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Club team practice allowed beginning May 16; tournament play begins June 1

Post Date:05/15/2020 10:00 AM

The Panama City Beach City Council amended its COVID-19 action plan Thursday night regarding special events and parades, and amended the City's hiring moratorium to allow hiring for all essential positions, not just police and fire. Here are the new guidelines governing sporting events, summer camps, activities at City facilities and employees:

  • Effective May 16, permit club team baseball, softball and soccer practices on City sports fields. Participants and spectators are to adhere to CDC recommended hygiene practices and maintain six feet distance from other participants, as practical, and not congregate in groups larger than 10.
  • Effective May 16, permit the use of the Community Center and Lyndell Center to groups of less than 10 and with appropriate six feet social distancing practiced. At the conclusion of the event, all surfaces are to be sanitized.
  • Proposed Summer Camps for 2020 to begin July 1:
    • Group Swim Lessons: Limit of 4 per group
    • Mermaid Camp: Limit of 10 per camps
    • Diving: Limit of 10 per camp
    • Volleyball: Limit of 10 per camp
    • Surfing: Limit of 10 per camp
    • Tennis: Limit of 10 per camp
    • Sewing: Limit of 10 per camp
    • Cooking: Limit of 10 per camp
    • Golf: Limit of 10 per camp
    • Basketball: Limit of 10 per camp
    • Baseball: Limit of 10 per camp
    • Soccer: Limit of 10 per camp
    • Kid Exercise Camp: Limit 10 per camp
    • Ping Pong: Limit 10 per camp
  • Tournament play permitted starting June 1 for baseball, softball and soccer subject to appropriate social distancing of at least six feet per spectator and participants.
  • Prohibited/Postponed until further notice:
    • Aquatic Center kiddie pool and big pool open swim (Only lap swimming permitted)
    • Postpone scheduled Summer Concert Series June 11-August 27
    • Public access to City offices
  • Close South Pier Park Road from Front Beach Road to L.C. Hilton Drive from 6 pm.-6 a.m. to promote additional social distancing space.

In addition, the City will continue with:

  • Continue telework option for our employees
  • Daily temperature checks for all employees
  • Virtual City Council meetings and limited public participation consistent with Governor’s order

During the discussion on sports and summer leagues, Councilmen urged Parks and Recreation staff to kickstart leagues as soon as possible, even if it is a reduced season. Officials also noted tht as Gov. Ron DeSantis increases numbers allowed in groups, the City will follow suit.  

Public Information Officer Debbie Ward can be reached at


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