The health and welfare of our citizens is of the utmost priority for the City of New Port Richey. The City has been closely monitoring COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Disease and is taking steps to implement protocols suggested by state and federal agencies. The City’s leaders are working closely with Pasco County Emergency Management, the Florida Department of Health and the CDC to monitor the situation locally.
On June 3, 2020 Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order No. 20-139 which outlines Phase II of reopening Florida’s economy. Bars and other establishments licensed to sell alcohol will be allowed to reopen at 50% capacity effective Friday, June 5, 2020. Bar areas may be opened with seated service. Outdoor seating for restaurants, bars and other establishments will be allowed as long as social distancing standards are adhered to. Should any of our businesses need assistance with determining their specific 50% maximum occupancy to operate within the parameters set forth by Executive Order 20-139, please call Fire Administration at 727 853-1032 and we will be happy to assist you.
On May 13, 2020 City Manager Debbie L. Manns signed two Administrative Development Orders which will permit restaurants and retail shops to expand their outdoor seating and display areas in response to the Governor’s Phase I Plan to reopen Florida’s economy. The Administrative Development Orders will provide a path toward improving business operations, while maintaining a priority focus on core safety tenants by allowing parking spaces and other private areas of an establishment’s property to be used by restaurants for additional seating and by retail shops for additional display areas. ADO 2020-CM-01 pertains to Restaurant Recovery – Phase 1 and ADO 2020-CM-02 pertains to retail sales establishments. Businesses are not required to file a development order or permit application for expanded outdoor use, provided that they comply with all conditions enumerated in the Administrative Development Orders. For more information, please contact the Development Department at (727) 853-1047.
On June 30, 2020 City Council conducted an emergency meeting to adopt Ordinance No. 2020-2203 which requires face coverings in indoor public places. For a list of the regulations and exemptions, please read the ordinance here.
On June 23, 2020 Pasco County Administrator Dan Biles issued an Executive Order requiring patrons to wear face coverings inside public places. Businesses may refuse entry if the person fails to comply. There are a limited number of exceptions which are outlined in the Order. This Order goes into effect as of June 25, 2020. Click here for a list of locations offering free masks.
On June 26, 2020 Secretary of Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation Halsey Beshears issued Emergency Order 2020-09 which suspends on-site alcohol consumption for bars. Bars may offer alcohol to-go in appropriate sealed containers. Food establishments that have less than 50% gross revenue from alcohol sales may continue to operate.
City Council Meetings/Work Sessions
City Council meetings and work sessions have reopened to the public however there will be a limited number of seats available in accordance with social distancing guidelines. All persons will be required to wear face coverings and will be screened before being allowed to enter the Council Chamber.
City Hall Services
Public access is allowed only to the following departments until further notice:
Billing & Collections – to establish new water service
Development Department – dropping off development plans or picking up permits
Economic Development – grant paperwork may be dropped off through the drive-up window
Paper unemployment forms, tax booklets and forms are available through the drive-up window
***All water payments must be made at the drive-up window or through the payment drop box. ***
The Library reopened to the public with limited service on Friday, May 22nd. The Library’s new hours will be Monday- Friday 10 am to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Library will be closed each day from 12:30-2:30 p.m. for cleaning and sanitizing. Occupancy and time limits will be limited, face coverings and social distancing are required, and computer use is by appointment. No donations are being accepted and meeting rooms are unavailable until further notice. Library collections are open to limited browsing, and the youth areas will remain closed to the public at this time. The Library Express Lockers, book drop, and personal shopper services are available, along with a wealth of virtual resources available 24 hours a day free with your current Library card or virtual eCard. All due dates of borrowed materials were extended to June 9 and no overdue fines have accrued during the closure. All returned items will be quarantined for 72 hours before available for use again. For more information about your account or questions about library services and resources, please call (727)853-1279.
Recreation & Aquatic Center
Summer Day Camp began on June 15th with a limited capacity of 70 campers Monday through Friday until July 31st. Camp registration is currently full.
All four pools reopened for open swim on a first come, first served basis on June 15th and are limited a total capacity of 75 swimmers.
Open swim hours will be as follows:
Monday through Friday – 2:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m..
Saturday & Sunday – 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Lap swimming will be available as follows:
Monday through Friday – 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. by reservation only, and 2:30-7:30 p.m. on a first come, first served basis.
Saturday & Sunday – 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on a first come, first served basis.
Swimmers will have access to facility restrooms, showers, and locker rooms, seven days per week. The pool deck tables are available and will be sanitized after each use, however the aquatic center’s chairs will be removed from the pool deck and will not be available. Patrons may bring their own foldable chairs and use them in the designated areas of the pool deck.
The reopening plan for the water slide was approved by the Department of Agriculture and reopened on June 29, 2020.
The fitness center at the Recreation & Aquatic Center reopened on Wednesday, May 20th by reservation only with the following provisions:
- The Fitness Center will operate at 50% capacity.
- The members only exterior door will not be available for use.
- Patrons will have their temperature taken before entry to the facility.
- Patrons will sanitize their hands before entering the facility.
- Patrons will be required to sanitize each piece of equipment before and after use.
- Social distancing of six feet will be required.
- Equipment will be taken out of use in order to maintain social distancing. Example: Only every other treadmill will be available for use.
- An employee will work in the Fitness Center during all operating hours to enforce the rules.
- Patrons will register in advance for an hour workout time.
- After each hour workout session, the Fitness Center will be closed for 15 minutes so that staff can sanitize all equipment.
- Patrons will only have access to the Fitness Center and the restroom in the Fitness Center, but not the main locker rooms and showers.
- The water bottle refill station in the Fitness Center will be available for use, but not the regular water fountain.
The fitness center will be open Monday through Friday from 6AM-8PM and Saturday & Sunday from 10AM-5PM. To make a workout reservation, please contact the Recreation & Aquatic Center at (727) 841-4560.
The outdoor basketball courts reopened on June 15th. The tennis courts and skate park are currently open to the public.
The indoor basketball and pickleball courts reopened on Monday, June 29th. To practice proper social distancing, patrons must make a reservation and courts will be limited to four people per court per time slot. Reservations may be made online or by calling the Rec Center at (727) 841-4560.
Pickleball session times are as follows:
Monday – Friday: Sunday:
6:00 AM-7:00 AM 2:00PM-3:00PM
7:15 AM-8:15 AM 3:15PM-4:15PM
8:30 AM- 9:30 AM
9:45 AM- 10:45 AM
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
12:15 PM- 1:15 PM
Open basketball sessions are as follows:
Monday – Friday: Saturday: Sunday:
1:30PM-2:30PM 10:00AM-11:00AM 10:00AM-11:00AM
2:45PM-3:45PM 11:15AM-12:15PM 11:15AM-12:15PM
4:00PM-5:00PM 12:30PM-1:30PM 12:30PM-1:30PM
All remaining indoor portions of the Rec Center will remain closed to the public. Seating will not be available for patrons to limit potential touch points in the facility.
Police and Fire Departments
Police Department building reopened to the public on Monday, May 18th. The Fire Stations remain closed to the public until further notice.
All residential rental inspections are suspended until further notice.
City Parks and Facilities
All city playgrounds, park bathrooms, picnic pavilions and the splash pad reopened on June 15, 2020. All other areas in the city parks are open to the public at this time. Picnic pavilions will be open on a first come, first served basis and will be limited to groups of ten people or less. There will be no reservations accepted.
All reservations for Peace Hall are suspended until further notice. Please call (727) 841-4560 for further information.
Public Works Facilities
The Public Works Operation Center, fleet garage, water plant and wastewater treatment plant are closed to the public until further notice. Please call (727) 841-4536 for further information.
Brush/debris pickup will continue at its regular scheduled at this time. For the map of pickup zones, please click here.
As a result of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) there has been a big increase in the number of people using wipes. Even wipes labeled as flushable can clog up the sewer system pumps and cause a backup into your home. Should the clog occur between your home and the City’s pipe, it is the responsibility of the homeowner for the repair. For EPA guidelines on what can safely be flushed down your toilet, click here.
City Boards and Committee Meetings
All City board and committee meetings may resume their normal schedules providing that all members adhere to social distancing guidelines.
All closings/cancellations will be updated accordingly.
For Pasco County information including county services, bus transportation, etc. click here.
Click here for President Trump’s updated Coronavirus guidelines.
We encourage all members of the public to:
- Practice good hygiene including washing hands frequently and routine environmental cleaning
- Limit social groups to a total of 10 or less people
- Adhere to social distancing guidelines by remaining at least six feet from others
- Stay home if you are ill
Click here for 10 tips from the CDC to manage respiratory symptoms at home.
Click here for a list of questions and answers from Tampa Bay Water regarding COVID-19 and our water supply.
Our community’s health is very important to us. Please check the links below frequently, for the most up-to-date information.