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Posted on: June 5, 2020

COVID-19 Update June 5


State of Florida Governor’s Executive Order Phase 2- Recovery

On June 3rd, Governor Desantis announced that Florida will fully implement Phase 2 of reopening effectively lowering restrictions for several businesses. These changes will go into effect Friday, June 5.                  Items covered include:

  • Entertainment businesses, including but not limited to movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys and arcades may operate at 50% capacity with appropriate social distancing, and sanitation.
  • Personal services such as:  massage, tanning, acupuncture, and tattoo parlors may operate with appropriate safety guidelines as outlined by the Department of Health.
  • Bars, Pubs and Nightclubs - Establishments can open and operate at 50% capacity as long as standing room is reduced and outdoor service areas are encouraged. Tables should be spaced 6 feet apart and bar seating should be both reduced and spread out. Tables or table groupings should include space for no more than 10 people. When possible, an employee should take drinks to tables so patrons don’t have to wait at the bar. Menus and other surfaces should be regularly cleaned and disinfected.
  • Restaurants - capacity will remain at 50%. Groups should be limited to 10 people or fewer and indoor waiting areas should be limited. Restaurants can now begin sitting patrons at the bar area. Reservations and call-ahead service will be encouraged over walk-ins and outdoor seating should remain a priority. Employees should undergo health screenings and masks should be suggested. Menus and other common surfaces should be regularly cleaned and disinfected. Cafeteria-style dining arrangements should be avoided.

In an effort to support its local restaurants and bars, the City of Inverness continues to offer an opportunity to temporarily expand outdoor seating, while indoor seating is limited by the phased re-opening of the State. Outdoor seating may be expanded to other areas of the property, including lawns, sidewalks and parking areas subject to the following conditions.

  • Public safety and social distancing continue to be the priority.
  • Additional outdoor seating on City sidewalks is permitted and encouraged with social distancing.  An authorized representative must provide a drawing of any additional seating on City sidewalks with walking lane and room for people with disabilities to use the sidewalk.
  • If restaurant seating is expanded into a parking area, a drawing of the plan must be approved by the Community Development Department.  There is no fee for this approval. 
  • According to recent dialogue with the Florida Division of Alcohol and Tobacco, alcoholic beverages are allowed in the temporary expanded outdoor dining areas.

For those establishments expanding on to City sidewalks or into private parking areas, please email your site plan and signed acknowledgement of the City’s conditions to  For further assistance, please contact Greg Rice at (352)726-3401.

Inverness Parks

All city parks, and pool are fully opened with the exception of the Whispering Pines splash pad which will re-open on June 6, 2020. 

  • Whispering Pines ballfields can be reserved by contacting the Baseball hotline 352-341-7825 or 352-422-8383.
  • Whispering Pines pool is available for swimming on a first-come first-serve basis absent a reservation.  Reserve your space for scheduled swim at 352-341-7825.  For a complete schedule, please call 352-726-1995 or visit the City website.
  • Permits/ reservations are ongoing at 50% occupancy and/or groups of 50 or less. Please contact Betty Pleacher Ph: 352-726-2611 ext. 1801
  • Playgrounds are open daily from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. in Liberty and Whispering Pines parks. Parents should monitor their children to use social distancing at all times.

The city encourages visitors to be self-aware.  It’s everyone’s responsibility to stay safe.  Practice social distancing of 6 feet, wash hands, and be mindful of the people around you. If you aren’t feeling well or have pre-existing conditions, please stay safely at home.  Parents should monitor their children and come to the parks prepared with sunscreen and bottled water. It’s up to all of us to stay safe.

Inverness Farmer’s Market

The Inverness Farmer’s Market will re-open on Saturday, June 20th at the Depot District from 9 – 1 p.m.  Moving forward, the Farmer’s Market will take place the 1st and 3rd Saturday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and the 3rd Wednesday from 4- 7 p.m.

Citrus County COVID-19 Cases Update

The Florida Department of Health Citrus County results for COVID-19 as of 11:30 a.m. on June 5, 2020:

Positive Cases and Tests*.

Total cases in Citrus County: 125 (includes 3 new cases)

52 in Inverness

16 in Crystal River

10 in Homosassa

10 Citrus Springs

9 in Lecanto

9 in Hernando

8 in Beverly Hills

6 in Dunnellon

4 in Floral City

1 unknown or still under investigation

Of the 125 cases, 17 are travel-related, 106 are not travel-related and 2 are unknown

Of the 125 cases, 77 are contacts to a confirmed case, 20 are not contacts, 28 are unknown or still under investigation

The age group with the most cases: 55-64 (29 cases)

33 Hospitalizations

12 Deaths

Total tests: 4,960

*While these numbers are provisional and subject to change, the number of cases reported in each county or municipality go off of the case’s home address, which is verified prior to release.

COVID-19 Resources

Please call the City of Inverness COVID-19 Information Line (352) 341-7830.

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