Okaloosa County Commissioners declare state of emergency

The state of emergency will allow the county to more-easily seek additional resources and apply for federal and state aid to address the economic impacts of the coronavirus. (MGN).

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Okaloosa County Board of County Commissioner declared a state of emergency in response of COVID-19.

This allows the county to more-easily seek additional resources and apply for federal and state aid to address the economic impacts of the coronavirus.

According to the release, the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center is closed for events until the end of April.

County Commissioners say they are engaging in behaviors they wish residents to emulate: Canceling all work-related travel, instituting new sanitation protocols and procedures and instituting a modified leave plan for anyone who displays symptoms associated with COVID-19 or becomes ill with the virus.

Water and Sewer office lobbies will be closed after Friday, March 20. The drive thru window, online bill pay, drop off and mail in methods will remain open.

All board meetings will be held at 1250 N. Eglin Parkway in Shalimar.

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