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Panama City Beach officials tighten some COVID-19 restrictions

Published: Jun. 25, 2020 at 10:36 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG) -

Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, Panama City Beach leaders are rolling back plans for some of the city’s gathering spaces and events this summer.

The city’s Summer Concert Series was supposed to kick off on July 16th, but now that has been pushed back.

The city council is also reinstating mandatory temperature checks at public meetings and will defer opening the city’s kiddie pool and open swim at the aquatic center. But city manager Tony O’Rourke said day camps are still running and the lap pool is still available at the aquatic center.

“You know unfortunately we are experiencing a little bit of a surge here, hopefully its temporary, but we need to be monitoring it closely so we can continue to be very successful, which we have been to date in keeping those numbers extremely low for a region that attracts this many visitors and has this many people in the county and in the community,” said O’Rourke.

O’Rourke said the council will reevaluate the situation in two weeks and make any possible changes then.

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