All Escambia County Departments
- Escambia County government buildings, offices and West Florida Public Libraries will reopen to the public Monday, May 4, and will operate at 25% capacity, in accordance with Phase 1 of Gov. DeSantis Executive Order 20-111 and Executive Order 20-112.
- Is following normal procedures for all calls, and practicing social distancing when applicable.
- We are asking citizens not to pick-up stray animals and bring them to the shelter. Contact Animal Control at 595-0097 and notify them of any stray animal.
- The Animal Shelter will not be accepting animals from the public at this time until further notice.
- Adoptions and lost animal reclaims will be by appointment only. Please call 595-3076 to make arrangements for these services. We ask that you only request an adoption appointment if you are truly interested in adopting an animal at this time because of the limited amount of appointments that we can accommodate
- Citizens can go to www.petharbor.com to look to see if their lost pet is at the shelter or to look for adoptable animals.
- Submit an online Animal Control complaint here.
Bars, nightclubs and restaurants
- Executive Order 20-123. issued from Gov. Ron DeSantis, restaurants may offer outdoor seating with at least six feet of space between tables and indoor seating at 50 percent capacity.
- Bars and nightclubs In Escambia County and the City of Pensacola remain closed.
Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller
The MC Blanchard and Theodore Bruno Juvenile Justice Building will remain open, at this time, but have limited public access. The Clerk’s office will continue to process the following emergency court services:
- Petitions for Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Repeat Violence, Sexual Violence or Stalking Injunctions
- Baker Act petitions
- Marchman Act petitions
- Vulnerable Adult petitions
- Adult Protective Services petitions
- Emergency guardianship appointment
- Family Law and Dependency cases in which the imminent safety of children is at issue
Clerk’s Official Records, Treasury, Finance, and Clerk to the Board Offices will reopen at 25% public capacity effective Monday, May 4. Passport services remain suspended until further notice.
The following Clerk’s offices will remain closed for in-person services until further notice.
- Traffic Office, MC Blanchard Judicial Building, 190 W. Government St.
- Marriage Office, MC Blanchard Judicial Building, 190 W. Government St.
- Century Courthouse office
- The Public Records Center, 120 E. Blount St.
To make payments and access other online services, please visit our e-services page here. For further information visit escambiaclerk.com.
City of Pensacola
Please check the city's website for the latest information.
Escambia County Area Transit (ECAT)
- Beginning Monday, April 6, ECAT temporarily suspended fare collection for passengers of ECAT bus services. In addition, bus passengers will be instructed to enter and exit through the rear doors only and sit behind the accessibility-reserved seating area. Front-door access will be permitted only for passengers needing the boarding ramp or operator assistance to access the bus. ADA accessible seating space near the front of the bus is reserved for individuals in mobility devices, individuals in need of special assistance and families with children in strollers. The changes will provide some separation between the operator and the passengers—and between passengers. The changes are being implemented in addition to precautions already implemented by ECAT, including the rigorous and increased sanitizing efforts of every bus on a daily basis.
- Bus routes will move to a modified schedule starting on Monday, March 23, 2020 and limit capacity to 10 passengers. (please see news release for detailed information)
- Beginning June 1, passengers will be encouraged to wear face masks.
Escambia County Community Transportation (ECCT)
- Escambia County Community Transportation will temporarily suspend all paratransit services after 7 p.m. for weekday and Saturday services. All medical necessary trips will be honored. Sunday service is temporarily suspended. All expired eligibility will be extended for 90 days. In-person eligibility interviews will be rescheduled or completed over the phone. Please call ECCT Customer Service at 850- 595-0501 if you need assistance.
- ECCT Paratransit subscription trips will continue to be pre-screened for COVID-19 and may be modified.
- For everyone’s safety, schedulers are booking passenger trips throughout the day on vehicles to accommodate social distancing. Vehicles are disinfected and cleaned frequently.
- For the safety of our riders and drivers, we are asking riders to help by wearing a protective cloth face covering, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, when you find it necessary to use ECCT Paratransit. Drivers have been instructed to wear Personal Protective Equipment..
- ECCT drivers will not be entering businesses, medical clinics and other facilities to pick up paratransit riders. Please be ready outside or at the door when the vehicle arrives.
- Please always cover your coughs and sneezes, keep your hands washed and make sure your mobility aid is sanitized and free of excess baggage.
NOTICE: These procedures may be revised due to the ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. Posted 4/21/20
Escambia County Fire Rescue, Office of Fire Prevention
ECFR closed facilities to public in-person access to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 effective Monday, March 23. Alternative ways to conduct business with the Office of Fire Prevention are notated as follows:
- All walk-in permitting has been suspended effective Monday, March 23, until further notice. Business will still be conducted with the aide of online customer accounts through mygovernmentonline.org. For all permit-related questions, please contact the Office of Fire Prevention at 850-595-1810.
- Applications and plan review: Three sets of stamped sealed/shop drawings paper copies and cut-sheets/calculation documents are required to be submitted. Make an appointment to drop off plans at the Central Office Complex, 3363 West Park Place. Please attach an application and completed checklist for permit type associated, and ensure that contact information is clearly displayed. At the scheduled appointment, staff will meet you to receive the plans. To schedule and appointment for plans drop off please call 850- 595-1810 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Upon receipt of plan submission, and invoice will be emailed for payment. All permits are to be paid by credit card through the customer portal or by phone.
- Customer picking up paper plans must schedule and appointment by calling 850-595-1810 or emailing email@example.com, and staff will meet with you to provide the approved copy.
- Inspection requests for permits will need to be scheduled either online through the customer portal, telephone using the IVR system by dialing 1-866-957-3764 and choosing option 5, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Escambia County Property Appraiser's Office
- Office lobbies remain closed to the public.
- Customers will be assisted via email, email@example.com, telephone, 850-434-2735 or website – escpa.org.
- All BCC employees entering the building will undergo a security temperature check prior to entering.
Escambia County Tax Collector
Following the guidance of the Governor’s “Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step.” plan, the Escambia County Tax Collector’s office is beginning to transition back to limited, in-person transactions over the next several days. Services will be restricted to Escambia County residents for the next several weeks as we recover from the backlog created by the COVID-19 closure.
The following transactions are available at our Online Payment Center and will NOT be processed in the lobbies:
- Registration (Tag) Renewal - License plate or tag renewals MUST be renewed online using our convenient RenewExpress system. You can choose same-day pick up available at one of our three convenient drive thru locations or choose to have the registration mailed to you after next-day processing.
- Business Tax Receipt - Our Payment Center allows you to create an original or renew or edit a current record. It’s a great way to locate a business in our county. Searching by keywords such as plumbing will create a list of licensed plumbing businesses.
- Property Tax - Pay property tax, review full payment history, research and print prior years receipts and search ownership by name or address.
- Hunting and Fishing License - Purchase or renew your hunting and fishing license.
Visit EscambiaTaxCollector.com/payment and remember that when paying by eCheck there is never an extra fee. As we transition, Escambia County residents may continue to “Join the Phone Queue” for service by call back.
When instructed to come to an office, customers will have their temperature checked and be screened prior to entering the lobby. They will be required to supply and wear a mask while in our buildings and will take the mask off only if required for an official photo.
Driver licenses and identification cards that expired from March 16 to May 30 have been automatically extended; we ask customers to take advantage of the additional time to allow our offices to assist customers who must be served immediately.
The vision requirements have not been waived for driver license transactions, so a vision test will be given. If customers are uncomfortable with the vision machine, they can request a vision form be sent via email that can be taken to an eye care professional and completed out before the customer visits our office.
Driving exams are being offered by appointment only for Escambia residents who have held their learner permit for at least one year. Parents are encouraged to contact our office to schedule the appointment. We are unable to offer walk-in, medical or special driving exams at this time.
Please continue to follow CDC recommendations on everyday preventable actions and visit FloridaHealth.gov for the most up-to-date resources on information and guidance regarding COVID-19 in Florida. For more information on tax collector services, visit EscambiaTaxCollector.com.
First Judicial Circuit
By order of the Chief Judge all persons without official business or scheduled court proceedings will not be allowed entry into courthouse facilities in the First Judicial Circuit, in order to protect the public health and safety of our staff and citizens.
Gulf Islands National Seashore
Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and state and local public health authorities, Gulf Islands National Seashore is increasing recreational access at the Florida areas. The National Park Service is working service-wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.
Beginning on Saturday, May 16, Gulf Islands National Seashore will initiate Phase Two access at:
- The Fort Pickens Area
- Regular operating hours
- Restrooms will be limited to Langdon Beach and the restrooms outside of the Discovery Center
- Lifeguards will be on duty at Langdon Beach
- The Perdido Key Area
- Regular operating hours resume
- Lifeguards will be on duty at Johnson Beach
- Santa Rosa Area, including Highway 399
- Opal Beach restrooms at clusters C & D will be open
- Lifeguards will be on duty at Opal Beach
- The Okaloosa Area
- The Naval Live Oaks Area
- Pensacola Bay Cruises
Beginning on Saturday, May 23, additional services will resume including:
- Free tram service at the Fort Pickens Area
- Pensacola Bay Cruises will drop-off and pick-up passengers at the Fort Pickens Area
With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time:
- The Fort Barrancas Area
- The Fort Pickens Campground, Discovery Center, and bookstore
- The headquarters indoor exhibits at the Naval Live Oaks Area
- Parking lots 33A & 36A along Highway 399 (closed for the season)
- Parking lots 34A & 34E at the Opal Beach Complex
“Park staff, in coordination with public health officials continue to monitor health data from local and regional areas to determine when gating criteria is met,” said Superintendent Dan Brown. “As the areas evaluated continue to move through the required criteria the park is working hard to increase recreational access in a safe and responsible way.”
The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At Gulf Islands National Seashore, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance and will be regularly monitored. We continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.
While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services will be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.
The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.
Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted on our website www.nps.gov/guis and social media channels. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus
- Effective May 4, outdoor athletics leagues can resume, but are asked to begin with a two-week practice phase before beginning competitions, which should limit numbers in a controlled setting.
- Neighborhood and park facilities remain open, but the public is still strongly encouraged to maintain social distancing measures while enjoying the parks.
- Restrooms are open and drinking fountains will be turned on the week of May 25.
- Park pavilion reservations and community center rentals and indoor activities are still on hold until further notice.
- The Parks and Recreation Department and Road Department building located at 1651 E. Nine Mile Road will reopen to the public on Monday, May 4, maintaining social distancing with our visiting public. The call center will be answered as normal during regular business hours. Please call 850-475-5220 for assistance.
- Escambia County Commission Votes to Amend Beach Executive Order
- The Escambia County Board of County Commissioners voted Thursday, May 21, to amend Executive Order 20-6, creating Executive Order 20-8 regarding Escambia County public beaches.
- Effective Thursday, May 21 a noon, Escambia County public beaches are now fully open to the public. Camping on the beach is not allowed per county ordinance 74-36 and consistent with the “Leave No Trace” protections for nesting sea turtles. Other Escambia County parks, including public access points on Perdido Key remain closed from sunset to sunrise.
- The new all-electronic tolling system on Bob Sikes Bridge to Pensacola Beach went live on March 20, 2020, which was earlier than anticipated to adhere to social distancing for toll booth workers. The toll will remain $1, and cash and coins will no longer be accepted at this location.
- The Pensacola Gulfside pier is open daily from 5 a.m. - 10 p.m.
- Fishing is allowed from 5 a.m. - 10 p.m., 7 days per week at the regular admission rate.
- Walking passes are available from 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. for admission of sunset walkers at the regular all-day pass (coming and going) admission rate.
- Wrist bands will identify the type of pass, either fishing or walking.
- Social distancing guidelines will remain in full effect at all times.
- Maximum number of persons in any group is 10.
- Pier staff has demarcated the length of the Pier identifying all permissible spaces, measured to meet the minimum six foot social distancing guidelines recommended by the CDC. Markings are there to control spacing in between every fishing group and to limit the total number of spaces available for fishing. This will help keep those who are fishing form clustering in any one location. Management has hired additional staff to walk the pier and maintain social distancing throughout the day. Hand washing basins with soap are available for regular use.
Pensacola International Airport
- At this time, the airport is open and fully operational. Airport staff will continue to work to provide a safe and easy travel experience for passengers and will update as directives come from the Florida Department of Health.
- Travelers who are not feeling well are encouraged to please stay home and reschedule travel plans.
- All airlines are requiring passengers to wear face coverings to board the aircraft. For more information or if you have questions, please reach out to your airline.
- The airport has increased the frequency at which public touch points are cleaned, such as elevator buttons, escalator handrails, chair armrests, counter tops and other high-traffic public areas. Hand sanitizer stations are also located throughout the terminal for the public's use.
- Pup Patrol activity in the terminal will cease until further notice
- Airport USO center is closed until further notice.
- Check the airport website or an airline's website to see current offered flights. Flight schedules can change throughout the day.
Pensacola and Perdido Key Visitor Centers
Please utilize their assistance by visiting, www.visitpensacola.com. The Pensacola and Perdido Key Visitor Centers remain virtual centers. The Visit Pensacola team including the front desk of both Visitor Centers are available via phone and email. In an effort to share all Pensacola Bay Area establishments offering various take out options, new hours and reopening schedules please visit our Help Out, Take Out page at https://www.visitpensacola.com/pensacola-to-go/.
Santa Rosa Island Authority
- Is closed to the public effective Monday, March 23, in order to protect the public health and safety of our staff and citizens.
- Customers will be assisted via email or telephone. We will be working virtually Monday- Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Please visit our website at www.sria-fla.com and www.visitpensacolabeach.com or give us a call at 850-932-2257.
School District and Colleges
Escambia County School District
University of West Florida
The last day of the 2019-2020 school year is May 22, 2020. This will also be the last day for the school-based ECSD School Food Service curb-side meal program. Families are being referred to the web site for Summer Break Spot to identify an alternate site.
Parents/guardians are encouraged to establish their Focus Parent Portal account, if they have not already done so. Final grades (AKA Report Cards) will be available electronically by accessing Focus Parent Portal accounts. If a parent can’t access the Internet, they can contact the school to request a paper copy.
Families are also asked to be sure to notify their child’s school if any of their contact information changes over the summer. It is also imperative the school district has up-to-date physical addresses for all students before school begins again in August to facilitate transportation plans for bus routes.
ECSD students will be allowed to keep Chromebooks over the summer and can expect to hear from their child’s school about online educational assets that will remain accessible over the summer break.
ECSD offices will be open, Monday through Friday over the summer break, except for Memorial Day and July 4th.
“The Senior Class of 2020 will be recognized for their hard work. Steps are being taken to reschedule graduation ceremonies, but plans have not been finalized,” stated Superintendent Malcolm Thomas, “This depends on precautionary COVID-19 restrictions being lifted. Tentative dates in June and July have been reserved for commencement exercises.”
For information about Escambia County’s public schools go to:https://ecsd-fl.schoolloop.com/, Like ECSD onFacebook at https://www.facebook.com/ecsdfl or https://www.facebook.com/ecsd.public.
University leadership is actively developing a plan to return to campus while keeping the safety, security and wellbeing of the University community at the forefront of every decision. This plan will include a phased return for employees that will begin in June and a student return for the fall semester.
Today, the Florida Board of Governors provided a blueprint for all State University System institutions to utilize in developing their reopening university campuses framework that will be presented to the Board of Governors on June 23.
President Saunders established and assigned subcommittees to focus on specific areas to form the Fall 2020 return to campus framework. These subcommittees are focused on specific key areas, aligned with the Board of Governors’ Blueprint.
To view a list of the Return to Campus Task Force and subcommittees, please visit uwf.edu/taskforce.
Pensacola State College
Supervisor of Elections
- Residents can access most services at EscambiaVotes.com, by phone at 850-595-3900, by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail.
- Voter registration and record updates are available through RegisterToVoteFlorida.gov.
- Voter services will be available by phone Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and document drop-off is accessible at the Palafox Street entrance to the downtown Tax Collector’s office, 213 Palafox Place.
- Advance appointments are preferred, if in-person services are required.
- Access to the elections office will be through the main county office building.
- Six foot “social distancing” is required, and the number of customers allowed in the office at a time will be limited.
West Florida Public Libraries
Libraries will open for limited general public access and online order pickups as follows:
- Pensacola Library (239 N. Spring St., Pensacola): Monday - Friday from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- Molino Branch Library (6450-A Hwy. 95A, Molino): Monday - Friday from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- Southwest Branch Library (12248 Gulf Beach Hwy., Pensacola): Monday - Friday from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- Tryon Branch Library (1200 Langley Ave., Pensacola): Monday - Friday from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- Century Branch Library (7991 N. Century Blvd., Century): Tuesday - Friday from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- Genealogy Branch Library (5740 N. Ninth Ave., Pensacola): Tuesday - Friday from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- Westside Branch Library (1301 W. Gregory St., Pensacola): Monday - Friday from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
- Feeding the Gulf Coast for youth: Monday - Friday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at all seven library branches.
Requests for library materials placed prior to arrival will be retrieved and ready for pickup at your vehicle. Designated online order pickup spaces will be marked. Drive-through services are closed. All returned library materials will be cleaned and isolated for a period of 7 days.
Public computer and study room access:
- A limited number of computers will be available to insure social distancing.
- Computer access for general use will remain at one hour per day.
- Computer access will have no time limits applied if the person is actively completing unemployment, small business loans, or similar economic benefits applications.
- Limited study space will be available with a one hour per day limit on use.
Increased eBook, eAudiobook and eMagazine titles will increase in availability and variety available for electronic access.
Meeting and Event Cancellations (County)
Escambia County has canceled all publicly-permitted, in-person events that consist of 50 people or more effective Monday, March 16, until further notice.