Palm Beach County is setting a target date of Sept. 8, one day after the Labor Day holiday break ends, to join Florida’s Phase 2 reopening plan.
Since May 11, the county has been in Phase 1 due to its high coronavirus numbers. But with those on the decline, Palm Beach County believes it’s ready for the next level.
A draft of the plan shows the reopening will take place in stages.
The first step will be to reopen certain indoor entertainment venues and other businesses like bowling alleys and movie theaters with COVID-19 safety measures in place. Most will be allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity. Playhouses would be limited to 33 percent total seating capacity.
For restaurants and food establishments, the plan calls for indoor service to remain at 50 percent, and after-hour restrictions between 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Gyms, fitness centers and libraries would be able to open at full capacity with appropriate physical distancing and enhanced sanitization protocols.
The county is recommending the School District of Palm Beach County consider reopening schools 3 to 4 weeks after the county enters Phase 2. The decision ultimately rests with the School Board.
In mid-October, the county says it will consider moving into Phase 3 by opening other entertainment venues such as auditoriums, bingo parlors, comedy clubs and concert houses.
The county is looking at an approximate date of Nov. 2, one day before the election, as the day to move into Phase 4 with some venues allowed to increase capacity up to 75 percent.
The Board of County Commissioners is set to discuss the plan at Tuesday’s meeting.