Venturing Out in the World
With local businesses opening amid COVID-19, it is important for us to remember that the pandemic is not over. We still need to mindful of what’s happening and how to stay safe as we venture out to enjoy the beach, do some shopping, have a meal out with loved ones, or just enjoy the company of missed friends.
Governor Ron DeSantis has announced The Safe, Smart, Step-By-Step Plan for Florida’s reopening. Here are the highlights.
Full Phase One Plan starting on Monday, 18, 2020 Vacation rental ban remains in effect; however, a safety plan can be submitted by each County. Approval is needed by state to reopen on a case by case basis. • Movie theaters cannot reopen at this time • Bars cannot open at this time • Restaurants can move from 25% to 50% capacity and outdoor seating • Retail can move from 25% to 50% capacity • Gyms/Fitness Clubs can open • Museums and Libraries can move from 25% to 50% capacity • Sports venues can open • Hair and nail salons are open, by appointment only • Most State Parks are open, including St. Andrews and Camp Helen, but not at full capacity. • Schools remain distance learning for remainder of school year • Visits to senior living facilities are prohibited • Elective surgeries can resume • Individuals should avoid close contact with people outside the home • Avoid socializing in groups of more than 10 people in circumstances that do not readily allow for physical distancing • Face masks are recommended for all of those in face-to-face interactions and where you can’t social distance
Sandy beaches are open all day • All public gatherings at City facilities and property on Panama City Beach, with more than 10 people are prohibited indefinitely. City council meetings allow 25% capacity. • City recreational sports fields on Panama City Beach are open as of May 16; tournaments will be allowed to begin June 1. CDC guidelines are still in effect. • The Community Center at Lyndell Center is closed indefinitely • Limit public interaction with Panama City Beach City services, such as Utility billing, Code Enforcement, HR, Civil Service, building inspection, routine police and fire contact
Disease prevention: • If you are 65 or older or have underlying health conditions please stay home. • Practice social distancing of at least 6 feet. • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. • If you cough or sneeze, do it into your sleeve or use a tissue. Dispose of the tissue immediately into a closed rubbish bin, and then clean your hands. • Clean surfaces regularly with disinfectant. For example: Always clean kitchen benches and work desks.
If you feel unwell: • Avoid traveling if you have a fever and/or cough. • Once you get home, make contact with a health professional and tell them about where you have been. • If you feel unwell, stay at home and call your healthcare provider.
This blog post is for informational purposes. Please follow the directions of local and federal officials. Stay updated with the latest local information: Bay County Health Department