10/30/2020 3:13 p.m. EDT
Though businesses have largely reopened, along with all Northeast Florida area school districts, Jacksonville remains under a mandatory mask order for the time being. Last month, Gov. Ron DeSantis moved the state into Phase 3, which lifted all restrictions on restaurants and other businesses in Florida.
Businesses & facilities
Bars and restaurants can operate at full capacity in Jacksonville after DeSantis’ order, but local governments can still put some restrictions in place as long as they allow at least 50% capacity. Other businesses, including gyms, theaters and salons, are allowed to operate. Many major retailers have been requiring masks.
In Jacksonville, people ages 6 and up are required to wear face coverings indoors when social distancing isn’t possible. The mask mandate, which was extended through Nov. 26, doesn’t apply to people with breathing conditions or those seated inside restaurants.
Health care status
While Jacksonville has seen 35,171 coronavirus cases, they have resulted in 1,255 hospitalizations and 516 deaths since the pandemic began. Hospitals concerned over the surge of COVID-19 cases added more restrictions for visitors in July. But they have since relaxed those as cases declined.
All school districts opened brick-and-mortar learning following a state order. A judge ruled that order “disregarded safety,” but that was appealed and a stay was upheld by an appeals court. Duval County Public Schools posts a dashboard that tracks COVID-19 cases in schools and has since closed two high schools due to infections.
Despite DeSantis' order allowing full capacity for stadiums, the Jaguars' home games at TIAA Bank Field remain at 25% stadium capacity with all fans required to wear masks. The Georgia-Florida game will also take place at the stadium on Nov. 7, a week later than usual, with limited capacity, and no RV City, Bold City Bash or other traditional events.
Food & dining
Jacksonville-area restaurants have been open with capacity limits in place for months, and some are choosing to keep it that way despite the statewide order that allows them to reopen at full capacity.
The Jacksonville Transportation Authority continues to provide public transit service amid the pandemic, though the agency has adjusted its routes and schedules to accommodate demand. JTA has also introduced measures intended to keep employees and riders safe.
How to help
Jacksonville-area food banks and blood donation centers are among those seeking contributions during the pandemic. Learn how to donate food to those in need here, or click here to find out how to donate blood or plasma.