COVID19 Jupiter Announcements

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Palm Beach County's latest Emergency Order allows the county to enter Phase 3 of its reopening plan.

Palm Beach County has issued Emergency Order 2020-028, which took effect at 5:00 P.M. on September 29. On September 25, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-244, which moved all of Florida’s counties into Phase 3. EO 2020-028 repeals and replaces many of the prior PBC emergency orders that restricted businesses, individuals and establishment. Certain orders, however, do remain in place: 

  • Facial covering orders are still in effect. 
  • Social distancing guidelines as issued by the CDC must still be met. 
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols, such as the guidelines issued by the CDC, must still be followed.

Friday, September 4, 2020

Governor DeSantis' Executive Order Allows Palm Beach County to Enter Into Phase 2

Through Executive Order 20-214, Governor DeSantis approved Palm Beach County's Incremental Phase 2 Reopening Plan, allowing the County to gradually reopen certain lower-risk indoor entertainment venues and businesses, and reopen and reduce restrictions for other higher-risk entertainment venues and businesses.  The Plan also makes a recommendation regarding the reopening of public schools for in-person learning; however, decisions on the timing of that will ultimately be up to The School District of Palm Beach County and the State. For specific information about the venues and businesses that will be impacted, as well as the different schedules for reopening, read the full scope of Emergency Order Number 24 on the County's website. While the Plan is scheduled to take effect as of September 8, reopening plans for higher-risk businesses and establishments are delayed.

The County's proposed Reopening Plan is based on Florida Department of Health and CDC guidelines and recommendations to responsibly limit opportunities for people to be in close contact for prolonged periods of time.  The County's mask mandate will continue to be in effect, and other recommendations for social distancing and sanitation should be followed.  

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Palm Beach County Issues Emergency Order Allowing Parks and Playgrounds to Reopen

On August 27, Palm Beach County issued Emergency Order Number 21 allowing for playgrounds in Palm Beach County to reopen for public use.  In keeping with this Order, the Town reopened the playgrounds in its parks as well.  Residents are cautioned that as with any publicly-used amenity, the playgrounds are for use at your own risk.  The County-wide mask mandate is still in effect, and residents are asked to abide by that mandate and other safety recommendations to limit the spread of COVID-19.  The full scope of Emergency Order 21 can be read here.     

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Palm Beach County Issues Emergency Order Prohibiting the Sale of Food and Alcohol between 11 pm and 5 am

On Tuesday, July 14, Palm Beach County issued Emergency Order Number 14 prohibiting bars and restaurants in the county from selling food or alcohol on-site after 11:00 pm and before 5:00 am, and requiring amusement parks, certain bars and lounges, banquet halls, and ballrooms to be closed between those hours (11:00 pm - 5:00 am).  Food and alcohol sales for off-site consumption is still permitted.  The Order is effective as of Thursday, July 16, and its full scope can be read here.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Palm Beach County Issues Emergency Order Temporarily Closing Beaches

On Monday, June 29, Palm Beach County issued an Emergency Order closing all beaches within the County from Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5.  View the full Emergency Order on the County’s website.  Law enforcement will be present to ensure compliance with the Order.  

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Palm Beach County Executed Emergency Face Mask Order

On Wednesday, June 24, Palm Beach County issued an Emergency Order requiring face masks to be worn in public places within the County. The Emergency Order became effective today, June 25. Follow this link for a detailed summary containing guidance on where masks are required and a list of exemptions. In keeping with the Executive Order, masks are now required at all Town of Jupiter Government public lobby and meeting areas.

 As we continue to transition and re-open the community, follow us on social media, watch for our emails, and check back here for more service updates and announcements.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Town of Jupiter Summer Camp Update

The Town of Jupiter has made the very difficult decision to cancel all Town-facilitated summer camp programs including the Youth Summer Day Camp, Sport and Specialty Camps for 2020. After careful and thorough review of current CDC and Health Department guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to consulting with camp professionals across the country, the Town has determined that the limitations specific to summer camps will prevent many of the traditional recreational experiences our campers and parents have come to expect. 

The decision was not made lightly, as summer camps bring so much positive energy and enthusiasm to the Community Center, parks and local school facilities. The Town’s Recreation Department continues to work toward the return of many of its popular programs and activities, all while incorporating new safety guidelines.

Have a great summer, and please continue to practice safety and social distancing guidelines to stay healthy and safe. Stay up to date on the Town’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic by regularly monitoring the Town’s COVID website and following the Town’s social media sites.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Jupiter Parks

Over the weekend, Palm Beach County and Governor DeSantis issued additional re-opening orders and guidelines for parks, recreation facilities and businesses (click here for a listing of executive orders).  In line with those orders and guidelines, the Town of Jupiter has re-opened a number of parks and facilities, including Cinquez Park Dog Park.  Other Town parks and natural areas were opened under previous orders, and continue to operate under the established safety practices and social distancing guidelines. Newly opened parks and facilities as of noon today include:

  • Cinquez Park Dog Park.
  • F.I.N.D. Park.
  • Park pavilions (Jupiter Community Park picnic pavilions remain closed).
  • Volleyball courts at Jupiter Community Park, Indian Creek Park and Heights Park
  • Jupiter Skate Park (opening at 2pm), by reservation only for participants with a valid skate park membership and at a maximum of 10 participants in each 90-minute session. These temporary restrictions, hours, and sessions will be in place until further notice. User limits, rules, updated session times, and additional information can be found at www.jupiter.fl.us/skatepark. Please call (561)630-5684 during operating hours with questions or to make a session reservation.
  • Restrooms at all parks will reopen on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
  • Daily Park, Eastview Manor Park, Officer Bruce St. Laurent Park, and Old Town Hall Park remain closed.
  • For information on current restrictions at open parks, please visit our beaches and parks page.

Phase I

In addition, Governor DeSantis authorized a full Phase I re-opening effective today, May 18, 2020.  Full Phase I re-opening authorizes the following (to read the full order, click here):

  • Restaurants and retail establishments may operate at 50% of their indoor occupancy.  Tables and chairs should be kept six (6) feet apart from one another, unless appropriate partitioning is in place. Outdoor dining is allowed while maintaining the six (6) foot separation.
  • Bars must be closed to patrons, with no seating allowed at bars.
  • Gyms and fitness centers may operate at 50% capacity, and must adopt appropriate social distancing measures for all activities and classes.  Sufficient cleaning supplies must be made available so that patrons can self-clean equipment following each use.
  • Barber shops and hair and nail salons may operate as long as they adhere to the safety protocols established by the State of Florida.
  • Businesses wishing to learn about detailed reopening guidelines should visit the State’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) website.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Beaches

Today, the Board of County Commissioners for Palm Beach County authorized the re-opening of beaches and beachfront parks in the County beginning Monday, May 18, 2020. Residents will notice signage along the Jupiter beachfront alerting them to guidelines and rules for visiting the beach.

Enjoy the beach responsibly, and follow the rules and guidelines below to keep our beaches open:

  • Limit groups and gatherings to 10 or less.
  • Maintain social distancing to keep 6 feet between parties.
  • Properly dispose of trash to avoid unsanitary conditions.

Law enforcement and public safety will be on patrol to ensure compliance with safety guidelines.

Town Hall

As of Monday, May 18 at 8 am, the Town Hall and the Police Department lobbies will reopen for in-person business. Customers are encouraged to use online services as much as possible. The following actions can be performed online:

  • Pay your utility bill or start a new account
  • Request permits
  • Renew or request business licenses
  • File development applications
  • Search public records
  • Contact us through the ’Let us Know’ button

In-person business should be limited to critical needs only, and customers are strongly encouraged to make an appointment ahead of time. Contact Town officials and Town staff by email and telephone using the searchable staff directory on our website.

Please note that fingerprinting services are unavailable at the Police Department until further notice. The Community Center remains closed.

Follow us on social media, subscribe to our emails, and visit our coronavirus information page for more service updates and announcements.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Today the Governor honored the Palm Beach County Commission’s request to move the County into Phase I of re-opening.  Effective Monday, May 11th.  Phase I includes continuing the stay-at-home advisory for elderly and vulnerable populations, while re-opening some categories of businesses with limitations and restrictions, and while continuing to follow CDC guidelines. 

  • Bars and nightclubs that get at least 50% of their sales from alcohol remain closed.
  • Restaurants may operate at up to 25% seating indoors, and should prioritize outdoor seating.  Parties should be limited to 10 or less, and social distancing practices should continue.  Employees should be required to follow safety and sanitation protocols, including face masks and face coverings when in close contact with others.
  • Retail, museums, and libraries may open at up to 25% of their building occupancy while following safety guidelines.  Any interactive functions or exhibits must remain closed.
  • Gyms and fitness centers remain closed.
  • Medical establishments offering elective procedures prohibited by previous orders may resume those procedures, as long as they follow proper practices and have adequate facilities and PPE.

In addition, Palm Beach County approved a tentative plan to open beaches on Monday, May 18.  The County Commission will meet on Friday, May 15, 2020 to make a final decision. Under the plan, Jupiter beaches and beach parks would re-open on May 18 to Palm Beach County residents only.  Social distancing practices would still be in effect, and groups would be restricted to 10 or less.

Remember that Town buildings are closed to in-person business and normal activities, so residents and customers are encouraged to access services by online or by phone (just use our staff directory or call the front desk at 561-746-5134). 

Monday, April 27, 2020

The Jupiter Town Council has received a lot of input about opening parks, beaches, boat ramps, golf courses and natural areas.  Many of you have provided public comments, emails, and social media postings asking us to re-open these recreational areas.  While these decisions were mandated by Executive Orders at the County and State levels, the Town supported the closures in the interest of public health and safety. County and State orders can be viewed on the County’s website.

There are preliminary indications that some restrictions may be eased by Palm Beach County in the coming days, but any decisions regarding the beaches would require action by the Governor, since they were closed by his Executive Order.  We all look forward to having the Jupiter community resume recreational activities at the appropriate time, and the Town will continue to work with officials in the County and State to responsibly re-open.  Both the State and the County have established ways for the public to ask questions and provide input regarding re-openings. The State of Florida has established a Task Force to Re-open Florida, and the public can provide comments and input on their portal.  Palm Beach County has also established a public information line at 561-712-6400, or you can email comments and questions to public@pbcgov.org.

Please continue to support your family’s health and the health of the overall community by staying at home, following Executive Orders, and practicing social distancing. Follow us on social media, subscribe to our emails, and visit our coronavirus information page for more service updates and announcements.

Monday, April 13, 2020

This afternoon, Palm Beach County issued executive orders shutting down all parks and golf courses, prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more, and ordering non-critical businesses to close.

Effective Thursday, March 26, 2020, all Town of Jupiter parks will close in accordance with this order.  In addition, non-critical businesses across the County are required to close by end of business on Thursday, March 26, 2020.  

To read the orders including a list of what is considered essential, visit the County’s executive orders at http://discover.pbcgov.org/coronavirus/Pages/Orders.aspx.

The Town of Jupiter urges residents to stay at home, follow executive orders from Federal, State and Local authorities, and adhere to CDC guidelines in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

This afternoon, Palm Beach County issued executive orders shutting down all parks and golf courses, prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more, and ordering non-critical businesses to close.

Effective Thursday, March 26, 2020, all Town of Jupiter parks will close in accordance with this order.  In addition, non-critical businesses across the County are required to close by end of business on Thursday, March 26, 2020.  

To read the orders including a list of what is considered essential, visit the County’s executive orders at http://discover.pbcgov.org/coronavirus/Pages/Orders.aspx.

The Town of Jupiter urges residents to stay at home, follow executive orders from Federal, State and Local authorities, and adhere to CDC guidelines in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Town of Jupiter Services to Remain Available; Facilities to Close to In-person Business at 5pm Today

At 5pm today, the Town of Jupiter will close lobbies and facilities to in-person public business. This includes the Town Hall lobby, Community Center facility, and the Police Department lobby.  Non-essential employees will not be reporting to work until further notice.  Essential employees will continue to provide government services via phone and electronic means.  Law enforcement will continue to operate as normal, as will water plant operations.

Due to a malware incident, several of the Town’s online systems are currently unavailable, including email.  The Town has a response and recovery plan in place, and is working diligently to bring systems back online.  The Town will continue to address service requests and urgent issues via phone, and its website is operational.  Residents and customers who have urgent needs may contact one of the following numbers to get assistance:

  • Town Hall main number (8am-5pm): (561) 746-5134
  • Police non-emergency (24 hours): (561) 799-4445 (please dial 9-1-1 for emergencies)
  • Utilities customer service (8am-5pm): (561) 741-2300
  • Utilities after-hours emergencies (after 5pm): (561) 741-2609
  • Building Department (inspections, permits, etc.; 8am-5pm): (561) 741-2286
  • Engineering Department (8am-5pm): (561) 741-2467
  • Public Works Department (8am-5pm): (561) 748-2730
  • Police administrative offices (8am-5pm): (561) 746-6201
  • Business Tax Receipts (8am-5pm); (561) 741-2318
  • Recreation Department (8am-5pm): (561)741-2400
  • Planning & Zoning Department (8am-5pm): (561) 741-2323
  • Town Clerk’s Office (8am-5pm): (561) 741-2352

Other updates on Town operations and facilities include:

  • Beaches are closed to public use by order of the Governor.
  • Sandbars are closed to public use.
  • Boat ramps and marinas are closed to recreational use by order of Palm Beach County.
  • Town parks are currently open, but with the following reminders and restrictions:
    • The Jupiter Skate Park will be operating with a maximum capacity of 10 participants. No new participants will be allowed. All participants must have previously completed a liability waiver for 2020.
    • While parks are currently open, restroom facilities will no longer be available at the following Town of Jupiter parks due to low inventory and lack of availability of sanitary supplies. Please plan accordingly when visiting these Town parks:
      • Cinquez Park
      • Jupiter Village Park
      • Lighthouse Park
      • Maplewood Park
      • Sawfish Bay Park
      • Abacoa Community Park (next to Skate Park) – limited availability
      • Jupiter Community Park (first floor of softball quad building) – limited availability
  • Summer Camp registrations are suspended until further notice for both residents and non-residents. This includes youth day camp, teen camp, sport camps and specialty camps. The Town will continue to monitor Palm Beach County School District plans and state and local agencies to determine if and when registration will resume.
  • Scheduled waste collection services through Waste Management are operating normally.  However, effective March 18, 2020, Waste Management temporarily closed their residential call centers. Customers may still get assistance through email and live chat at www.wm.com.

We appreciate the community’s support during this unprecedented occurrence, and will continue to assess the situation regularly and publish updates on service availability via email, on our website and social media sites.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Boat Ramps Closed to Recreational Use; Jupiter Sand Bars Closed

Area boat ramps have been closed to recreational use and only commercially-licensed vessels may launch.  In addition, Jupiter sand bars are closed in order to prevent people from congregating in large groups on sandbars, beaches and waterways and practice social distancing.  Large groups of people gathering on our waterways will contribute to the spread of COVID-19.  

The Town of Jupiter and the Jupiter Police Department urge residents and visitors to be responsible, stay off sandbars and beaches, and practice social distancing.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Local State of Emergency Declared by Town of Jupiter

On Thursday, March 19, 2020, the Town of Jupiter declared a Local State of Emergency due to the threat of COVID-19.  This emergency declaration readies the Town to implement certain measures it may deem necessary in order to quickly and adequately respond to situations related to the pandemic.   

The health and well-being of the community is the Town’s top priority.  The Town would like to reassure the public that it is taking action to ensure that critical public services are being provided to address the community’s needs.  In addition, it is taking steps to ensure the safety and well-being of the employees that provide those services by encouraging best practices like social distancing, cleaning of work areas and frequent hand-washing.  In addition, employees are being given the flexibility to address their personal health and the well-being of their families and loved-ones. 

View the official Town of Jupiter State of Emergency Ordinance 11-2020

March 19 Update for Cancellations, Closures and Changes to Service

Town Hall and Town facilities remain open at this time with the following event, program and service limitations:

  • Special events and Recreation programs and classes.  A list of cancelled events and programs may be found on the Recreation section of the Town’s website.
  • Jupiter-Tequesta Athletic Association (JTAA) Youth Leagues including practices and games.
  • Non-essential meetings of Town Boards and Committees.  See the Town’s agendas website for specific board meeting information and cancellations.
  • Town parks are currently open, but with the following reminders and restrictions:
  • The Jupiter Skate Park will be operating with a maximum capacity of 25 participants. No new participants will be allowed. All participants must have previously completed a liability waiver for 2020.
  • While parks are currently open, restroom facilities will no longer be available at the following Town of Jupiter parks due to low inventory and lack of availability of sanitary supplies. Please plan accordingly when visiting these Town parks:
    • Cinquez Park
    • Jupiter Village Park
    • Lighthouse Park
    • Maplewood Park
    • Sawfish Bay Park
    • Abacoa Community Park (next to Skate Park) – limited availability
    • Jupiter Community Park (first floor of softball quad building) – limited availability
  • Waste Management, the Town’s waste collection service provider, is taking necessary steps in response to the recommended mitigation strategies.  Effective March 18, 2020, they temporarily closed their residential call centers. However, customers may still get assistance through email and live chat at wm.com.  At this time, there is no impact to scheduled residential collection services.
  • The Police Department Lobby has been temporarily closed.  Non-essential employees in the Police Department have been excused while the facility is cleaned and disinfected due to an employee who is being evaluated for symptoms consistent with COVID-19.  Road patrol continues to operate normally, using the precautions that have been put in place for first-responders, and holding briefings in outdoor areas.
  • In working to protect its residents, business and employees from COVID-19, the Town urges the public to restrict non-essential contact by:
    • Using Online Services:  Pay utility bills, request permits, renew or request business licenses, file development applications and search public records by visiting www.jupiter.fl.us/eservices
    • Communicating Electronically:  Contact Town officials and Town staff via email, telephone, and online. A searchable staff directory is available at www.jupiter.fl.us/directory.  Use the “Let Us Know” button on the Town’s homepage to ask questions or provide input.
    • Deferring Non-essential Services:  The Town may suspend some services, like home visits by our Utilities Customer Service and Laboratory staff, to limit personal interaction during this time.  Please use any of the contact methods listed above to inquire about non-essential services that may be suspended.

We appreciate the community’s support during this unprecedented occurrence, and will continue to assess the situation regularly and publish updates on service availability via email, on our website and social media sites.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The following are the latest updates regarding the Town of Jupiter’s status and response due to the COVID-19, or Coronavirus.

On Friday the Town announced that all events, classes, programs and meetings are cancelled until April 19, 2020.  This includes all activities at the Jupiter Community Center.  Summer camp registrations will still be accepted at the Community Center front desk during this time period.

The Community Center is open as a voting location for the Presidential Preference Primary and local election today, March 17, 2020. Some voting precincts may have changed, so residents should check their polling locations at the Supervisor of Elections website, www.pbcelections.org, or call them at 561-656-6200.

In doing business with the Town or at Town facilities, residents and customers are encouraged to limit non-essential contact by:

  • Using Online Services:  Pay utility bills, request permits, renew or request business licenses, file development applications and search public records by visiting www.jupiter.fl.us/eservices.  
  • Communicating Electronically:  Contact Town officials and Town staff via email, telephone, and online. A searchable staff directory is available at www.jupiter.fl.us/directory.  Use the “Let Us Know” button on the Town’s homepage to ask questions or provide input.
  • Deferring Non-essential Services:  The Town may suspend some services, like home visits by our Utilities Customer Service and Laboratory staff, to limit personal interaction during this time.  Please use any of the contact methods listed above to inquire about non-essential services that may be suspended.

Town parks remain open, but due to low inventory and lack of availability of sanitary supplies, restroom facilities will no longer be available at the following parks beginning at 8:00 am on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 until further notice.  Please plan accordingly when visiting these Town parks:

  • Cinquez Park
  • Jupiter Village Park
  • Lighthouse Park
  • Maplewood Park
  • Sawfish Bay Park

Limited restrooms will be available at the following park locations until further notice:

  • Abacoa Community Park- next to Skate Park
  • Jupiter Community Park- first floor of softball quad building

Stay tuned to the Town’s email blasts, website and social media sites for Town-specific updates regarding the Coronavirus.

Friday, March 13

The health and well-being of the community is the Town’s top priority.  Therefore, in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and in an effort to follow the conventions and practices of similar agencies and organizations around the state and the country, the Town of Jupiter is cancelling or postponing its community and special events through April 19.

Over the past several days, as organizations like the CDC, State of Florida and Florida Department of Health have strengthened their advisories and warnings, it has become clear that caution is the best way for the Town to assist in curbing the spread of the virus.  Governor DeSantis’ latest communications have included strong recommendations to cancel large gatherings and events, and the Town is heeding that advice.

Major events that are cancelled and postponed include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Jupiter U
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Coastal Fest
  • Committee & Board meetings
  • Spring Break Camp
  • Community Center programs and classes
  • JTAA practices and games at Town fields and facilities

In addition, cancellations are in effect for all smaller events held at the Community Center and other Town facilities, including meetings and facility rentals.  The April 7th Town Council meeting is still scheduled as planned; however, as the date nears it may be necessary to postpone or cancel that as well. Early voting will continue at the Community Center, as will registration for summer camp.

The Town is also encouraging residents and customers to do as much business as possible with the Town online.  Critical functions like public safety and water plant operations will continue to serve the community at their usual high levels of quality while taking proper precautions to keep personnel and residents safe.  Waste collection services will also continue on normal schedules, and residents are urged to take extra care to completely bag all waste left at the curb.

Events around Town that are not being offered or managed by the Town will make their own determination on whether to proceed or cancel. Please reach out to those organizations directly regarding their plans.

The Town will assess the situation regularly and publish updates on service availability via email, on its website and social media sites.  For helpful tips and resources, please visit our Coronavirus information page