Palm Beach Approves Emergency Declaration Over COVID Surge

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The Palm Beach Town Council has passed a local emergency declaration which was issued by the Chief of Police.

The measure, which passed by a 4-1 vote, brings a "heightened awareness" about the increase of COVID-19 transmission.

The town earlier this week implemented a mask requirement for all employees and visitors to Town-owned government buildings, whether vaccinated or not. These include Town Hall, the Police Station, Fire Stations, Recreation Center, Tennis Centers, Golf Course and the Public Works facility.

Due to state orders, the town does not have the power to issue mandates regarding masks for private businesses.

The council is also considering temporary outdoor seating for restaurants, something that was in place in several municipalities during the height of the pandemic.

Click Here for more details on what the town's State of Emergency means.

The Council will meet again on August 10 to get another COVID update.

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