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March 19, 2020 11:48 AM

COVID-19 Update March 19

Wellington has issued an emergency declaration for COVID-19 and elevated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) status to modified Level 2. This local emergency declaration enables the Village to allocate funds for emergency purposes and enhances coordination with county and state authorities. Palm Beach County’s EOC is currently at Level 2 partial activation. Village officials are taking steps necessary to allow them to access state and federal funds and issue regulations on gatherings and public safety, including business hours and curfews.

We have made adjustments to our parks and facility hours. All indoor & outdoor programming and activities are canceled until further notice. Please continue reading for specific facility closures.

In accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and the Florida Department of Health, Wellington urges all residents to practice social distancing. Social distancing measures include limiting large groups of people coming together, closing buildings and canceling events.
Wellington Emergency Officials ask residents and business owners to make responsible decisions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including distancing measures of no more than 10 people in an area together. Also, for any gatherings, people should have the availability to have six feet of personal space.

As for our seniors and the more vulnerable members of our community, we are continuing to find and develop ways to help them directly. Our STAR program is still operational, and we are working with our community partners like Wellington Cares and Interfaith to help you get the food and medicine they need.


CALL CENTERS
Village Hall Call Center
561-791-4000

Senior Call Center*
561-791-4796
*This line is reserved for information about senior services; it is not intended to provide medical assistance. Please call your physician or the Florida Department of Health for health-related questions.

OPERATIONS UPDATE

Vital Village services and functions continue without interruption at Village Hall. We have stepped up our cleaning efforts for the public and our employees at all of our facilities.

SENIOR SERVICES

The following services will be available to Wellington Senior Residents over the age of 60, ONLY:
• Pre-Paid Prescription Pickup and Delivery Local (Within Wellington Area)
• Pre-Ordered and Paid Groceries Pickup and Delivery Local (Within Wellington Area)
• Senior Transportation Program Expanded to Unlimited rides in Wellington (to the doctor’s office, grocery store or pharmacy only)

RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS & EVENTS CANCELLED

• All indoor and outdoor recreation programming is canceled until further notice.
• The following playgrounds are closed until further notice
• Scott’s Place Playground, Tiger Shark Cove Park, Village Park, and Wellington Community Park.
• The Aquatics Complex is closed until further notice

Senior Activities
All senior events and programming are canceled until further notice.

Special Events Canceled
• March 21 & 22 Bacon & Bourbon Festival
• March 28 A Day for Autism Picnic
• April 11 Egg Hunt
• April 25 Earth Day

FACILITIES
Amphitheater
• Closed until further notice
Aquatics Complex
• Closed until further notice
Dog Park
• Open dawn to dusk, closed every Thursday until 3 PM for regular maintenance.
Neighborhood Parks
• Open dawn to dusk
Olympia Park, Tiger Shark Cove Ball Field and Batting Cages, Wellington Green Park, Wellington Community Park
• Park facilities remain open dawn to dusk.
Peaceful Waters Sanctuary
• Closed until further notice
Scott’s Place Playground
• Closed until further notice
Tennis Center
• The Tennis Center remains open
• Monday through Thursday 8 AM to 10 PM. Friday through Sunday, 8 AM to 5 PM
• The Pro-Shop will be closed until further notice
Tiger Shark Cove Playground
• Closed until further notice
Village Park Gym and Fields
• All indoor & outdoor programming and activities canceled until further notice
• Monday through Sunday, 8 AM to 7 PM.
• Questions, call 561-791-4005
Village Park Playground
• Closed until further notice
Wellington Community Center
• All indoor programming and activities canceled until further notice
• Rentals are canceled through April 30th
• Monday through Thursday, 8 AM to 7 PM. Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM. Saturday and Sunday, 8 AM to 1 PM.
• Questions, call 561-753-2484
Wellington Community Park Playground
• Closed until further notice, beginning March 19th
Wellington Environmental Preserve
• Open dawn to dusk


INFORMATION FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES

Governor Ron DeSantis has issued an executive order, telling restaurants to:
• Limit customer entry to 50% of capacity.
• Stagger and limit seating to ensure seated parties are separated by a distance of at least 6 feet.
• Encourage restaurants to continue and expand take-out and delivery services.
• Screen all employees and prohibit entry for employees that answer “yes” to a series of health and travel questions.
• All bars and nightclubs throughout the state will close for the next 30 days.

There are options for assistance available to businesses that are now facing a marked decline in clientele as a result of these social distancing measures. Governor DeSantis recently activated Florida’s Business Damage Assessment. Businesses that believe they have been impacted can visit floridadisaster.biz to take the survey, which is helping the state analyze the impact of coronavirus and determine the scale of need.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital.

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