COVID-19 latest information for Jacksonville, Florida

Publisher

News4JAX

Location

Jacksonville, Florida

Last reviewed

10/18/2020 3:28 p.m. EDT

Overview

Though businesses have largely reopened, along with all Northeast Florida area school districts, Jacksonville remains under a mandatory mask order for the time being. Last month, Gov. Ron DeSantis moved the state into Phase 3, which lifted all restrictions on restaurants and other businesses in Florida.

Businesses & facilities

Bars and restaurants can operate at full capacity in Jacksonville after DeSantis’ order, but local governments can still put some restrictions in place as long as they allow at least 50% capacity. Other businesses, including gyms, theaters and salons, are allowed to operate. Many major retailers have been requiring masks.

Social distancing

In Jacksonville, people ages 6 and up are required to wear face coverings indoors when social distancing isn’t possible. The mask mandate, which was extended until Oct. 27, doesn’t apply to people with breathing conditions or those seated inside restaurants.

Health care status

While Jacksonville has seen 2,539 coronavirus cases, they have resulted in 1,204 hospitalizations and 508 deaths since the pandemic began. Hospitals concerned over the surge of COVID-19 cases added more restrictions for visitors in July. But they have since relaxed those as cases declined.

Schools

All school districts have opened brick-and-mortar learning following a state order. A judge ruled that order “disregarded safety,” but his order was immediately appealed, and a stay was upheld by an appeals court. Duval County Public Schools released a dashboard that tracks COVID-19 cases in schools.

Events

Despite DeSantis’ order allowing full capacity for stadiums, the Jaguars’ home games at TIAA Bank Field remain at 25% stadium capacity with all fans required to wear masks. The Georgia-Florida game will also take place at the stadium on Nov. 7, a week later than usual, with limited capacity, and no RV City, Bold City Bash or other traditional events.

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Food & dining

Jacksonville-area restaurants have been open with capacity limits in place for months, and some are choosing to keep it that way despite the statewide order that allows them to reopen at full capacity.

Public transport

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority continues to provide public transit service amid the pandemic, though the agency has adjusted its routes and schedules to accommodate demand. JTA has also introduced measures intended to keep employees and riders safe.

How to help

Jacksonville-area food banks and blood donation centers are among those seeking contributions during the pandemic. Learn how to donate food to those in need here, or click here to find out how to donate blood or plasma.

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