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COVID-19 Concerns: Important Updates


 

 

Posted on: 2020/03/16

 

Cancelled/Postponed Events:

UNWINED POSTPONED

PANAMA CITY BEACH — The UnWined festival planned for March 20-21 weekend in Panama City Beach was postponed indefinitely, with an eye toward rescheduling it for the autumn. For updates, go to VisitPanamaCityBeach.com.

MERAKI POSTPONED

PANAMA CITY — The monthly Meraki music and art event hosted by Floriopolis at CityArts Cooperative has been postponed until April; organizers don’t call it a cancellation because they plant to combine the two monthly events for March and April into an extra-sized happening along with The Great Create, a music/art/literary weekend scheduled for April 17-19.

SEABREEZE POSTPONED

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Seabreeze Jazz Festival, originally scheduled to take place April 22-26, has been postponed to April 21-25, 2021, at Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater out of an overabundance of caution and to comply with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ directive to limit large gatherings. Organizers Mark and Renee’ Carter hope to present the same line-up in 2021. Keep tickets, wristbands and lanyards; all will be honored for the same seating and events next year. If you cannot attend the 2021 date, a full refund will be available; instructions to follow by March 20.

HAMFEST 2020 CANCELLED

MARVEL OF FLIGHT 2020 CANCELLED

TRIPLE B FESTIVAL POSTPONED

BAY PRIDE FEST 2020 POSTPONED 

CULTURE CRAWL POSTPONED

CARRABELLE — The Carrabelle History Museum has postponed the Carrabelle Culture Crawl to a future date to be determined, based on CDC guidelines for gatherings of 50 or more people. The event will be postponed for at least the next 8 weeks.

EARTH DAY BAY COUNTY CANCELED

Festivities for the 16th annual Earth Day Bay County, originally scheduled for April 18 at McKenzie Park in Panama City, have been canceled.

THE PENSACOLA FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL POSTPONED

THE MONSTER JAM AT THE PENSACOLA BAY CENTER  POSTPONED 

BLUE ANGELS 2020 AIR SHOW: FIRST FIVE SHOWS CANCELED

The Blues will return to Pensacola by the end of next week. However their practice schedule while in town is unclear and is still to be determined.

DIGITAL GRAFFITI RESCHEDULED 

South Walton’s focus is on the CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 and they are continuing to follow the guidance of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), Florida Department of Health and Walton County Emergency Management. With this being said, Digital Graffiti is rescheduled for October 2-3, 2020. Event management will provide an update to let you know when tickets will be available for purchase. 

THE PENSACOLA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE’S 2020 GO IRISH ON THE ISLAND ST. PADDY’S DAY PUB CRAWL CANCELED 

GULF COAST SCIENCE FESTIVAL CANCELED

 

Businesses:

UNITED WAY OF NORTHWEST FL

The United Way of Northwest Florida office, 842 Harrison Ave. in Panama City, is temporarily closed and staff is working from home. The annual meeting scheduled for March 26 at Gulf Coast State College has been canceled. 

The UW Volunteer Income Tax Assistance center located at Bill Cramer Chevrolet is temporarily closed. The tentative re-opening date is Tuesday, March 31. The public can get more updates by calling 850-348-9077.

The Red Feather dinner scheduled for April 2 at Capt. Anderson’s Restaurant has been postponed. A new date has yet to be determined.

PANAMA CITY CENTER FOR THE ARTS

To minimize health risks to the community in relation to COVID-19, the Center for the arts, 19 E. Fourth St. in Panama City, will be closed to the public through March 29. This includes all classes, events and exhibitions. The facility is run by Bay Arts Alliance, but is owned by the City of Panama City. As such, the Center will follow the city’s lead. Patrons are encouraged to follow the City of Panama City - Government and Panama City Quality of Life pages on Facebook for more information.

WINN-DIXIE

Beginning Monday, March 16, all Winn-Dixie locations will close at 9 p.m. nightly until further notice, according to a letter posted at WinnDixie.com from Anthony Hucker, President and CEO of Southeastern Grocers.

WALMART

Walmart’s store hours have been 6 a.m.-11 p.m. since Sunday, March 15, and they will continue to be limited until further notice.

PUBLIX

Since Saturday, March 14, Publix has been closing at 8 p.m. nightly company-wide, and will continue closing early until further notice, according to a post on Facebook.com/publix/

CHICK-FIL-A

Starting Saturday, March 21, Chick-fil-A in Panama City will be temporarily closing the dining room in response to the COVID-19 virus, but orders still will be taken through drive-thru, take-out and delivery service. Follow updates at Chick-fil-a.com/corona-virus or Facebook.com/ChickfilAPanamaCity/

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF THE EMERALD COAST IN ESCAMBIA, OKALOOSA AND WALTON COUNTIES

BARS AND NIGHTCLUBS SUSPENDED FOR 30 DAYS

Governor Ron DeSantis is suspending all bars and nightclubs in Florida for the next 30 days starting at 5 P.M. Tuesday, March 17. 

ALL FLORIDA RESTAURANT DINING ROOMS & GYMS CLOSED

The Governor issued an Executive Order closing restaurant dining rooms and gyms for the duration of the state’s State of Emergency, which expires May 8, but can be extended. Check your cities restaurant listings for Take-Out and Delivery options. 

 

School Closures by District:

WALTON

The Walton County School District is now closed for students from now until Monday, March 30, 2020. More information will follow including guidance for employees the week of March 23-27, extra-curricular activities, testing, and SPICE, according to the District.

BAY

Bay District Schools will extend all public school closures through April 15, following a statewide order from Gov. DeSantis. The district has plans to continue lessons remotely. 

OKALOOSA

The Okaloosa County School District issued a statement that it would extend spring break. Students will not return to school before March 30.

SANTA ROSA

Santa Rosa Schools will close March 23rd through March 27th in response to the COVID-19, virus. Additionally, all extracurricular activities including athletics (practice or play) are canceled for the next two weeks beginning March 14th. Employees should remain in contact with your school or department during the spring break to receive updates. Employees should also plan on reporting to work on March 23rd, however this is subject to change, according to the District.

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES STATE-WIDE

Governor Ron DeSantis is recommending that all Florida universities go to remote, online learning for the rest of the semester.

 

 

 City/County Closures:

NICEVILLE

The City of Niceville closed its Children’s Park, community center, library and senior center pending further notice.

FORT WALTON BEACH

Fort Walton Beach will be closing the recreation center, library and museum until March 30 pending updates and direction from the Florida Department of Health.

CRESTVIEW

Crestview has opted to close the Twin Hills Park Gym, Bob Sikes Library Allen Park Community Center and the senior center until March 30 pending further updates.

CITY OF SPRINGFIELD

For the safety of customers and staff, the City of Springfield asks that monthly utility payments be put in the drop box at the front end of the building or use the website at www.springfieldfl.net. If you normally pay by cash and don’t have exact change for the drop box, any overage will be applied to the next bill.

LIBRARY EVENTS CANCELLED

The Northwest Regional Library System locations are suspending library events and programs through the month of March, according to an announcement on Monday.

That includes all children, teen and adult programs, community group meetings and other special events at the Bay County Public Library in Panama City, Panama City Beach Public Library, Parker Public Library, Springfield Public Library, Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe, Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka, Harrell Memorial Public Library in Hosford, and the Jimmy Weaver Memorial Library in Hosford.

For updates, visit NWRLS.com

STATE PARKS REMAIN OPEN, EVENTS CANCELED

Currently, all Florida State Parks and Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection facilities (aquatic preserves and National Estuarine Research Reserves) remain open to the public. However, out of an abundance of caution, DEP has made the decision to cancel all events and activities at Florida state parks and ORCP facilities effective immediately.

This includes a Chili Cook-out the Friends of St. Andrews State Park had scheduled for later this month.

This decision is in line with guidance from the CDC for the public to avoid the gathering of large groups, according to a news release. The department will provide updates when events and activities will resume.

For the protection of staff and our day-use visitors, all state parks, aquatic preserves, and other areas have been provided signage and guidance on preventative actions to reduce transmission of respiratory illness. All staff are fully informed and utilizing the protocol urged by the CDC and Florida Department of Health, the news release said. Surfaces and areas that are frequently touched will be disinfected throughout the day, and all facilities regularly cleaned to protect visitor safety.

SEASIDE CLOSINGS

All spring event programming has been canceled at the Seaside community off County 30A in Walton County. In addition, public beach accesses will be closed.

All merchants/retail stores, galleries and other shops in the town’s commercial zone will be closed as of noon on Saturday, March 21, though some may choose to close earlier. The Seaside Farmers’ Market will close through April 30. Food and beverage merchants may remain open for to-go service only, unless otherwise directed by the state or federal government.

BEACH CLOSURES

All 850 beaches are closed until further notice. 




 

 


 

 

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