday - Full Phase 1 for all 67 Florida Counties has been authorized by Governor De Santis. Please remember to maintain social distancing, wash hands frequently; and stay home if you are sick, over 65 or have a compromised immune system.  

Full Phase 1

PALM BEACH COUNTY BEACHES TO OPEN MONDAY, MAY 18Coral Cove Beach

All public, municipal and private beaches, including beach parks, in Palm Beach County will re-open, effective Monday, May 18, with the following conditions and restrictions:

• Beaches will be open between sunrise and sunset only.

• Parties accessing the beaches shall follow CDC guidelines by limiting gatherings to no more than 10 persons and distancing themselves from other parties by six feet.

Please remember to follow social distancing guidelines and stay safe while enjoying some fun in the sun!

UTILIZATION OF OUTDOOR SPACE FOR ADDITIONAL SEATINGOutdoor seating

If your business has additional outside areas, such as sidewalks and parking lots that can be safely used for seating, you can apply through the Special Event Permit Application process to temporarily utilize that space. 

The "Special Event Permit Application Fee" has been temporarily waived. For additional information, view the attached letter from our Building Official or contact our Building Department at 561-768-0450.


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TEMPORARY RELAXED SIGN CODE FOR ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES

Commercial signs are regulated within the Village of Tequesta (“Village”) to ensure clear and pleasant communications of needed goods and services while preserving the character of the Village.  However, during this unprecedented time, the Village is temporarily relaxing its enforcement of the zoning code regarding the use of signs for “essential” businesses while a state of emergency remains in effect.  State of Florida Executive Order Number 20-91 (“Order”) encourages businesses “to provide delivery, carry-out or curbside service…of orders placed online or via telephone to the greatest extent practicable”.  

Please note that this temporary relaxation of the zoning code applies only while the Village remains in a state of emergency and applies only to those businesses that are deemed “essential” as defined within Governor’s Order.  

For this temporary period, signs will be allowed near sidewalks and public rights-of-way adjacent to the on-premises location of each essential business, however, such signs cannot be placed on sidewalks or impair pedestrian and disabled persons’ travel.  The Village Building Official will retain the authority to enforce the zoning code.

If you have any questions, please contact the Village Code Enforcement Department at (561) 768-0519. 

DONATIONS NEEDED FOR LOCAL PET FOOD BANKSDog Food

Several pet food banks in Palm Beach County are running desperately low on resources and donations. Items most needed:
• Dry cat food (no open bags)
• Dry dog food (no open bags)
• Canned adult cat food and canned kitten food
• Canned adult dog food
• Cat litter
Items can be ordered online and shipped directly to the food bank of your choice, or dropped off at their location. To donate or to receive help, reach out to one of the pet food banks.  

PBC Animal Care & Control is asking to help empty the rest of the shelter after making history by clearing an entire kennel.

Adoptable pets are still available in the other two kennels:

 View adoptable pets 
Information on fostering

PROPER USE AND HOW TO MAKE FACE COVERINGS

This document provides great illustrations on how to properly wear your face coverings and how to make cloth face coverings from everyday items such as t-shirts and bandannas.

Waste Management Business Customers

FACE COVERING DO’S AND DON’TS

Wearing a cloth face covering CORRECTLY can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 to others. When you go out on essential trips, follow these “do’s”.

Remember children under age 2 should not wear a face covering.  

CDC Guidelines

Dos and Donts of Face Coverings

FLORIDA HIGHWAY SAFETY AND MOTOR VEHICLES

The Executive Director of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles authorizes the changes and extensions to driver licenses, identification cards, Registration, delinquent fees and in-person interviews.  DMV Order

EMERGENCY ORDER NUMBER 4 DIRECTIVE TO WEAR FACIAL COVERS

Emergency Order No. 4

All persons working in, patronizing, or otherwise physically present in grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, construction sites, public transit vehicles, vehicles for hire, and locations where social distancing measures are not
possible should wear facial coverings as defined by the CDC.

All other persons physically present in any public place in Palm Beach County are strongly urged to wear facial coverings as defined by the CDC.

 Palm Beach County Emergency Manager Talks About PPE’s

Bill Johnson, Director of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Talks to #pbctv20 on the efforts in getting out personal protective equipment for our community.  

Our Village of Tequesta Emergency Management Team is working hard as part of a much larger operation. As always, it takes teamwork. Stay at Home, Stay Safe. We will get through this together.

Message from the Tequesta Emergency Management Team

PLEASE WEAR A CLOTH FACIAL MASK WHEN OUT IN PUBLICFamily with Masks

Our Emergency Management Team monitors COVID-19 on a daily basis.  While we are making progress through social distancing efforts, we are taking it to another level to enhance resident safety.  VOT Emergency Management asks that if you go out into the public - please wear a cloth facial covering.  While this is voluntary (not a mandatory order), it is important to protect others should you be asymptomatic. 

The CDC now knows from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with COVID-19 may lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical and public safety first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

Let’s help keep Tequesta healthy so we can get back to “The Tequesta Way of Life” quickly! 

Send us pic via Messenger of your family in CLOTH masks and we will post as time allows. 

#stayhomestaysafe #wearaclothmask #letsgetbacktothetequestawayoflife #protectyourcommunity #tequestastrong

RECOMMENDATION REGARDING THE USE OF CLOTH FACE COVERINGSCloth Face Mask

Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission

Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

This recommendation complements and does not replace the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, 30 Days to Slow the Spreadexternal icon, which remains the cornerstone of our national effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. CDC will make additional recommendations as the evidence regarding appropriate public health measures continues to develop.

Gavel and Code BookCOUNCIL MEETING INFORMATION

During the COVID-19 issue and per the Governor’s Stay at Home Order, the Village Council will hold its council meetings via Zoom and Facebook Live.  Visit our Zoom and Facebook Live page for links to upcoming meeting agendas, the online citizen comment form and links to watch the meetings live. 

COUNTY AND FLORIDA SPECIFIC DATA 

The following dashboard contains information updated twice daily (Noon and 7:00 p.m.) on the number of cases in Florida by County.  

The following webpage provides a summary of persons being monitored, persons under investigation and cases.

The COVID-19 Call Center is available 24/7 |  1 (866) 779-6121 |  COVID-19@flhealth.gov

MESSAGE FROM WASTE MANAGEMENTWaste Management

Garbage and refuse collection schedules have not been modified or limits placed on collections - yet. However, we would like to stress that bulk materials should be limited to residents only and not contractor generated for obvious reasons.  We are experiencing increasing residential volumes and decreasing commercial volumes as a result of the emergency orders. 

Residents are asked to securely tie all garbage in plastic garbage bags. This additional precautionary measure includes securing all personal hygiene products, used tissues, paper towel, sanitary wipes, face masks, gloves, and similar items in plastic garbage bags, as it is not known whether the waste was handled by someone who is sick, caring for a sick family member or healthy. Garbage bags should be tied securely for disposal so waste workers do not come in contact with any potentially virus-contaminated waste.

Our crews appreciate the good will and recognition from all of our understanding customers like you!

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE

Visit the Village’s Facebook page for additional information.

PROTECTING LOCAL FIRST RESPONDERS ON THE FRONT LINES

Check out Palm Beach County Emergency Operations video regarding Personal Protective Equipment being distributed to our local first responders and medical personnel. 

CAN COVID-19 BE SPREAD THROUGH FOOD SOURCES?

There have been multiple reports of a positive COVID-19 case for someone who frequents the Village of Tequesta. While we cannot confirm or deny these reports, it is important that if you think you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, please self-quarantine and closely monitor your symptoms.

In recent days, there have been many articles regarding the spread of the virus.  This is a recently published article on whether you can catch COVID-19 from a food source. We encourage all residents to educate themselves and family members on the spread, best practices, and symptoms.

TEQUESTA RESTAURANTS OFFERING TAKE-OUT AND DELIVERY

It is important that we keep our local restaurants in business.  Village staff has compiled a list of incorporated Tequesta restaurants that are offering take-out orders and delivery services.  If you are aware of a business that is open and offering these services that is not on the list, please submit their information to us using the online Restaurant Form

TakeOut and Delivery

HOW TO BECOME INFECTED

As COVID-19 continues to spread, and the number of Palm Beach County cases increase, there are many cases hitting close to home. There are also many cases in and around the Village that have gone undetected.

Please use best practices such as social distancing even if you don’t suspect someone to be COVID-19 positive. Wash your hands as often as possible, use hand sanitizer when available, and follow Executive Orders set by Federal, State, and Local Governments.

If you or someone you know has been in contact with someone displaying symptoms or with a positive diagnosis, please be thorough with monitoring your symptoms and if possible self quarantine. This informational guide details how you could become infected.

VILLAGE FACILITIES CLOSED

In an abundance of caution, the Village of Tequesta will continue to be closed to the public. Staff is still and will continue to be available to serve our citizens. For assistance, contact our staff using the staff contact list. We hope all citizens will do their part to remain home when possible to prevent the spread. With your help we look forward to getting back to the “Tequesta Way of Life.”

VILLAGE EVENTS CANCELED

March 13, 2020

As a precautionary measure to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19, The Village of Tequesta has canceled all special events hosted by the Village of Tequesta until further notice, which includes Shred It, Coffee with a Cop, Volunteer Recognition, Annexation Workshop, and our Easter Egg hunts. The Village Council meetings and Election Day will continue unless deemed to be necessary to cancel or postpone. The Special Magistrate, Environmental Committee, Pension Boards, and other public meetings will be evaluated on a case by case basis but are currently planned as scheduled.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All parks are currently open.

The health and well-being of our residents and visitors remains the Village’s top priority. We feel we have an obligation to our staff, community, and surrounding committees to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The State has declared a state of emergency along with Broward County. Many other communities have issued or will be issuing similar statements regarding events.

The Village will evaluate other future public events on a case by case basis and will post updated information as decisions are made.

The Village of Tequesta reminds everyone that the Florida Department of Health has established a dedicated coronavirus call center at 1-866-779-6121 that is available 24 hours a day seven days a week, as well as a dedicated email address at COVID-19@flhealth.gov which the public can use for questions or clarifications on issues related to the coronavirus.
For additional information regarding coronavirus, please visit www.coronavirus.gov or www.floridahealth.gov.

Monday, March 2, 2020

"WIPE OUT"

CoVid-19 Wipe Out

The Village Manager implemented a program to help prevent the spread of CoVid-19 in the Tequesta workplace.  Tequesta values its employees and management wants to be sure that we take every step possible to guarantee they work in a clean and safe environment.

In an effort to ensure we are doing the right things to prevent spreading the virus, the Village Manager implemented a program called “WIPEOUT”. Each morning at 8:30 am (or at shift change) all employees spend 5 minutes wiping office (and common) areas including: phones, desk, common spaces, printers, door knobs, arm rests, cell phones, etc. These five minutes of cleaning is a priority. Everyone is to do this every day!

Public Works staff purchased hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol per the CDC) and Lysol wipes and the Manager and staff delivered the supplies to each Village employee yesterday afternoon.

Additionally, we encouraged each employee to watch the "Facts About CoVid-19" video that our Fire Chief shared with staff. It outlines: What the Coronavirus is, where it came from, how it spreads, symptoms, how it is treated, how you can avoid catching it, and what you should do if you feel you have symptoms.

With a little daily prevention, we have the power to stop it!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and health education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.  Per the CDC website, “CDC is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The outbreak first started in Wuhan, China, but cases have been identified in a growing number of other international locations, including the United States.”

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. As of February 26th there have been 15 confirmed cases in the United States with zero cases reported in Florida.

Signs and Symptoms

Common human coronaviruses usually present as mild to moderate upper-respiratory-tract illnesses, such as the common cold. These illnesses usually only last for a short time; symptoms may include:

  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • A general feeling of being unwell

Coronaviruses can cause lower-respiratory-tract illnesses, such as pneumonia or bronchitis. This is more common in people with cardiopulmonary disease, weakened/compromised immune systems, infants and older adults.

CDC recommends individuals and families follow everyday preventive measures:

  • Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.
  • Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.

 From the Palm Beach County Emergency Management Office:

The Palm Beach County Department of Emergency Management continues to monitor the status of the Coronovirus (COVID 19) and will update information to our partner agencies as it becomes available. For further information, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.

As the Village’s Emergency Manager receives additional information, we will communicate it to you.