Hillsborough County Press Release
For Immediate Release
Communications & Digital Media for the Joint Information Center
(813) 728-1447 (mobile)
Hillsborough County Government and Local Partner Agencies Announce Updates on Closings, Cancellations, and Changes in Service
COVID-19 coronavirus Update No. 17
Hillsborough County, Fla. (March 23, 2020) – In an effort to widely disseminate the most timely information related to services affected by COVID-19 coronavirus, Hillsborough County is sharing the following information:
• The Hillsborough County Extension Service office will be closed to the public, and all workshops, events, and trainings canceled until April 13. The Extension Service is working on alternative course delivery methods such as online/webinar offerings. In the meantime, members of the public can call the main office at (813) 744-5519, or utilize the Extension Service directory (http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/hillsborough/contact-our-staff/) to seek out staff available to answer questions and provide other program-related information. The public can find more information at sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/Hillsborough
• Veterans Memorial Park has closed.
• All Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections offices are currently closed to the public. Hillsborough County residents can register to vote, update their voter registration information or sign up for Vote By Mail online at VoteHillsborough.org, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (813) 744-5900. Candidates for office can contact the candidate services liaison at email@example.com or (813) 384-3944.
• The Environmental Protection Commission (EPC) of Hillsborough County has temporarily suspended normal operations at the EPC office at 3629 Queen Palm Drive in Tampa. EPC has placed a hold on all onsite meetings, including application and permitting reviews. The lobby remains open during normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but only for document drop-off and deliveries. EPC staff continue to work remotely, with field staff continuing to perform inspections and investigate environmental complaints. For more information, current news, and to sign up for alerts, visit epchc.org. For updates via social media, follow EPC on Facebook and Twitter. For general EPC information or to report a local environmental concern, call (813) 627-2600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority has asked its employees to work remotely from home. During this time, the Reversible Express Lanes, which require some degree of manual operation to change direction, will remain open eastbound until further notice. The Road Ranger Service Patrol, providing free roadside assistance and services to motorists traveling on the Selmon Expressway, remains open. For Road Ranger Service Patrol assistance, call *347.
• HART is currently providing regular operational service, but asks customers to use HART for essential trips only, follow social distancing guidelines like using staggered seating when onboard, and to not ride if you are sick. HART is offering free rides to Hillsborough County students 18 and under for essential trips – to make certain students have access to the “Grab-and-Go” sites for nutritious meals. HART continues to monitor ridership, workforce levels, business closures on routes, and will adjust service levels as needed based on changing conditions. Advance notice will be provided to the public pertaining to any future HART service changes. In addition, HART has enhanced its disinfection efforts, including additional disinfecting of frequent touchpoints such as vehicle entry ways, fare boxes, steering wheels, operator seats, protective shields, modesty panels, stanchion bars, customer seat backs, and hand rails on all buses, vans, and streetcars.
• Port Tampa Bay staff is working alongside private stevedores and terminal operators, line handlers, pilots, and tugboats to provide uninterrupted services and import and export of goods. This includes everything from gasoline to construction materials, food, beverages, consumer goods, and bulk agricultural. The Port is working daily with local municipalities, the Office of the Governor, CDC, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and other strategic partners to keep operations moving while minimizing risks and maximizing continued services that keep our communities running and residents safe and healthy. More information is available at porttb.com and porttb.com/cruisesafety
• The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay continues to provide essential community services 24 hours a day. Gateway 2-1-1 is fielding calls regarding COVID-19 and other crisis situations; TransCare Medical Transportation is responding to 9-1-1 calls; and sexual assault services is providing forensic medical exams and victim advocacy services. The organization is taking appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of the community and Crisis Center of Tampa Bay staff.
• Amalie Arena is currently closed, including all business offices and the ReliaQuest Ticket Office. All events through April are canceled or postponed. Visit amaliearena.com/events/covid-19 for a list of postponed and canceled events due to COVID-19 virus safety precautions.
Get Connected. Stay Alert. For more information on COVID-19, and any other potential emergency in the county, along with an updated list of County closures and cancellations, visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafe and sign up for the HCFL Alert system. Additionally, you can follow Hillsborough County on social media at Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor for updates. For general County information, call (813) 272-5900, the County's main information line. A list of County cancellations and closures can be found online.