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Palm Beach County restrictions just got stronger closing more businesses

Palm Beach County officials says closure of non-critical businesses are necessary but says the most important element is ensuring that everyone stays home unless absolutely necessary. All non-critical businesses in Palm Beach County are being asked to close effective immediately. The county administrator says they will allow some businesses to stay open until the end of business tomorrow so they have time to prepare for these closures. This also includes the businesses in cities within the county like West Palm Beach and Lake Worth. Officials did say grocery stores, pharmacies, and child cares facilities are considered critical. The Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner said his order to close all non-critical business is very similar to a stay at home order but puts less pressure on law enforcement. “The end of this story depends on our personal responsibility and our personal accountability. You shouldn’t have to have the government restrict you in your movement if your movement are in of themselves dangerous to yourself,” Kerner said. The mayor says a violation of these emergency orders is a second degree misdemeanor which can include up to 60 days in jail. This order also makes it mandatory for Palm Beach County hotels to stop taking reservations. The mayor says he might consider re-purposing those hotels in the future.Palm Beach County parks and golf courses will now close.

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. —

Palm Beach County officials says closure of non-critical businesses are necessary but says the most important element is ensuring that everyone stays home unless absolutely necessary.

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All non-critical businesses in Palm Beach County are being asked to close effective immediately.

The county administrator says they will allow some businesses to stay open until the end of business tomorrow so they have time to prepare for these closures.

This also includes the businesses in cities within the county like West Palm Beach and Lake Worth.

Officials did say grocery stores, pharmacies, and child cares facilities are considered critical.

The Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner said his order to close all non-critical business is very similar to a stay at home order but puts less pressure on law enforcement.

“The end of this story depends on our personal responsibility and our personal accountability. You shouldn’t have to have the government restrict you in your movement if your movement are in of themselves dangerous to yourself,” Kerner said.

The mayor says a violation of these emergency orders is a second degree misdemeanor which can include up to 60 days in jail.

This order also makes it mandatory for Palm Beach County hotels to stop taking reservations.

The mayor says he might consider re-purposing those hotels in the future.

Palm Beach County parks and golf courses will now close.

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