COVID-19 Closures and Reopenings


  • Are Hillsborough County government offices and other facilities open now? 

    In response to COVID-19 coronavirus, Hillsborough County government is slowly dialing towards reopening – gradually and methodically, based on the data and input of public health experts in the county. The primary focus for Hillsborough County remains public safety. The County intends to:

    • Keep County employees telecommuting whenever possible for the conceivable future.
    • Continue limiting access to Hillsborough County facilities, including County Center, during this first phase of reopening in order to ensure there is ample time to put into effect all reasonable safety modifications and supplies to protect both County employees and residents.
    • Currently, regular operations of County government continue. Residents should be advised that some day-to-day services may take a bit longer to process than usual. Residents who can conduct business transactions online or over the phone are encouraged to do so at this time. Please note that hours and closures are subject to change. Check regularly for updates.
    • County Services FAQs

      Are Parks, Trails and Preserves Open? 

      Yes, parks and preserves are open. The County offers a list of openings below and tips on how to enjoy parks while social distancing for your safety.

      Some of our parks, nature preserves, and boat ramps may be closed due to non-COVID reasons (flooding, construction, etc.). Those closing are NOT listed on this page. For the most up-to-date list of non-COVID related closed and partially open parks and preserves, visit our Park & Trail Closures page.

      How are official County meetings being conducted? 

      Hillsborough County is continuing to conduct meetings virtually via telephonic and/or video communications technology for the foreseeable future. This includes Board of County Commissioners meetings, public hearings and workshops; BOCC Special meetings: Local State of Emergency; and the meetings of the various boards and councils except for quasi-judicial proceedings (zoning and land use hearings), which are anticipated to have a hybrid (in-person and virtual) solution. Residents have the ability to view and participate “virtually” in all BOCC meetings. Instructions on how to provide public comment “virtually” are available Speak During A Virtual Meeting page

       


      What Does Hillsborough County’s State of Emergency Mean?  

      The County remains in a state of local emergency. The declaration gives County emergency managers flexibility to take actions to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the community, and provides a path for federal reimbursement of certain expenses. It allows emergency managers to also easily access supplies such as the testing kits and personal protective equipment for frontline workers. 

       

    • County Parks & Preserves

      The health and well-being of residents remains the County’s top priority as we begin a phased approach to reopening outdoor recreational areas.

      Read about how to enjoy County parks safely when social distancing is a must.

      Please Note:

      Portions of the parks will remain closed or restricted, including;

      • Swimming areas
      • Campgrounds - Recreational camping at E.G. Simmons, Edward Medard, and Lithia Springs conservation parks will be limited to 50 percent capacity
      • Picnic areas
      • Picnic shelters
      • Recreation centers/buildings
        • Only open to staff and after school participants; not open to general public
      • Athletic fields
      • Basketball courts
      • Hockey courts
      • Programs
      • Events and rentals
        • Shelter and meeting room rentals are not available
        • Canoe and kayak rentals are available

      Now Open

      Boat Ramps
      • All open
      • If the boat ramp normally offers canoe and kayak rentals, they are also now available
      • Some of our conservation parks, nature preserves, and boat ramps may be closed due to non-COVID reasons (flooding, construction, etc.). Those closing are NOT listed here
      • For the most up-to-date list of non-COVID related closed and partially open parks and preserves, visit our Park & Trail Closures page
      Conservation Parks
      • All open
      • If the conservation park normally offers canoe and kayak rentals, they are also now available
      • Shelter and meeting room rentals are not yet available
      • Some of our conservation parks, nature preserves, and boat ramps may be closed due to non-COVID reasons (flooding, construction, etc.). Those closing are NOT listed here
      • For the most up-to-date list of non-COVID related closed and partially open parks and preserves, visit our Park & Trail Closures page
      Nature Preserves
      • All open
      • Some of our conservation parks, nature preserves, and boat ramps may be closed due to non-COVID reasons (flooding, construction, etc.). Those closing are NOT listed here
      • For the most up-to-date list of non-COVID related closed and partially open parks and preserves, visit our Park & Trail Closures page
      Neighborhood Parks & Recreation
      • Neighborhood parks' green spaces and trails
      • Outdoor fitness equipment
      • Outdoor tennis courts
      • Outdoor pickleball courts
      • Outdoor volleyball courts
      • Outdoor Restrooms at Staffed parks & recreation sites:
        • Brandon
        • Carrollwood Village
        • Gardenville
        • Keystone
        • Mango
        • Northdale
        • Ruskin
      • Splash pads
      • Playgrounds

      Skate Parks
      • Apollo Beach Skate Park
      • Carrollwood Village Skate Park
      • FishHawk Skate Park
      • Jackson Springs Skate Park
      • Providence Skate Park

      Dog Parks
      • Apollo Beach Dog Park
      • Carolyn Meeker Dog Park
      • Carrollwood Village Park Dog Park
      • Logan Gate Dog Park
      • Mango Dog Park
      • Northwest County Dog Park
      • Saladino Dog Park
      • West Dog Park

      Enjoy our outdoor spaces responsibly

      • Stay home if you are experiencing cold- or flu-like symptoms
      • Follow minimum 6’ social distancing guidelines
      • Do not gather in groups of more than 10
      • Wash hands frequently
      • Bring your own water
    • Consumer and Veterans Services

      Hillsborough County Veterans Memorial Park is open during normal hours. The Rear Admiral Leroy Collins, Jr, Veterans Museum remains closed.

    • Libraries

      The Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative is now providing contact-free curbside pickup at nine locations. See complete information.

    • Solid Waste & Recycling

      Hillsborough County Household Hazardous Waste collections have resumed. Residents are asked to package chemicals securely in non-leaking containers or boxes and transport the containers in a well ventilated space away from the driver and passengers, such as a trunk or bed of vehicle. See details on where to go and what you can bring.

      All of the following locations are open for their normal business hours. Click  on the location name to see open hours and days.


  • Current closure impacts all formal programming at Hillsborough County Libraries, Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation facilities, Aging Services’ Senior Centers, and scheduled events in County Conservation parks.

    See the County calendar for more information.

    Residents are encouraged to conduct business transactions online or over the phone. There may be some day-to-day services that may take a bit longer to process as the county is under a local state of emergency.

    As a reminder, residents have the ability to view and participate “virtually” in all BOCC meetings. Instructions on how to provide public comment “virtually” are available on Speak at a Virtual Meeting page.

    Please note that hours and closures are subject to change. Check back for updates.

     

    • Development Services & Permitting

       

      See information about services and closures.

       

    • 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.
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    • Consumer & Veterans Services
      • Hillsborough County Veterans Resource Center 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
    • Economic Development
    • 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 May 15, 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

      Head Start and Early Head Start centers are closed and holding classes virtually.

    • Health Care

      Healthy Living Centers are closed.

    • Libraries

      See complete library closure information

    • 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.
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    • Parks and Conservation & Environmental Lands Management

      Parks have begun to open. See a list of openings under the "What's Open" tab

      Some of our parks, nature preserves, and boat ramps may be closed due to non-COVID reasons (flooding, construction, etc.). Those closing are NOT listed here.

      For the most up-to-date list of non-COVID related closed and partially open parks and preserves, visit our Park & Trail Closures page.

      Closed or Restricted until further notice:

      • Swimming areas
      • Campgrounds - Recreational camping at E.G. Simmons, Edward Medard, and Lithia Springs conservation parks will be limited to 50 percent capacity
      • Picnic areas
      • Picnic shelters
      • Recreation centers/buildings
      • Athletic fields
      • Basketball courts
      • Hockey courts
      • Programs
      • Events and rentals
        • Shelters and meeting room rentals are not available
        • Canoe and kayak rentals are available
    • Social Services
    • County Events

      See the County calendar for a full list of cancellations.