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City closes buildings to the public

Post Date:03/23/2020 12:00 PM

These are unprecedented times when we must all do our part to protect ourselves, our families, our coworkers and the community from the spread of the coronavirus.

The City of Panama City Beach is committed to continuing service to the public. The essential services of police, fire and utilities remain fully operational. However, in an abundance of caution and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the City is closing its building access to the public, effective today, Monday, March 23. This includes City Hall, Public Services, Fire Department and Police Department. The Police Department lobby will remain open for emergencies.

Many of our services can be accessed online, via our website, or by calling (850) 233-5100.

Virtual City Council and other City business meetings will begin Thursday, March 26. More details on access for interaction on public hearings, etc., will be posted prior to the 9 a.m. Thursday City Council meeting. All meetings can be view on the City Facebook Page City of Panama City Beach-Government, or here on our website. That link is available when the meeting starts.

In order to have an outlet and some recreational options, some City facilities have remained open. We strongly encourage all visitors to maintain a social distance of at least six feet and to practice good hand hygiene and cover your cough/sneeze when in public. These include:

  • Russell-Fields City Pier
  • PCB Conservation Park
  • Gayle's Trails
  • Frank Brown Park
  • Dog Park, Frank Brown Park
  • Aaron Bessant Park
  • Other neighborhood parks

The Aquatic Center pool will reopen Wednesday, March 25 after the completion of the installation of the new pool liner. For those of you with concerns on public or private pools, this comes directly from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Can the COVID-19 virus spread through pools and hot tubs?

There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools and hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (e.g., with chlorine and bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19. Read here.

Please remember that the beach and all public beach accesses are closed on the beach.

Public Information Officer Debbie Ward can be reached at or (850) 233-5100.


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