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City of Palm Bay Announces Phased Re-Opening Details

The City of Palm Bay will launch a phased re-opening of City facilities. Beginning with a soft re-opening on Monday, May 18th, public access to City facilities will be available by appointment only, where necessary. The City will continue to provide services virtually where possible to limit person-to-person interaction. As outlined in Florida’s re-opening guidelines,

City of Palm Bay facilities will reopen with a slow, steady, and safety-conscious approach to ensure that proper safety and social distancing guidelines are observed. The City of Palm Bay will limit building occupancy to 25% or less. The Phase 1 reopening plan will remain flexible to allow adjustments to be made based on new developments that may impact the health and safety of the community. During the initial re-opening phase, citizens are encouraged to continue utilizing the City’s online service options and contacting staff by telephone or email.

The City’s Facilities Department installed new protective measures such as sneeze guards in areas visited regularly by the public as well as, intercoms at the two main entrances on the north and south side of the City Hall Annex building located at 120 Malabar Road SE. Signage and floor markings have also been fitted throughout City buildings to encourage social distancing. The City will also continue enhanced facility cleaning and sanitization protocols put in place during the initial COVID-19 response to include the sanitization of frequently touched surfaces such as door handles and stair rails.



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Palm Bay Announces the Back2Business Directory

Post Date:04/30/2020 3:31 PM

On Friday, April 24, the City of Palm Bay announced a Business Reopen Survey seeking input from the local business community regarding challenges they may encounter with re-opening. The City has received nearly 100 responses to-date. Nearly 30% of businesses say the biggest challenge in returning to business is retaining customers. With that in mind, the City of Palm Bay announces an online, opt-in Back2Business Directory. Palm Bay businesses that are permitted to re-open under the Governors newest Executive Orders 20-111 and 20-112 as well as those that have been able to remain open during COVID-19 are encouraged to input their business hours of operations, website and contact information to let residents and consumers know that they're open for business. This initiative is two-fold: support local business and provide needed products and services to residents.

The Back2Business Directory is limited to businesses operating within the city limits of Palm Bay. Business owners are required to maintain updates to their business information on the website. The Back2Business Directory is available at www.palmbayflorida.org/back2business. The Back2Business Directory serves as a key component of the first phase of the City's initiative to Open Up and Recover, known as OUR Palm Bay.

Additional responses to the Business Reopen Survey include the need for clarity on State guidelines for how to operate while the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, as well as expanded testing, use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and employing modified social distancing and sanitization practices. The City continues to seek input from local businesses regarding how to prepare for a safe and measured approach to re-opening. Palm Bay businesses are encouraged to complete the survey at www.palmbayflorida.org/reopen. Your input will help to inform the City and local resource partners how to address challenges that businesses face during the COVID-19 pandemic. For available business resources, visit www.developpalmbay.org or contact the Office of Community & Economic Development by calling (321) 409-7187 or email to econdev@palmbayflorida.org.

Last evening, Governor DeSantis announced at a press conference his Phase I plans for re-opening the State. Following the press conference, the Governor issued two new Executive Orders, 20-111 and 20-112. Executive Order 20-111 allows for a limited extension of Executive Orders 20-87 (suspending vacation rental operations) and 20-91 (Essential Services and Activities during COVID-19 Emergency "Safer At Home") until 12:01 AM on Monday, May 4. Executive Order 20-112 announces Florida's "Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step." Phase 1 Plan for Florida's Recovery, which summarily implements the Phase 1 plan for recovery, requires responsible individual activity, continues several provisions that directly apply to businesses restricted by previous E.O.s, outlines allowable functions by in-store retailers to operate at no more than 25%  capacity, allows for specified elective medical procedures, and extends E.O. 20-69 allowing virtual public meetings of local governments.

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