West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James says the growing number of coronavirus cases in the county is a concern, and that’s why he’s urging people to celebrate the 4th of July safely and responsibly.
“We are looking at numbers that are as high as when we first embarked on this journey, it’s troubling to me,” said James. “Don’t be complacent. Please, please abide by the CDC guidelines.” Those guidelines include the wearing of a face mask, social distancing, and frequent hand-washing.
The city of West Palm Beach is seventh in the state with 3,362 cases of coronavirus among residents, according to the latest data from the Florida Department of Health.
All Palm Beach County beaches will be closed through the 4th of July holiday weekend to help slow the spread of the virus.
The city is urging people to have a “DIY 4th of July,” but also do it safely from home. The fire department said Thursday it has seen a spike in fireworks sales and is worried about fires starting in the neighborhoods during the holiday weekend.
The fireworks show will ignite sometime between 9-9:30 p.m. on Saturday from two undisclosed locations to allow as many as people as possible to watch from home. The show will last about 15 minutes.