Coronavirus: City of Boca Raton Declares State of Emergency

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The City of Boca Raton has declared a local state of emergency in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. A new set of mandatory closures and safety measures will be implemented in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Beginning today at 5 p.m., all bars and nightclubs in Boca Raton will be required to close for 30 days. All other restaurants are required to close except for drive-through, take-out, and delivery services until further notice.

Some businesses within city limits, including The Irishmen Pub on Boca Raton Boulevard, elected to voluntarily close rather than hold celebrations for St. Patrick’s Day today.

As of March 18, all city facilities, including parks, beaches, libraries, and community centers will be closed until further notice. Visit https://www.myboca.us/CivicAlerts for a full list of closures.

The end of the city’s statement, released via email, reads “we understand these are unprecedented measures, and we appreciate the efforts by those who have already led by example. We will be providing additional information as stages of our Pandemic Plan go into effect.”

The declaration follows the announcement last week that the city would cancel all planned special events, performances, programs, classes, athletics, clinics, rentals, and camps through April 30th, 2020. The city’s cancellations are just some of the many that have taken place in the community since the beginning of this month as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

Last week, the School District of Palm Beach County announced that it would close schools through the end of March in an effort to slow the spread of the virus through social distancing.