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COVID-19 timeline: Key events in the coronavirus pandemic in Northeast Florida

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A look back at what's happened over the past months.
by: Monty Zickuhr Managing Editor

Key events in the coronavirus pandemic in Northeast Florida:

March 12: The Players Championship canceled.

March 13: Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry declares local state of emergency and issues order closing event venues, city parks, libraries and the Jacksonville Zoo.

March 15: Mayor announces that City Council member Sam Newby has the coronavirus. He would recover.

Mayor Lenny Curry limits bars, restaurants, churches, movie theaters and “social gathering places” to a maximum capacity of 50 people on March 16.

March 16: Mayor limits bars, restaurants, churches, movie theaters and “social gathering places” to a maximum capacity of 50 people. Alcohol sales are banned from midnight to 8 a.m.

March 17: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis closes all bars and nightclubs statewide for 30 days.

March 18: Publix Super Markets and many other retailers reduce hours.

March 18: Simon closes St. Johns Town Center, The Avenues mall and the St. Augustine Premium Outlets.

People line up to shop at Publix, which reduced hours because of COVID-19.

March 19: Foreclosure sales and evictions suspended by court. 

March 20: DeSantis orders restaurants to cease on-premise food and alcohol consumption, limiting service to carryout and delivery. 

March 20: COVID-19 testing site opens at the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center. 

March 20: Duval County beaches closed. 

March 20: Local governments allowed to meet via teleconference.

March 23: Curry mandates employees who can do their jobs remotely to work from home.

March 25: City offices and buildings with public lobbies close.

March 25: President Donald Trump declares Florida a major disaster area.

March 25: Access to the Duval County Courthouse is restricted. All jury trials suspended.

March 31:  Duval County hotels banned from accepting reservations from “nonessential” lodgers.

April 3: Statewide stay-at-home order begins except for essential services.

April 7: Curry signs small business relief loan and grant program partnership with VyStar Credit Union.

April 13: Curry extends local state of emergency declaration for 30 days. 

April 28: Curry signs $159 million COVID-19 stimulus package that includes $40 million in $1,000 payments to qualifying residents.

April 28: Nonessential lodgers allowed to stay in area hotels.

May 4: Duval County beaches reopened for exercise and essential activities.

May 4: State’s Phase One reopening begins with restaurants, retail stores limited to 25%. Inpatient and outpatient elective surgeries can resume. St. Johns Town Center, The Avenues mall and the St. Augustine Premium Outlets reopen.

The beaches reopened for exercise and essential activities May 4.

May 6: Beaches reopen to all activities. 

May 9: Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens reopens.

May 11: Barbershops, hair and nails salons allowed to reopen.

May 18: Curry lifts work-from-home order, but urges employers to continue to offer the option for employees

May 18: Fitness centers, gyms, libraries and museums reopen at 50% capacity. Stores and restaurants can boost capacity to 50%.

May 20: Vacation rentals allowed to reopen.


 

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