Sheriff’s Office, Health Dept. close COVID-19 info lines

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and its partners at the Citrus County Health Department will be closing the COVID-19 Citizen Information Lines.

Though the CCSO has not experienced a high call volume in the last week. it may be that some citizens may still have questions regarding the virus. If you have questions, you are asked to view the Contact List provided in the COVID-19 section of the CCSO website,

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Outdoor seating: What county restaurants need to know

The Governor’s new Executive Order 20-112 has provisions for outdoor seating for restaurants to re-open at 25 percent of their current building occupancy.

In light of the 25 percent occupancy limitation, some restaurants may wish to increase their occupant load by incorporating outside seating or service areas.

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County parks to reopen

Citrus County reopens all parks on Friday, May 1, 2020, for recreational activities following CDC guidelines and direction from the Citrus County Health Department.

Fort Island Gulf Beach and Hernando Beach remain closed, in an abundance of caution, pending water quality results.

Federal and state social distancing/gathering guidelines remain in place. Groups of more than 10 will not be permitted, and social distancing of six feet is necessary to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Military, retirees, spouses must wear face coverings

Those who want to shop at military stores will now have to cover their faces, the Department of Defense said today.

Commissaries are requiring customers to wear some form of face coverings to enter the building, the DoD said in a news release.

This policy falls in-line with the 5 April 2020 DoD guidance mandating all individuals on DoD property, installations and facilities to wear face coverings when they cannot maintain 6 feet of social distance in public areas or work centers.

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Water district declares Phase I water shortage in Central, Southern regions

SFWMD Water District LogoThe Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (District) Governing Board voted today to declare a Phase I Water Shortage for the District’s central and southern regions, which include Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota counties.

The primary purpose for a Phase I water shortage is to alert the public that watering restrictions could be forthcoming.

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USDA increases monthly SNAP benefits by 40%

(Washington, D.C., April 22, 2020) –Today, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced emergency benefit increases have reached $2.0 billion per month for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households across all 50 states and 3 territories to increase food security during the coronavirus national emergency.

These emergency benefits represent a 40% increase in overall monthly SNAP benefits, significantly increasing food purchasing power for American families.

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