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County Closures and Service Changes

Polk County Public School Closures

Polk County Closures

 

Polk County's Vacation Rental Homes Reopened

Polk County has reopened Vacation Rental Homes. Details can be found on the Visit Central Florida website

The Adult Day Healthcare Centers in Haines City and Lakeland will remain closed until further notice. The Community Centers, Polk IFAS Extension meeting rooms and Stuart Center also remain closed to regular community activities with the exception of their computer labs. The computer labs are open for limited use within social distancing guidelines.

While face masks are not required to be worn by customers or county employees, we encourage this practice for those who desire to wear them. Disposable face masks will be provided to customers who request them, as they are available. Hand sanitizing equipment has been installed throughout the buildings and will be available on customer counters.

Please be aware that, in the near term, some service centers and walk in offices may have limited services. You may see an increase in service time. You are encouraged to conduct county business online through our website at www.polk-county.net.

The Building Division will continue to offer drop off and pick up services in the Administration Building lobby. The division’s office will reopen by appointment only to practice social distancing for the protection of our customers and employees. Limited appointment times are for completing the permit application but not processing the permit. There is no same day permitting available at this time. You may call the Building Division to schedule an appointment at (863) 534-6080. Customers are encouraged to continue to apply for building permits online.

Polk County Parks & Natural Resources Division also has cancelled 2020 summer camps and recreation programming. These programs include Camp R.O.C.K., Summer Frenzy Programs, A to Z Nature Camp and Discovery Center Summer Recreation Outdoor Education.

 

Park and Recreational Facility Statuses

Parks and recreational facilities open include:

  • All preserve trails. A complete list of these sites open on May 1 can be found on our website at www.polknature.com.
  • Parks with trails for biking, disc golf, walking and nature, including Loyce Harpe Park and Northeast Regional Park, are open. Please avoid congregating in parking areas and pavilions.
  • All boat ramps.
  • Bone Valley ATV Park.
  • Campgrounds are open with limited capacity.
  • Community Center computer labs are open on a limited basis. All Community Centers will remain closed to normal community use activities.
  • Circle B Bar Reserve and the Saddle Creek Gun range. Ball fields are closed to all organized activities until June 8.

We recommend that you call (863) 534-7377 for specific information on what is open and new usage guidelines.

Park / FacilityStatus (as of May 4)
Aldine CombeeOpen except pavilion
Babson ParkClosed
Banana Lake ParkOpen - boat ramp, restroom, walking trail-playground closed
Bartow Agriculture Center ArenasOpen to individual use, not organized groups
Bone Valley ATV ParkOpen
Bradley Junction ParkClosed
Christina ParkOpen except playground and pavilion
Circle B Bar ReserveClosed, but trails will open May 8th with Discovery Center having limited hrs
Coleman LandingOpen – campground with limited capacity
Combeewood ParkClosed
Crooked Lake PrairieOpen
Crooked Lake SandhillOpen
Crystal Lake ParkOpen
East Central ParkOpen except courts and playground
Eaton ParkOpen except courts and playground
Eloise Resource CenterClosed except for computer lab
Fort Fraser TrailOpen
Fort Meade ParkOpen except courts and playground
Fuller Heights ParkOpen except courts and playground
Gator Creek ReserveOpen
Golfview ParkOpen
Gordon Heights ParkOpen except courts and playground
Gordonville ParkOpen except courts and playground
Grassy LakeOpen
Heritage Peace RiverOpen
Hickory Lake ScrubOpen
Highland City ParkOpen except playground
Highland City Senior FieldClosed
History CenterOpens May 12th with limited hrs and access
Homeland Heritage ParkClosed - open with limited hrs and access
Hunt Fountain ParkOpen except for courts, playgrounds and pavilion
Jan Phyl ParkOpen except courts and playground
Lake Agnes Boat RampOpen
Lake Arbuckle ParkOpen-campground with limited capacity
Lake Aurora Boat RampOpen
Lake Blue ParkOpen except playground
Lake Buffum Boat RampOpen
Lake Cannon ParkOpen except playground
Lake Confusion Boat RampOpen
Lake Daisy Boat RampOpen
Lake Deere Boat RampOpen
Lake Deere ParkOpen
Lake Deeson Boat RampOpen
Lake Florence ParkOpen
Lake Garfield Boat RampOpen
Lake Gibson Boat RampOpen
Lake Gwyn ParkClosed except for south trailhead to access trail
Lake Gwyn Treatment TrailOpen, use south trailhead entrance to access trail
Lake Hancock Boat Ramp (new)Closed (still finishing construction)
Lake HartridgeOpen
Lake Ina ParkOpen
Lake Jessie Boat RampOpen
Lake Juliana Boat RampOpen
Lake Livingston Boat RampOpen
Lake Mariana Boat RampOpen
Lake Mariana Treatment TrailOpen
Lake Marion Boat RampOpen
Lake Parker Boat RampOpen
Lake Pierce Boat RampOpen
Lake Pierce RanchettesOpen except courts and playground
Lake Reedy Boat RampOpen
Lake Rosalie CampgroundOpen - campground with limited capacity
Lake Roy Boat RampOpen
Lake Sears Boat RampOpen
Lake Summit Boat RampOpen
Lake Summit EastOpen
Lake Tennessee Boat RampOpen
Lake Thomas Boat RampOpen
Lake Walk-in Water Boat RampOpen
Lakeland Highlands ScrubOpen
Lena Vista ParkOpen
Lil Halibut ParkClosed
Little Crooked Lake Boat RampOpen
Loma Linda ParkOpen except playground
Loughman ParkOpen except courts, pavilion and playground
Loyce Harpe ParkOpen except playground and dog park
Marshall Hampton ReserveOpen
Mary N. Campbell Resource CenterClosed except computer lab
Medulla ParkOpen except courts and playground
Medulla Resource CenterClosed except computer lab
Midway Gardens ParkOpen except courts and playground
Mosaic Peace River ParkOpen
Mudd Lake Boat RampOpen
Mulberry ParkOpen except courts and playground
North East Regional ParkOpen except courts, playground and dog park
North Walk-in-Water CreekOpen
Panther Point TrailOpen - access Marshall Hampton Trailhead
Peace River Canoe (HWY 60)Open
Peace River HammockOpen
Pinedale ParkOpen
Poinciana ParkOpen except courts, playground, pavilion and dog park
Polk City ParkOpen except pavilion
Port HatchinehaOpen including boat ramp-campground with limited capacity
Rolling Hills ParkClosed
Saddle Creek ParkOpen - except ballfield and gun range, campground with limited capacity
Sam Keene ParkOpen
Sherwood Stokes PreserveOpen
Simmers Young ParkOpen except playground and dog park
Snively Brooks ParkOpen except courts and playground
SUMICAOpen
Sun Ray ParkOpen except playground
Surveyor’s Lake Boat RampOpen
Valleyview TrailOpen
Wabash ParkClosed
Wabash Resource CenterClosed except computer lab
Wahneta ParkOpen except courts and playground
Walker Road ParkOpen except playground
Walker Road Treatment TrailOpen
Washington ParkOpen except courts and playground
Waverly ParkOpen except courts and playground
Welling Park / Lake EasyOpen
West Lake Wales ParkOpen except playground
Westwood ParkOpen except for playground
Wilfred Smith Resource CenterClosed except computer lab

 

Florida Governor’s Phased Reopening Plan

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced a new executive order April 29 that will take a phased-in approach of reopening certain businesses around the state. That order took effect May 4.

What's Allowed

  • Floridians can go to the grocery store or pharmacy for food and essential items. Senior shopping hours are still in effect, too
  • You can take a walk, ride your bikes, jog and be outside for exercise, as long as you practice social distancing guidelines like stay 6 feet away from others
  • You can go to a restaurant to order takeout
  • You can go to medical appointments, however, check with your doctor first or consider virtual visits
  • You can care for a family member or loved one

Under the new order, effective May 4:

  • Elective surgeries can resume
  • Retail can operate at 25 percent of indoor capacity
  • Restaurants may offer outdoor seating with six-foot space between tables and indoor seating at 25 percent capacity
  • All individuals, when in public, should maximize physical distance from others
  • Avoid socializing in groups of more than 10 people in circumstances that do not readily allow for physical distancing
  • Face masks are recommended for all those in face-to-face interactions and where you can’t social distance
  • Florida State Parks will re-open access to trails, and some day use areas, including some beach access with limited facilities

What's NOT Allowed

  • You can't go to work unless you are providing essential service as defined by the order. Individuals are encouraged to work from home.
  • You can't visit friends and family if there is no urgent need.
  • Visits to senior living facilities are prohibited
  • Bars and gyms remain closed under the new order, effective May 4
  • Vulnerable individuals should avoid close contact with people outside the home
 

Essential Businesses

Here's a general list of essential businesses, which must institute social distancing practices:

  • Health care workers
  • Law enforcement and other first responders
  • Groceries, pharmacies and convenience stores
  • Restaurants serving take-out or delivery
  • Religious activities
  • Grocery delivery services
  • Gas stations
  • Banks and other financial institutions
  • Hardware stores
  • Mailing and shipping companies
  • Public and private colleges/universities
  • Laundromats and dry cleaners
  • Pet supply stores
  • Office supply stores
  • Transportation services
  • Newspapers, radio, television or other media companies
  • Energy companies
  • Utility companies
  • Factories or other industrial manufacturing services
  • Sanitation services
  • Car dealerships
  • Hotels
  • Funeral homes
  • Food and agriculture
  • Contractors and other tradesmen
  • Landscape and pool care
  • Childcare
  • Open construction sites
  • Marinas and other marina services
  • University and college dormitories
  • Firearm stores
  • Any business providing services to the government

For a comprehensive list of essential businesses, go to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce website.

Local State Board Closures

Southwest Florida Water Management District

The offices of the Southwest Florida Water Management District offices are closed to the public. During this time, staff will continue to conduct business and provide service from alternative work location and as that customers conduct business with staff remotely.

Toho Water Authority

The Toho Water Authority has temporarily closed its administration building at 951 Martin Luther King Blvd. in Kissimmee to the public.

The Water Authority is taking this step to minimize health risks to its customers, employees and the community. Customers are asked to use electronic options for conducting business. All services and assistance can be easily taken care of online or over the phone.

What customers can do online: www.tohowater.com

  • Pay Your Bill
  • Request a Payment Extension
  • Ways to Pay
  • Start / Stop / Move Service
  • Check Current Rates and Fees

What customers can do over the phone: (407) 944-5000

  • Customer Service Assistance
  • Start / Stop / Move Service
  • Payments Using Automated Phone System
  • Billing Questions
  • Water Usage Analysis

Please visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) page on www.tohowater.com for updates regarding our services during this period.

Governor Declared Closures and Executive Orders

For governor declared closures and executive orders, please visit the Florida Governor’s website.