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COVID-19 latest information for Jacksonville, Florida

Florida reported 9,989 additional coronavirus cases Wednesday, bringing the total to 223,783 cases since the state began tracking infections in March. Even as the number of new cases has dipped since Saturday’s peak of 11,458, Gov. Ron DeSantis says he has no plans for the state to enter its third phase of reopening.

Businesses & facilities

After Florida initially let bars reopen under Phase 2, the state’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation banned on-site alcohol consumption for the time being as coronavirus cases surged recently.

Under the current phase of reopening, restaurants can serve people at 50% capacity indoors. Other businesses such as gyms, movie theaters, Jacksonville News hair and nail salons are also allowed to operate.

Social distancing

In Jacksonville, people ages 6 and up are required to wear face coverings while indoors in public spaces where social distancing isn’t possible. The mask mandate does not apply to people with breathing conditions or those seated inside restaurants. Officials in neighboring Nassau County have enacted a similar mandate, as have cities like St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach.

Health care status

While Jacksonville has seen 10,439 coronavirus cases, they have resulted in 387 hospitalizations. Mayor Lenny Curry said Tuesday that includes 68 patients in various intensive care units. He warned residents about getting complacent, saying community spread of the virus could stress Jacksonville’s health care systems.


Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran issued a mandate Monday, requiring all school districts to reopen schools five days a week once school resumes in August. Jacksonville Press Release The order came the same day the president called for schools to reopen in the fall and as districts statewide scramble to form their own reopening plans.


With Minor League Baseball scrubbing its season because of coronavirus, fans will not be able to attend any Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp games this year.

The Republican National Convention is scheduled to carry on as planned. It’s unclear what impact the city’s mask mandate will have on next month’s event, but attendees will be screened before entry.

President Donald Trump said during a recent interview that as cases spike again in Florida, the Republicans are “very flexible” about what the convention might look like.

Food & dining

Though Jacksonville-area restaurants remain open with capacity limits in place, the story is markedly different in South Florida where Jacksonville Stock Market Miami-Dade County officials closed restaurants, except for takeout, delivery and extremely limited outdoor dining.

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