Updates

This page will be updated as needed

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

Ongoing:
State of Florida and Palm Beach County’s Latest Order: Click Here
Ongoing:
City of West Palm Beach Updates on COVID-19: Click Here
March 29, 2020: Palm Beach County Directing Stay-Home Stay-Safe Safer-at-Home Policy Amendment – 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.

CRA’s Emergency Small Business Relief Program
This grant is a one-time financial assistance grant, not exceeding $2,500, to be used for mortgage/rent and/or utility payments or payroll to continue limited operations during this time of unprecedented crisis and National Emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants will be awarded on a “first complete & eligible application received = first granted” basis while funding remains available beginning May 5, 2020. To apply: Click Here

COVID-19 Recovery Assistance Program
To support small businesses in West Palm Beach, the City has created a partnership with the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority, Urban League of Palm Beach County and Valley National Bank to develop a fund to issue short term loans. To apply: Click Here

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.


Looking Forward

As we prepare to re-open businesses in the Downtown West Palm Beach District, the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority is working on public space guidelines to extend outdoor dining and retail options throughout district. 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 will continue to build upon our 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.
 
We are also focused on providing additional maintenance, security, and programming to our public spaces, including parks, plazas, streets, sidewalks, and alleyways. “On the Spot” will be welcoming to residents, visitors, and merchants to enjoy DowntownWPB in a safe and enjoyable environment.


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.