Escambia County, City Following Governor's Order to Close Bars, Nightclubs

County Limiting Groups to 10 People or Fewer on Pensacola Beach 

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Nicole Stacey
Visit Pensacola
(850) 434-2142

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Pensacola, Fla. (Tuesday, March 17) - Bars and nightclubs in Escambia County and the City of Pensacola must close for 30 days starting at 5 p.m. today, Tuesday, March 17, per an executive order from Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Restaurants are also encouraged to take the following steps to allow for social distancing and limit the potential spread of COVID-19:

  • Limit capacity to 50 percent. 
  • Maintain at least 6 feet distance between tables. 
  • Offer pickup and delivery options.
  • Monitor employees for symptoms and encourage them to stay home if they are not feeling well. 

Pensacola Beach 

Escambia County is also following the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to limit groups on the beach to 10 people or fewer, with social distance between groups. Signs will be posted at Pensacola Beach, and the county will be monitoring. 

Health Department Information

The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County Coronavirus Call Center is now available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1 (866) 779-6121 or you can email your questions to
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About Visit Pensacola

Visit Pensacola is the destination management organization for Escambia County which includes Pensacola, Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key. With over 450 years of rich history and 18 miles of sugar-white sand beaches bordered by the emerald-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, visitors from all over the world are lured to our pristine shores every year. Visit Pensacola supports the community vision of tourism by serving as the central body responsible for building tourism as an economic engine for our community through leadership, connection, collaboration and communication.