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Posted on: March 18, 2020

Panama City suspends publicly-permitted events, sports and arts programming, informational meetings

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The City of Panama City is suspending all publicly-permitted events, facility reservations, sports and arts programming and informational meetings through at least May 1, 2020.

Code Enforcement hearings have been suspended through at least May 1, 2020.

The action is being taken in response to a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that gatherings be limited to no more than ten people and maintain a distance of at least six (6) feet from other gatherings.

The City is currently aligning its decisions with the closures of Florida’s public schools.

The City will work with event organizers to reschedule permitted-events already approved by the City Commission as needed at no additional cost.

This only applies to events that are permitted through the City of Panama City. Private event organizers are encouraged to use their discretion and follow the directions of officials from the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine if event cancellations are necessary.

The outdoor areas of the City’s parks are currently open; however, the City encourages citizens to practice social distancing and reduce gatherings to no more than ten people.

The boat ramp and fuel docks at the St. Andrews Marina remain open, but the marina store is closed through at least May 1, 2020. Citizens who would like to purchase fuel for their vessels may pull up to the fuel dock during regular business hours (daily, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.) and an employee will come outside to process payments.

Residents are encouraged to use their discretion when it comes to attending public events or parks.

As a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

For questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Florida Department of Health (DOH)’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling (866) 779-6121. The Call Center is available 24 hours per day. Inquiries may also be emailed to COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

Please visit the Florida Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage at www.FloridaHealth.gov/COVID-19. This remains the best and most up-to-date resource for information and guidance regarding COVID-19 in Florida.

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