COVID-19 Cancellations and Closures

Updated April 9 at 3:15 PM

 

In response to COVID-19 coronavirus, Hillsborough County government will be cancelling all its events and meetings, including public hearings, until April 30, 2020. The closure impacts all formal programming at Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Libraries, Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation facilities, Aging Services’ Senior Centers, and scheduled events in County Conservation parks. See information about Hillsborough County Schools.

See the County calendar for more information.

Currently, regular operations of County government continue. Residents who can conduct business transactions online or over the phone are encouraged to do so at this time. The primary focus for Hillsborough County continues to be public safety. Residents should be advised that some day-to-day services may take a bit longer to process than usual as the county is under a local state of emergency. 

Please note that hours and closures are subject to change. Check back for updates. See more details below:

Solid Waste

In response to COVID-19 and in support of Hillsborough County's Safer-at-Home Order, the County has suspended yard waste drop-offs by residential customers at the Falkenburg Road, Northwest County, and South County yard waste disposal sites until further safety procedures are put in place to protect our residents and employees. Residents are not allowed to dispose of yard waste at any County facility at this time. We are working on COVID-19 acceptable solutions to be in place shortly. In the meantime, residents are encouraged to utilize their weekly residential curbside yard waste collection. Community Collection Centers and Solid Waste transfer stations are open but residents and businesses are encouraged to delay any waste-generating projects during the Safer-at-Home Order.

Development Services & Permitting

See information about services and closures.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

Hillsborough County Solid Waste is suspending all Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection events until further noticed. The County is researching alternative ways to collect household hazardous waste. Residents are asked to properly store their HHW until the County develops alternate HHW disposal options. All waste paints and electronics can still be disposed of at all County Community Collection Centers, Monday through Saturday from 7:30 AM to 5 PM.

If disposed of improperly, household hazardous waste can be harmful to humans, wildlife, and the environment. Hazardous waste should never be thrown into the trash, poured down the drain, storm sewers, or on the ground. While the County finds alternatives to collecting household hazardous waste, it's important to reduce waste by buying only what's needed.

Public Utilities

As a precautionary measure and in the best interest of our customers and staff, Hillsborough County Public Utilities has temporarily suspended all customer walk-in service activities at the Brandon Service Center, Northdale Service Center, and Twiggs Administrative locations until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Payment Service Options:

  • The drive-through at the Brandon Service Center, 332 N. Falkenburg Road in Tampa, will remain open from 8 AM - 5 PM Monday through Friday
  • Payments can be dropped off in the night depository boxes located at the front of the Brandon and Northdale buildings
  • 24 hour online payment services HCFLGov.net/Water
  • Pay-by-phone at (813) 276-8526
  • Pay at any Florida AMSCOT location (invoice required)

For additional assistance with your water and/or wastewater account, please contact our Customer Service Center at (813) 272-6680.

Aging Services

  • Hillsborough County Senior Centers are closed
  • Seniors who attend dining centers/congregate meal sites, receive services through adult day care centers, or receive home delivered meals, please call (813) 272-5250, for information about the continuation of services

Consumer & Veterans Services

  • Hillsborough County Veterans Memorial Park and Rear Admiral Leroy Collins, Jr, Veterans Museum are closed.
  • All appointments and interviews for services offered by Consumer & Veterans Services will be conducted over the phone at (813) 635-8316

Extension Office

In an abundance of caution and for the safety and health of customers, staff, and community, the Hillsborough County Extension Service office will be closed to the public and all workshops, events, and trainings canceled until April 30, 2020. This decision comes after UF/IFAS Extension and Hillsborough County Government administrators issued guidance to limit interaction in group settings due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak.

With a primary focus on public safety, Hillsborough County Extension Service is working on alternative course delivery methods, such as online/webinar offerings. In the meantime, members of the public may either call the main office at (813) 744-5519, or utilize our directory to seek out staff available to answer questions and provide other program-related information. The public can also find a wealth of useful information at the extension office website.

Head Start

Health Care

Libraries

Pet Resources

The Pet Resource Center (PRC) will remain open to the public, including for pet adoptions, by-appointment only. To request an appointment, residents can contact 813-744-5660 or submit a request via HCFLGov.net/AtYourService.

Hillsborough County is limiting the intake of dogs and cats at the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center and making other changes to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The changes include the following:

  • Except for cases involving injury, severe neglect, or animal bites, the Pet Resource Center is suspending the intake of animals
  • Animal Control is suspending response to stray animal calls but will continue to respond to calls of injured or sick stray animals, and complaints of cruelty and neglect, bites, and dangerous and aggressive dogs
  • All adoption fees for dogs and cats are waived as are fees for reclaiming a lost animal
  • Residents can choose a dog or cat for adoption online and have the animal delivered to their home in Hillsborough County for free

Shelter officials also are putting out an urgent plea for pet foster parents who can commit to fostering a dog or cat for 2 to 4 weeks. In an abundance of caution for health and safety concerns, the volunteer programs at the Pet Resource Center have been suspended until future notice.

Parks & Recreation and Conservation & Lands Management

In an abundance of caution and as part of mitigation efforts in response to COVID-19, Hillsborough County government is closing all of its parks and nature preserves as of 10 PM on Friday, March 27. All boat ramps that are currently open will remain open. 

Closed boat ramps include:

Boat Ramp Name and Address

  1. Tampa Bypass Canal-Harney Park Boat Ramp 7269 N US Highway 301 Tampa, FL 33610
  2. E.G. Simmons Park Boat Ramp 2401 19th Avenue, N.W. Ruskin, FL 33570
  3. Edward Medard Park Boat Ramp 6356 Turkey Creek Road Plant City, FL 33567
  4. John B. Sergeant Park Boat Ramp 12702 US Highway 301 N., Thonotosassa, FL 33592
  5. Lake Park Boat Ramp 17302 N Dale Mabry Highway Lutz, FL 33548
  6. Morris Bridge Park Boat Ramp 13630 Morris Bridge Road Thonotosassa, FL 33592
  7. Trout Creek Park Boat Ramp 12550 Morris Bridge Rd., Thonotosassa, FL 33592

Following the issuance of a Safer-at-Home order, Hillsborough County is closing all of its parks, including; neighborhood parks, their playgrounds and recreation centers, skate parks, dog parks, conservation parks, nature preserves and trails, and athletic fields and complexes. The closures are part of an effort to prevent gatherings of 10 or more people, and are in line with the policies of the state park system.

Summer Camp Registration

We have extended summer camp registration for current after-school program participants until Thursday, April 30. Public online registration will now start Friday, May 1.

Social Services

Events

Get Connected. Stay Alert

For more information on COVID-19, and any other potential emergency in the region, visit HCFLGov.net/StaySafe and sign up for the HCFL Alert system. Additionally, you can follow Hillsborough County on social media at Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor for updates. For general County information, please call (813)-272-5900, the County's main information line.