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COVID-19 latest information for Jacksonville, Florida

News4Jax.com tracks coronavirus pandemic

Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department’s Amanda Ivory provides direction to Spc. Jeffrey Bucurel (left) as the Florida National Guard began to provide testing at at Jacksonville’s COVID-19 community-based testing site at TIAA Bank Field.
Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Department’s Amanda Ivory provides direction to Spc. Jeffrey Bucurel (left) as the Florida National Guard began to provide testing at at Jacksonville’s COVID-19 community-based testing site at TIAA Bank Field. (Photo by Sgt. Michael Baltz, Florida National Guard Public Affairs Detachment)

Publisher

News4JAX

Location

Jacksonville, Florida

Last reviewed

9/19/2020 3:33 p.m. EDT

Overview

Though businesses have largely reopened, along with all Northeast Florida area school districts, Jacksonville remains under a mandatory mask order for the time being. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced earlier this month that he’s extending the state’s eviction moratorium through September and he’s relaxing visitation restrictions at long-term care facilities.

Businesses & facilities

Florida bars can reopen their taps, as long as they operate at 50% capacity indoors. Currently, restaurants can serve people at 50% capacity indoors in Florida. Other businesses including gyms, movie theaters, hair and nail salons are also allowed to operate. Many major retailers are requiring customers to wear masks.

Social distancing

In Jacksonville, people ages 6 and up are required to wear face coverings while indoors in public when social distancing isn’t possible. The mask mandate does not apply to people with breathing conditions or those seated inside restaurants. Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried launched a campaign calling for Floridians to wear masks and practice social distancing.

Health care status

While Jacksonville has seen 29,241 coronavirus cases, they have resulted in 1,058 hospitalizations. Hospitals concerned over the surge of COVID-19 cases added more restrictions for visitors in July. But one hospital group relaxed those in August as cases declined.

Schools

All school districts have opened brick-and-mortar learning following a state order. A judge ruled that order “disregarded safety,” but his order was immediately appealed, and a stay was upheld by an appeals court. Duval County Public Schools released a dashboard that tracks COVID-19 cases in schools.

Events

The Jaguars’ home opener kicked off at TIAA Bank Field last Sunday with 25% stadium capacity and all fans required to wear masks. The Georgia-Florida game will also take place in Jacksonville but on Nov. 7, a week later than usual.

Food & dining

Though Jacksonville-area restaurants have been open with capacity limits in place for months, the story is markedly different in South Florida where Miami-Dade County officials finally reopened restaurants for indoor seating, with restrictions, earlier this month. Bars and breweries were allowed to reopen Monday for on-site consumption.

Public transport

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.