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.
COVID-19 testing is being offered by Hillsborough County . Persons wishing to schedule an appointment for a free test can call 813.272.5900 weekdays between 8 am and 5 pm. The call center will provide a confirmation number for the testing and further instructions. Pre-screening is not required. Neither insurance nor a doctor’s note is needed to be tested. Bring a photo ID with name and date of birth to your appointment. Learn more about the virus and ways to protect yourself.
The Hillsborough County Emergency Policy group enacted an order to require face coverings in all County businesses, including those in Temple Terrace, beginning at 5pm, June 24. The County has provided the City with face coverings to disperse to residents who need them. The masks are available in packs of five for pick-up in front of the Temple Terrace Public Library, 202 Bullard Parkway, M-F between 10am and 4pm until supplies are depleted. One pack per person please. Please call 813.506.6406 if you need assistance. A limited supply of masks are available to the Temple Terrace business community. For more information, email email@example.com.
Effect of COVID-19 on City facilities and services
The Temple Terrace Public Library is open. New, temporary hours are Monday through Saturday from 10am - 4pm. For more information on precautions being taken at this facility due to the Coronavirus, click here.
Family Recreation Complex
The Family Recreation Complex has reopened. New, temporary hours are M-F, from 6am - 8pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8am - 4pm. (All pools currently are closed for renovations.) Call 813.506.6600 for a schedule of classes and more info or pick up a copy of Playbook at the Rec Complex. Due to cautions regarding COVID-19, the public must comply with the following rules while using this City facility:
- Entry restricted to members only
- Building capacity is limited, as is usage of pool, tennis and basketball courts (members must provide their own balls/equipment)
- Use of face coverings is mandatory when entering and exiting the facility, moving about the building, registering for activities at the Customer Service Desk, or observing classes or activities. Face coverings will not be required while exercising, swimming or participating in programs or activities as long as social distancing protocols are being followed.
- Tennis courts can be reserved by calling 813.506.6600
- All minors 15 and younger must be accompanied by parent or caregiver at all times
- Practice 6 ft social distancing at all times
- Sanitize/wash hands before and after use of this facility
- Water fountains are unavailable
- Stay home if you are sick
- No loitering
Other City Facilities
Omar K Lightfoot Center, Public Works and City Hall remain closed to the public. Staff are available to answer questions via phone or email between 8am and 5pm. View phone directory.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to make arrangements. Please share online or in person with those who might benefit.
Other Local Updates
COVID-19 testing is being offered by Hillsborough County at Raymond James Stadium and other sites in the county. Persons wishing to schedule an appointment for a free test can call 888.513.6321 weekdays between 8 am and 5 pm. The call center will provide a confirmation number for the testing and further instructions. Pre-screening is not required. Neither insurance nor a doctor’s note is needed to be tested. Bring a photo ID with name and date of birth to your appointment. Learn more about the virus and ways to protect yourself.
To ensure that Hillsborough County is following federal guidance on COVID-19 coronavirus testing, health insurance providers are being engaged in the COVID-19 public testing process. Bring your insurance card with you to the testing site as you may be asked for this information. Individuals who do not have insurance will still be tested for free.
All appointments for COVID-19 vaccines in Hillsborough County have been filled. Appointment availability for COVID-19 vaccines from Hillsborough County is based on the supply of vaccine as provided by the state of Florida. Additional appointments will become available as more vaccine is supplied to the county. While Hillsborough County currently does not have access to the number of vaccines being distributed by hospitals and private health care systems, additional vaccination efforts are underway in this community. Qualified individuals under Phase I of the governor of Florida's vaccination distribution plan are also encouraged to check with their health care provider as they may be able to provide a vaccine, This includes both residents and staff of long term care facilities, persons 65 years+ and healthcare personnel with direct patient contact. For more information on the County's vaccination efforts click here.
For more information about the vaccine, click here to see a presentation from the City's Medical Director Brooke Shepard, MD, MPH, FACEP, at a December meeting of the City Council. Dr. Shepard, an emergency medicine physician, spoke about the Country's response to the virus as well as to the safety and reliability of the new and pending vaccinations for the coronavirus.
Outdoor Seating Regulations Relaxed at City Restaurants
To assist local restaurant owners and operators in their recovery efforts, the City of Temple Terrace will temporarily suspend outdoor seating regulations and allow restaurants to set up outdoor tables and chairs to boost seating capacity while adhering to social distancing requirements. The outdoor seating would not count toward the 25% maximum building occupancy so restaurant owners and operators would be able to serve a greater number of patrons while complying with the Governor’s Order and CDC social distancing guidelines. Read a letter from City Manager Charles Stephenson for details.
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.
Messages from the City Manager
As of September 25, Florida is in Phase 3 of the Recovery Plan. Among the highlights of the executive order currently in effect:
- Restaurants and bars may operate at full capacity.
- The collection of fines and penalties associated with COVID-19 enforced upon individuals are suspended.