Florida Re-Opens: Phase 2

Florida Re-Opens: Phase 2

As of Friday, June 5, 2020, all but three Florida counties – Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade – have now entered “Phase 2” of reopening after the COVID-19 outbreak. Here’s a breakdown of what that means in a handy chart provided by Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office:

Read the complete Executive Order here for a full list of all businesses that may now operate and what, if any, restrictions they must follow.

This means

In addition to the restrictions that have already been lifted in Phase 1, you will begin to see more obvious shifts toward normal service and operations at bars, pubs, restaurants, and retail stores. Bar-top seating will be allowed with proper social distancing. Retail stores and gyms can operate at full capacity. Movie theaters, concert halls, auditoriums, bowling alleys, and other similar entertainment venues may operate at 50 percent capacity with appropriate social distancing and sanitation.

Busch Gardens will open soon, and Disney World plans to phase into park re-openings in July. Some other area attractions have already opened their doors. Each of these attractions will have COVID-specific protocols in place. Call ahead or check their websites before heading over.

This does NOT mean COVID-19 has disappeared or that the risk has been entirely mitigated. Sanitation and social distancing protocols currently in place are still encouraged. Seniors and anyone with underlying medical conditions should limit their risk of exposure to COVID-19. Everyone is encouraged to avoid congregating in groups larger than 50 persons.

 

And, in Sun City Center…

Starting on June 15, 2020, the SCCCA will transition to opening these Community Association designated club rooms:

Amateur Radio, Apple Users, Art Club, Billiards, Bunka Art Stitchers, Ceramics, China Painters, Computer Club, DAV, Dollhouse Miniatures, History Society, Lapidary, Model Railroad, Needlecrafters, Photo Club, Potter’s Wheel, Sawdust Engineers, SCC Travel Club, Sew’n Sews, Shell Crafters, Stained Glass, Seniors VS Crime Office, Weavers and Woodcarvers.

In addition, the outdoor pool, walking pool and Atrium walking path will now operate without the session closures. The outdoor pool usage clubs (Deep Water/Shallow Water Aquasizers and Water Volleyball) may also resume.

The Fitness Center will remain as-is with the two-hour sessions with one and a half hours of usage and then closure for thirty minutes for cleaning and sanitizing between sessions. There will be continued monitoring for lesser capacity with social distancing and the suggestion of masks to be worn.

There will be no non-dedicated club usage, meeting/social room usage of the facilities this time.

This is for Community Association and Freedom Plaza card holding members only, No guests.  King’s Point Gold Card holders may attend their affiliated club activities. Hours of Operation for all facilities at this time will remain 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Hillsborough County Library Update

Beginning Monday, June 8, 2020, book drops will be open Monday-Friday at all Hillsborough County Library System library locations to accept returns. Your returned items will be placed into quarantine and will still appear as “checked out” on your account. They will be checked in when safety and staffing permit. This will not change the number of items you are able to borrow. Items can be returned to these locations regardless of where you borrowed them from.

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Hillsborough County to Open 2 Quarantine and Isolation Sites

Hillsborough County to Open 2 Quarantine and Isolation Sites

Hillsborough County to Open 2 Quarantine and Isolation Sites

 
 

Hillsborough County, Fla. (April 1, 2020) – Joining communities across the nation, Hillsborough County will open quarantine and isolation sites at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 2 to house residents and family members impacted by COVID-19 coronavirus. The sites will allow isolation of residents who have tested positive for coronavirus or quarantine of those exposed.

The sites will help prevent further spread of the virus by providing shelter, food, telemedicine options, and basic services such as laundry and sanitation for residents who are able to care for themselves but unable to stay in their own home.

The sites – two adjacent hotels on East Fowler Avenue in Tampa with a total of 362 rooms – will be managed by Hillsborough County and the Department of Health in Hillsborough County (DOH – Hillsborough). By stepping up to assist the community and leasing these facilities to Hillsborough County, 111 jobs have been preserved.

Residents eligible to use the sites must first be pre-screened by DOH – Hillsborough. Those housed at the sites could include single individuals or family members like a spouse and child.

Hillsborough County has signed a six-month lease with both hotels to serve as quarantine and isolation sites. The length of time the facilities will stay open and whether additional sites will be opened will be determined by local conditions. The length of time individuals will stay in the quarantine or isolation sites will be determined by the Department of Health and each person’s specific needs.

The two sites are the Quality Inn & Conference Center, 2701 E. Fowler Ave. in Tampa, and West Wing Hotel, 2501 E. Fowler Ave. The sole entrance for those using the sites will be the Quality Inn, 2701 E. Fowler Ave.

When the quarantine and isolation sites are no longer needed, both hotels will undergo medical-grade cleaning and sanitation. Hillsborough County extends its deep gratitude to both hotels for their willingness to serve as community partners and provide valuable shelter and services to those affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Media will not be provided access to the property.

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Hillsborough County to Open 2 Quarantine and Isolation Sites

“Safer at Home” order in effect March 27, 10 p.m.

From Hillsborough County Emergency Management

Hillsborough County has issued a “Safer-At-Home” order to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19. This applies to all residents within Hillsborough County, effective as of 10 p.m. on March 27, 2020. Residents do not require a pass or a letter to show to authorities. All residents are directed to stay at home as much as possible, except in those circumstances outlined below.

Under this order, residents may:

Go to the grocery, convenience or warehouse store.

Commute to and from work if your employer is an essential business or has ensured you can maintain at least 6 feet from your co-workers or customers.

Go to the pharmacy or other medical establishments to pick up medications and other healthcare necessities.

Go to medical appointments.

Go to a restaurant for take-out or drive-thru.

Care for or support a friend or family member in need.

Take a walk, run, or exercise outside, just remember to practice social distancing.

Walk your pets or take them to the vet.

There are some additional exceptions to the order. For more information, visit “www.hillsboroughcounty.org.”

Note: Article updated March 26, March 27

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