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Inverness, Fla. - Inverness City Hall is open with limited public access to the lobby only, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please call (352) 726-2611 for an appointment with department staff or to discuss city services. Utility payments may be made at Inverness-FL.gov and at the drop box located next to handicapped parking at City Hall.
The next meeting of the Inverness City Council is slated for Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. at the Inverness Government Center, 212 W. Main Street, Inverness. With the latest recommendations for slowing the spread of COVID-19, the City is planning to hold a virtual meeting. Interested attendees can locate the link to the video on city’s website inverness-fl.gov.
The public may submit their questions to City Clerk Susan Jackson no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, May 4, 2020 via email sjackson@Inverness-FL.gov. Please provide your full name and address along with your comments. If requested by the commenter, written comments will be read into the record at the appropriate time. Time limits will be enforced so written comments must be limited to three minutes for individuals and five minutes for groups/organizations. For assistance or information, contact City Clerk Susan Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 352-726-2611 ext. 1007.
The reopening of Whispering Pines park met with great success. The 290-acre park is open daily for walking, jogging, cycling or hiking on its trails and paved roads from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Bathroom facilities at the entrance of the park and the baseball/softball complex bathroom will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. No other facilities will be open.
Liberty Park, the Depot District, and Wallace Brooks
Liberty Park, the Depot District and Wallace Brooks Park have reopened to welcome the return of walkers and runners of all ages. The newly renovated parks offer beautiful lake views and fresh air from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. No organized activities including picnics, fishing, sunbathing or other activities are permitted. Both Wallace Brooks and Liberty park bathrooms will be accessible from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The park docks, playgrounds, and gazebo will be closed.
Withlacoochee State Rail
The 46-mile Withlacoochee State Trail has reopened to activities that allow for social distancing of 6’ for 10 people or less.
The City is offering only those recreational activities which allow people to follow the CDC guidelines. Federal and state social distancing/gathering guidelines remain in place. Groups of more than 10 will not be permitted, and social distancing of six feet is necessary to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis held a news conference to begin the re-opening of Florida on Monday May 4th as presented in Executive Order 20-112. In-store retail sales establishments and restaurants may re-open subject to the following conditions:
In-store retail sales establishments may re-open at no more than 25 percent of their building occupancy and abide by the safety guidelines issued by the CDC and OSHA.
Must continue social distancing to maintain 6 feet between parties, seating only parties of 10 or fewer people and keeping bar counters closed to seating. Limit indoor dining to no more than 25 percent of building occupancy. Outdoor seating is also allowed using the same social distancing criteria listed in item #1 above.
In an effort to support its local restaurants, the City of Inverness is offering an opportunity to temporarily expand outdoor dining while indoor seating is limited by the phased re-opening of the State. Outdoor dining may be expanded to other areas of the property, including lawns, sidewalks and parking areas subject to the following conditions.
Public safety and social distancing continue to be the priority. Additional outdoor dining on City sidewalks is permitted and encouraged with social distancing. An authorized representative must provide a drawing of any additional seating on City sidewalks with walking lane and room for people with disabilities to use the sidewalk. If restaurant seating is expanded into a parking area, a drawing of the plan must be approved by the Community Development Department. There is no fee for this approval. According to recent dialogue with the Florida Division of Alcohol and Tobacco, alcoholic beverages are allowed in the temporary expanded outdoor dining areas.
Bars, Pubs and Nightclubs
These establishments, that derive more than 50 percent of gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages, will continue to suspend the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption (see Executive Order 20-68).
Gyms, Fitness Centers, Personal care and Salons
These establishments, closed by Executive Order 20-71, will remain closed.
For those establishments expanding on to City sidewalks or into private parking areas, please email your site plan and signed acknowledgement of the City’s conditions to grice@Inverness-fl.gov For further assistance, please contact Greg Rice at (352)726-3401.
The City’s boat ramps remain open. It’s important that boaters continue to practice social distancing. All recreational boats must be at least 50 feet apart. Each boat must not have more than 10 people on board per the FWC Executive Order 20-09. The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Fish and Wildlife officers will have a presence on the water to enforce the distancing rules. The city encourages everyone to enjoy the lakes while adhering to COVID-19 guidelines.
Mayor Bob Plaisted and other county leaders have created a weekly public service announcement “Community Leaders Update” to update residents on the COVID-19 virus. This week’s video is about the reopening of parks, and businesses. The newest video is located on the City of Inverness Facebook page. https://bit.ly/2YJkzqH
The Florida Department of Health Citrus County results for COVID-19 as of 12 p.m. on May 4, 2020:
Positive Cases and Tests*
Total cases in Citrus County: 99
38 in Inverness
13 in Crystal River
9 in Homosassa
9 in Citrus Springs
8 in Lecanto
6 in Dunnellon
6 in Hernando
6 in Beverly Hills
4 in Floral City
Of the 99 cases, 16 are travel-related, 81 are not travel-related and 2 are unknown
Of the 99 cases, 69 are contacts to a confirmed case, 13 are not contacts, 17 are unknown or still under investigation
The age group with the most cases: 55-64 (25 cases)
Total tests: 1,772
*While these numbers are provisional and subject to change, the number of cases reported in each county or municipality go off of the case’s home address, which is verified prior to release.
Please call the City of Inverness COVID-19 Information Line (352) 341-7830.