All Florida State Parks to shut down following order from Gov. Ron DeSantis


The Department of Environmental Protection will close all Florida State Parks to the public effective Monday, March 23. Governor Ron DeSantis gave the order Sunday, March 22 amid a rise of COVID-19 cases in the Sunshine State.

This is all in an effort to uphold CDC guidance to maximize social distancing and avoid gatherings larger than 10 people.

“DEP has taken many measures to continue providing resource recreation at our state parks during this time, such as limiting operating hours and reducing visitor capacity at parks with high visitation,” the organization wrote in a statement. “Unfortunately, this has not resulted in the reductions needed to best protect public health and safety as Florida continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”

There are more than 1,000 cases now confirmed in the state according to the Florida Department of Health.

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor said that a mandatory stay-at-home order is like this coming week for Hillsborough County.

Currently, all restaurants are takeout/delivery only. Gyms and fitness center have been shut down throughout the state, and many area restaurants have begun closing until further notice.  

Florida State Parks in Hillsborough County:

  • Alafia River State Park – 14326 South County Road 39, Lithia, FL
  • Fort Foster State Historic Site – Hillsborough River State Park, 15402 US 301 North Thonotosassa, FL
  • Hillsborough River State Park – 15402 U.S. 301 North Thonotosassa, FL
  • Little Manatee River State Park – 215 Lightfoot Road, Wimauma, FL
  • Ybor City Museum State Park – 1818 Ninth Ave., Tampa, FL

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