Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce

09/21/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/21/2020 08:17

Panama City Beach Chamber Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Monday, September 21, 2020 (9:10AM 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, State, and local agencies for official updates and recommendations. Information is subject to change.

We encourage members to do business with other members. Due to the recent COVID-19 spike, some companies have new policies 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 our membership directory.

Short Term Rental Status:
Short Term Rentals in Bay County, Florida are open and are welcoming guest bookings, following the approval of the Bay County safety plan by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations.

PLEASE NOTE: Vacation rental reservations and stays are allowed from all U.S. states with a COVID-19 case rate less than: 500 Active cases/100,000 residents, or 750 Total cases/100,000 residents. Click here for your state info.

City of Panama City Beach:
• The Mandatory Face Covering Ordinance expired September 8th
• Bars are open as of September 14th
• Panama City Beach Library reopened September 8th
• City recreational sports fields are open
• The Community Center at Lyndell Center is open with restrictions
• View our beautiful LIVE BEACH CAMS:
• View FAQS on the city's mask ordinance here

Unincorporated Bay County:
• Sandy beaches are open all day

Bay County School District:
• All Bay District Schools are open as of August 20th
• The USDA approved our waiver so parents DO NOT have to have the children with them to pick up meals IF they bring some form of identification/proof for each child they are picking meals up for. So, if you're not bringing your child to a site or bus stop, you'll need to bring one of the following: 1.) School ID, 2.) Birth certificate/adoption paperwork/guardianship paperwork, 3.) Doctor's bill or other paperwork documenting your relationship to the child. You can get an idea of when they will be in your neighborhood by visiting our website at:

State Information:
• To view the Executive Order 20-192 which amends 20-68, 20-139, 20-166, and 20-179 click here.
• To view CDC FAQ's for businesses click here.
• Amended Emergency Order 2020-09
• Governor Ron DeSantis announced The Safe, Smart, Step-By-Step Plan for Florida's Recovery and Phase 2 of reopening. Plan for Florida's Recovery Phase 2 applies to all counties in Florida except Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. See the full presentation here. To view Safe Smart Step by Step Phase II click here.
Some highlights of Phase 2 that started on Friday, June 5, 2020 include:
• Restaurants can operate 50% capacity inside, bar-top seating with appropriate social distancing, and outdoor seating
• Retail can operate at full capacity with responsible social distancing and sanitation protocols
• Gyms/Fitness Clubs can open operate at full capacity with appropriate social distancing and frequent sanitation
• Museums and Libraries can operate at 50% capacity
• Sports venues can operate at full capacity with appropriate social distancing and frequent sanitation
• Hair and nail salons are open, by appointment only
• Most State Parks are open, including St. Andrews and Camp Helen.,
• Visits to senior living facilities are prohibited
• Elective surgeries can resume
• Entertainment businesses, including but not limited to movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys and arcades, may operate at 50% capacity with appropriate social distancing and sanitation protocols.
• Pari-mutuel facilities may submit a request to open to the Department of Business and Professional Regulations. The request must include an endorsement from their county mayor or county administrator if there is no mayor.
• 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 individuals should avoid close contact with people outside the home
• Avoid socializing in groups of more than 50 people in circumstances that do not readily allow for physical distancing
• Face masks are recommended for all of those in face-to-face interactions and where you can't social distance

• Text FLCOVID19 to 888777 to receive Florida COVID-19 updates.

Find CDC information on resources for large community events & mass gatherings here. All Panama City Beach Chamber events will adhere to their guidelines.

Resources to help keep you up to date on Covid-19. A new website has been created by in partnership by Bay County and FDOH to have more information available. You can follow DOH Bay on Text Bay Health to 888777. For self-screening tools and up to date information on the State level visit The number for DOH Bay is (850) 872-4455. The number for Pancare is (850) 215-4181. State of Florida Health Department information with list of confirmed cases: Bay County Health Department with local updates:

Disease prevention:
• If you are 65 or older or have underlying health conditions please stay home.
• Practice social distancing of at least 6 feet.
• 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.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• 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.
• Clean surfaces regularly with disinfectant. For example: Always clean kitchen benches and work desks.

If you feel unwell:
• Avoid traveling if you have a fever and/or cough.
• Once you get home, make contact with a health professional and tell them about where you have been.
• 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:
• It'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.

• 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.
• Don't use smoking, alcohol or other drugs to deal with your emotions.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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 else's health concerns (such as someone affected by COVID-19 without their permission).

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