Manatee County Government buildings to close to the public for walk-in services for 15 days beginning March 18 at 8 a.m.

Manatee County Government buildings to close to the public for walk-in services for 15 days beginning March 18 at 8 a.m.
Posted on 03/17/2020

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (March 17, 2020) – In accordance with The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, which recommend avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people, Manatee County Government will be closing all public buildings to the public for walk-in services for the next 15 days. All buildings will remain closed beginning at 8 a.m. on March 18.

County staff will continue to serve the public and services will continue to operate. The public is encouraged to conduct transactions with the County online or over the phone whenever possible. Citizens can call 3-1-1 for more information.

Manatee County Area Transit services will continue to operate as normal, including Handy Bus services.

"Transit Services remain a vital service for individuals without access to essentials such as grocery stores, pharmacies, and medical appointments," said County Administrator Cheri Coryea. "This is an hour-by-hour emergency event and should a new directive need to be implemented to further protect the public, we will make that call."

Public meetings during the next 15 days will be canceled or rescheduled. Public buildings that will be closed to the public include:

Manatee County parks (outdoor amenities), preserves and beaches remain open for now and the public is encouraged to exercise social distancing when out in public places. Under the Governor’s order, beaches may remain open but restricted to 10 persons in each group and a distance of six feet between parties.

UPDATE: Manatee County Public Beaches closed to the public on March 20 at 6 a.m.

For a full list of closures and cancellations, visit www.mymanatee.org/coronavirus

For more information on Manatee County Government, visit www.mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.