Panama City Beach Chamber Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
Posted on: March 27, 2020
Friday, March 27, 2020Â (2:00pm Central Time) – The Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce created this page to share updates with our members, residents, and visitors. Please note: This is for informational purposes only. Please listen to all Federal and State agencies for official updates and recommendations. Information is subject to change rapidly.
We encourage members to do business with other members. Some companies are following new policies by reducing contact, reducing services, and/or hours of operation. Please call the business for updates. Support local businesses by shopping local, ordering local, or buying gift cards from local businesses. For a list of businesses in Bay County, please visit: pcbeach.org/membership-directory/.
â€¢ All Florida’s K-12 schools will be closed until April 15
â€¢ All restaurants must move to takeout or delivery service and all gyms will be closed across entire state
â€¢ No new vacation rentals for the next two weeks
City of Panama City Beach Limitations:
â€¢ The sandy beaches are closed to the public until April 9th.
â€¢ All public gatherings at City facilities and property with more than 10 people are prohibited until May 1, 2020.
â€¢ City recreational sports leagues, tournaments, fields, and special events are prohibited until May 1, 2020.
â€¢ The Community Center at Lyndell Center is closed for the next 60 days.
â€¢ All public places/businesses/restaurants/retail stores are encouraged to have alcohol-based hand sanitizer at entrance.
â€¢ Citizens are encouraged to utilize online or telephone services to conduct business with the City.
â€¢ Close all bars and nightclubs for 30 days, per Gov. DeSantis.
â€¢ Limit public interaction with City services in: Utility billing, Code Enforcement, HR, Civil Service, building inspection, routine police and fire contact.
Bay County School District:
March 23-27, Bay County School District has “grab and go meals” forÂ breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Monday thru Friday from 9:00am – 1:00pm.Â Later this week they hope to have some limited bus stops where the meals will be delivered.Â USDA rules require the children be present to pick up meals.Â The parent/guardian does not have to be present, so children can be brought by other family members or friends.Â https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=3229212860425080&id=687071441305914?sfnsn=mo
Find CDC information on resources for large community events & mass gatherings here. All Panama City Beach Chamber events will adhere to their guidelines.
To follow are resources to help keep you up to date on Covid-19.Â A new website has been created by in partnership by Bay County and FDOH to have more information available.Â bayhealthcovid19.com.Â Â You can follow DOH Bay on Nextdoor.com.Â Â Text Bay Health to 888777.Â For self screening tools and up to date information on the State level visit floridahealthcovid19.gov.Â The number for DOH Bay is (850) 872-4455.Â The number for Pancare is (850) 215-4181.
State of Florida Health Department information with list of confirmed cases:Â floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/
Bay County Health Department with local updates:Â bay.floridahealth.gov
View our beautiful live beach cams:Â pcbeach.org/live-beach-webcams/
â€¢ If you are 65 or older or have underlying health conditions please stay home.
â€¢ Practice social distancing of at least 6 feet.
â€¢ 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.
â€¢ Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
â€¢ Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
â€¢ 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.
â€¢ Clean surfaces regularly with disinfectant. For example: always clean kitchen benches and work desks.
If you feel unwell:
â€¢ Avoid traveling if you have a fever and/or cough.
â€¢ Once you get home, make contact with a health professional and tell them about where you have been.
â€¢ If you feel unwell, stay at home and call your healthcare provider.
Managing rising anxiety or stigma:
We know that your communities may be feeling anxious, stressed or frightened. Here are some important things to take into account and share:
â€¢ Itâ€™s normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry during a crisis. Talking to people you trust can help, like friends, family or your fellow community members.
â€¢ If you must stay at home, maintain a healthy lifestyle, including proper diet, sleep, exercise. Keep up with loved ones at home by email and phone and connect with your larger Facebook community for support.
â€¢ Donâ€™t use smoking, alcohol or other drugs to deal with your emotions.
â€¢ If you feel overwhelmed, talk to a health worker or counselor. Have a plan on where to go to and how to seek help for physical and mental health needs if required.
â€¢ Get the facts. Gather information that will help you accurately determine your risk so that you can take reasonable precautions. Find a credible source you can trust such as the WHO website or a local or state public health agency.
â€¢ When posting in your communities, be sure to share the latest facts from credible sources, avoid hyperbole and show solidarity with affected people by opening your community up to the stories of people who have been affected by the virus. Of course, keep in mind to not share information about someone elseâ€™s health concerns (such as someone affected by COVID-19 without their permission).