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Coronavirus Updates

City Facilities, Services and Meetings 

Library

The Temple Terrace Public Library has reopened. New, temporary hours will be M-F, from 10 am - 4 pm. Due to cautions regarding COVID-19, the public must comply with the following rules while using this City facility:

  • Building capacity is limited
  • All minors 17 and younger must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult at all times
  • Practice recommended social distancing of 6 feet between non-family members at all times
  • Use of certain areas of the building, equipment and materials may be limited or unavailable
  • Sanitize/wash hands before and after use of this facility
  • Use of face coverings is mandatory

Family Recreation Complex

The Family Recreation Complex had reopened. New, temporary hours will be M-F, from 8 am - 7 pm. (Pool hours:  9 am - 6 pm.) Classes resume May 26. Click here for more information on class restrictions. Call 813.506.6600 for a schedule and more info or pick up a flier at the Rec Complex. Due to cautions regarding COVID-19, the public must comply with the following rules while using this City facility:

  • Entry restricted to members only
  • Building capacity is limited, as is usage of pool, tennis and basketball courts (members must provide their own balls/equipment)
  • Lap lanes can be reserved by calling 813.506.6615
  • Tennis courts can be reserved by calling 813.506.6600
  • All minors 17 and younger must be accompanied by parent or caregiver at all times 
  • Practice 6 ft social distancing at all times
  • Sanitize/wash hands before and after use of this facility
  • Use of face coverings is encouraged
  • Water fountains will be unavailable
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • No loitering

Fitness Center Rules

  • 15 people maximum
  • First come, first served (others must wait)
  • No reservations
  • One hour time limit
  • No gym bags or personal belongings
  • Members only (no guests)
  • Minors must be accompanied by an adult

Hard Court Tennis Center

The Tennis Center at 10910 Richlyne St. is open for public use. Residents must practice social distancing and limit groups to fewer than 10 people and are encouraged to wear face coverings and to wash hands before and after use of facilities.

City Parks and Playgrounds 

City Parks including the Hilltop Dog Park are open to the public. Athletics fields currently are limited to single team practices by City-affiliated leagues only. Playground facilities will reopen on Monday, June 1. The public is asked to comply with the following rules when using these City facilities:

  • Practice recommended social distancing of 6’ between non-family members
  • Refrain from group activities
  • Wash hands before and after use of this facility
  • Stay home if you are sick

Other City Facilities

Omar K Lightfoot Center, Public Works  and City Hall remain closed to the public. Staff are available to answer questions via phone or email between 8am and 5pm. View phone directory.

Sanitation

To allow our sanitation crews to maintain social distancing protocols and to handle as little waste as possible to avoid potential infection, dedicated recycling collection is suspended until further notice. Recyclables should be placed in the receptacles with regular trash.  (Do not use the green recycling container.) The City currently is taking all waste to the Falkenburg Resource Recovery Facility. That facility employs a Waste to Energy program which incinerates the garbage to produce electricity which is used to power adjacent County facilities with the unused portion being sold back to the open market. The waste to energy facility also includes a metal recovery process that captures both ferrous and non-ferrous metals for recycling and ensures that the majority of metals still get recovered. None of the trash collected in Temple Terrace -including recyclables- ends up in a landfill. Regular Yard Waste Pickups are as usual. Please refer to the Guidelines for Yard Waste to review the items included in these pickups and how they should be presented at the curb.

Previous announcements regarding the City’s response to COVID-19 and other information are available here.

Other Local Updates

Testing

COVID-19 testing is being offered by Hillsborough County at Raymond James Stadium and three Community Resource Centers in east Tampa, Plant City and SouthShore. Persons wishing to schedule an appointment for a free test can call 813.272.5900 weekdays between 8 am and 5 pm. The call center will provide a confirmation number for the testing and further instructions. Pre-screening is not required. Neither insurance nor a doctor’s note is needed to be tested. Bring a photo ID with name and date of birth to your appointment.  Learn more about the virus and ways to protect yourself.

Outdoor Seating Regulations Relaxed at City Restaurants

To assist local restaurant owners and operators in their recovery efforts, the City of Temple Terrace will temporarily suspend outdoor seating regulations and allow restaurants to set up outdoor tables and chairs to boost seating capacity while adhering to social distancing requirements. The outdoor seating would not count toward the 25% maximum building occupancy so restaurant owners and operators would be able to serve a greater number of patrons while complying with the Governor’s Order and CDC social distancing guidelines. Read a letter from City Manager Charles Stephenson for details.

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery

Phase I of Governor DeSantis’ "Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step" plan currently is in effect. Among the highlights of the executive order:

  • Restaurants may offer outdoor seating with 6 feet between tables and indoor seating at 50% capacity.
  • Retail can operate at 50% of indoor capacity.
  • Personal services including hair salons, barber shops and nail salons can reopen with 25% capacity.
  • Schools remain distance learning.
  • Visits to senior living facilities are prohibited.
  • Elective surgeries can resume.
  • Gyms can open with proper social distancing and sanitizing
  • Some state parks are open again
  • Pharmacists may administer COVID-19 tests

Note that Gov. DeSantis gives local governments the option to have more restrictive policies than the state. The City’s rules remain in effect until further notice.


Recommended COVID Resources:  

Small Business Resources

Governor’s Executive Order


In other news...

close up of a 2020 census form2020 CENSUS  –  More than 60% of the households in the US have responded as of May 26. In Temple Terrace, our response rate is slightly higher than the national average at nearly 61.6%. There’s still time to shape the future for our community. Complete the Census now online, by phone or by mail. For more info, go to 2020Census.gov.  Learn more about the Census, why your response is important, as well as other information about confidentiality.