Leon County Re-Opens Certain Programs and Services in Alignment with the State Beginning June 5
In a safe, slow and measured way guided by health experts and in alignment with the State of Florida, Leon County reopened certain programs and services as listed below. Throughout all phases of reopening, the County remains focused on protecting public health, supporting our hospitals and long-term care facilities, and coordinating our many different community partners to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Phase 1 remained in effect until June 5, to view the Governor's Executive Order and plan outlining Florida's Phase 2: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida's Recovery, click here. Learn more at LeonCountyFL.gov/Reopen.
All County Offices
- County offices who offer direct services will now accommodate walk-in clients with physical distancing measures in accordance with public health guidance.
- No non-essential in-person demonstrations, events, programs, or trainings will be conducted.
Leon County Public Library System
- Library locations are now open to the public at 50 percent capacity.
- To allow for extra cleaning, library hours are now as follows for inside operation and curbside services:
- Main library, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Branch libraries, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Patrons limited to one hour in library.
- Library computer use limited to one hour with physically distanced terminals.
- In person Library programming (Baby Time, etc.) remains suspended.
- All seating (except computer terminals) and community rooms remain closed.
- Libraries will continue to 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. 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.
- Walk-in clients will be accommodated.
Intervention and Detention Alternatives (as determined by courts and criminal justice operations)
- Resume drug and alcohol testing.
- Resume face-to-face case management services.
- Resume in-person operations, including appointments and walk-ins.
- Resume in-person operations, including appointments and walk-ins.
Leon County Courthouse
- Further information on when judicial functions resume will be provided at a later time.
Parks and Recreation
- OPEN: Greenways, trails, tennis courts, dog parks, and campgrounds.
- Consistent with Florida State Parks, all County campgrounds will reopen starting Saturday, August 15th at 8 a.m. This includes Coe Landing, Hall Landing and Williams Landing. The following COVID-19 rules will apply to campgrounds until further notice:
- Face masks required in the common facilities.
- Reservations required at least 48 hours in advance and paid for online. NO walk-ins to avoid cash payments in the iron rangers.
- Restroom use limited to one person at a time.
- Picnic pavilions remain closed.
- Some individual camp sites may be closed to accommodate social distancing between individual camp sites.
- Group camping special events are not permitted. Family units/individuals only.
- PARTIALLY OPEN: Athletic fields and basketball courts for individuals and groups no larger than 10
- CLOSED: Community centers, playgrounds, pavilions, and active recreation facilities for organized play.
- Continue household hazardous waste, tires and yard debris drop off and free mulch pick-up at the Solid Waste Management Facility, 7550 Apalachee Parkway.
Governor DeSantis’ Phase Two Re-Opening
- Restaurants may allow bar-top seating with appropriate social distancing. Restaurant may still operate at 50 percent capacity.
- Bars and pubs may operate at 50 percent capacity inside and full capacity outside with appropriate social distancing.
- Retail establishments may operate at full capacity with responsible social distancing and sanitization protocols.
- Gyms may operate at full capacity with appropriate social distancing and frequent sanitization.
- Entertainment businesses, including but not limited to movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys and arcades, may operate at 50 percent capacity with appropriate social distancing and sanitization protocols.
- Personal services businesses, including but not limited to tattoo parlors, acupuncture establishments, tanning salons and massage establishments may operate while adhering to guidance from the Florida Department of Health.
- Individuals over 65 or with underlying medical conditions are strongly encouraged to avoid crowds and take measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
- All individuals that work in long-term care facilities should be tested for COVID-19 on a routine basis.
- All persons in Florida are encouraged to avoid congregating in groups larger than 50.
- Leon County Clerk of Court resumes in-person services at NE Branch. Available services include payment of traffic citations and court ordered costs, acceptance of passport applications, passport photos, marriage licenses, recording of mortgages and deeds and obtaining certified copies of court and official records. For more information, visit www.leonclerk.com.
- Governor DeSantis extended the moratorium on evictions and foreclosures until September 1.
- Suspension of on-premise consumption of alcohol at bars (amended). On Wednesday July 1, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) amended its order that suspended alcohol sales at bars and pubs to allow any establishment licensed to sell food to sell alcohol, effective immediately. View the amended order HERE.
- Governor DeSantis extends moratorium on evictions and foreclosures until August 1. More here.
- Suspension of on-premise consumption of alcohol at bars. On Friday, June 26, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) suspended on premise consumption of alcohol at bars statewide, effective immediately. The order included all vendors licensed for such sale who derive more than 50 percent of gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages. The vendors may continue to sell alcoholic beverages in sealed containers for consumption off the premises. View Emergency Order 2020-09 here.
- Governor DeSantis issued an executive order extending the moratorium on evictions and foreclosures until July 1. The moratorium pertains only to residential properties and not to commercial real estate such as office buildings, warehouses, free-standing retail shops and shopping malls. Eviction-for-nonpayment protections also exist at the federal level under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed in March. The Governor’s executive order can be found HERE.
- Leon County's Short-Term Vacation Rental Plan was 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. View the Plan here.
- Governor DeSantis extends order preventing foreclosures, evictions until June 1. View the order here.
- Tax Collector Service Centers will reopen to the public on June 1. More information here.
- Leon County Schools closes summer camps until further notice. More information here. Fun4Tally kids has compiled a list of available offerings including virtual camps here.
- Leon County School Campuses Remain Closed for the Rest of the School Year. Leon County Schools will continue distance learning. More here.
- Leon County closes public access to County offices. During the closure, all Leon County work areas will be appropriately staffed to provide essential services through online- and phone-based systems during normal business hours. For specifics read the News Release here.
- Limited partial openings are available at some Florida State Parks starting May 4 . Information on limited openings for Lake Talquin State Park, Lake Jackson Mounds Archeological State Park, St. Marks River Preserve State Park, Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park, and the Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad Trail. More here.
- All County Building Inspections will now be done remotely through video technology or photographs. To protect the health of our building inspectors and the public they serve, no County building inspector will enter an occupied residence and all final inspections not required for a Certificate of Occupancy may be rescheduled at the requested of the contractor or homeowner. Also, all building permit extension fees are waived and building permit expiration dates are extended for six months, pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 20-52.
- Florida Department of Health in Leon County - Essential Services Remain Open
- EXPIRED- The countywide curfew has expired and was not renewed as of Monday, May 4 at 12:01 a.m. More here.
- EXTENDED - All jury trials are cancelled through May 31.
- EXTENDED - A two-week suspension of vacation rental operations within the state. Vacation rentals are prohibited from making new reservations or bookings and shall not accept new guests for check-in.
- EXTENDED-The U.S. Treasury Secretary extended the tax filing date to July 15, giving Americans an additional three months to file their income tax returns
- CANCELED – All senior programming at County Community Centers. However, online events and programs are still being held. More here.
- CANCELED – County's Tire Amnesty collection events in May. Tires are accepted at the Solid Waste Center at 7550 Apalachee Parkway. More here.
- CANCELED- Big Bend Pop Warner cancels upcoming season. From Big Bend Pop Warner: "Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic we are cancelling our upcoming season and a full refund will be returned to you within the next two weeks. We care deeply about the wellbeing of the families that participate in our program and we want to make sure we operate with an abundance of caution. Thank you and please stay safe."
- SUSPENDED – To ensure healthcare workers have the appropriate in-demand personal protective equipment, Leon County will suspend all Mosquito Control hand-fogging operations. These operations require the same equipment and are being prioritized for healthcare agencies. Residents may still receive night-time spraying from truck because such operations don’t require the same protective equipment.
- SUSPENDED- Leon County Sheriff's Office suspends in-person visitation at Detention Facility. Outside contact for inmates will be limited to telephone and postal mail. Attorneys are requested to contact detention facility personnel to schedule any meetings at this time. Also, citizen ride-a-longs with deputies are also suspended until further notice.
- SUSPENDED-Following the State of Emergency issued in response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Florida, the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) has suspended visitation at all correctional institutions statewide. More here.
- WastePro service delivery changes. As a safety measure, WastePro has implemented a no touch policy and will only service waste and recycling materials that are inside carts until further notice to avoid contact with waste. Waste placed outside the receptacle either loose or bagged, will be left curb side. Please call WastePro with further questions at (850) 561-0800.
- The Leon County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller is working, with our judicial and government partners, closely monitoring the situation and taking steps to deal with the spread of COVID-19. In accordance with the Supreme Court Administrative Order 20-17, the Courthouse is now closed to the general public except for essential proceedings (please see the list below). Learn more.