COVID-19: Business Closings/Openings/Cancellations

Posted by Alyssa Walker on Friday, March 20th, 2020 at 2:37pm.

BEACHES/PARKS/LODGING

Florida State Parks: All events, activities, special event reservations, pavilion rentals and camping reservations have been canceled, but the parks will remain OPEN from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. as of March 17. Existing overnight camping reservations that begin Wednesday, March 18, will be honored. Visitors must arrive prior to 5 p.m. on March 18, to secure their reservation. After Wednesday, all reservations moving forward will be canceled and refunded. Beginning Friday, March 20, campgrounds and all overnight accommodations will be fully closed.

Walton County public beaches are CLOSED as of 3/19/20.

The Okaloosa County Beaches are CLOSED effective March 21, 2020 through April 30, 2020. Here’s what is officially closed:

  • Public beaches
  • Public beach access ways
  • Parking areas solely for accessing public beaches
  • County beachfront parks
  • Okaloosa County Beach Vending Permits and Crab Island Vending Permits are hereby suspended.
  • Okaloosa County pier closed to all except those who are fishing.

Bay County Beaches are closed as of 7 PM 3/20/20 and will reopen in 7 days.

Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park:

Current campers can stay until Friday at 1:00 p.m. (check-out time). After that all Florida State Park campgrounds and cabins are closed until May 15th.

Beginning Friday, camping in Florida State Parks is suspended until May 15

The National Naval Aviation Museum will be closed to ALL visitors effective Monday, March 16.

All United States Tennis Association Florida League adult programs and events are suspending all operation effective immediately through April 20, 2020. This includes all USTA Florida local league matches, tournaments, wheelchair events and tournaments, tennis on campus events, sectional events, social events, and Love to Learn and Play beginner programs.”

The Pearl Hotel closed effective at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2020 until Saturday, March 28, 2020 - LANDING PAGE.

WaterColor Inn closed effective at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2020 until Saturday, March 28, 2020 - LANDING PAGE.

SCHOOLS/CHILDCARE/

LIBRARIES/CHURCHES

Okaloosa - The Okaloosa County School District issued a statement that it would extend spring break. Students will not return to school before March 30.

Santa Rosa - Santa Rosa Schools will close March 23rd through March 27th in response to the COVID-19, virus. Additionally, all extracurricular activities including athletics (practice or play) are canceled for the next two weeks beginning March 14th. Employees should remain in contact with your school or department during the spring break to receive updates. Employees should also plan on reporting to work on March 23rd, however this is subject to change, according to the District.

Walton - the Walton County School District is now closed for students from now until April 15, 2020. More information will follow including guidance for employees the week of March 23-27, extra-curricular activities, testing, and SPICE, according to the District.

Bay - Bay District Schools will be closed the week of March 16-20 and the following week 23-27 per the DOE, according to the District.

Northwest Florida State College: Northwest Florida State College will be closed through the week of March 16 (Spring Break) and the week of March 23 in response to recommendations from numerous local, state, and federal officials and agencies . This suspension applies to all classes (online, hybrid, and traditional) as well as clinicals. At this time, the College intends to reopen on Monday, March 30, 2020. Further communication about operations beginning March 30 will be provided to students and employees by Thursday, March 26, 2020.

CareerSource Okaloosa Walton said all group workshops, training events, and mobile unit outreach sessions are postponed until further notice.

Matrix Community Outreach Center will be closing the Redemption Boutique from Tuesday March 17 to Monday March 23. The Matrix Service Center office will be closed until further notice.The Matrix Center will be working to provided existing students of the Generation Next Kids Program and their families with food boxes to help with evening meals throughout the week.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast in Escambia, Okaloosa and Walton Counties will remain closed until further notice.

La Petite Academy of Niceville is open pending any decisions from the Florida Department of Health.

Grow With Us Learning Academy is currently open.

The Wright Day Care is currently open.

Children’s Center is currently open.

Creative Play School is open.

Our Little Schoolhouse is open, but the center said if a student has any kind of illness including allergies, that student will be sent home. The center was also cleaned.

First Baptist Child Development Center will remain open. The center said it is keeping everything clean.

Shoal River Learning Center will be closed due to spring break, but the daycare center will remain open. The center said it bleached everything.

Crosspoint is suspending its weekend worship services at its physical campuses, as well as all Sunday activities for the next two weekends March 14/15 and March 21/22.

Beachside Community Center will be holding their services online, but the offices will remain open.

Mary Esther United Methodist Church canceled its services for this week and next week.

Hope on the Beach said its Egg Drop Palooza that was scheduled for April 4th has been canceled for this year.

RESTAURANTS

All Florida bars and nightclubs will be shutdown for 30 days, and restaurants will be restricted to half-capacity as of March 17.

Saltwater Restaurants: The Boathouse Landing, The Crab Trap, Surf Hut, Al’s Beach Club Burger Bar, The Boardwalk, Floyd’s Shrimp House, Rocking Tacos, Nick’s Boathouse, and Blackstone Golf Course are open.

Pepper’s Mexican Grill - Because many schools will remain closed during the pandemic, the Pepper’s Mexican Grill locations in Shalimar and Crestview started offering free lunches to children Monday March 16, 2020.

Parsons’s BBQ 6 Walter Martin Rd will remain open. The dining room is open and will be able remain that way due to the stringent sanitizing practices already in place. They are also offering online ordering and To Go www.parsonsbbq.com.

Juana’s/ Sailors’ Grill are sorry to have to announce that, effective immediately, we will be closing the entire business. This includes Juana’s Pagodas, Sailors’ Grill, Schooner Bar, Juana Bites, Juana Shop, beach rentals, volleyball leagues, and all other activities associated with their business.

AJ’s on the Bayou, AJ’s Oyster Shanty, AJ’s on the Destin Harbor, and AJ’s Grayton Beach are all open as of march 17.

The Emerald Coast franchisee of Tijuana Flats, Brian Burger, has decided to close our Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach dining rooms to follow state of Florida guidelines today. The restaurant will still have takeout and delivery.

Joe and Eddies Family Restaurant will remain open.

EVENTS

Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation postponed the 15th Annual Destin Charity Wine Auction until August 21-22

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival has been cancelled

The Sandestin Wine Festival has been cancelled

The Village of Baytowne Wharf has cancelled upcoming events

The Hub 30A is suspending their schedule of events through March 31

The Merchants of Rosemary Beach has cancelled upcoming events through March 31

Beginning March 16, the Bayou Arts Center will be closed and the CAA team will work remotely remaining available via email, phone and virtual meet-ups.

Gulfplace has cancelled their Wine Walk (Usually held on Thursdays)

WaterColor is suspending Art in the Park, Easter Sunrise Service, and the Easter Egg Hunt and Toss

The Under the Sea fundraiser for the Underwater Museum of Art scheduled for Thursday, May 7 will be postponed for a later date.

ArtsQuest Fine Arts Festival scheduled for May 9 & 10 is rescheduled for October 10 & 11 in Grand Boulevard Town Center.

All meetings, classes and workshops at The Bayou Arts Center will be postponed and rescheduled for a later date.

The Okaloosa County March 26 event cancelled due to coronavirus.

The Santa Rosa Community Remembrance Project Coalition Community Conversations for March 26 has been canceled.

The Run for Health of It has been rescheduled to 10/10

The City of DeFuniak Springs canceled Marvel of Flight 2020, scheduled for March 27, 28, due to concerns related to the corona virus outbreak.

The Seabreeze Jazz Festival, scheduled for April 22-26 in Panama City Beach, will be postponed until April 21-25, 2021.

The Triple B Festival scheduled for March 28 will be postponed.

The Totally Awesome 80′s prom will be postponed

The public meeting concerning the State Road 20 from Cat Mar Road in Okaloosa County to east of S.R. 79 in Washington County Project Development & Environment Study in Walton County previously scheduled for Tuesday, April 7 at the Destiny Worship Center in Freeport has been postponed to a later date.

The “Spring into the New Decade with Florida’s Great Northwest Business Meeting & Networking Reception” on March 31st at Northwest Florida State College will be postponed until further notice.

The POW/MIA event scheduled March 17 has been postponed indefinitely

The Navarre Garden Club’s Spring Fling Scheduled for March 20 was canceled. Tickets are refundable.

The International Festival at the Landing scheduled for March 22 has been postponed and will be rescheduled.

The Genealogical Society of Okaloosa County canceled its Saturday March 28 meeting

The United for a Good Cause, Inc canceled their Monday March 16 meeting.

The Act4Mystery performance scheduled for this Saturday night, March 21, at the Shalimar Pointe Golf Club in Shalimar, has been cancelled. It is tentatively being rescheduled for May 16.

Purses with a Purpose Shelter House’s 10th Annual Purses with a Purpose has been moved to May 14-16. All other details such as times, location, etc will all remain the same. “While there is no threat of the virus in Walton county at this time, we felt this was the prudent decision to make, simply as a precaution,” according to a release from event planners

Columbus ships, the Nina and the Pinta will be canceling the rest of the Fort Walton Beach stay. Monday March 16, 2020 is the last day to visit.

The Enchanted Forest: A Choose Your Own Adventure Opera, originally scheduled for March 24 at 6 p.m. at the Destin Library, has been canceled.

Hamfest 2020 has been canceled by the Playground Amateur Radio Club. It was due to be held at the fairgrounds on March 20-21. E-mail parcfest@w4zbb.org.

The Santa Rosa County Democrats has changed its Weekend of Action canvassing to a phone banking event

The Navarre Garden Club’s Spring Fling Scheduled for March 20 was canceled. Tickets are refundable.

The International Festival at the Landing scheduled for March 22 has been postponed and will be rescheduled.

The Genealogical Society of Okaloosa County canceled its Saturday March 28 meeting

The United for a Good Cause, Inc canceled their Monday March 16 meeting.

Z96 suspended its Z96 Prom Dress Campaign pending decisions by the schools about holding prom. Z96 will still be taking names and phone numbers of those who may need a prom dress to contact them at that time about scheduling an appointment.

The Okaloosa County Driver’s License Clinic, previously scheduled for Friday, April 3 at the Okaloosa County Courthouse Annex Extension in Ft. Walton Beach, has been rescheduled for Friday, August 28.

Spring Flea, Florida’s Longest Yard Sale, is officially cancelled, citing Corona Virus precautions. All efforts will now focus on the upcoming Fall Flea event, Sept 11th & 12th

GOVERNMENT

Milton: The Milton community center is closed until further notice.

Okaloosa County Tax Collector- Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 all Okaloosa County Tax Collector Office lobby locations will be closed to the public until further advised. While office locations will be closed to the public, customers can continue to process transactions online at OkaloosaTax.com, by phone at 850-651-7300, and through the mail.

Defuniak Springs: Defuniak Springs declared a state of emergency. With that, the city said it is canceling all permits for outdoor events until further notice, suspending of renting all city facilities until declared otherwise. They are also canceling the Monday, March 23, City Council meeting and suspending all volunteer city board and committee meetings until May 1.

The Fort Walton Beach Recreation Center will remain a polling place for those residing in precincts 22 and 41 for the March 17, 2020, Presidential Preference Primary.

“All 42 polling locations will be open” on Tuesday, Okaloosa Supervisor of Electiosn Paul Lux said. “None of the polling place locations have changed because of the coronavirus.”

Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections Tappie A. Villane announced an emergency polling location change for the Tues., Mar. 17 Presidential Preference Primary Election. Precinct 23 has been changed from Midway Fire District Station 37 to the Midway Baptist Church, 5471 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. in Gulf Breeze.

Destin Community Center

Morgan Sports Center

Buck Destin Park

Destin Library

Destin Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors postponed all meetings and functions scheduled through April 30. The Chamber Golf Tournament, scheduled for April 16, is postponed until mid- to late-May.

The Fort Walton Beach Recreation Center will remain a polling place for those residing in precincts 22 and 41 for the March 17, 2020, Presidential Preference Primary.

“All 42 polling locations will be open” on Tuesday, Okaloosa Supervisor of Electiosn Paul Lux said. “None of the polling place locations have changed because of the coronavirus.”

Santa Rosa County Supervisor of Elections Tappie A. Villane announced an emergency polling location change for the Tues., Mar. 17 Presidential Preference Primary Election. Precinct 23 has been changed from Midway Fire District Station 37 to the Midway Baptist Church, 5471 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. in Gulf Breeze.

MISCELLANEOUS

Pier Park is closed until March 29, 2020

Silver Sands Outlet Mall is closed until March 29, 2020

Emerald Coast Theatre Company is closed through March 31

The Foster Gallery at Grand Boulevard will be temporarily closed beginning March 16.

Planet Fitness has normal business hours - “Team members conduct regular and thorough cleaning of all equipment, surfaces, and areas of the club and gym floor using disinfectant cleaning supplies. In addition, they regularly complete overnight cleaning of the facility.” - Planet Fitness FB page

Gold’s Gym will remain open.

Goofy Golf will remain open.

The Emerald Coast Science Center is currently open, but it is taking things day-by-day.

The Emerald Coast Zoo is open for regular business hours as of March 17.

The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida is closed as of March 17.

Move it Storage at 950 Airport Road, Destin, FL 32541 is open Monday – Friday 9am to 6pm.

Habitat for Humanity’s administrative offices will be closed until further notice.Their staff will be working remotely. The Restore facility will limiting its hours to Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Alaqua Rescue Foundation will be closing its properties until the end of March. The rescue still plans to schedule adoptions online only and work on promoting adoptions virtually and via social media.

Crestview Lodge #2624 will be closed until March 31st, except for the meeting and installation of officers on March 19th.

 

 

 

Seaside - The formal closure of Seaside commercial area will happen Saturday, March 21st at noon, according to Seaside Community Development Corp. “Our town founders and leadership team believe the only decision that makes health and safety a top priority is to close Seaside until April 30, 2020. ” Beginning at 5 p.m. today (Monday March 16) our town will close beach accesses in our commercial district. Effective immediately, all Spring event programming is suspended.

Destin - City of Destin is canceling Monday March 16 executive session at 5:30 p.m. and the regular city council meeting slated for 6 p.m. at the Destin City Hall Annex, located at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail. The City is also suspending activities through Monday, March 30th, 2020, at the following facilities:

Niceville - The City of Niceville closed its Children’s Park, community center, library and senior center pending further notice.

Fort Walton Beach- Fort Walton Beach will be closing the recreation center, library and museum until March 30 pending updates and direction from the Florida Department of Health.

Crestview-Crestview has opted to close the Twin Hills Park Gym, Bob Sikes Library Allen Park Community Center and the senior center until March 30 pending further updates.

 

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