PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. – Bagel Works in Boca Raton reopened on Monday morning. A dozen employees are impatiently waiting there to return to work. The interior and exterior tables were empty. Customers always seemed to prefer delivery and take-out service.
Five weeks and three days after the initial closure of the coronavirus pandemic, employees of Rocco’s Tacos in Palm Beach County were also impatient to reopen the Mexican restaurant. The hostess stood outside and most of the customers were at outdoor tables.
“We are trying to keep people away from each other,” said restaurant owner Rocco Mangel, adding that it was not difficult. “We have yet to see this mad rush of people. “
Mangel said that for him, reopening is not about making money; it’s about survival and “getting people back to work”. Before the pandemic, he said his restaurant employed 983 people. On Friday, he said that 225 of these people could return to work.
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GRADUAL PROCESS AT PALM BEACH
To help prevent the spread of communicable respiratory disease, authorities allow only 25% capacity in restaurants and retail stores.
The restrictions are more stringent for hair and nail salons. These companies are only allowed to deal with one customer at a time, and workers must sanitize areas between appointments, officials said.
To make sure there was enough hospital capacity, Palm Beach closed on April 3. Marinas, community pools, golf courses and tennis courts reopened on April 29.
Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner said access to public beaches begins on May 18. Gyms, bars, discos and public libraries are not yet allowed to reopen.
Governor Ron DeSantis has authorized businesses in each state county to reopen on May 4 – except Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
According to the Florida Department of Health, the coronavirus is linked to 238 patient deaths in Palm Beach, 258 in Broward and 490 in Dade.
DeSantis warned that federal and state medical quarantines and isolation policies were still in effect for coronavirus patients, certain travelers and long-term care facilities.
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