Palm Beach Congressional Delegation’s Statement on Phase 1 of Reopening, Loosening Beach Restrictions

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Fort Lauderdale, FL, May 8, 2020 | comments

Today, Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Lois Frankel (FL-21), and Ted Deutch (FL-21) issued the following statement after Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Palm Beach County can move into Phase 1 of reopening on May 11th and the Palm Beach County Commission voted to reopen beaches beginning May 18th.

“Our top priority should be to save lives. We are alarmed that the governor is reopening businesses in the state without having a testing strategy that includes widespread testing, contact tracing, and supported isolation. Additionally, there needs to be more personal protective equipment (PPE) for our people on the front lines of this pandemic. The county should exercise discretion and move cautiously creating limitations to the Phase 1 order until there is a testing strategy in place, more PPE for front line workers, and clear guidance to all businesses on how to keep themselves and their customers safe.”

The Phase 1 reopening allows restaurants and retail to open at 25% capacity along with socially distanced outdoor seating and hospitals can resume elective surgeries, though everyone in public must still maintain social distancing, wear masks, and not gather in groups of more than 10 people.


Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Rules Committee, Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.


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