PBC Allows Full Capacity for All Businesses; Fight Over School Reopenings Continues

Days after moving into phase 3 of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ reopening plan, Palm Beach County just took another step.

According to Emergency Order 2020-028, which became effective Tuesday at 5 p.m., County Mayor Dave Kerner has now allowed all businesses to operate at full capacity.

In addition, facial coverings remain mandatory in all establishments, as well as in places where it is not possible to adhere to the CDC’s social distancing guidelines.

Restaurants and other businesses had been held to lower capacity standards until the new Emergency Order was issued.

Meanwhile, a group made up of six teachers and the spouse of another have filed a request for a new hearing to obtain an injunction on reopening schools, according to a report from WPEC-TV.

Circuit Court Judge Glenn Kelley declined to consider the group’s first request last week, saying, “It is not the courts, with respect to safety and health, that should be making these decisions. It has to be left to and great deference given to the policymakers.”

The plaintiff’s attorney, Barry Silver, says in the new motion for a hearing that the court has “abused its discretion” by refusing to get involved in the matter.

Although virtual learning remains an option, the District reopened brick-and-mortar campuses on September 21.

However, the motion for hearing says that should have never happened, as the School Board concluded through its own investigation that the facilities remain unsafe due to the pandemic.