Golfers, businesses react to closures in Palm Beach County due to COVID-19

Golfers react to golf course closures in Palm Beach County due to COVID-19 (WPEC).

Residents and golfers living next to Abacoa Golf Club weigh in on coronavirus update from Palm Beach County officials.

“I love the golf course and the people there, and they’re going to suffer for this,” resident Bob Fritz said.

Mayor Dave Kerner ordered all non-essential businesses, private and public golf courses to close effective immediately to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

“Even though I ride a cart alone. Social distancing. There’s just no way you can keep that far apart,” Fritz said.

The golf course is not the only business impacted during the coronavirus outbreak.

Clothing and jewelry stores are all forced to close their doors.

“It’s scary,” said Mike McMaster, general manager of Wholesale Jewelry.

He packed up the store and put a temporarily closed sign outside.

“We have employees. They have families. We’re just like everybody else out there. We all have bills and we all go to stay working to keep the money flowing,” McMaster said.

Officials said this move will help put less pressure on law enforcement as they will be monitoring violators.

Meanwhile, critical businesses like grocery stores, child care and pharmacies remain open.

“At the end of the day, it probably was the right thing to do,” Fritz said.

Despite Gov. Ron DeSantis’ suggestion to stay at home unless it’s necessary, many golfers say they plan to head north, where a few businesses and golf courses remain open for now.

“We’re moving north to Martin County,” golfer Monty Itzen said, who is visiting from Minnesota. “We’re going to keep on golfing as long as we can. It’s about the only thing that’s open.”

CBS12 News discovered many businesses and outdoor activities in Martin County already voluntarily closed their doors.