Pensacola Press Release

Press Release 4/30/2020


City to Follow Executive Orders 20-111 and 20-112 from Gov. DeSantis

The City of Pensacola will follow Executive Order 20-111 and Executive Order 20-112, announced yesterday by Governor DeSantis.

Mayor Grover Robinson will update his Recover Pensacola phased reopening plan as needed to align with Gov. DeSantis' recovery plan and executive orders. Individuals within the city limits are expected to follow the governor's executive orders. The City of Pensacola will provide additional clarification and guidance to the public as it becomes available and necessary.

These executive orders include important details that impact business operations in the state of Florida. All business owners and impacted individuals are encouraged to review the executive orders to ensure they are in compliance with any guidelines pertaining to their respective industries. 

Executive Order 20-111 and Executive Order 20-112 extend Executive Order 20-87 (vacation rental closures) until further notice. Executive Order 20-111 and Executive Order 20-112 continue to permit the essential services and activities described in  Executive Order 20-91

Executive Order 20-112 also extends Executive Order 20-69 regarding local government meetings utilizing technology while meeting the requirements of the Sunshine Law.

Executive Order 20-112, regarding the Governor’s plan for Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery, begins Monday, May 4, with Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties excluded at this time.

Phase I includes the following:

  • Schools: Schools remain distance learning.
  • Senior living facilities: Visits to senior living facilities are prohibited.
  • Elective surgeries: Elective surgeries can resume.
  • Restaurants: Restaurants may offer outdoor seating with at least six feet of space between tables and no more than 10 persons per table, and indoor seating at 25 percent capacity.
  • Retail: Retail can operate at 25 percent of indoor capacity while maintaining appropriate social distancing.
  • Museums and libraries: Museums and libraries may open at no more than 25 percent of their building occupancy, provided, however, that (a) local public museums and local public libraries may operate only if permitted by local government, and (b) any components of museums or libraries that have interactive functions or exhibits, including child play areas, remain closed. 
  • Bars, pubs, nightclubs, gyms and personal services such as hair dressers: No change for bars, pubs, nightclubs, gyms and personal services such as hair dressers.
  • Vulnerable individuals: Vulnerable individuals are strongly encouraged to stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.  If they leave home, they should avoid close contact with people outside the home.
  • All individuals:
    • All individuals, when in public, should maintain appropriate physical distance from others.
    • Avoid socializing in groups of more than 10 people in circumstances that do not readily allow for physical distancing.
    • Face masks are recommended for all in face-to-face interactions and where you can't socially distance.
  • Travel: Executive Order 20-112 states that all persons in Florida should adhere to the following travel guidelines:
    • Avoid nonessential travel, including to U.S. states and cities outside of Florida with a significant presence of COVID-19. 
    • Adhere to guidelines from the CDC regarding isolation for 14 days following travel on a cruise or from any international destination and any area with a significant presence of COVID-19. 

At the press conference Wednesday announcing the plan, Gov. DeSantis emphasized the importance of focusing on the facts and not fear as the state moves to re-open safely and deliberately with the following steps: 

  1. Protect the vulnerable
  2. Increase testing
  3. Promote social distancing
  4. Support hospitals and protect healthcare workers
  5. Prevent introduction from outside the state

Answers to frequently asked questions relating to Gov. DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-112 are available HERE.


CDC Updates COVID-19 Symptoms

 People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

·  Fever

·  Cough

·  Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

·  Chills

·  Repeated shaking with chills

·  Muscle pain

·  Headache

·  Sore throat

·  New loss of taste or smell

When to Seek Medical Attention

If you develop any of these emergency warning signs* for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately:

·  Trouble breathing

·  Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

·  New confusion or inability to arouse

·  Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

How important is it to call-in if I feel ill?

Symptoms in addition to, or other than, cough, fever, and shortness of breath have been noted with COVID-19 cases. Other signs and symptoms could include: nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, sore throat, pink eye, altered taste and smell, altered level of consciousness.

How important is it to wear a face covering?

The incubation period continues to be studied. Known: asymptomatic people can transmit this virus to others. A person may be contagious without ever knowing he/she is infected. COVID-19 is a respiratory disease spread by exhaled droplets – a face covering helps slow the spread of the virus.

Required Safety Procedures in Place Per Surgeon General

The next several weeks are critical that we practice and implement our safety procedures.  Governor DeSantis announced he is issuing an Executive Order to direct Florida’s Surgeon General, Dr. Rivkees, to issue a public health advisory urging the following:

  • Persons 65 years or older are encouraged to stay home for 14 days;
  • All employers are encouraged to utilize telework; and
  • Consistent with CDC guidance, all individuals should avoid social gatherings of 10 or more.

A downloadable PDF can be found at the bottom of this page that provides instructions for making your own face mask. 

Latest COVID-19 Alerts from Escambia County

Click the button below for current updates and alerts from Escambia County 

Escambia County COVID-19 Update 64


Florida's COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard - Cases

Important Links & Key Sources of INFORMATION

For current symptoms please go to

CDC stated symptoms

For current CDC symptoms please visit the following page:   

Escambia County COVID-19 Screening Phone Number

Phone # to call for screening in Escambia County :  850-746-2684

 IF YOU: • Are experiencing fever, cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath, OR • Have returned from international travel or a cruise within the last 14 days, OR • Have been around someone diagnosed with Coronavirus (COVID-19), 

Who is at higher risk?

 Who is at higher risk?Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:

  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease

Florida Department of Health Website

The Florida Department of Health has a website that has Florida specific information please visit via the following: 

COVID-19 Tool Kit - Florida Depratment of Health

Visit the following website for several informational sources 


Escmabia County - Website

Visit the following website for several informational sources specific to Escambia County, FL 




Escambia County Health Department Locations


What you need to know now about COVID-19 in Florida

. Adults 60 and older and those with underlying medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease are more likely to develop serious illness. Here’s what you can do right now.