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). Call the Senior Call Center at 561-791-4796.
- Palm Beach County School District FREE Feeding sites: School Food Service will continue serving meals to District students throughout the school closure. Nutritionally-balanced ’Grab and Go’ meals will be offered at school locations around the District. The meals will be distributed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and are FREE to anyone under 18 years of age (under 22 for ESE students), regardless of financial need. Students must be present in order to receive the meal. Please pay close attention to variations in feeding site locations, as some change from week to week. For more information, please visit the Palm Beach County School Board Website. We have also added a link to this resource on our website.
- Boys & Girls Clubs provide free food to Palm Beach County families. Call the Neil S. Hirsch Boys & Girls Club at (561) 790-0343 for more information.
CLOSURES & CANCELLATIONS
- New Closures: The Tennis Center is closed until further notice.
- The Village Park Gymnasium and the Community Center are also closed until further notice. For questions relating to these facilities, call 561-791-4000.
- Closures and Cancellations: For a complete list of Village closures/cancellations, please visit: wellingtonfl.gov/covid19closures
Wellington officials will continue to make determinations about future event cancellations and postponements, including concerts and large events taking place in the Village. In the meantime, residents are asked to follow the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidelines. Older adults and people with underlying health conditions should take extra precautions to reduce their risk. This is the time to evaluate your exposure and take all precautions necessary to reduce your chances of getting sick. Avoid close contact with people who are sick, take everyday precautions like washing your hands and disinfecting your home, avoid large crowds, and take extra measures to put distance between yourself and other people to further reduce your exposure to the virus.
Message from Wellington Regional Medical Center
Wellington Regional Medical Center staff urge residents to help our healthcare professions by taking the following steps to help flatten the curve of COVID-19.
- If you or your business has any surgical or N95 masks, drop them off at your local emergency department.
- If you are concerned that you might have COVID-19 PLEASE self-quarantine. Not all of the patients who are seeking medical attention at local hospitals suffer from COVID-19. Every day, patients need immediate care for medical emergencies such as stroke, chest pain, broken bones or even trauma. If you are concerned that you might have COVID-19 PLEASE self-quarantine. For the vast majority of people who contract the virus, their symptoms will be mild and will not need medical intervention. If you experience difficulty breathing or have concerns that your symptoms are becoming significantly worse, then please seek medical attention. If your symptoms are not significantly progressing, please self-quarantine for 14 days during the time of your illness.
- Practice good hygiene. Our best defense against the spread of COVID-19 continues to be frequently hand washing for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol are a good alternative. Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, mouth, and nose.
- Remember to be a good neighbor, and don’t hoard essentials like water, food, cleaning supplies or toilet paper. Purchase only the minimum you need and leave the rest for another family who is also in need of these same items.
- Finally, practice social distancing & continue to limit the number of trips you make. Support our local businesses by ordering take-out and delivery.
- Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office: Due to the Corona Virus outbreak, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is closing districts’ offices temporarily. However, that does not mean, they are not here for you. PBSO is still fully operational. For emergencies call 9-1-1. To file a police report call (561)688-3400 or visit our website.
- Palm Beach County Fire Rescue: Please don’t be alarmed when you see our Palm Beach County Fire Rescue firefighters responding to medical calls with extra protective layers, if patients meet certain criteria. It does NOT mean the patient has COVID19, it means they have similar symptoms. We are doing this to make sure we don’t expose ourselves or anyone else to the virus.
Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center is Available 24/7
Call: 1 (866) 779-6121
For additional information and helpful links regarding COVID-19, please visit the Florida Department of Health COVID-19 website at FloridaHealth.gov/COVID-19
Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website regarding COVID-19 at cdc.gov/COVID19
Florida’s Price Gouging Hotline has been activated. If you experience price gouging or scams related to COVID-19 commodities, call 1-(866)-9NO-SCAM, or 1-866-966-7226 to file a report.
As recommended by the Florida Department of Health, if you think you may have COVID-19 or are showing any symptoms, call your doctor or local hospital before leaving your home.
- Our Call Centers (Village Hall 561-791-4000 & Senior Call Center 561-791-4796) are reserved for information about senior services; they are not intended to provide medical assistance. Please call your physician or the Florida Department of Health for health-related questions.
- A curfew has NOT been ordered for Palm Beach County. While the state has ordered the closure of nightclubs and bars through the end of the month, Wellington businesses have NOT been shut down. Restaurants and all businesses are encouraged to follow guidance from the CDC and the State of Florida and the Florida Department of Health.
Wellington is coordinating efforts with our local chambers of commerce, and local business leaders to minimize the impacts that COVID-19 will have on businesses and employees.
Last week, Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order closing all Palm Beach County beaches, movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, arcades, gyms, and fitness studios. Any restaurants, bars, taverns, pubs, night clubs, banquet halls, cocktail lounges, cabarets, breweries, cafeterias, and any other alcohol and/or food service businesses with seating for 10 or more are closed. These closures are in effect through March 31st. These establishments may remain open for takeout, pickup, or delivery service. Businesses not outlined in the Governor’s executive order can remain open, and that decision should be made by each individual business owner.
The Village commends local businesses who are following social distancing recommendations set by Governor Ron DeSantis’ Executive Order; responsibly choosing to self-regulate.
- Businesses Resources: We’ve created a dedicated Business Resource page on the village’s website. This page includes information relating to the IRS, Small Business Assistance programs, and more.
FOOD AND GROCERY UPDATES
- Publix Stores and Pharmacies will be open early from 7 AM – 8 AM on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for customers 65+ to shop ahead of the crowds.
- Whole Foods will open at 7 AM daily for customers 60+.
- Target will allow for the first hour of shopping on Wednesdays only for the most vulnerable customers – 65+, pregnant women and CDC-defined vulnerable or at-risk.
- Walmart, beginning on Tuesday, March 24th and for each Tuesday after through April 28, will open one hour early for customers 60+.
- Please check with your local grocery to confirm these details.
Wellington offers an easy way to stay informed about the Village’s response to COVID-19. Visit wellingtonfl.gov/NotifyMe and sign up to receive email notifications as soon as updates are published and available on the Website.
We will regularly update residents and business owners about Village closures, cancellations, and resources pertaining to COVID-19 through:
Questions? Call Village Hall 561-791-4000 & our Senior Call Center 561-791-4796. These lines are reserved for information about senior services; they are not intended to provide medical assistance. Please call your physician or the Florida Department of Health for health-related questions.