Palm Beach County Makes COVID-19 Plans For Hurricane Shelters

The COVID-19 pandemic will result in some changes at hurricane shelters this season.

Palm Beach County has 15 primary shelters, all of them located at public schools. There’s also a shelter at the South Florida Fairgrounds for people with special needs and a pet-friendly hurricane shelter at West Boynton Park and Recreation Center.

If you go to any county hurricane shelter, officials urge you to bring a mask and bottle of hand sanitizer.

You will likely have your temperature taken upon arrival, though Palm Beach County Emergency Management Director Bill Johnson says you won't be turned away if you have a fever.

Social distancing will also be in place.

"We can have families kind of crunch together and then have six feet between each family."

He says deputies will be stationed at each facility to remind people about social distancing rules.

The shelters have a combined capacity of 55,000 people, but during Hurricane Dorian, there were only 13,000 people using them, which leaves plenty of space to make sure people are social distancing.

Click Here for more on the county's hurricane shelter plans.

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