Pensacola responds to rising COVID cases, implements new restrictions for public spaces and events

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PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — Beginning Wednesday, August 11, no public event permits will be given in the City of Pensacola until September 15 at the earliest.

The city says this is in response to rising COVID-19 cases in the community. Other event restrictions are listed below.

  • Effective immediately, the City of Pensacola will not issue new event permits for indoor events at city venues. This will remain in effect through Sept. 15 and will be re-evaluated at that time based on current COVID-19 conditions. 
  • Events that have already been issued a permit or events currently in the permitting process between now and Sept. 15, located at outdoor city venues, will be allowed.
  • Indoor events that were already permitted at City of Pensacola venues between now and Sept. 15 will be allowed to continue at 50% capacity or less.

The city says these rules also apply to city-hosted events at local venues but do not apply to private events. Public Events that are affected by these rules could be rescheduled for a later date.

In addition to event restrictions, more protocols listed below were put in place.

  • City of Pensacola facilities:
    • City employees and members of the public must wear face coverings while in common areas of City of Pensacola facilities.
  • City of Pensacola community centers:
    • City of Pensacola community centers will be limited to 50% capacity until Sept. 15. Restrictions will be re-evaluated at that time based on current COVID-19 conditions. 
    • Previously scheduled events will be allowed to continue at 50% capacity, but new events will not be scheduled through at least Sept. 15. 
    • Senior feeding programs at Bayview Senior Center and Cobb Resource Center will be drive-thru only starting Thursday, Aug. 12.

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