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The FITTEAM Ballpark testing center is closed today due to flooding over the weekend. All patients scheduled for testing at the ballpark site can reschedule their appointments by calling the Health Care District’s COVID-19 Testing Hotline tomorrow after it opens at 8 a.m. at 561-642-1000.

If you would like to get your COVID-19 test elsewhere in South Florida, there are still a number of sites open, including:

MD NOW West Palm Beach Urgent Care

Address: 2606 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Phone: (954) 737-4531 Please call to set up an appointment

MD NOW West Palm Beach Urgent Care

Address: 2606 S Dixie Hwy, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Phone: (954) 737-4531 Please call to set up an appointment

CareSpot Urgent Care of

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All sandbars, islands, and shorelines in Palm Beach County will be closed for Memorial Day weekend, including Beer Cann Island and sandbar, Peanut Island and sandbar, Munyon Islands, and Jupiter and Tequesta sandbars, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

Rafting and flotillas, as well as tying, roping of boats to each other is prohibited. This includes all boats, kayakers and paddle boarders.

The sheriff's office said that vessels may anchor in deep water and must be 50-feet apart from each other.

Violations of the Emergency Order can result in civil fine, arrest and seizure of assets.

For more information, click here.

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Beaches on Singer Island will reopen on Tuesday.

During an emergency meeting, the Riviera Beach City Council voted 7-1 to reopen beaches starting around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The decision comes just one day after beaches throughout Palm Beach County were allowed to reopen after being closed for nearly two months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, some communities have restrictions when it comes to beach access.

Boca Raton's beaches are open, but beach parking lots remain closed and parking is prohibited along A1A.

In Delray Beach, you can only walk, jog, and swim at the beach. No surfing or sunbathing is allowed.

In Martin County, officials said beaches will now be open to anyone, not just county residents. In addition, Hobe

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Governor Ron DeSantis made the announcement this morning that effective immediately, state officials will end restrictions on youth activities, which includes summer camps and youth sports in Florida.

He said while the state is lifting restrictions, local governments can make their own restrictions, if they desire.

Distance learning was initially put in place, the governor said, because it was believed children could spread the disease to others.

"I think what we've seen is that is not how it's working out now," he said. "Kids are not immune from this. Some kids have been infected and some kids have been critically ill. There have been some, not a lot, in the United States that have died."

DeSantis also reiterated that no one under the age

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The 2020 (Re) Open Tour continues this weekend in Palm Beach County, with women’s tennis taking center stage.

Kicking off today (Friday) at noon, the three-day UTR Pro Match series event will take place on a private West Palm Beach court, involving Aventura resident Amanda Anisimova (No. 28 in the world rankings), Danielle Collins (No. 51) of St. Petersburg, fellow American Alison Riske (No. 19) and Australian Ajla Tomljanovic (No. 56)

It’s the first professional women’s tennis event since the start of the coronavirus outbreak in mid-March and comes two weeks after Delray Beach’s Reilly Opelka won the inaugural (Re) Open Tour event, besting three other male players.

Like the men’s tournament, the women are playing a round-robin tournament

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The Jupiter Lighthouse will reopen to the public on a limited basis starting Saturday, May 30, according to its website. Beginning that day, the lighthouse grounds will be open Thursday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until further notice, with the last admission taking place at 3 p.m.

The lighthouse museum, the Tindall Pioneer House and Keeper’s Workshop will all remain closed for now, however, and there will be a bevy of safety precautions.

Among them: Masks are required inside the tower and on its deck, at the museum entrance and in the gift shop. No more than 10 people can climb the tower at the same time. Social distancing markings will be flagged on the lighthouse deck.

There also will be hand sanitizer available throughout the grounds

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Palm Beach County is doing its part to help struggling small business owners get back on their feet. The local county government announced it is preparing to award $60 million in grants for businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. An online portal to submit an application will open at 8 a.m. Friday at discover.pbcgov.org.

According to the Palm Beach Post, the county has set aside $50 million, from the $261 million it received from the CARES Act, for businesses employing 25 people or fewer. Another $10 million will be available for businesses with more than 25 employees.

The grants cannot exceed $25,000, meaning the county has enough for grants to at least 2,000 small businesses and at least 400 businesses with more than 25 employees. How

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With Summer here, and the coronavirus still limiting some of your kids’ favorite activities, you may be wondering what kinds of fun things they can do while still practicing safe social distancing. Here are a few suggestions.

Kids Under 5

  • Make this simple DIY ball ramp game.

  • Play free games featuring Elmo, Daniel Tiger and more at pbskids.org.

  • ABCmouse.com offers a 30-day free trial of their interactive lessons and games.

  • Try out Post-It Match—a DIY name recognition activity.

  • Watch astronauts read children’s books from space.

  • Through the quarantine, Other Goose is offering their charter school-approved curriculum for free.

  • Disney+ is a favorite in our house, and they offer a seven-day

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With many of Florida’s coronavirus restrictions slowly being lifted, you may be wondering about travel into and out of the state. So far, many of the limitations and recommendations on travel remain unchanged. Here’s what you need to know.

Out-of-State Travelers

New York

New Yorkers traveling into Florida are instructed to self-isolate for 14 days, including those who have arrived in Florida within the past 14 days. Violators could face second-degree misdemeanor charges and up to 60 days in prison or a $500 fine.

Louisiana

Gov. DeSantis announced on Friday that anyone traveling to Florida from Louisiana needs to immediately self-isolate for a period of 14 days. The restrictions are an extension of the order that applies to New Yorkers.

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This week, Jupiter Town council members voted on their first coronavirus relief package, offering up thousands of dollars to water utility customers.

During the next two monthly payment cycles, Jupiter officials will eliminate a chunk of the bill for local businesses that have taken a financial hit during the pandemic. They estimate it will cost the utility about $780,000.

About 1,330 businesses should benefit. The town is generally including all commercial accounts, except for big box stores that remained open, schools, government facilities, homeowner association spaces, irrigation meters and utility sites.

Town estimates indicate a wide range of savings for businesses: from under $150 to more than $14,000. The waived fees come from base

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