The health, safety and well-being of our community is a top priority for everyone involved in city government. City officials continue to monitor public health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Temple Terrace is participating in a coordinated response with regional, state and federal authorities to help minimize local impact. Precautionary measures, as well as updates to city services, program schedules and community events are published in real-time on the city’s web page and Facebook page. Please check these resources often to ensure you have the latest information available.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus, which is thought to be spread through person-to-person contact. The City of Temple Terrace is part of the Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group, which is monitoring the spread of the virus in our area.
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.
Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida’s Recovery
Phase II of Governor DeSantis’ "Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step" plan took effect June 5. Among the highlights of the executive order:
- Senior citizens and individuals with significant underlying medical conditions are encouraged to avoid crowds and take measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19All persons should avoid congregating in groups larger than 50 persons
- In-store retail businesses, including gyms and fitness centers, should maintain appropriate social distancing and sanitation protocols
bars* and other vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises may operate at 50 percent of their indoor capacity (*An order issued on June 26 restricted bars from serving alcohol on premises.) Bar areas may be open with seated service.* In addition, outdoor seating is permissible with appropriate social distancing (This does not apply to nightclubs) (*An order issued on June 26 restricted consumption of food and beverages to tables.)
- Entertainment businesses, including but not limited to movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, and arcades may operate at 50 percent of their building capacity, with appropriate social distancing between groups and appropriate sanitation
- Personal services, including but not limited to tattooing, body piercing, acupuncture, tanning and massage, may operate with appropriate safety guidelines
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.
The Hillsborough County Emergency Policy group enacted an order to require face coverings in all County businesses, including those in Temple Terrace, beginning at 5pm, June 24. The County has provided the City with face coverings to disperse to residents who need them. The masks are available in packs of five for pick-up in front of the Temple Terrace Public Library, 202 Bullard Parkway, M-F between 10am and 4pm until supplies are depleted. One pack per person please. Please call 813.506.6406 if you need assistance.
A limited supply of masks are available to the Temple Terrace business community. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coronavirus and its effect on City Services and Operations
After a hiatus to protect the health and safety of our crews, the City of Temple Terrace has resumed its complimentary recycling program for residents in the following manner:
Green Bin Recycling – PAPER AND CARDBOARD ONLY: Residents should put paper products ONLY in their green bins and place curbside on their regular recycling pick-up day. Bins containing materials other than paper products will not be serviced.
- METALS AND PLASTICS: The City has provided strategically placed receptacles around the City in which residents may deposit metals and plastic goods to be collected for recycling.
- GLASS: The City is discontinuing separated glass recycling. Residents should place glass items into their regular garbage, which is taken to a Waste-to-Energy plant for incineration.
The Temple Terrace Public Library reopened. New, temporary hours are M-F, from 10 am - 4 pm. For more information on precautions being taken at this facility due to the Coronavirus, click here.
Family Recreation Complex
The Family Recreation Complex has reopened. New, temporary hours are M-F, from 8 am - 7 pm (Pool hours: 9 am - 6 pm) and Saturday from 8am - 4pm (Pool hours: 10am - 3pm). Call 813.506.6600 for a schedule of classes 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)
- Use of face coverings is mandatory when entering and exiting the facility, moving about the building, registering for activities at the Customer Service Desk, or observing classes or activities. Face coverings will not be required while exercising, swimming or participating in programs or activities as long as social distancing protocols are being followed.
- 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
- Water fountains are unavailable
- Stay home if you are sick
- No loitering
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.
Messages from the Vice Mayor
- March 26 - A video statement update regarding the City’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Watch the video.
Messages from the City Manager
- Older adults and those with underlying chronic medical conditions are at greater risk for serious complications from COVID-19 and have been advised to limit contact with the general public. If you or someone you know – an elderly or ill neighbor, friend or relative – needs assistance in getting groceries or other supplies including medication, the City can help. Call 813.506.6406 or email email@example.com and we will do our best to make arrangements. Please share online or in person with those who might benefit.
- Families with school-aged children should note that Hillsborough County Schools has established Grab-and-Go feeding sites to ensure that students have access to nutritious meals. There are 23 locations, including King High School, that provide meals at no cost to children 18 years and under between 9am and 1pm daily. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to drive to the locations. Walk-ups are also accepted. More information is on the HCPS website.
Other Local Updates
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 888.513.6321 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.
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority has announced a reduction of bus, van, and streetcar service levels. Get more information about the revised schedule.
The Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is suspended until further notice. Please contact Hillsborough County for SNAP services. Note: SNAP is administered through Hillsborough County. If you would like to assist, call the City’s onsite coordinator Irene Soto at 813.987.6182 or contact Central Intake at 813.272.5250.
Play is suspended until further notice.