Message from the Town Manager

April 2, 2020

Governor DeSantis has issued the Stay-at-Home Order (Executive Order No. 20-91), which will go into effect at 12:01 am on Friday, April 3, 2020.  This order mirrors the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Order already in place in Highland Beach and Palm Beach County.  These orders limit your movements and personal interactions outside of your home to essential activities only.  (Click here for a list of essential activities.)  For most residents, essential activities should be focused on obtaining food and receiving necessary medical attention. 

We’ve got to work together as a community to get through this public health emergency.  We all need to make changes to our daily routines.  

Under the Stay-at-Home Order you cannot:

  • Go to the beach – public or private.
  • Go to the parks, playgrounds, recreation facilities or natural areas – public or private.
  • Play golf or tennis – public or private.
  • Use or visit community pools – public or private.
  • Make unnecessary trips from your home.

We must practice social distancing by keeping 6 feet apart.  We must exercise personal preventative measures like washing of hands often, avoid hand shaking, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces and covering coughs and sneezes with your elbow or tissue.  Each of us needs to lead by example to protect all of us from the risks posed by COVID-19. 

The only way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is for everyone to practice social distancing and make changes to our daily routines.  Below are a few things you can do to help. 

  • Only leave your home to obtain or provide essential services.
  • Work from home if you can.
  • Limit your grocery shopping to one day a week. Strongly consider delivery of meals, supplies and groceries.
  • Exercise near your home (not on the beach).
  • Do not go for a drive because you’re bored. Traffic stops and small accidents put our Police and Fire Departments at risk unnecessarily.
  • Limit family interaction unless you live in the same household. Family get togethers can wait.
  • If you are sick, stay home and call your health provider. Telemedicine options should be explored.

We need to slow the spread and significantly reduce the risks of COVID-19 and we must be personally accountable for our actions now. Let’s recommit for the next 30 days, together.

I can do this.  You can do this.  We can do this.  We are all in this together as a community!

“Stay Home, Stay Safe”
Marshall Labadie, Town Manager



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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Phone: (800) 232-4636
CDC Website

Florida Department of Health (FDOH)
Phone: (866) 779-6121
FDOH Website


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