Updated October 13, 2020
Palm Beach County-operated parks and beaches
are open for normal operations. Please contact recreational facilities
within our parks directly regarding their availability. Please note, the South County (Civic Center) testing site transitioned to a walk-up site.
Park visitors must practice social distancing—maintain distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible. The following is also expected of park visitors: follow CDC’s guidelines on personal hygiene prior to visiting parks -- wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth and face. Do not use parks if exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19; share pathways and warn other users on the pathway of your presence as you pass.
Per Palm Beach County Emergency Order 12
, facial coverings are required in public spaces, including any outdoor areas that are open and regularly accessible, where social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines is not possible or not being practiced. Individuals are not required to wear facial coverings when actively engaging in exercise and maintaining social distancing in accordance with CDC guidelines.
Playground cleaning information
-- Our Parks Operations Division is using the cleaner/disinfectant “Krud Kutter” to clean and sanitize playground equipment twice a day. This product is not considered hazardous by the EPA and is approved by the CDC as a COVID-19 disinfectant (view SDS and product overview). Krud Kutter is available to consumers at several retail outlets and our department uses it routinely for cleaning and sanitizing purposes. Currently, staff is cleaning playground equipment each morning prior to public use and will conduct a second cleaning mid-day or early afternoon.
As we do with most outdoor facilities that are cleaned, we will close or cordon off the playground area during the cleaning process. If children are present, we will politely ask that they briefly step away for a quick cleaning. Once dry (approximately 10 minutes), children will be permitted access. Although, we cannot list exact arrival times during the afternoon cleaning because we have so many playgrounds to visit, the 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm period (our estimated second cleaning time range), is the time period our playgrounds are used the least.
Because playgrounds are used throughout the day, it should not be assumed the equipment is sanitized prior to your use and you should take all recommended health precautions as you would when touching any shared public surface.