On May 4 Florida entered Phase 1 of the Safe. Smart. Step-by-Plan for Florida's Recovery. Governor DeSantis outlines steps for a phased reopening based upon recommendations from the Re-Open Florida Task Force. View Frequently Asked Questions about Phase 1. More here.
On May 9, Governor DeSantis added barbershops, cosmetology salons, and cosmetology specialty salons to Phase 1. The Governor authorized the above under Phase 1 via executive order here.
On May 15, Governor DeSantis announced continued reopening plans under Phase 1. Link to the Governor's presentation here. Executive Order here. More information here. The following will be in effect starting Monday May 18:
- New requirement to test all staff at Florida’s long-term care facilities.
- Restaurant capacity increased from 25% to 50% with proper physical distancing and possibly adding partitions.
- Retail store capacity increased from 25% to 50%.
- Museums and library capacity increased from 25% to 50%, noting library operations would be decided by local governments.
- Gyms and fitness centers may reopen at 50% capacity with proper physical distancing and sanitization.
- Sports facilities may reopen without crowds.
- Theme parks can submit reopening plans to the state (requires local government endorsement).
- Movie theaters remain closed.
The Leon County curfew is no longer in effect. Leon County’s countywide curfew expired with the Governor’s extended order on May 4 at 12:01 a.m.
Leon County's Short-Term Vacation Rental Plan approved by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). Leon County’s Short-Term Vacation Rental Plan allows for short-term vacation rental reservations and guests in Leon County. Consistent with Governor DeSantis’ recent executive order and implementation of a “full phase one” reopening, the County’s safety plan was developed utilizing guidance from DBPR, the CDC, and the Vacation Rental Management Association for property owners and managers to utilize once they resume hosting guests. Recognizing the priority of keeping both residents and visitors safe, the County’s plan aligns with state guidance by restricting travel from international locations and states with substantial community spread of COVID-19. Furthermore, the County’s plan outlines industry best practices and safety guidelines for property owners and managers to ensure short-term vacation rentals are opened in a responsible and safe manner. Leon County’s Division of Tourism, in coordination with Leon County Emergency Management, will continue to review these guidelines throughout each phase of Leon County’s COVID-19 Response & Reopening Plan. Click here to view the plan.
Leon County Public Library System
- Library locations remain closed to the public.
- Libraries will now offer curbside pick-up and drop-off services for print and other media materials at the County main library and all branches under select hours.
- Main library, Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Branch libraries, Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
To learn more about curbside services and access online library services, visit www.LeonCountyLibrary.org.
Library patrons may use the online catalog or library mobile app to reserve materials, or call (850) 606-2665. Once reserved, patrons will receive instructions when to report to library and how to contact a librarian to bring out the reserved materials.
Continue to offer library-based telephone services on (850) 606-2665.
Development Support and Environmental Management (DSEM)
- All online services remain accessible.
- One-on-one appointments may now be scheduled by calling (850) 606-1300.
- No walk-ins at this time.
Parks and Recreation
- Greenways and trails remain open.
- Active recreation programming remains closed.
- Community centers remain closed.
Household hazardous waste, tires and yard debris drop off and free mulch pick-up re-open (after soft launch this week) at the Solid Waste Management Facility, 7550 Apalachee Parkway.
For more information on service changes, visit our Services Changes page.
In coordination with the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) in Leon County, the County recommends visiting the Emergency Information Portal to stay informed as new information becomes available.
Also, FDOH has activated a 24/7 COVID-19 call center at (866) 779-6121. Leon County residents can also call the County Health Department at (850) 404-6300, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also, the best resource for Florida-specific COVID-19 information remains the following FDOH website: www.FLHealth.gov/COVID-19.
Comcast Extends Comprehensive COVID-19 Response Policies to June 30. Comcast announced today it will extend its commitments for Xfinity customers through June 30 to help ensure students can finish out the school year from home and remain connected to the internet during the COVID-19 crisis. More here.
Getting Your Household Ready for Coronavirus Disease – The Center for Disease Control offers guidance to help plan for any possible community transmission of COVID-19. We want to help everyone prepare to respond to this public health threat.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Households – The Center for Disease Control states cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in households and community settings.
Centers for Disease Control’s COVID-19 Situation Summary – Updated regularly, the CDC maintains a webpage that provides updated information as it becomes available with updated guidance.
Talquin Electric Customers. If you are a Talquin Electric customer struggling to pay your utility bill due to the COVID-19 crisis, please contact Talquin directly to discuss the possibility of utility bill assistance. To contact the Talquin Member Services group call (850) 627-7651, or email MemberFeedback@talquinelectric.com.