The health, safety and well-being of our community is a top priority for everyone involved in city government. City officials continue to monitor public health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Temple Terrace is participating in a coordinated response with regional, state and federal authorities to help minimize local impact. Precautionary measures, as well as updates to city services, program schedules and community events are published in real-time on the city’s web page and Facebook page. Please check these resources often to ensure you have the latest information available.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus, which is thought to be spread through person-to-person contact. The City of Temple Terrace is part of the Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group, which is monitoring the spread of the virus in our area. Check back for updates as they become available. Learn more about the virus and ways to protect yourself.
Messages from the Vice Mayor
- March 26 - A video statement update regarding the City’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Watch the video.
- March 20 - A video statement update regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Watch the video.
- March 13 - An open letter to the community explaining steps and precautions the city is taking to help protect the community from the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Read the full letter.
State Safer at Home Order in effect
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued a Safer at Home order (Download PDF) (Download PDF) which took effect on April 3 to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19. View an FAQ about the Executive Order. (Download PDF) (Download PDF) This follows the Hillsborough County Safer-at-Home Order that took effect March 27. These orders apply to all residents within Hillsborough County including the cities of Plant City, Tampa and Temple Terrace. Residents do not require a pass or a letter to show to authorities. Safer at Home means all residents are directed to stay at home as much as possible and closes non-essential businesses that cannot adhere to social distancing protocol. More details on the County order here.
- Older adults and those with underlying chronic medical conditions are at greater risk for serious complications from COVID-19 and have been advised to limit contact with the general public. If you or someone you know – an elderly or ill neighbor, friend or relative – needs assistance in getting groceries or other supplies including medication, the City can help. Call 813.506.6406 or email email@example.com and we will do our best to make arrangements. Please share online or in person with those who might benefit.
- Families with school-aged children should note that now through April 15, Hillsborough County Schools has established Grab-and-Go feeding sites to ensure that students have access to nutritious meals. There are 23 locations, including King High School, that provide breakfast and lunch at no cost to children 18 years and under between 9am and 1pm daily. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to drive to the locations. Walk-ups are also accepted. More information is on the HCPS website.
Status Updates, Schedule Changes & Service Modifications
Please read a letter from City Manager Charles Stephenson regarding the closure of City Hall and the status of City services.
City Facilities - updated 4/6, 1pm
Friday, April 10 will be observed as a City holiday. There will be no residential trash pickup on that day. Garbage collection will resume on your next regularly scheduled day. Phones, except for emergency lines, will not be manned.
Temple Terrace City Hall and all City facilities including the Family Recreation Complex, the Temple Terrace Public Library, Omar K Lightfoot Center and Public Works are temporarily closed to the public. Staff are available to answer questions via phone or email between 8am and 5pm. View phone directory.
Sanitation: To allow our sanitation crews to maintain social distancing protocols and to handle as little waste as possible to avoid potential infection, dedicated recycling collection is suspended until further notice. Recyclables should be placed in the receptacles with regular trash. (Do not use the green recycling container.)
A Residential Yard Waste Blitz is planned for Wednesday, April 22. All yard waste left at the curb that day will be picked up. (This does not include items that require a special pickup. Annual pickup will resume at a later date.)
The Hilltop Dog Park and Hard Court Tennis Center are closed. Outdoor parks within the City remain open to the public, however playground equipment should not be used. Residents are encouraged to practice social distancing and limit groups to fewer than 10 people.
Community Events and programs - updated 3/30, 11:15am
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority has announced a reduction of bus, van, and streetcar service levels. Get more information about the revised schedule.
The Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is suspended until further notice. Please contact Hillsborough County for SNAP services. Note: SNAP is administered through Hillsborough County. If you would like to assist, call the City’s onsite coordinator Irene Soto at 813.987.6182 or contact Central Intake at 813.272.5250.
Buddy Baseball - the season is suspended until further notice.
Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) on 4/13 is cancelled.
Bridgeford Oaks HOA on 4/16 is cancelled.
Recommended COVID Resources:
Small Business Resources
Governor’s Executive Order
Other Important Information
2020 CENSUS – Initial invitations to respond to the 2020 Census will be sent between March 12 and 20. The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers and others use to provide daily services, products and support for communities, including the City of Temple Terrace. Learn more about the Census, why your response is important, as well as other information about confidentiality.
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