Non-essential businesses ordered to close in Palm Beach and Broward counties

Restaurant dining rooms to close, pick-up and delivery allowed

TRD MIAMI /
Mar.March 20, 2020 01:22 PM
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered non-essential businesses closed in Broward and Palm Beach counties in an effort to slow the spread of Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

The executive order follows a similar one put into place by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez on Thursday.

DeSantis ordered the following businesses shut: movie theatres, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, arcades, gymnasiums, fitness studios and beaches. Hotel and residential gyms or fitness centers with capacities of 10 people or less, or those inside fire stations or police stations can stay open.

It is unclear whether hotels can remain open. They were not mentioned in the order.

The order is in effect until March 31.

All restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other food and beverage establishments in Broward and Palm Beach counties have to close their dining rooms, and can only operate takeout and delivery services, like in Miami-Dade.

Grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations and convenience stores are exempt from the order, though their seating areas are required to close. Airports, port facilities, hospitals and other essential services can continue to operate.

In Miami-Dade, hotels and construction sites were among the businesses allowed to stay open. Some South Florida hotels, including the Breakers in Palm Beach, decided to close their doors earlier this week.


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber and the Miami Beach Convention Center (Credit: Google Maps)

Miami Beach Convention Center to become temporary hospital during pandemic

Clockwise from top left: Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill at 3252 Northeast 1st Avenue, Gates Hotel at 3824 North Roosevelt Boulevard, 24 North Hotel at 3820 North Roosevelt Boulevard and Holiday Inn Port of Miami Downtown at 340 Biscayne Boulevard (Credit: Google Maps, Booking.com)

Sugarcane, Holiday Inn in Miami lay off 165 people

From left: Armando Codina, Ana Codina Barlick, Barry Sternicht, Tony Cho and Jorge Perez

South Florida developers and brokers give back during coronavirus

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

SoFla prepares for flood of foreclosures and evictions after governor’s freeze

From left: Avra Jain, Scott Sherman, Josh Migdal, Tony Arellano, Devlin Marinoff and Jason Kellogg

“A landlord waiving rent and not getting anything in return is just not a reality:” experts sound off on pandemic’s effect on South Florida’s retail market

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Florida governor freezes evictions and foreclosures for 45 days

Ken Griffin and the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach (Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Ken Griffin operating trading room at the Four Seasons Palm Beach during hotel closure

Jay Parker, Mike Pappas and Beth Butler

SoFla brokerage execs optimistic, say deals are still closing

arrow_forward_ios
Loading...