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March 24, 2020 8:00 AM

COVID-19 Update for City of Destin

Latest COVID-19 Update for April 3, 2020:

On April 1, 2020 Gov. Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-91, requiring all persons in Florida to limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities (Effective April 3 - April 30). To view Executive Order 20-91 visit: (https://www.floridaleagueofcities.com/docs/default-source/covid-resources/eo-20-91.pdf?sfvrsn=606dd5d5_2)

The Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) also released guidance on the essential infrastructure workforce, which is another helpful resource related to the Safer At Home order issued by the Governor. It can be viewed here: https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce

The City of Destin is currently under a State of Emergency. Our top priority is the health and welfare of our community. We are currently experiencing an extremely high volume of phone calls and emails to the City.

City officials remain in constant contact with the state and local health departments and Okaloosa County Emergency Management. This situation remains very fluid and we will continue to provide updates to our website (www.cityofdestin.com) and our Facebook page – City of Destin Government, concerning COVID-19.

The Destin City Council voted to close all beaches within the City limits of Destin on Friday, March 20th, 2020. This will go into effect March 21, 2020 through April 30, 2020.

The Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioners voted March 24, 2020, unanimously to close ALL gulf-front beaches in Okaloosa County.

City of Destin Code Compliance Officers are available 24 HOURS A DAY to answer questions regarding the governor's orders and beach restrictions related to COVID-19. Citizens may report issues by calling 850.279.6658 or email code@cityofdestin.com. Please note that emails to and from public employees are subject to public records request per Florida state law.

City of Destin’s focus is public safety. Local governments are unable to mediate personal contracts with lodging businesses. Mayor Gary Jarvis is asking our local businesses to please honor the Destin Brand and work with visitors to the best of their ability.

As of Monday, March 23rd, 2020, the lobbies of City Hall (850.837.4242), the City Hall Annex (850.654.1119) and Public Services Complex will be closed to the public. However, municipal services provided at these facilities will remain available to the public via phone and online. Limited in-person meetings are available at the discretion of City staff and by appointment only. Future City Council meetings shall continue at its regularly scheduled times and will continue to be livestreamed.

The City has suspended all activities at the following facilities:
• Destin Community Center
• Morgan Sports Center
• Buck Destin Senior Center
• Destin Library

The Community Development Department is working with the public by providing inspection application and procedures online as well as online virtual inspections. Please visit:
https://www.cityofdestin.com/88/Community-Development for more information.

For health-related questions in our area please feel free to reach out to our local health department at 850-344-0566 Monday - Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST. The state’s call center is 1-866-779-6121 and is now available 24 hours a day 7 days a week or email COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

As information evolves regarding COVID-19 city officials will provide updates across all city social media platforms and website (www.cityofdestin.com).

Visit http://myokaloosa.com/bcc/covid-19 to learn more about actions Okaloosa County has taken, executive orders by the governor of Florida, helpful resources by trusted partners and decisions made locally and neighboring counties.

Frequently asked questions about our area please visit: https://www.destinfwb.com/

Center for Disease Control Symptoms and Checking – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/index.html

If you have questions about the CARES ACT please visit:
https://www.rickscott.senate.gov/sites/default/files/2020-04/FrequentlyAskedQuestions_CARES-Act_Coronavirus.pdf

Re-Employment Assistance - http://www.floridajobs.org/

Emergency loans for small businesses — and borrowers who maintain or restore their payrolls won’t have to pay back the loans. Check out the easy, step-by-step Small Business Coronavirus Emergency Loan Guide and how to apply here:
https://www.uschamber.com/sites/default/files/023595_comm_corona_virus_smallbiz_loan_final.pdf

If you have questions about your business being an essential service or would like to request for your business to be added to the approved list of essential services outlined in Executive Order Number 20-91 please visit: https://www.floridadisaster.org/

Local business operation hours: - https://www.destinchamber.com/covid-19-effects-to-destin-business-operation

Designated Senior Shopping Hours
• Publix – Tuesday and Wednesday (7 – 8 a.m.)
• Target – Wednesday (1st Hour of Business)
• Walmart – Tuesday (1st Hour of Business)
• Winn Dixie – Monday thru Friday (8 – 9 a.m.)
• Whole Foods – Daily (One Hour Prior to Opening)
• The Fresh Market – Monday thru Friday (8 – 9 a.m.)
• Dollar General – Daily (First Hour of Business)
• Big Lots – Daily (First Hour of Business)
• Costco WholeSale – Tuesday and Thursday (8 - 9 a.m.)

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