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As the response to the pandemic increases in intensity, the following cities have followed Florida as well as Walton and Okaloosa counties in declaring a state of emergency. While some cities have not declared an emergency, they have taken precautionary action.
The City Council declared a state of emergency Wednesday afternoon. It will allow city officials to apply for state and federal aid. Destin also has closed its library and has suspended activities through Monday, March 30, at the Destin Community Center, Morgan Sports Center and Buck Destin Park.
Freeport’s City Council approved a state of emergency Tuesday and suspended any outdoor events and activities that require a permit. The city also suspended rental of all city facilities and voted to close bathrooms and water facilities at its parks. Unless permitted by the mayor, staff may not travel outside of the county. Meetings of the City Council, volunteer boards and committee also are canceled until April 14.
At the latest city council meeting on Monday, members voted to declare a state of emergency due to the spread of COVID-19. City leaders also voted to limit the travel of city workers out of Walton County unless permitted to do so and cancel all permits for outdoor events. The city also voted to cancel the next city council meeting on March 23 and suspend all volunteer and city board meetings.
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The city has not declared a state of emergency, but it has canceled City Council meetings scheduled for March 24, March 31 and April 14 along with meetings of volunteer boards and committees. The city also also closed the recreation center, library and museum until March 30, pending updates and direction from the Florida Department of Health.
While the City of Crestview has not declared a state of emergency, the city has taken precautionary measures. According to its website, the city closed Twin Hills Park Gym, Bob Sikes Library, Allen Park Community Center and the Senior Center. City Council meetings will continue as scheduled and will be open to the public. Meetings are available online at the Crestview Community TV Facebook page.
The City of Niceville has not declared a state of emergency, but has closed its recreational facilities, including the Children’s Park, community center, library, senior center and youth center.
Vaparaiso has not declared a state of emergency, but some of the facilities have closed. According to the website, the City of Valparaiso has closed its city hall to walk-in traffic and its library will be closed until further notice.
The Town of Shalimar is encouraging hand-washing. The town is also disinfecting surfaces in its facilities.
Cinco Bayou’s town hall has closed to walk-in traffic and staff are interacting with residents by phone.
Staffers at the Laurel Hill City Hall have begun screening customers who come into the building.
The library and city hall are closed to the public. The city is encouraging residents to submit payments and other documents online.