The Florida Department of Health is the lead agency for COVID-19. Important information related directly to COVID-19 including Florida cases, testing and more can be located on their website. They have also implemented a call center open 24/7: 1-866-779-6121
Other important resources:
Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization
Nassau Emergency Management Facebook Page
Fernandina Beach Main Street (supporting downtown businesses)
Amelia Island Fernandina Beach Yulee Chamber of Commerce
A Joint Information Center (JIC) has been established at the Nassau County Emergency Operations Center (EOC). The EOC is currently operating at Level 2, which means it has enhanced staffing between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Staff is able to respond to questions by phone (904-548-0900) or through Facebook messaging. If you need questions answered outside of these operating hours, the Nassau County Department of Health is available to answer calls (904-875-6100).
The One Nassau Initiative’s Joint Information System (JIS) was established to monitor the rapidly changing situation and provide a unified message to our residents from all aspects of local government including: the City of Fernandina Beach, the Department of Health, Board of County Commissioners, Emergency Management, Fire Rescue, Police Department, Sheriff, School Board and other Constitutional Offices. The news-releases are listed in chronological order and linked below.
JIS #1,JIS #2, JIS #3, JIS #3a, JIS #4, JIS #5, JIS #6, JIS #7, JIS #8, JIS #9, JIS #10, JIS #11, JIS #12, JIS #13, JIS #14, JIS #15, JIS #16, JIS #17, JIS #18, JIS #19, JIS #20, JIS #21, JIS #22, JIS #23, JIS #24, JIS #25, JIS #26, JIS #27,
JIS #28, JIS #29, JIS #30, JIS #31
May 26, 2020
The fitness center at the Atlantic Recreation Center is open with restrictions, along with lap swimming. Aqua Aerobics classes begin again June 1.
May 15, 2020
At a press conference in Jacksonville this afternoon, Governor DeSantis announced that full Phase 1 starts Monday May 18, 2020. Gyms and fitness centers may open, museums and libraries can open at 50% capacity, and restaurants/retail can have 50% capacity indoors
May 12, 2020
Florida Department of Health news-release regarding COVID-19 testing in Nassau County.
May 7, 2020
The City of Fernandina Beach will re-open on-beach parking at Seaside Park (Sadler Road), effective 6:00 AM, Friday, May 8, 2020. Due to the likely heavy use at that area, visitors are strongly encouraged to maintain social distancing and employ personal protective measures as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Additionally, outdoor recreational facilities at Central Park (tennis, pickleball, and petanque courts [and waterfront petanque courts]) and Main Beach (skate park) will be available for use at the same time.
Phase 1 of the governor’s "Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step." plan includes limited re-openings of restaurants and retailers with capacity limitations, which applies in all counties except Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, and includes no changes to restrictions on movie theaters, bars, gyms and personal services.
His executive order also extends the authority of local government meetings to be handled remotely, while also extending the ban on vacation rentals. We encourage you to check out the governor’s orders and FAQ document on the Florida League of Cities’ website, which goes into greater detail on the Phase 1 re-opening order.
April 29, 2020
The restriction on City beach access and parking (with the exception of Seaside Park on-beach parking) will be lifted effective Monday morning, May 4, at 6:00 AM. The beaches will be fully accessible (no time restrictions) for all activities. The only requirement is to comply with appropriate social distancing measures.
April 27, 2020
News-release from Florida Department of Health, Nassau County urging citizens to wear face masks in public.
April 7, 2020
Resolution 2020-55 was passed during the regular City Commission meeting on Tuesday evening, approving immediate and ongoing contributions to the Nassau County Council on Aging (NCCOA), Barnabas Center and The Salvation Army Hope House. Each of these organizations provide critical food and services to local residents, with growing needs each day during the current public health emergency.
March 29, 2020
The Governor has ordered a vehicle check on I-95. All southbound traffic will be routed through the weigh station looking for vehicles from NY, NJ and Conn. Dept. Of Health officials will be asking them questions about their destination and giving them self quarantine info. They will close the southbound exit to US 17 so that may impact the I-95 exit to SR-200 as well. Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) and Florida Department of Transportation will get it kicked off and will ask for resources from sheriffs offices around the state to assist. It will be a 24 hour operation and no end date has been decided yet. FHP has been tasked with going to their destination and checking on their compliance. Citations issued if they are not complying.
March 27, 2020
County Manager/Attorney Michael Mullin issued Executive Order #3 related to travel into Nassau County
Governor issues Executive Order No. 20-87 order: suspension of vacation rental properties
March 23, 2020
Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-80, directing all persons whose point of departure originates from outside the State of Florida in an area with substantial community spread, to include the New York Tri-State Area (Connecticut, New Jersey and New York), and entering the State of Florida through airports, to isolate or quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of entry into the State of Florida or the duration of the person’s presence in the State of Florida, whichever is shorter.
March 21, 2020
The City of Fernandina Beach will prohibit public access to the beaches within its corporate limits, effective 5:00 PM., Saturday, March 21, 2020. This prohibition will remain in effect until further notice. Violators will be subject to penalties under applicable local ordinances and state statutes. Additionally, the outdoor recreational facilities at Central Park (tennis, pickleball, and petanque courts- as well as the waterfront petanque courts) will be closed to public use until further notice.
Access to the docks at the Marina will be restricted to boat owners/occupants until further notice.
The City Golf Course will be closed until further notice. City restroom facilities will be closed until further notice.
March 20, 2020:
Governor issues Executive Order No. 20-71 ordering restaurants and bars to suspend on-premises food consumption and closing gymnasiums and fitness centers.
Governor issues Executive Order No. 20-69 suspending any Florida Statute that requires a quorum to be present for public meetings by local government and authorizing use of media technology such as telephonic and video conferencing.
March 19, 2020:
The City officially declared a State of Emergency, effective 1:00pm on March 19, 2020.
Inspection and permitting procedures have adapted due to social distancing recommendations. Please read the entire update on the news section of the City website (scroll down on the homepage).
March 17, 2020:
Nassau county schools will be closed until April 15, 2020. All Pre-K -12 grade state assessments canceled.
School meals and technology will be provided. More information found on the Nassau County School District Facebook page.
Per Executive Order of Governor Ron DeSantis, any licensee authorized to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on premises that derive more than 50% of its gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages shall suspended all sale of alcoholic beverages for thirty days from the date of this order, effective at 5 p.m. today, March 17, 2020. Restaurants shall immediately limit occupancy to 50% of its current building occupancy. Check the "news" section of this website for the complete order.
All City board and commission meetings are hereby canceled through March 31. City sponsored athletic centers, fitness rooms, pools, and childcare services are also closed until further notice.
Both the Recycle/Community Cleanup and Neighbors Helping Neighbors events scheduled for April 18, have been postponed, date to be determined.
In-person Utility Billing payments have been suspended. Please make your payments by phone (904)310-3400, online (www.fbfl.us), or mail:
City of Fernandina Beach
P. O. Box 16115
Fernandina Beach, FL 32035