Bay County Officials close public beaches for 7 more days

The public beaches will remain closed in Bay County. (MGN)

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Bay County Board of County Commissioners voted to close the public beaches for another seven days as a safety precaution to prevent the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.

This emergency order was signed by Bay County Commission Chairman Philip “Griff” Griffitts and will be ratified by the board at its April 7 meeting. Griffitts, under the order, has the authority to continue the closure as long as it is deemed necessary.

“We made the right decision to keep our community as safe as we can, and we will hold firm with that decision until we, based on the guidance of health professionals, feel comfortable that we can open the beaches back up,” Griffitts said.

The order provides the following:
- All beaches, beach accesses, and parking for beach accesses in Bay County, Florida, are temporarily closed to the public.
-The M.B. Miller Pier is temporarily closed to everyone except for the use of the pier for fishing.
-It is unlawful for members of the public to access the beaches in Bay County.

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