The Town of Jupiter continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and has taken necessary precautions to ensure the safety and well being of our community. We are working closely with County, State and Federal officials and follow guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Florida Department of Health.
The Town of Jupiter Administration is developing strategies for supporting future re-opening initiatives. Municipalities are bound by County and State orders and all Municipal Emergency orders remain in effect until further notice.
Palm Beach County and State of Florida Emergency Orders related to the Coronavirus are being followed. There have been many changes to our everyday life and highlights of current Emergency Orders are provided here:
The next Town Council Meeting will be on July 7th at 7:00 pm. The meeting will be held in Town Council Chambers.
Palm Beach County Phase I
Governor DeSantis authorized a full Phase I re-opening effective 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.
Palm Beach County issued an Emergency Order on Wednesday, June 24th requiring face masks to be worn in public places within the County. In keeping with the Executive Order, masks are now required at all Town of Jupiter Government public lobby and meeting areas. Visit the Jupiter Coronavirus Update page to learn more.
All events, programs and activities hosted by the Town are cancelled or postponed until further notice.
Effective Monday, May 18th, Town Hall and the Police Department lobbies are open for in-person business. In-person business should be limited to critical needs only, and customers are strongly encouraged to make an appointment ahead of time. You may contact Town officials and Town staff by email and telephone using the searchable staff directory on our website.
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
Fingerprinting services are unavailable at the Police Department until further notice.
The Town Community Center remains closed.
The Town will continue normal operations of Water, Wastewater, Sanitation, and Police services. Trash, Recycling, and Bulk pick up continue to follow the regular schedule
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. Visit our Jupiter updates page to learn why we decided to make this difficult decision.
Utility Bill Financial Relief: At the May 19th Town Council Meeting, the Jupiter Town Council approved a program to provide financial relief to local businesses. For two billing cycles, affected businesses will be given an instant rebate on their water utility base facility charges, commodity charges, and fire line charges. The billing line item will read “COVID 19 Relief" for those affected businesses. To learn more visit the Utilities Department home page.
The Burt Reynolds Park east and west boat ramps are now open per Palm Beach County Emergency Order 2020-05 boat docks, ramps, marinas, and any other venues used for launching any recreational vessels are open but the following rules are in effect.
As of May 18, additional park facilities have been reopened, please visit our beaches and parks page for more information and rules.
Beaches open Monday, May 18. Board of County Commissioners for Palm Beach County authorized the re-opening of beaches and beachfront parks in the County. Residents will notice signage along the Jupiter beachfront alerting them to guidelines and rules for visiting the beach. Social distancing practices would still be in effect, and groups would be restricted to 10 or less.
Gatherings of groups of people larger than 10 are prohibited.
Residents are encouraged to follow CDC guidelines for physical distancing keeping space between yourself and other people outside your home. To practiced physical distancing; stay at least 6 feet from other people, do not gather in groups, and stay out of crowded places an avoid mass gatherings.
The State of Florida Task Force to Re-open Florida, created by Governor DeSantis, announced it has launched a public comment submission portal. The portal is open to all Floridians wishing to submit public feedback. The task force has been in discussions about reopening some parts of the economy, but it wants feedback from residents before it makes final recommendations to the governor.
IRS Tax Relief
To help everyone check the status of their Economic Impact Payment, the IRS has launched an online tool that will provide the status of a payment, including the date it’s scheduled to be deposited or mailed. The tool is experiencing large volumes of people, learn more if you experience a "Status Not Available" message.
State law prohibits an unconscionable increase in the price of essential commodities needed as a direct result of a declared state of emergency. With respect to the COVID-19 declared state of emergency, the following consumer products are currently considered essential commodities:
- Protective masks and face shields used to protect you from others if you are sick;
- Sanitizing and disinfecting supplies, such as hand gel, wipes, and disinfectant sprays;
- All personal protective equipment (PPE), including gowns, booties, gloves, and other protective gear;
- COVID-19 test kits, swabs and related consumable medical supplies used in administering tests
- Are you seeing any of these items being sold at unreasonably excessive prices? Report the store or individual today at the Price Gouging Reporting Form or by calling 1-866-9NO-SCAM.
Resources & Assistance
Florida Power & Light Company responds to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic by lowering customer bills beginning May 1. FPL plans to issue a one-time decrease of nearly 25% for the typical residential customer bill as a result of lower fuel costs.
Waste Management is recommending any business that is currently closed to re-adjust or suspend their pick-up schedule to reduce collection costs. You may contact them through their COVID19 website or at 1-800-824-8472
Jupiter Medical Center is offering a low cost virtual medical care center using its app Care Anywhere.
Palm Beach County Libraries, including the Jupiter Branch, are closed. For more information please visit Palm Beach Counties library resource page.
Palm Beach County Department of Housing and Economic Sustainability is offering business grants for Palm Beach County businesses, learn more, and see if your business qualifies.
Medical/ Prescription Resources
Florida Blue has opened a free line to the Public Emotional Support Help Line at (833) 848-1762.
The Florida Department of Health is asking Florida Residents to complete a health survey, it takes less than 3 minutes.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides resources to help address questions regarding FDA regulated medical products and COVID-19.
Check with your pharmacy if you have prescription medication needs. The State of Florida is now allowing for early refills.
Testing is available locally at various locations – the criteria for testing are different at each location. For more information visit Jupiter Testing site, Palm Beach County Testing Sites and Martin County Testing Sites.