1/27/2021 5:05 p.m. ET
Though businesses have largely reopened, along with all Northeast Florida area school districts, Jacksonville remains under a mandatory mask order for the time being. In September, 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 at least Feb. 25, doesn’t apply to people with breathing conditions or those seated inside restaurants.
Health care status
While Duval County has seen 79,391 coronavirus cases, they’ve resulted in 1,651 hospitalizations and 891 deaths since the pandemic began. The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were given Dec. 14. Long-term care facility residents started receiving vaccines Dec. 18. Shots for anyone 65 and older began Jan. 4 in Clay and Duval counties and are now available in most counties.
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.
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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.