Coronavirus in Boca Raton: This Week’s Biggest Stories

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The coronavirus pandemic officially touched town in Boca Raton this week. Here are some of the most important updates from the last few days of developments.

  • The City of Boca Raton declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, requiring that all bars and nightclubs close for 30 days. All city facilities, including parks, beaches, libraries, and community centers are closed until further notice.
  • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order that will close nonessential businesses in Boca Raton and throughout Palm Beach and Broward counties.
  • The Town Center Mall in Boca Raton, one of the biggest shopping malls in Palm Beach County, has closed in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.
  • A six-year-old student at Del Prado Elementary in Boca has tested positive for COVID-19, the Sun-Sentinel reports. It is the youngest confirmed case of the coronavirus in the state.
  • St. Patrick’s Day celebrations were dampened on Tuesday by growing concerns over the spread of COVID-19, with some local businesses like Boca’s Irishmen Pub opting to voluntarily close rather than host large crowds.