Updates

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If we all work together, we can protect the health and safety of our employees, patrons and the downtown community, which is our top priority. As recommended by the CDC, social distancing will help slow the spread of COVID-19.


Updates

Palm Beach County is in Phase I

As of Thursday, July 16, no establishment permitted to serve food or alcohol for on-site consumption, whether indoor or outdoor, shall serve food or alcohol between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. To read the entire Palm Beach County Emergency Order 2020-014: Click Here

NEW: Palm Beach County Requires Face Coverings: Click Here
Ongoing: State of Florida and Palm Beach County’s Latest: Click Here
Ongoing:
City of West Palm Beach Updates on COVID-19: Click Here


Business Assistance

Palm Beach County’s CARES Restart Business Grants
Online application for opens on Friday, May 22 at 8 a.m. The program guidelines, including eligibility criteria, are currently posted on the County’s website.  The BCC gave approval for individual grants up to $25,000 to help Palm Beach County businesses forced to close or limit operations and are now planning to “restart” based on the county’s phased opening process. We encourage you to prepare for the application as they will be processed on a first come, first eligible basis. For more information and criteria, visit pbcgov.com/hes.

Paycheck Protection Program
The business loans will become available releasing $350 billion to small businesses affected by the virus. These are loans that may be part or fully forgiven for keeping jobs. The sooner you apply the faster you will be able to receive funding. The Treasury Department has released an application in addition to other important information around the Paycheck Protection Program. To apply: Click Here

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted COVID-19. To learn more: Click Here.

Governor Ron DeSantis has activated the Business Damage Assessment Survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local business operations to determine which businesses may qualify for relief programs. To take the survey, visit www.floridadisaster.biz. For inquiries or assistance with the survey, businesses can contact Emergency Support Function 18 at ESF18@em.myflorida.com.  

Governor Ron DeSantis has now activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), provides short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced economic injury from COVID-19. To apply, Click Here. 

If your employment has been disrupted or terminated because of reasons related to stopping the spread of the COVID-19 virus, you may be eligible to receive Reemployment Assistance. To learn more, Click Here.

SCORE’s expert business mentors are available by phone, email, and video to help support you through these challenging times. Visit www.score.org/find-mentor to get online assistance today.


Current Projects

As we prepare to re-open businesses in the Downtown West Palm Beach District, the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority worked on public space guidelines to extend outdoor dining and retail options throughout district called “Dining On The Spot.” This is in response to the City of West Palm Beach’s Economic Development Task Force requesting districts, city staff, and various community groups to work together and formulate appropriate post-COVID solutions for our businesses.
 
We have built a DowntownWPB Toolkit to establish clear and safe guidelines that respect physical distancing and CDC directives, by working with businesses in complementing the restrictions of interior dine-in or shopping capacity with an outdoor solution.

In addition, free, online COVID-19 cleaning workshops are being offered to businesses. Participants located in the DDA district who participate in the workshop will also receive a Cleaning Starter Kit to equip them while supplies last. This kit includes a gallon of Bioesque disinfectant, paper rags, a spray bottle, masks, disposable gloves and special infographics outlining the steps needed to properly clean coronavirus off a surface. Click Here for details. Remember to protect yourself to protect others.

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Resources


Local businesses in DowntownWPB are working hard to continue to provide services. For a running list on restaurants providing curbside carryout and delivery:


From fitness to art classes and virtual tours, many entities in and around DowntownWPB are offering virtual experiences.