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
October 1, 2020
Governor DeSantis extended the order for allowing for virtual meetings (no physical quorum necessary at public meetings) effective through October 31, 2020.
September 25, 2020
Governor Desantis issued Executive Order 20-244 implementing Phase 3 of the Reopen Florida Plan: Right to Work. Business Certainty. Suspension of Fines. This phase allows for restaurants and bars to operate at full capacity and suspends the collection of fines and penalties associated with COVID-19. To access Execuive Order 20-244 and previous Executive Orders referenced within, visit the Governor’s website.
September 14, 2020
Bars may operate at 50% capacity.
September 1, 2020
2020-126 Amending Resolution 2020-94 Extending Emergency Order COVID19 Requiring Face Coverings
August 26, 2020
The Nassau County Board of County Commissioners extended their mask mandate for an additional thirty days.
August 17, 2020
Governor DeSantis extends the Executive Order allowing for virtual meetings, effective until October 1.
August 6, 2020
On Thursday, August 6, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-192, which updates requirements for restaurants and lifts travel restrictions from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
August 3, 2020
Nassau County staff has provided copies of the Nassau County Small Business Grant Program applications to City Hall (upstairs at City Manager/City Clerk counter). This program expects to invest approximately $2.2 million in the County’s small businesses, allowing up to 440 qualifying small businesses access to a maximum $5,000 grant per applicant to cover a variety of business expenses. The funds are provided to the County through the federal CARES Act. Online applications are available here Version OptionsCitizen Notifications Headline. Application packets may also be requested via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or USPS by calling the Nassau CARES hotline, (904) 530-6800.
July 21, 2020
Special events held on City property are cancelled until Governor DeSantis lifts restrictions mandating that crowds be no larger than 50 people.
Commissioners extended the local state of emergency and authorized the City Manager to review in seven day increments.
"Or covering" in section 2 was removed from Resolution 2020-94.
July 16, 2020
To report a compliance concern regarding COVID-19, please visit the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation website.
July 15, 2020
At today’s City Commission workshop, Resolution 2020-94 was revised to remove wording regarding social distancing exceptions. It now reads:
Every person over the age of six (6) who is in a public indoor space shall wear a face mask or covering.
Every operator, employee, customer or patron of a business establishment must wear a face mask or covering at all times while indoors at that business establishment or unless wearing a face mask or covering significantly interferes with the provision or receipt of goods or services offered or received at that establishment (i.e. patrons at a restaurant, clients at a barber shop or hair salon, patients at a dentist’s office).
July 5, 2020
DOH-Nassau releases key points for positive COVID-19 cases and their close-contacts.
July 2, 2020
By Emergency Order, Resolution 2020-94 was passed mandating face masks in the City of Fernandina Beach.
June 26, 2020
The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) today suspended the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption at all bars throughout the state. The suspension of alcohol sales directed by DBPR Emergency Order 2020-09 is effective immediately.
June 25, 2020
Please see the news release from the Nassau County Manager’s office and corresponding memo from City Manager Dale Martin regarding safety measures in response to COVID-19.
June 24, 2020
If you’re heading to New York, New Jersey or Connecticut from a COVID-19 hotspot, including Florida, you must quarantine for 14 days. News article with details.
June 22, 2020
State Surgeon General and the Florida Department of Health advise all residents to wear masks in public and socially distance. Full Public Health Advisory.
June 3, 2020
The Fl Department of Health-Nassau County is providing free Covid-19 tests and Hepatitis A vaccines on June 6, from 9:30 - 11:30 am at the MLK Jr. Recreation Center (1200 Elm Street). Tests will be conducted via drive through and are open to everyone. This is on a first come, first served basis. Fifty tests are available. BRING SOME FORM OF ID. Anyone receiving a Hepatits A vaccine will receive a $10 food voucher. For more information, call the Health Department: (904) 875-6100.
Governor Ron DeSantis issues an Executive Order stating Florida counties, other than Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties will begin Phase 2 on Friday, June 5.
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